‘My goal is to bring back the old tune’

Amrita Prasad
Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tanishk Bagchi, who recently released his new track Tera Mera Rishta for the film Jalebi, talks about the trend of remixes, his philosophy as a musician, among other things.

From creating a stir with his debut song Banno Tera Swagger to becoming YouTube’s most trending music composer of 2017 for six chartbusters ­— Tu Cheez Badi, Badri Ki Dulhania, The Humma Song, Baarish, Mere Rashke Qamar and Tamma Tamma Again — Tanishk Bagchi has certainly created a name for himself in the industry. The young music composer, who has become synonymous with remakes, doesn’t create them just for the sake of it. He actually infuses a new life to the old numbers and completely makes them his own. 

Recently, Tanishk created Morni Banke for Badhaai Ho and Tera Mera  Rishta for Jalebi. “The choice of singer depends on the voice and mood of the song. When I produce the track, I want the perfect voice for the track because the voice is the face of the song,” he says. Tanishk’s upcoming projects include LoveYatri, Simba, Baazaar, Zero and several others.

Here’s chatting him up: 

Tell us more about your Morni Banke. Are there a lot of good compositions happening otherwise?   
The original Morni Banke is an old Punjabi track. For the film, the main situation of the song was a wedding. Morni is a dance number so the challenge was to retain the vibes of bhangra yet make it sound new and fresh. These days, bhangra is all about the hip-hop tune, but I wanted to keep the old world charm so imbibed the style of Apache Indian and Bally Sagoo in a new way. The original hook is the same but I have written the mukhda and antara from scratch. 

There are some amazing lyricists and composers who are extremely talented and there is a lot of good things happening out there. What we are missing is the direction. Everyone is running after a hit number in one album, but what we are forgetting is that every song in an album can be a hit so we should rethink instead of just striving to make one track a chartbuster.  

How did Tera Mera Rishta happen? 
Tere Mera Rishta is an important song in my life. This is one of the songs I composed before I created Baarish. Mukeshji  (Mukesh Bhatt) heard it and told me that he had a certain plan for this song. Working with Maheshji and Mukeshji is like a dream come true for any musician. The fact that he incorporated the song in the film Jalebi meant a lot to me. It was released a couple of days ago. The song has been sung by Shreya Ghosal — the best female voice, and KK sir — one of the most fabulous singers and a good friend. Together, they have added soul to the  track. The song felt so fresh. Whenever I listen to it, I go back to the time when I had written it and I feel so happy.  

In one of the interviews you were quoted as saying, ‘Today’s dance songs lack soul and melody’. What makes you think so? 
The trend has completely changed and now it is more about ‘temporary hit phase.’ If a song releases today, it becomes a hit instantly and by the time most people get to hear it, a new song releases in a week’s time and the previous gets lost. Back in the day, a single hit would stay for a year and would only grow with time. But today, songs don’t a get chance to grow because too many of them are being made. 
Also, there is too much of instrumentation involved in making the track, almost every song has the same type of groove — 9 out of 10 songs that release have the same beat. We take inspiration from Western culture and whenever a new song comes out, we tend to use them as reference, hence the repetition. 
My intention is to make Indian instrument, tune or beat, rule the music scene, for example Morni, which has bhangra in it. Why can’t people take bhangra beat and enjoy it like Despacito? When I say ‘the soul is missing’, I don’t mean the composition or the track isn’t good. I feel the use of instruments has to be minimised. We needn’t use too many elements in one song just to show that we know everything about music. 

Why there is an overkill of remixes today? 
It is a trend and it was there 20 years ago too — they always tend to make a comeback. I can tell you that it is a good thing that recreations are happening because people get to know about those songs. Instead of songs going into oblivion, songs are being remembered.
When I asked one of my friends, if he has heard the song Chalte Chalte, he answered that he knew it is as a Shah Rukh Khan song, but he wasn’t aware that there was one before him too — the one made by Madan Mohan sir. So when I sang it for him, he got curious and wanted to know the rest of the lyrics. Our generation is missing out on the connection with our old songs, with our roots. We have to stay connected to the music of Madan-Mohanji, RD Burman, Kishoreda and through recreation, the young generation is able to do that. In all my remakes, I make sure that the essence of the original track stays intact. My goal is to bring back the old tune.

People often associate you with remakes. Does that ever bother you?  
Not at all. I put equal efforts to both original tracks and recreations. Just like the originals where I compose the tune and produce the track, while doing remakes, I compose and create an entirely new hook and a new mukhda, and retain some parts of the original number, so that it gives it a nostalgic touch and people can also connect.

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