‘I didn’t see much scope in clas­si­cal music’

Singer Amit Mishra says he al­ways wanted to be­come a Bol­ly­wood singer; adds that tech­nol­ogy plays a huge role in the song­writ­ing process

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Nikita Deb

Amit Mishra has been singing across gen­res and lan­guages for a while now, but his big­gest hit re­mains, ‘Bul­leya’ (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil; 2016). His discog­ra­phy in­cludes hits such as ‘Manma emo­tion jaage’ (Dil­wale; 2015), ‘Ra­dio’ (Tube­light), and ‘Galti se mis­take’ (Jagga Ja­soos), but the singer says that he al­ways only wanted to be­come a good singer. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view:

How has life changed af­ter ‘Bul­leya’? There are cer­tain songs that are al­ways special to you, and ‘Bul­leya’ will al­ways re­main with me. Ever since I heard ‘Bul­leya’, from its in­cep­tion to the fi­nal out­come, I fell in love with it. Life has changed con­sid­er­ably, as my name has be­come syn­ony­mous with this beau­ti­ful song. And I thank Pri­ta­mda (Pri­tam Chakraborty; com­poser), Karan Jo­har and Ran­bir Kapoor for this op­por­tu­nity.

‘Bul­leya’ was very dif­fer­ent from ‘Manma emo­tion’. Is there a par­tic­u­lar genre that you are com­fort­able with? I’ve been train­ing in In­dian clas­si­cal music since I was a child and I have been a big fol­lower of old school rock and al­ter­na­tive rock music. I never re­stricted my­self to a par­tic­u­lar genre, be­cause I like ex­plor­ing the un­ex­plored music in me. It gives me the chance to dis­cover what lies within. I like to be ver­sa­tile, be­cause that’s what we singers love to do. We love and live to bring some good music to the world, and that is my aim as well.

How dif­fi­cult is it to sing songs in other lan­guages such as Ben­gali and Tel­ugu? The trick lies in un­der­stand­ing the song and pick­ing the nu­ances and dic­tion of the lan­guage you’re singing in. Once you get that, you fo­cus on the treat­ment, and it is a cre­ative process. You learn a lot through this, be­cause you are push­ing your­self to sing in a lan­guage com­pletely for­eign to you, but the song is a part of you, so you try to make the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence worth­while. Also, the team is a huge sup­port, be­cause ev­ery­one from the com­posers to the tech­ni­cians, sound en­gi­neers, ar­rangers and vo­cal in­struc­tors are your back­bone, and they help you in that jour­ney.

Did you al­ways want to be­come a Bol­ly­wood singer? I had a teacher called Raju sir who dis­cov­ered me when I was in school. I was very good at sports and music in school. I started singing in the choir and par­tic­i­pat­ing in as­sem­blies. Music was an op­tional sub­ject, and I learnt a cou­ple of in­stru­ments too. But that was not con­sis­tent, be­cause music was af­fect­ing my stud­ies, and aca­demics were pri­or­ity, and I didn’t know how to bal­ance the two. I lost touch with music for three years, but af­ter com­plet­ing my 12th, I took for­mal music train­ing from Bhatkhande Music In­sti­tute in Luc­know while do­ing my grad­u­a­tion at Luc­know Uni­ver­sity. How­ever, Bol­ly­wood was some­thing that made me happy, so I felt that I should take steps to make a ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood. That made sense to me at that time be­cause so many clas­si­cal mu­si­cians had al­ready made their pres­ence felt in the in­dus­try. I didn’t see much scope for a ca­reer in clas­si­cal music. And my par­ents wanted me to have a sta­ble ca­reer in music or wanted me to fo­cus on my stud­ies. But when I de­cided that I wanted to work in Bol­ly­wood, my par­ents were very sup­port­ive.

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