The 52-year-old, who has been composing music since 1977, says a lot has changed in the music industry over the years. "Earlier there used to be one music director for one film, and now you see different musicians composing different songs for the film. A new breed of singers and musicians is coming up. Also, there are reality shows to provide a platform for young singers to grow," says Malik, adding that musicians have to be more responsible now. "The youngsters are exposed to a lot of music available from the West. If you copy a song, the user will go on the net and find out which song it has been copied from and then talk about it on social platforms. So musicians getting away with copying is now more than difficult," says the musician, who denies ever copying a tune; says he only gets inspired.
Ask him about the musical preferences of today's youth, and the singer-composer says: "These are the days of electronic music and hip hop culture. But I can sense that the audience wants a change, something more melodious and that's what I'll bring to the table."