04 HAVE NO BACKING IN BOLLYWOOD: AKHIL
Singer Akhil Sachdeva (right), who started his singing career six years ago, realised his Bollywood dreams only this year. He made his playback singing debut with the song Humsafar in Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
He first shot to fame as the lead vocalist of the band Nasha while he performed at Delhi clubs. Although he takes pride in the fact that he was among the first few, who started the trend of independent music and live band culture in Delhi, he also feels many have ruined the genre in the name of following the trend. “It’s good that people are ready to listen to new voices and new songs. But I have my own principles. I don’t do things just because they are in trend,” he says.
Ask him why there aren’t as many independent musicians flourishing in the scene and says that it’s because they don’t get adequate finances to release their albums or songs.
“This has been the trouble for independent musicians. Though my friends in the industry are top VJs. I have never asked for any help. I’m moving without any backing in Bollywood, says Akhil, and adds, “There are people who I don’t even call musicians, but they are still making it big. So, do one big thing and then there are people who would do things for you and support you financially as well.”
He recalls the time when his Bollywood song had released and he was flooded with offers and says, “There are managers and event companies who want to support me in getting my songs out. So, it’s a journey, don’t lose hope. Stay genuine to the music you believe in.”