Living up to the image of the poster boy of indie music can be a hard job. But
carries off that tag effortlessly.
Perhaps that's why it's so easy for the singer-songwriter to get any kind of crowd — from the young festival-going attendees to stately bureaucrats at an official function — dancing to his music.
's peppy tunes and vibrant stage presence make him a one-of-a-kind performer — one that understands what the audience wants and delivers it without fail.
Having proved his mettle in the indie circuit, he's now trying his hand at film music. In this interview, he talks about this and more.
Being an indie artiste, how challenging is it to compose for a Bollywood film?
It’s quite challenging and I enjoy that — the fact that you have to compose for a particular reason, which is defined by a story, the actors, their characters and, of course, it's the film-maker’s taste, which really defines the music. It's not just the music director who defines the music in a film; there are many influences within the team. So, to have so many different influences and still be creative is a challenge, which I enjoy.
How was the experience of working on Bewakoofiyaan?
I sang the title track for the film; rare that film music goes into a space where my voice and the music for the film go together. Luckily, the title track demanded my kind of voice. I enjoyed that experience.
The film gave me the scope to do the kind of music I would never do on my own. It forced me to learn new techniques. I composed more on the computer and less on the guitar for the film.
With so many indie musicians doubling up composers in films, do you think the line between indie and mainstream genres is blurring?
I would look at it from the other way — there are more film-makers who are becoming bolder and not limiting their sound. Even Bollywood is becoming more relevant now and about what Indians want to see. Newer sounds are being introduced and the sound of Bollywood is changing. Film-makers are approaching indie for the quirky sound.
You also composed music for Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011). Are you looking at pursuing Bollywood music more dedicatedly?
I’m looking to meet film-makers who inspire me to make far more beautiful music than I’ve made before.
Post your last album, Jag Changa, are you working on any other album currently?
I’ve been busy selling the album. We've been touring quite a lot. But, after the break, we will come back with a newer sound and energy.