Aasheesh Paliwal (pka ShiShi) has felt like an outsider his whole life.
An American-born son of Indian immigrant parents, he attended 6 schools in three different continents before the age of 10. After moving back to the United States, he once again found himself between worlds, trying to integrate his formative experiences abroad with his new environment. Amidst all this external upheaval, his sensitivity and introversion as a youth caused him to retreat deep within, looking for some stable sense of identity that could stand independent of his constantly changing world.
His outlet to explore what he was going through became music and songwriting – a creative way to express exactly what he was feeling without needing to acquiesce to anyone or anything outside of him. His desire to belong, which he could never quite satisfy in the outside world, eventually inspired an interest in eastern spirituality, and a return to his Hindu roots.
As his production skills grew, he found himself making dance music that was uniquely infused with elements from his Indian heritage. It seemed for a while like he could find a home in the industry as an “Indian diaspora DJ/Producer” – the music was well received and it was a marketable angle. But even with some early success with this identifiable sound (over 25 million global streams), he felt that there was a more authentic voice waiting to be uncovered, free of the need to fit into the musical persona he was beginning to be known for … a voice inspired by something deeper and more universal to the human condition.
Through his spiritual journey, he has come to realize that the deep sense of belonging and love he was always seeking outside of himself can only be found from within. This is the core message that now influences everything he creates: from his music to his writing to his performances and more: belong to yourself, and you’ll belong anywhere you go. Armed with a strong sense of purpose and a clear audience to serve – namely, other deep souls who feel a resonance with his mission – ShiShi is using his music as a vessel to bring his message to those who need it.
Next up, he takes over this week’s ‘Mix of the Week’ with an original mix, tune in!
00:00 ShiShi – Wishing Well
03:46 ShiShi – Ritual
06:58 ShiShi – Bhairav Riddim (feat. Ben Parag)
10:30 ShiShi – Not Enough
13:34 ShiShi – Mahadev (feat. Kushri Devi)
16:25 ShiShi & ASADI – Vanquish
18:39 ShiShi – Discipline (Haathi Riddim)
20:28 ShiShi – Longing (Haathi Riddim)
22:55 ShiShi – Mahamudra
25:43 ShiShi & Axel Thesleff – Sajani 2.0 (feat. Ben Parag)