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‘Amaal and I want to leave a mark in the industry’
Debarati Palit Singh | Friday, 6 January 2017 AT 09:58 PM IST
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Talented singer Armaan Malik, who performed in the city recently, talks about his upcoming projects, the Malik surname and what has worked in his favour.

At 21, Armaan Malik has already created a niche for himself in Bollywood with hit tracks like  Tum Ko Aana Hi Tha, Love You Till The End (Jai Ho), Naina (Khoobsurat), Main Hoon Hero Tera (Hero), Tumhe Apna Banane Ki and Wajah Tum Ho (Hate Story 3), Buddhu Sa Mann (Kapoor & Sons), Foolishq (Ki & Ka), Sab Tera (Baaghi), Jab Tak (MS Dhoni: The Untold Story). The young singer has worked with some of the established composers of the film industry and is looking forward to many new projects.

When we caught up with Armaan in the city prior to his performance, he greeted us in a casual tee and track pants and excitedly mentioned that it was his first solo performance in Pune.  Here’s more from the singer:

What kind of a crowd do you prefer for a live performance?
I prefer an audience that loves to dance, sing and go crazy. I don’t like people who sit and listen to me. I like interacting with fans and have a great time with them.

How do you look back at 2016 and what are your upcoming projects in 2017?
The year 2016 was amazing in many ways. Some of the great tracks came my way. This year, I am trying to do a lot of independent work because that’s going to grow in a big way. I feel it’s high time singers became the face of their songs because they have always been the face of the actor which is also great but singers should get their own identity like it happens in the West.
I am working on a dance single of mine and I am featuring in it too. I have just finished shooting for the video in Los Angeles. It’s different from what I have done so far — everyone has heard me in romantic numbers but this is an out-and-out pop number. The idea is to break away from the romantic singer image.   
Coming to Bollywood, I have Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Noor. Hopefully, I might sing in Badrinath Ki Dulhania because I have been wanting to sing for Varun for a very long time. We have already spoken about this and if we do something together, it has to be an amazing song.

Does the ‘Malik’ surname put pressure on you and Amaal to establish yourselves in the industry or perform even better?
There’s no pressure. Many people feel burdened by the pressure of their own name and I wonder why. You have been born into this family, so be proud of it. Many people tell me, ‘Oh, you are born into the Malik family, so you were bound to get all the fame’. Why? I am proud to be born into this musical family and have music in my blood. I agree it gives me  easy access to the industry but it does not mean that I will be successful. If I can’t sing, do you think anyone will like me? To survive here, you have to be talented.

In a short span of time, Amaal and you have already established yourselves. What has worked in your favour?
Just one thing — we have put out great music in the last two years. The year 2014 was great because Jai Ho happened and Salman Khan launched us in that. Before that, I was singing for almost 10 years but nobody knew about it. Now, it’s important to bring quality music. Currently, the kind of music that is being made hardly has any recall value. People can’t remember it after a few weeks. You have to create an everlasting song and an impact, so that people remember you even after 30 years or more. That’s my goal and also Amaal’s. He is coming up with his own compositions and I am creating my own style of singing. We want to leave a mark in the industry. I don’t believe in churning out songs that everyone is doing because then everyone sounds the same. It’s high time we did something different yet commercial.

Our industry has become like a fast food industry — a song is needed every five minutes as people are consuming music very fast and it’s available anywhere and everywhere. Almost daily, a new song is coming on YouTube, so choosing the best becomes a challenge. Our job then is to create the one song that will cut through and go on for life. That’s the reason why I listen to a lot of stuff beyond Bollywood and India. If you keep listening to the music from your own industry, then your thoughts will be limited. If you listen to different music or singers, then your work will be different.

Are the two of you critical of each other’s work?
Definitely. It’s important to be critical because if you do not discuss what is good, what is bad, then you are harming each other’s career. If he doesn’t tell me I am singing bad, I will not grow.

Do you guys only discuss music?  
No. We go out for drives, enjoy with friends and go party with each other. He is more like a friend to me. Because of our hectic schedules, we do not get to meet so often but we know what is happening in each other’s life. The biggest love we have for each other is music and that’s the best bond. That connects us in a very big way.

The author can be followed on Twitter @DebaratiPlaitSi

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