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'I love performing live'

There's more to Shibani Kashyap than just good looks - She might be seen on the big screen soon.

music Updated: Dec 12, 2003 16:01 IST
Arnab Banerjee
Arnab Banerjee

Shibani Kashyap has a familar name in the world of Indipop for a long time now. But very recently, this Delhi-based singer recorded for a Hindi film. She is awaiting response to the three songs she has sung and is already composing for her next album. Smart, sexy and chic, Kashyap could easily be mistaken for an actressbut she insists there's more to her than just good looks. A chat with thesinger.

What took you so long to enter the field of playback singing?
I have been a stage performer for long and enjoy singing to a live audience the most. Besides, one needs to be in Mumbai to be able to meet music composers and do the usual rounds of producers. Since I had a career to fall back on, I didn't feel the need to rush to what everyone terms as the 'Dream City' of Mumbai. In any case, I am not going to go beyond my periphery and stick to what I know and enjoy doing the best.

How did the offer to sing for Waisa Bhi Hota Hai come about?
I have been composing for my albums and when I recorded for my new album, people assumed that I was willing to now make the shift. I guess it just happened without my making any special effort. Although I must confess that it has been a dream come true. I have so far sung three of the songs and they have come out beautifully. Let's see.. I might take up other offers once the music becomes popular.

Is singing for films any different?
It is. Since for a film song, there is a situation and there are some specific emotions that one needs to take care of, the style has to be a little different. But at the end of the day, a song is a song and while recording, there isn't much difference. As for emoting, it'sis fine with me since I perform to a live audience and have no such fears of adding a personal touch to a line. Therefore the experience is similar.

What do you think of the remix versions of popular songs?
I think the public has to decide what exactly it is that they want. To me such versions which are neither rich in quality nor have anything new to offer, are not melodious at all.

How important is training for a singer?
I would it's most imperative that any aspiring singer gets himself trained before even planning a career in music. Suron ka gyan (knowledge of notes and melody) is a must.

What kind of music would you like to compose?
I like old Hindi film hits and listen to them a lot. I also love jazz and rock music. Actually it depends on my mood. I love sufi music too. Anything that is esoteric and not mainstream and has a lot of melody is my kind of music.

Given your good looks and glamorous image, are you open to film offers too?
Let's see. I'll tackle one thing at a time. I know some people are already talking about me getting into movies and I won't rule out the possibility.But as of now, I'm concentrating on my music alone.

First Published: Dec 12, 2003 15:56 IST