Presentation crucial to music

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 8 January 2018

Music composer Raaj Aashoo talks about why he is concentrating more on creating singles and how he has learnt something from each singer he has worked with.

Music composer Raaj Aashoo believes that composing music is about presentation. “When we are composing, we use the same instruments (guitar, sitar or tabla and others) for creating every song. But every time we hear a song, it’s unique. So it all depends on how you present the song. A composer first needs to perfect his/her work and then present it to the world,” says the young composer.

The past year has been a busy one for Aashoo who has composed the music of Arbaaz Khan-Sunny Leone-starrer Tera Intezaar, Himansh Kohli’s Sweetiee Weds NRI and Ayesha Takia’s single Zindagi Yeh Zindagi.

While he has a couple of interesting Bollywood projects including Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna (which marks Karanvir Bohra’s Bollywood debut) and Assi Nabbe Poorey Sau, Aashoo wants to concentrate on creating more singles, which has become a trend in the music industry. It gives composers the liberty to create music the way they want to, he believes.

“Earlier, there was pop music, then music albums came. In fact, established singers like Lucky Ali, Mika, Sonu Nigaam, Shaan became popular because of albums. Until a few years ago, albums and singles were very popular but then we stopped making them. But it’s back in trend,” says Aashoo, adding,

“Also, there are no limitations and you have the liberty to compose in the manner you want to. You can showcase your style of music as against films, where you are recreating someone else’s idea and situation.”

Bollywood music has become star and label-driven. But Aashoo says that there are makers who still make situational songs and give importance to creativity. And what does he prefer? “There are three-four styles where you cannot create a situation. Item songs don’t need a situation; for romantic and sad songs, there are certain criteria. Composers can present a song on them but something like Bapu Hanikarak (Dangal) doesn’t happen everyday. Only if a producer and director approaches us with a situation, we can create a song around that,” the composer who has worked in TV, films and advertisements, says.

Does he feel some pressure while composing songs for actors known for their dance and music talent like Sunny Leone or Prabhudeva (Tutak Tutak Tukiya). “Obviously, there is a certain kind of pressure because our focus is on maintaining that track record. Will the song get that level of popularity and attention that other tracks of theirs got? Like Sunny Leone has Baby Doll or Laila O Laila to her credit. These artists come to the studio to listen to songs and if they like it, I am happy,” he answers.

Aashoo is happy with the kind of work he is getting in Bollywood and says that it has been a good journey. “I got a chance to work with various kinds of artists and learn from them,” he says, adding, “Each singer teaches you something or the other as each one has a unique style. Working with Asha Bhosle, Shreyas Ghosal, Shaan and others has been actually very serious learning for me.”

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