Mithoon

Com­poser-lyri­cist Mithoon on how emo­tions colour his mu­sic

The Hindu - - CINEMA -

song. Tamil is a rich lan­guage and I’m still try­ing to get the essence of it. But when I do de­cide to work down South, I’d love to work on a love story. The ones made here are full of pas­sion and very re­al­is­tic. I like that,” he says.

Given that the mu­sic in­dus­try is see­ing new tal­ent emerge ev­ery other day, from sound en­gi­neers to com­posers, does he feel the heat of com­pe­ti­tion? “Not re­ally. There is room for ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try. I’ve al­ways been low-pro­file and let my work speak for it­self. That said, I’ve worked with plenty of fresh tal­ent — Atif As­lam, Ari­jit Singh, and Chin­mayi — and it’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

On a new hori­zon

And what in­spires his mu­sic? “I draw in­spi­ra­tion from hu­man life. And when I’m work­ing, I don’t like be­ing dis­turbed at all. Just si­lence. In fact, I give my staff a few days off till I get the essence of my song right. Once that is in place, I get them to give their in­puts. But the essence of the song is the nerve, and I sim­ply have to get that right,” he says.

The com­poser, who is busy work­ing on his next project, Ak­sar 2, says that this year, he will also be fo­cussing on a lot of in­de­pen­dent mu­sic. “With on­line plat­forms be­ing thrown open to tal­ent, it is a great time for non-film mu­si­cians. It throws open great av­enues for them. Also, when you work on film mu­sic, you are re­stricted by fac­tors such as plot, sound­scape and ex­pec­ta­tions from the team. Here, there are no such bar­ri­ers,” he says, adding, “While cov­ers are great, I be­lieve they are a part of the jour­ney. It’s im­por­tant to not make them the end goal. Orig­i­nal mu­sic needs to be en­cour­aged.” And has he found a cover of one of his works that has left a mark on him? “Not yet,” he smiles.

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