Arjun Kanungo: I want to do good work and be the hero of my own story
Despite loving the fact that he gets to sing in Bollywood films, singer-songwriter Arjun Kanungo talks to us about focussing his energies and efforts on non-film music and also explains why he is not an indie artist.Updated: Jun 26, 2020 16:07 IST
Singer-songwriter Arjun Kanungo is grateful for the fact that he is able to sing in films. Yet, his focus and all his efforts are towards establishing himself as a musician, which can be only done in the non-film music space.
“I love singing for Hindi films. But honestly, effort isn’t entirely there. I’m more focused on non-film music. I feel movie song is not about a singer. It’s not even about the actors in it. It’s about the film. So what am I chasing with it? It’s fine if you sing in films to get awards, get more fame and increase your value. But after that, what do you get?” asks the 29-year-old.
However, it’s not that Kanungo doesn’t care about his career, but he does care about his mental health.
“Film industry is nerve-wracking. It’s a rat race and I don’t really like to focus my efforts there. I’m happy with the kind of work I’m doing. I want to do good work and be the hero of my own story,” adds Arjun, who recently released his single Fursat Hai Aaj Bhi.
The single, a pop ballad, is about “being with somebody across space and time”. However, Arjun reveals that it was inspired by his father, who died after battling cancer, in April this year.
“When I wrote the song, I know it is a love song, but really it was a lot about what my father was going around that time. A lot of lines sort of reverberate with me because of the situation I was going through then,” he tells us, confessing that it wasn’t easy for him to pen this song.
The singer adds that it’s difficult when one is trying to bare a part of their soul. “It’s almost like you don’t want people to see your vulnerable side. But, I realised one thing that, the more honest you are with your music, the better it will be. I’m going to be more honest with my music in future,” he adds.
Over the years, Kanungo has been one of the few musicians who’ve insisted that they’re not an indie artiste, but someone who identifies themselves as a non-film artiste.
“Independent music is different from the non-film music space in the sense that indie artistes aren’t backed by a big label. They aren’t funded by anybody and don’t have a team behind them, unlike me,” he explains.
Further pointing the big difference between the two, he says, “Sonically, indie music is more current, because musicians in that space want to have that cutting edge sound. I’m saying this because I’ve been in that space where I wanted to create cutting edge sound. For indie musicians, that’s more important than using it in a context, so that others and bigger audiences can relate to it. for instance, how the electro pop and the EDM stuff that you hear in Bollywood right, now was very popular in the indie circuit five years back.”
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