‘I just want to find my own sound’

Debarati Palit
Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Singer and writer Yash Narvekar talks about the success of his song in Half Girlfriend, competition in Bollywood and other things

He belongs to the new breed of singers making a mark in Bollywood with their talent. Yash Narvekar, who has sung and co-written Mere Dil Mein (Half Girlfriend), is being noticed for the song and says that the response has been very positive. 

“Everyone is appreciating me for the song. I got a chance to work with Rishi Rich sir, who is very popular at international markets and therefore the song is doing well there too. It’s a different and quirky song,” says Yash who has also written the lyrics and sung the track Teri Yaadon Mein —  Behen Hogi Teri. 

The multi-faceted artist has been signed by Universal Music and Mohit Suri’s EMI Records India to manage his work. In a short span of time, Yash has worked with popular composers like Meet Brothers, Amaal Malik and Rishi Rich. He says, “I am blessed to be surrounded by such talented people. The way my career is panning out, I am not only learning but creating good content and melody. I get to see these people work which has helped me enhance my knowledge. I am quite lucky that way.”

Before getting into full-time playback singing and writing, Yash was assisting music director Amaal Malik and has sung songs made by him including Gulabi Aankhen (Noor). “Not just Amaal, other music directors are also giving me the opportunity to sing,” says Yash who has also sung for the upcoming Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor-starrer Mubarakan. 

Ask him who are the other music directors he wants to work with and he replies, “All of them. There are so many of them who are making diverse music. I will get to learn when I work with each one of them.”   

But it’s not an easy task making a mark in Bollywood. Singers are making their debut almost everyday. But Yash says that competition is part of every industry. “It’s not just music and films, competition is everywhere. There’s so much of population that competition is bound to happen. Initially, it will be difficult to find a break but you need patience for that. If you love music, you will end up getting an opportunity,” he says. Because there’s so much crowd, each and every singer sounds the same and unable to create his or her own style. 

“Personally, I just want to find my own sound. That way I will be able to stand out,” he says, adding, “Most singers try to sound like some other popular singer. Those starting off do that because they want to get noticed. Once that happens, they try to sound different. Like, I used to love Sonu Nigam and tried to sing like him.”

“I loved Arijit Singh from day one. He has such a distinct voice and is a brilliant singer,” says Yash, who is currently studying law and is in the final year. 

In spite of following a full-time music career, why is he studying law? “I had to do it for my family. But, once I started studying, I realised it’s very interesting and it will help me in the future because singers do have copyright and royalty issues. As a singer, you need to know legal aspects too,” he says before signing off.  

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