‘99% of the singers in Bol­ly­wood use auto­tune’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Singer-song­writer Sukhwinder Singh isn’t too happy with the fact that sev­eral old pop­u­lar songs are be­ing recre­ated. He blames the “auto tune” fea­ture in mu­sic soft­ware that has led to the rise of these re­hashes.

The 47-year-old singer feels that the tech­nique, which is used to fix the pitch in vo­cal per­for­mances, is the rea­son why “orig­i­nal­ity” is be­ing lost.

“It is a very sim­ple thing. When you de­pend on some­thing, which is not your own, and you ex­pect it to make things bet­ter for you, you can­not be orig­i­nal. To­day, 99 per­cent of singers in Bol­ly­wood use the auto-tune fea­ture. How do you ex­pect them to sing orig­i­nal songs then?” he asks.

“All these things only ham­per your process as a singer. I un­der­stand if one uses it, on rare oc­ca­sions. But to­day, singers, want to use it for al­most ev­ery song. That’s why you don’t hear too many orig­i­nals these days,” he adds.

Known for hit tracks such as Chaiyya Chaiyya (Dil Se, 1998) and Chak De (Chak De! In­dia, 2007), Sukhwinder isn’t en­tirely against the idea of recre­at­ing pop­u­lar hits, but feels that orig­i­nal com­posers don’t get the de­served recog­ni­tion for the recre­ated tracks.

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