It’s been over six months since Mohit Chauhan released his debut solo album, Fitoor, but the singer is still working feverishly to promote it. The album received critical acclaim from all quarters on its release, and to build upon that, Universal Music produced three music videos in the last few months, one each for the songs, Fitoor, Challeya and Babaji, hence becoming the only Indipop album in the last few years to have come out with more than a couple of videos.
In fact, Chauhan has himself produced another experimental video for one of the songs — Mai ni meriye — that, he says, is “closest to his heart”. Chauhan recalls, “I had gone for a concert to a college in Shimla, and that’s where I and a friend of mine, Arzan, came up with the idea of creating a video that would have an authentic feel of the hills.”
“So, we shot a video with a small HD camera, which featured me travelling through the hills, from singing Mai ni meriye at the concert, to going to Mcloedganj, Dharamshala, cherishing the breathtaking sights and meeting friends along the way,” he continues. “It’s an intimate video, paying ode to Himachal.”
Although Chauhan rues that the videos hardly get playtime on the “so-called music channels”, he is happy that his music reaches fans through the Internet. “Music channels today aren’t playing music, so an online release is always a good option,” says Chauhan. “The album’s done decently so far, but I feel that visuals add to the song’s impact, so we decided to release as many videos as we could.”
Special edition CD
Next up, is another video for his song, Sajna. The singer reveals that a fan of the song was eager to make a video on it. Apart from that, Chauhan’s music label has released a special edition of Fitoor, which would have a DVD of his videos, and also feature some of his popular songs like Boondein, Sabse peeche hum khade, Dooba dooba, Guncha and Tune jo na kaha.
The singer, who first came into the limelight for his song, Dooba dooba, with his band, Silk Route, is now planning an international tour for Fitoor. “I’d love it if my music takes me to different places,” he says. “I’m in the middle of putting together a tour of a few countries in the West. Hopefully, things will be finalised soon.”
As of now, Chauhan is basking in the glory of having won the playback singing awards at every major award function, this year, for his songs Masakalli (Delhi 6) and Dooriyan (Love Aaj Kal). He laughs, “It feels nice to have won. People feel I may have an unconventional voice, but having grown up singing Hindi and folk songs, I feel completely at home doing playback songs for Bollywood.”
The singer is also considering taking up offers for composing for Bollywood, and he admits to having got quite a few, after Fitoor’s release. “People have expressed their interest in having me on board as a composer, and that might happen in the future, but right now, I’m really enjoying singing.”
Coming up next
Chauhan, who recently came on the reality show, Music Ka Mahamuqabala as a judge for the first time, terms the experience as “interesting”. “I was in the thick of it all, but it was a peaceful experience,” he says. “Irrespective of what would be said on stage, we were all friends backstage. I was sure I wanted to be who I am, and say only what needs to be spoken about the music, and nothing beyond that.”
The singer is now working on his next album, which is slated for a 2011 release. He also reveals that he’s recorded another song with AR Rahman after the chartbuster Masakalli, but wasn’t too keen on divulging too many details of that.