‘99% of the singers in Bollywood use autotune’
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.