‘Original music exists!’
On World Music Day, we speak to a few artists to know what music means to them and their take on remixes
‘It’s just a phase’
“Music is my soul, my life, my story. It helps me connect with people and bring out emotions that I would otherwise never be able to express,” says Badshah, one of the most loved Indian rappers and music composer of tracks like Mercy, Saturday Saturday, Tareefan, Buzz and so on. “I have been blessed to get acceptance and love from everyone. The biggest thing that the industry has helped me achieve is to spread my music to every corner of the country,” he adds.
Today, almost every musician in Bollywood is recreating the hit songs from the ‘80s and ‘90s and very few new songs are being written. Does this mean there is a dearth of fresh talent in Bollywood music? Answers Badshah, “Great music is still being made in studios and on multiple laptops. I think the industry goes through phases. Currently, its requirements have become more safeguarded. Producers too are playing safe by following cookie cutter formulas. It will only take one great original to make it big and I am sure people will go back to the basics of just creating great original melodies,” says the rapper.
When asked that with remixes becoming a success formula, is music losing its originality, he answers, “It is, but trust me it’s just a phase. The industry will get over it and originals will come back. Melody is the voice of god. Nothing can stop it from making its ways into people’s hearts.”
‘Originals will definitely come back’
Punjabi singer Hardy Sandhu, who rose to fame for his track Soch, and is making everyone dance to his tunes with Naah, says that music has been his saviour after a sports injury. The musician, who aspired to be a cricketer once, says, “I am extremely blessed to be able to pursue music and the acceptance that it gave me. I am going to keep working hard on my music all my life and I’ll make sure I do justice to it.”
For Hardy, there is a great sense of brotherhood in Punjabi music industry and Punjabi artists help each other to push their music beyond boundaries. “I have very recently crossed borders with my music. It has been a great experience till now. Hope it stays this way!” he hopes.
When asked about the lack of original music and an overkill of remixes of popular music, Hardy says, “I think there are still amazing originals being made. Bollywood is going through a time when producers are taking calls on the music in a soundtrack and they are running this phase of remixes. But this will go and originals will definitely come back.”
‘I couldn’t imagine a day without music in it’
Music artist Akasa, known for numbers like Thug Ranjha, Diamond Chor and other covers on songs Shape of You and Mercy, Zara Zara and Crazy in Love and so on, says, “Music is a way of life for me. It’s not because I am a singer myself. I think I speak on behalf of a lot of others. I couldn’t imagine a day without music in it. Whether it’s while doing a chore or while driving, in no matter what mood, music is a necessity, it has to be playing in the back. My experience in the industry has been a roller-coaster ride with its share of ups and downs, (a lot of them) but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”