Live gigs don’t work for beginners, says Raftaar
In this day and age where one can download a song for free from the internet, and live shows have become a major source of revenue for many Indian musicians, popular rapper Raftaar (right) believes that live shows work only for established musicians.
The 26-year-old rapper, who is known for hit songs such as Dhup Chik, Swag Mera Desi, tells us that upcoming musicians don’t really get much from live concerts.
“With live shows, it’s not about the voice. People want to see that star in action. I mean, when you get up on stage, people go nuts and start shouting your name when you haven’t even started playing,” he says, adding, “So this is what I mean. People will go nuts, even if you don’t sing it note to note. And if you are not a known figure, they will still say that you are rubbish ... even if you give your best perfor- mance on stage.”
The Kerala-born rapper adds that live shows are overrated and they only make sense for established musicians. “It’s a clichéd thing now. They are just dreams that we sell to the outside world. If you are an established performer, half of the crowd present there will be cheering your name and the other half who won’t know you also wonder: ‘Why are they cheering his name?’
And that’s how the followers increase. But as a beginner, it is very difficult to get a live gig going, because the crowd doesn’t know you,” he says.
People go nuts, even if you don’t sing it note to note. And if you are not a known figure, they will still call you rubbish