I never learnt music but I learnt from life," singer-composer Kailash Kher unravels the mysticism behind his music as he comes to town on Thursday to introduce band Kailasa's latest album Rangeele.
Though he does not seem at his earthy best - perhaps a hangover of his Europe tour that he wound up before starting for Chandigarh -it is interesting to dig into the life of a singer whose voice continues to strike a chord with listeners of all ages.
"My journey has been interesting so far. I never thought that the seed we planted in the shape of Kailasa, the band, will bloom so beautifully," says Kher, who hit the music scene in 2003 with the film song, Allah Ke Bande.
However, it is his non-filmi music, such as Teri Deewani and Saiyyan, from his earlier albums, Kailasa and Jhoomo Re, which earned him critical as well popular reviews.
Rangeele has 11 tracks and is Kailasa's fourth album, which has been composed by Kher along with Mumbai-based musician brothers, Paresh and Naresh Kamath. Together, they formed the band in 2004.
While sharing that Rangeele is his ode to love, Kher says, "It is a misconception that only film music works in India. While we were composing our first album, many aired similar views but Teri Deewani came and we proved people wrong. We did not follow the trend, we created it."
Kher adds that television channels may not be promoting non-filmi music much, but the internet is the biggest weapon today. Three videos of Rangeele have already got more than 10 lakh hits on YouTube.
"Our music comes straight from heart. Why we connect with listeners is because we give them real music. In Rangeele, original instruments have been used for every beat and sound rather than artificial technical sound and that's what makes a difference," says Kher.
He feels creativity is a reflection of life. "What is music anyway? It is a byproduct of life's facets such as love, longing, passion, devotion and even hatred. My latest album interprets prem and singaar in different ways," says Kher adding that why this album is close to his heart is because it features the voice of Amitabh Bachchan. "Also, it is our band's first record label. It also features my two-year-old son's voice."
He says keeping a band together is a difficult job but strife for good music binds them. About his future projects, he says, "I have recorded songs for many upcoming films, including a romantic song for Kya Super Cool Hain Hum."