‘Music space has widened’
Sonu says it’s an interesting time to be in the music industry as it now includes more genres
With access to millions of sounds and thousands of software, today programmers and music producers have the liberty and luxury to go crazy with music production SONU NIGAM, SINGER
From hip-hop, jazz to EDM and rap songs, the Indian music industry is going through an interesting time, says singer Sonu Nigam (above), who believes that India’s own music genres should also be given a respectable space to flourish.
The National Award-winner said, “Our (Indian) music is becoming international.”
“As a musician, I value classical Indian music and I am of the opinion that genres like ghazals and bhajans, besides pure classical music, need respectable space to flourish,” he added.
Sonu says the Indian music industry has changed as compared to earlier times. “Good and average work happens in all eras. Today, the music space has widened immensely. Music has also become more encompassing of multiple genres. These are interesting times. Music is no longer regionconfined,” he said. Asked whether Indian music has moved the realms of film music, Sonu said: “I wouldn’t say it has moved beyond films but, yes, releasing independent music is my intent. And an online digital release reaches out to audiences worldwide.”
Besides, he feels having a discography of film songs and independent tracks completes the life of a singer in India.
“Film songs give you the opportunity to sing compositions of multiple composers and widen the range of one’s craft. Whereas private albums or singles give you a chance to express whatever you couldn’t. Singles are the artistes’ personal space,” he added.