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The reason Amaal Mallik says ‘Oh s**t’ every time his song becomes a hit

Music composer and singer, Amaal Mallik says that he is always under pressure to make good music.

music Updated: Feb 01, 2018 17:54 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Amaal Malik,Amaal Mallik
Music composer Amaal Mallik’s song, Subah Subah, was released on January 2, 2018.

Every time a song composed by Amaal Mallik becomes a hit, the 26-year-old finds himself ‘under pressure’ to compose better music in future. The pressure is self induced, and Amaal does it so that he doesn’t carried away [by success]. “It always happens with me that after a song of mine becomes a hit, I’m telling myself, ‘Oh sh*t, yeh gaana toh hit ho gaya,’” he laughs.

The singer-composer explains, “What I mean is that I put that pressure on myself. I have to be better than what I have created before, and that’s a desire that comes from within. It isn’t because fans are expecting something from me, but because I expect it from myself.”

Unlike the number of views/hits his songs garner on streaming websites, Amaal maintains that he is “not driven by numbers”. He adds, “Of course, you would want the song to do well, and the hits on it are one way of deciding that. But that might not really show the true picture.”

Giving an example of his song, Tere Mere from Chef; 2017, he says, “The song has got 10 million views till now but it is as popular as Hua Hai Aaj Pehli Baar, which has crossed over a 100 million views, because every time I play live, audiences shout out to me to play Tere Mere. So sometimes, a song belongs to a certain genre, and it might not get that many hits or plays. But it is still being loved by audiences. When I am putting a song out, I know it will connect with the audiences. That’s why I am not worried about the numbers. Yes, they are important, but I am not driven by numbers.”

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First Published: Feb 01, 2018 17:54 IST