Cre­ation hap­pens spon­ta­neously for Sukhbir

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Sa­marth Goyal ■ sa­[email protected]

Not get­ting car­ried away by fame and wealth is im­per­a­tive for singer and song­writer, Sukb­hir Singh. Per­haps, that’s why the 49year-old singer, who has been a part of the mu­sic in­dus­try since the nineties, still prefers to fo­cus on cre­at­ing mu­sic, rather than fo­cussing on fame. He thanks his fam­ily for help­ing him to re­main grounded.

“I come from a very hum­ble back­ground and was taught, right from the very start, not to al­low what you do to de­ter­mine who you are. Fame and wealth are both tran­si­tory en­ti­ties and if one al­lows them to de­ter­mine the path, then one should also be pre­pared for the re­sult­ing out­come, which is usu­ally not a de­sir­able one,” he says.

The hu­mil­ity helps the singer, who is known for hits such as Gal Ban Gayee (1997) and Nachle Soniye (2001), to fo­cus on mu­sic. His up­com­ing sin­gle, Nachdi, was cre­ated in just one day.

“One day and the ba­sic struc­ture was in place, the rest is just tweak­ing and fine tun­ing. Some­times when cre­ativ­ity is flow­ing, cre­ation seems to hap­pen al­most spon­ta­neously,” he says, adding that the cre­ative spon­tane­ity helped him com­pose his most pop­u­lar song, Tare Gin Gin (1997), in no time at all.

“In the case of ‘oh ho ho ho’, the song prac­ti­cally seemed to have cre­ated it­self and I seemed to have be­come only an in­stru­ment to al­low the cre­ation to hap­pen,” he adds.

The most im­por­tant part of the song is the hook line. Sukhbir feels that it needs to be epic to make the song pop­u­lar. “The pri­mary fo­cus for me is al­ways the cho­rus or the hook of the song, it needs to be epic, it needs to make me dance be­fore I can make any­one else move,” he says.

“I do ex­per­i­ment but not for too long. Where it seems like the song is not mov­ing for­ward, I tend to park it and start afresh. I do have many melodies that don’t make the ‘cut’, so to speak. This helps me to keep go­ing and reach that eu­reka mo­ment,” he signs off.

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

Singer-song­writer Sukb­hir Singh be­came pop­u­lar through his song Tare Gin Gin (1997)

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