We are the world (Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) possibly inspired me to be a singer. Vishal Dadlani speaks to Nikhil Taneja...
Song during school years: When I was in 8th standard, I performed the title song from We are the world (Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie) with my class on stage for the first time. It possibly inspired me to be a singer. Those days, I also loved Beat it from Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Song during college years: I’ve got the power from World Power (Snap!), Roadhouse blues from Morrison Hotel (The Doors) and the album Hysteria (Def Leppard)
Song during first love: They are the same as the ones during my school years
Song during first heartbreak: Ahh.. hua hi nahin re.. I’m still close to everyone I was once in a relationship with
Song for all seasons: Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone from Just As I Am (Bill Withers)
Song to headbang to: Probably Walk from Vulgar Display of Power (Pantera).. though I don’t really headbang much.. it’s not my vibe
Song to dance to: Baby’s got a temper.. single by The Prodigy
Song for long walks: All music by Coldplay, Amy Winehouse or Telepopmusik
Song for drives: Everything by my band, Pentagram, is great for drives!
Song for gymming: On the rare occasions that I do go to the gym, I listen to mellow music or songs by The Prodigy and Massive Attack
Song for the rain: Riders on the storm from L A Woman (The Doors) always takes me back to the rain, and so does Bheegi bheegi raaton mein from Ajnabee (Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar)
Song for mornings: I’m not a morning person.. so whoever is playing the music, better play it soft!
Song when romantic: Woh pehli baar from Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (Shaan).. I wrote it for my wife
Song when inspired: Pushin’ forward back from the self-titled album by Temple of the Dog
Song when mad as hell: Songs by Metallica, Slipknot and my band Pentagram
Song to serenade a girl with: Title song of the album You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers.. the ironical part is that my wife hates it!
Song to be serenaded with: Teardrop from Mezzanine (Massive Attack)
Song of a colleague: Masakali from Delhi 6 (Mohit Chauhan)
Song of a legend (Indian): There are like two Indian legends.. RD Burman and AR Rahman. I love their songs Hum bewafa from Shalimaar (Kishore Kumar) and Tere bina from Guru (AR Rahman, Chinmayee)
Song you sang/composed: Tujhe chand chahiye from Supari, Allah ke bande from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II (Kailash Kher) and everything from Jhankaar Beats. Since I write them, all Pentagram songs describe what I feel
Song that others connect you with: Voices by Pentagram, and now, Jaane kyun from Dostana
Song that best describes you: If there’s any song called As****e, that would describe me pretty well