I started writing poetry and slowly poems started shaping up into songs. I wrote my first song –‘Aali’ and released it online. It got a huge response from listeners and I got approached by a music label to release an album. That’s how it all started…
Both your albums- Sun Zara and Mann Bawra are fusion based. Was it an unconscious decision or a deliberate one?
Well, the kind of music you do come naturally from your influences , perspective and bent of mind. Honestly, I do not believe at all in this categorization of genres. And there are so many now! Music is endless, and there is no way that you can categorise it this way, its like how can we divide an ocean ? And how do we decide that two kinds of water would not get mixed? As far as my music is concerned, I always wanted to create music that is melodious and has meaningful lyrics. Whatever I write , comes naturally and compositions are slightly influenced by Hindustani classical music as that is what I have learnt….
Your songs have simplicity and there is something serene about them. What is that inspires you to write such lyrics?
Lyrics comes from whatever you feel, your own emotions reflect in your songs. Also, life is a great teacher and whatever we experience, it comes out in our creative work. So the major inspiration is life itself I would say…
Of all the songs, do you have any personal favourite? If yes, which one?
Out of my own songs? Well, till now, I would say I have a couple of favourites. There is a song – ‘Chal Chalein’ from my first album and there is another song Hawa from my second album. These are my favourite, out of the songs recorded so far.
For your latest released song- Ashiyaan, you have collaborated with Bobby Cash. How was it working with him?
Bobby Cash is a genius ! He is the greatest country music artist from India and definitely one of the finest in the world. Collaborating with him was like a dream come true. One can only watch him play guitar to believe to how unique and special an artist he is , truly one of his kind. And you realise that it takes great amount of practice and dedication to reach the kind of excellence that such great artists possess. Sometimes, it takes a life time!
Any funny incident you would like to share with the readers from your Gig or while recording?
Oh there are so many, every gig and every recording is a new lesson to learn. There is a really silly thing about the song – Ashiyaan. I recorded the song; we finished the mixing and mastering and sent it for online release. After 1 week I realized I need to re do the whole song as its lacking the mood of the song. Sothen? I pulled the song back! I went back to the studio to re record the whole song; it got mixed and mastered again and then was released again! Phew! I learnt that music is a work of patience, it cannot be hurried. So take your own time and do everything patiently. Even if it takes longer, it’s always worth it.
If not a musician, what would have you been?
A mad poet may be.
Any message for the budding artists who create their own music that you would to share, based on your learning and experience as an artist?
Never give up on your passion, its not an easy road and things may not happen too quickly, there is hardly any support for independent music in our country although there is a great pool of talented artists . However, if you have the faith and you persist then things do happen for sure!