Himesh Reshamiya Curated
Indian Music director and Singer
CURATED BY :
Is it true that you don't sleep one night before the release?
How did you lose 20 kg weight for a film?
After singing, composing and acting, are you looking forward now to directing also?
How did you get into acting through 'Aap kaa Surroor'?
How do you manage to make music for 15-16 films all together?
How do you maintain a balance between pop and sufi music?
How important is composition for a song?
What is that one thing you enjoy the most - singing, composing or acting?
How important music is for your films?
What were your expectations from your film Radio?
How important your film Radio was to you?
What do you have to say about being branded in a lower league vis-a-vis composers who lack your range or prolific output or capacity to make popular songs?
When did that ever matter? The critics are not concerned with talent or popularity. They attach more value to exclusivity. But the people do not, so it is about how one looks at it. A composer has to plan his career strategy for a longer innings. But careers always depend on destiny, in which I believe totally, and in how one deals with the opportunities it gives you. I got a “Tere Naam” so I could score a “Tere Naam.” If it had not come to me, I would have to approach my career at that point differently.
Do you have any special goals in your profession?
My only aims right now are to give great music and also to develop non-film music which has not yet bloomed in India. Film music, however good, is dependent on a lot of factors for its success, like marketing, the way a song is used in a film and finally the film’s box-office performance. The best of music, like “Radio,” can fail when one or more of these factors come in. Non-film music is something that can really work on pure merit when given the right platform. Michael Jackson would not have reached such heights if he was a film playback singer.
How did you come up with an international album?
My album “@ Da Edge,” which has 15 English songs that I have written, composed and sung, is where I could have been truly carried away and become a kind of wannabe as I am the first artist from India to go West at this level and on this scale; if you notice, the trend is for their artists to come to India for collaborations and our artists to work with them on a track or two. But I lived abroad for 18 months to crack the codes of their culture and language before creating the right music that has zero Indian influence. Even my accent here is completely non-Indian. India is a very small market for them, contrary to what we would like to think, so they would be least interested in an Indian artist unless they liked his work. My album is being produced by Universal Music, not the Indian wing but the international label. My videos are being directed by Roman White, the man who works for Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Rihanna. Damian and Abigail, who style names like Rihanna, have styled my look in the videos. The first single will release on Universal Music in 122 countries in October. I am waiting for the reaction to it as there has been no Indian rock star abroad after Freddie Mercury.
How did you get into singing from composing music?
Are you satisfied with your work?
What do you have to say about your controversies?
How do you take up criticism?
Do you compose music keeping the market in mind ?
Do you compose music keeping the market in mind ?
When did you think of getting into music industry?
What is your journey of music?
What do you pray most for?
To Goddess Saraswati to be on my side.
You have given a break and encouragement to a number of singers including Tulsi Kumar. What are some of the things you tell them?
Being associated with the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contest has brought me close to many aspiring singers. One of the contestants, Vinit Singh, has sung for me in Rocky. Himani Kapoor is another talented singer. I ask them to listen to the best songs of Lataji (Mangeshkar), Ashaji (Bhosle), Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Alkaji (Yagnik). There are many more wonderful singers. I tell the new singers the importance of practice. And I try to inspire today's singers to sing like the legends. I tell them if they cannot emote the notes, if there is no real shruti in the music and singing, the songs just won't appeal.
Are you worried the way some composers suddenly go out of favour?
I think it is important for every composer to look at every new film as something very important and precious. I would like to think that every film as my first film. I want to forget that I have composed music for such hit films as Tera Nam and Aitraaz. I try to compose a new tune as if everything depends on it. I will never let forget that the audiences are always smart. They don't care for brand names in music. If I am not good they will reject me immediately, never mind what I have achieved just the other day.
What is the secret lies behind the speed with which you compose?
I am restless. I think I have more than a 1,000 tunes in my song bank. But I also know that unless I have worked on those tunes a lot and they are set to good lyrics, they are not going to be successful. Many people do not know how hard I work. There are many days I work more than 18 hours. I am prepared to work even 24 hours if a particular tune is not working out well to my satisfaction. I will only rest when I am truly satisfied with it.
What have you taken most from your father?
Him constantly telling me to be humble, and I think that is very important in any field. He was an innovator in his own field, and he was also responsible for introducing electronic instruments in the movie industry. I have learned from him to be daring and experimental.
Has any other composer asked you to sing for him, especially after you won the Filmfare award?
No. But I will say this much. If at all there is one composer I would sing for, however occasionally it would be, it has to be A R Rahman.
How do you decide on singing a song of your own in a film?
Himesh Reshammiya the composer had to give permission to Himesh Reshammiya, the singer. It is like picking a card from the deck. I think deeply before I let the singer in me get the permission.
Some critics say that your Sufiyan kind of songs with Middle Eastern layers of music sound too similar.
I truly believe in variation. Even then, the critics would be surprised by the soundtrack of some of the forthcoming films.
Are you afraid of anything?
Stagnation. And that is why I take up films like Banaras, which has very different kind of music than the one I have created in recent months.
Is there a key philosophy to your music?
I love to simplify the ragas and use them in my music as much as possible. Simplified ragas and lively orchestrating. And you catch the attention of the young, and slowly older audiences surrender too to the music.