‘Mu­sic space has widened’

Sonu says it’s an in­ter­est­ing time to be in the mu­sic in­dus­try as it now in­cludes more gen­res

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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.

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