Singer-songwriter Kailash Kher, along with his band Kailasa, has been in the industry for more than a decade now. Through the course of his journey, Kher has successfully managed to bring folk music into mainstream — be it as a background singer or by cutting albums with his band. As he launches his fifth album, Ishq Anokha, he talks about his journey, music, and more.
You are coming up with an album after four years. What took you so long?
(Laughs) We have been really busy with concerts across the globe and then we have been singing for films as well. Our fans had been asking us about the album for a long time and we thought we had to deliver an album. So, we recorded this while we were on the road and it is dedicated to the love that we share with our fans.
It’s been more than 10 years that you have been in the industry. How have you kept up with the evolving music scene?
There is no sure shot way to be successful in the industry. Ten years ago, when I first came to the industry, I was told that my voice wouldn’t work in the industry. Then in 2006, our first album came out and it was an instant hit. The same gentleman met us at a party and said, ‘Dekha maine kaha tha na. Yeh bahut famous ho jaega’. At the very outset I knew that it doesn’t matter what people will say about you; if you are honest about your work, the public will like it. And that’s the only constant that has been in the industry for the last 10-12 years, everything else has changed.
Watch: Teri Deewani by Kailash Kher
Are you happy with the changes? Do you think music in India is heading in the right direction?
I think it’s moving in the right direction. Thanks to the digital platforms, now one doesn’t have to rely on a record label. Earlier there used to be a recording label that used to bridge the gap between the artist and the listener by producing and distributing the music. Now, digital platforms have replaced them. So, wo jo ghatiyapanti thi record labels ki, woh ab khatam ho gayi hai. And I am really happy about that.
But is it also true that with the advent of technology, there is almost no money that a musician makes by selling their pre-recorded music on cassettes or CDs and the music is being downloaded illegally for free. Don’t you think it’s more of a problem than a blessing for musicians then?
Hindi mein kahawat hai, ‘Chakku ko kharbooje pe girao ya kharbooje ko chakku pe girao, kat ta kharbooja hi hai’. It applies to us musicians as well. Earlier, recording labels and royalties made sure we didn’t earn anything on our music, now it’s the internet. And no one can stop piracy, unless listeners want to. It remains in the hand of people and they need to understand that an artist puts in a lot of hard work when they record any music and they deserve to get some token of respect from their fans for the same.
Follow @htshowbiz for more.