Singer Mohit Chauhan, who has been sweeping awards in the Best Male Playback Singer category across the board for his songs in Rockstar (2011), is ready to cut an independent album after three years. His last album, Fitoor, released in 2009. It comprised 10 songs, sung and composed by him.
“I’m not sure how many songs I’ll eventually include in this album, but it’s something I’m very excited about. I want to put in as many different songs as I can. I’ve been working on this album for a while now. I’ve been busy recording for various composers for films. And whenever I’ve had time on hand, I’ve channelised my energy to work on the songs for this album,” says Mohit, who was Ranbir’s voice in Imtiaz Ali’s critically acclaimed movie.
Considering that there aren’t too many takers for independent albums, would he be able to market this one well? “Of course,” he says, adding, “Ranbir has promised to help me in whatever way he can. I don’t know right now whether he’ll feature in a music video or just travel with me to a couple of places to promote my work. But he’s with me. And there’s also the internet, and so many other platforms that I can easily use to promote my album. There are always takers for good music, even if they are few in number.”
After winning so many awards for his songs in Rockstar, composed by A R Rahman, does he plan to turn a Bollywood composer himself? “I would love to compose for an entire film because it will be a different experience. I’ve only composed for my albums where we don’t have to stick to a certain mood or situation. It will be a challenge to compose for a movie,” says Mohit. “I’ve seen Rahman working from such close quarters. He’s an inspiration. I’d like to collaborate with him before I venture into Bollywood as a composer.”