You have been a component of the Indian music industry for the previous 5 many years now. How do you look again at your journey up to now?
I’d say my journey in the music trade up to now has been enriching and rewarding. I’ve received the alternative to sing in many languages, many moods of Bollywood songs. I’ve received the alternative to work with some huge and identified names in the trade. I’ve received the alternative to sing with many artists of yesteryear in addition to singers of at this time. So, it was fairly a journey!
Take us again to the time once you recorded your first Bollywood song for ‘Abhimaan’. What was the feeling like?
It was very thrilling, however at the identical time, I used to be very nervous too (smiles). I wasn’t ready for the song as I used to be referred to as in for the recording at the final second. Nonetheless, it was a gorgeous expertise.
You have garnered immense accolades and awards in your lengthy and superb profession, together with a Padma Shri in 2017. Do you suppose you’ve got your due as a singer, in this trade?
From the time I began singing, I by no means aspired to change into a playback singer. Considering that, I believe it’s a enormous blessing and privilege to have the ability to work together with the viewers and sing and obtain immense love for the identical.
You have additionally been fairly vocal about lots of issues on your skilled entrance. Have you ever held again on one thing considering it might have an effect on your work?
I don’t suppose I’ve ever held again on one thing simply because it might have an effect on my work. If I don’t agree with one thing, I don’t agree with it; It is so simple as that, for me.
What are your views on the present music situation in Bollywood?
Honestly, I’ve no views on the present music situation in Bollywood. Music has at all times been a window to the present scenario in society. So it’s in hand-in-hand with it. The music of at this time is a mirrored image of society.
Many classics have been remade to go well with the tastes of the present technology. Are you proud of them?
Frankly, no, I’m not proud of it. But it doesn’t matter what I believe. I consider if one thing needs to be modified, the base of it, the gravity of it should not be tampered with.
Many actors have now began singing in their respective motion pictures and music videos. Do you suppose it is a good pattern, contemplating they haven’t been skilled?
I don’t thoughts actors singing for their very own songs however they should at least preserve the primary sur and taal in place once they do. Here, by the phrase ‘trained’, I don’t imply ‘sa re ga ma pa’. But, they should at least maintain the dignity of the song. Having stated that, there are some good singers additionally.
How was your expertise of working with DJ Sheizwood?
My expertise was not any totally different from my different recordings. It is the remedy that has been given to the song after I sang it, by DJ Sheizwood, that has made all the distinction. He has taken the song to another degree altogether.
You have been away from Bollywood for a very long time now. Will we see you singing for movies anytime quickly?
I don’t know. I’m actually proud of what I’m doing proper now. I’m not saying ‘no’ to it additionally. I believe I’ll determine when the alternative and time come.
From amongst the new crop of singers, who do you suppose has nice potential?
All the younger singers, who’ve sung some lovely songs, have all carried out justice to them. I’d say that they’re all very gifted.
Is there any recommendation that you simply wish to give to aspiring singers who want to make a profession in music?
I consider music is a really pious factor; one thing that may be very near God. I wish to simply say that one should preserve it with the utmost respect.