Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Monika Rawal Kukreja

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.”

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