“For Me, My Voice Will Be My Identity, Till The Time I Sing”
Lucknow boy AMIT MISHRA is indeed blessed with an amazing voice and is sure to make it big in Bollywood. From topping the charts with Manmaemotion jaage to ruling our hearts with Bulleya and more, we have started loving him even more. Read on as the singer talks about his journey of facing hardships to becoming one of the most happening singers of B-town and his ultimate goals.
Belonging from a family with no musical background, did you always aspire to get into the music industry?
Yes absolutely. From the beginning of my schooling, I got into the vocals.
Tell us about your first break in Bollywood?
My first official song came out on T-series and it was given to me by Chirantan Bhatt sir. I got an opportunity to sing for him for 1920:EvilReturns and post that I got a chance to sing for Prashant Muchhal, Suneel Darshan sir and also got an opportunity to sing with the amazing Palak Muchhal in the initial days of my career and then the journey came up to Manmaemotionjaage. I have also had my own album called EternalLove, for which I collaborated with Parthiv Shah. It had six songs and I have done many albums after that.
You have worked with some of the most notable music composers. Please share your experience?
I had the best experience when I got to work with some of the most elite production houses, they all are very good with their work and absolutely polished, especially Pritam da. When I got a chance to enter his studio and do a lot of snatches for him, though it was in terms of vocal audition, that was the most exciting part for me because he has a brilliant team and he is truly a gem of a person. The way he teaches and explains a song and of course the technicalities, he makes it easy for us. At the same time, I also got to work with Mithoon for Aksar 2 and with Sajid-Wajid sir for Judwaa 2. I also got a chance to meet Varun Dhawan for the first time. All of them, I would say are
brilliantly technical and the best composers, it was great fun working with all of them.
Who has been your support system throughout your journey?
My friends, family and all my loved ones have been a huge support. The very first being my mom and dad since I don’t come from a background with musical scenario and they weren’t sure at first about where will it take me in life and what will I do in Mumbai alone, but they have shown immense support and courage. My father wanted me to join his business but I had other plans and he was very supportive and stood beside me like a wall. In my initial days, surviving in Mumbai was tough for me but my passion was on the next level, so I feel there was no struggle. It has been a fun ride so far.
Which is your favourite music genre?
My favourite music genre has changed with time. I like alternative Rock, Hip-hop and also Indie pop but when I completely get into Bollywood, there’s no specific genre or limitations. Because a singer has to modulate his voice according to the need of the song and there’s no specific genre for a vocalist because he has to deliver, whatever comes his way.
Competition in the music industry is increasing hour by hour, what are your thoughts on that?
I wouldn’t say that I am competing with any singer, because that’s a margin of what other production houses think. My part is to work on myself and just to groom my vocals, my competition is with myself because from where I had started to what I sing right now, I feel there is a lot of difference in myself and I am exploring all kinds of music. Every time with a new song, I challenge myself and I never leave the studio until the composers don’t say bhaihogaya tera (laughs). And at the end, the audience is the jury.
Bulleya has been a turning point in your career, did you expect such an amazing response?
Bulleya is a Sufi rock which is my favourite and I was pretty excited to record it. The first time when I got the chance to sing this song, it was as normal as a vocal audition. But when it was out, the way people shared it was of some other level, it was a rage everywhere and I was getting messages and I still do. It was another hit collaboration with Pritam da after Manmaemotionjaage. I was extremely overwhelmed.
You have sung for many wellknown faces in Bollywood, share your best experience?
All of them were good because, all the genres were different and I am pretty happy with that. Talking about Manma emotion jaage, it’s more of a Hip-hop/ RnB, Sau tarah ke again for Varun Dhawan was like more of a house track, Bulleya was an alternative Rock and then Galti se mistake was like Indian jhol sort of and so on. I measure the song with the genre of course, and I will remember all my songs forever. But Bulleya and Manma emotion jaage will always be my favourite though.
What is your take on the actors who are trying their hands in singing, isn’t that giving rise to some tough competition?
