Live gigs don’t work for be­gin­ners, says Raftaar

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

Raftaar, rap­per

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