Mu­si­cians as­sess if the pop star’s de­mands are plain crazy tantrums or quite jus­ti­fied

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There’s no need for any artist to be wor­ried when Shera is around. He is very re­li­able and a no-non­sense per­son SAL­MAN KHAN, AC­TOR Off-stage de­mands are un­called for. I’d pre­fer hav­ing a bet­ter sound sys­tem at the cost of hav­ing a lux­ury car pick me up from the air­port JUBIN NAUTIYAL, SINGER [In­ter­na­tional artists] be­come even more rigid about their de­mands when they per­form in In­dia KAILASH KHER, SINGER

The list of de­mands by Cana­dian pop star Justin Bieber, who per­forms in Mum­bai on May 10, has ev­ery­one talk­ing about it. The 23-year old has listed things rang­ing from a pri­vate Rolls Royce to a convoy of lux­ury cars and Volvo buses. He has re­ally got down to de­tails, spec­i­fy­ing a par­tic­u­lar video game con­sole and a wash­ing ma­chine among the items absolutely re­quired.

Are these a huge star’s point­less de­mands? The mu­sic in­dus­try is di­vided on it. Some feel the de­mands are jus­ti­fied; oth­ers feel they are no more than starry tantrums.

Singer Jubin Nautiyal feels that a mu­si­cian should get whatever he wants for his per­for­mance, but that off­stage de­mands are un­called for. “You can’t com­pro­mise with things be­ing asked for while the artist is per­form­ing. It’s about be­ing com­fort­able,” he says.

Singer Jasleen Royal feels that even the “weird­est de­mands” make sense for live shows. For ex­am­ple, she adds, some artists may ask for a par­tic­u­lar brand of tow­els, be­cause if they get scratchy tow­els, it may af­fect their face.

Singer Kailash Kher, who had been the first to com­ment on ac­tor Son­akshi Sinha’s un­suit­abil­ity for an open­ing act at the Bieber con­cert, feels that these de­mands do amount to tantrums, but adds that or­gan­is­ers will ful­fil them any­way. “They’re big stars and when they come [to In­dia], it be­comes a big deal,” says Kher.

Vet­eran mu­si­cian Su­bir Ma­lik, key­boardist for the Delhi-based band Parikrama, un­der­stands the “ridicu­lous” de­mands, see­ing it from the artist’s per­spec­tive. “Singers like Justin Bieber are big stars. They need to be in their com­fort zone. If any small thing goes wrong, [Bieber’s] rep­u­ta­tion as a live artist will take a hit,” Ma­lik says.

Amit Khilam of the Del­hibased band In­dian Ocean says that these de­mands can also en­sure that con­cert or­gan­is­ers get all the de­tails right.

Round­ing it off, com­poser Anu Ma­lik thinks that the “big bag­gage” is okay, as “pop stars are pop stars” and peo­ple are crazy about them. He adds, “I’m glad that some­one like Bieber is com­ing to In­dia.”

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