I guess they are able to produce their work so well because the game is not just to sing in a room and get popular (laughs), this is something you have to produce
A vocalist has to deliver, whatever comes his way.”
and they have the resources to do it. Mujhe Alia jikawoh gaanabahutachalagatha‘Ek
kudi’, she sang it so fluently… something very raw and authentic. So, yes I appreciate all of them because they are taking efforts to entertain people in whatever way possible, be it through acting or singing and they enjoy it, so kudos to them.
If not a singer, what would Amit Mishra be?
I would have been a cricketer, because to be honest, my second love is sports. In my school days, I was very good at co-curriculars as all the time I was into sports, music and studies as well. And I was quite popular in my area for cricket (laughs).
What do you enjoy more – playback singing or concerts?
If I was asked this three years back, I would have chosen playback but now I need to maintain a balance between both of them because I get opportunities to perform for bands and concerts and it becomes tough because you have to travel and take care of your voice. So now, I love doing both since I represent both right now.
A musician, just because he works behind the screen doesn’t get his deserved appreciations. What is your take on that?
That doesn’t matter somehow because for me I get all the deserved appreciation. An actor makes the song popular because of his stardom and confidence. Aur dekhne wale kaafi samajhdaar hai, they identify a singer’s voice very well. During my initial days, I was more inclined towards how to sing because popularity toh baad ki baat hai. And for me, my voice will be my identity, till the time I sing.
What is your biggest strength and weakness?
My strength is my family of course, my mom, papa and di. And my weakness is the fact that I am very emotional because I am an artiste.
What is that one special thing about you that no one else has?
X factor! (Laughs)
Everything is going the remix way in today’s time, don’t you think it’s killing the slow music vibe?
I don’t think so because it’s the
Pritam da has made my journey very memorable.”
same music, the melody of that song is so memorable that even if it’s remade, the flow doesn’t break, it still entertains. If a song is remixed, it becomes a rage because every freaking club plays it and my personal favourite is Chalti hai kya 9 se 12, it’s on loop in my car while I drive. People just add some masala to an old song and I love that.
Rate these singers from 1 to 5, Arijit Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Atif Aslam, Amit Mishra…
1. Arijit Singh
2. Shreya and Sunidhi ji
3. Atif ji
4. Amit Mishra
How do you keep yourself motivated on a dull day?
I just listen to a song of Bruno Mars, I will start with The Lazy Song and my playlist would reach to the Dangal songs by the evening.
Who is your inspiration?
All my gurus since my childhood. Then all the mentors I have got a chance to sing for… all of them are my inspiration since I have learnt different things from them. Chirantan Bhatt has been a very great mentor for me in my initial days and Pritam da too, he has made my journey very memorable so far, I have learned so much from him.
From the release of your first song to now, is the nervousness the same?
I do get nervous sometimes before the song is about to release. Things like how I will sound, will the audience accept the song. And also before a stage performance I feel nervous as well because you never know what kind of audience I am going to get, and I want to be a rough and tough singer, like someone who can sing at the top of his voice even on the Himalayas. (laughs)
Tell us about your future projects?
I am working on two video singles, and we are almost done with the shoot and the ground work, we might release it in the first week of May. The name of the song is Vacation, it will feature my band, and it’s a Rock and Roll kind of song. The second release is Ooty wali beauty, the shoot is being planned in Spain, and this might just come after the Vacation track in May. Talking about the playbacks, yes I am pretty much into the recording sessions right now but I cannot share it because of the exclusivity.
Name your faves amongst your songs?
Manma emotion jaage, Sau tarah ke, Bulleya, Galti se mistake and Ganpati bappa morya…
Do you follow a certain regimen to maintain the flexibility of your chords?
I cannot eat very heavy things and I try to keep myself fit. For the flexibility of my vocal chords, it’s very important to just practise every day and anywhere, to sing in the right manner and just not to scream
Who are the music directors, you wish to work with in the near future?
I wish to work with Pritam da a thousand times. I want to learn so many things from him. I would like to sing for Vishal Shekhar, Salim Sulaiman, A R Rahman sahab and Anu Malik, he is my all-time favourite. I am just waiting for an opportunity and I am trying since long back. This is one never-ending list. (laughs)
Lastly, any message for your STARDUST readers?
Keep listening and keep enjoying music, much love.
My competition is with myself.”
Ranbir Kapoor in Bulleya