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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Sonu Nigam & Avicii’s Debut Collaboration!

or long perhaps too long, he has been projected as the young, chocolate-boy face of playback singing in India. But, a much grittier Sonu Nigam is now all set to break stereotypes, not to mention the music charts, with his debut international album, the first single from which is already the talk of town.

The track- Z, for which he collaborated with electronica powerhouse Avicii, has catapulted him to a different league. But, despite all this, the artiste confesses that he will always have a soft spot for Kannada music, having recorded for Roopa Iyer-directed bilingual Chandra (starring Shriya Saran and Prem Kumar) just some days ago.

The singer has had many of his Kannada songs come out in 2012, and does at least four songs every month in this language. “Even yesterday, I sang for Chandra.

I have a lot of other songs coming out as well. I love singing Kannada songs...they have a certain melody, and the notes... The love Kannadigas feel for me is humbling,” he says.

Coming back to Indian Levels, Sonu admits that it is his first single that has come out in such a big way.

“I have collaborated with Britney Spears and Jeremy Jackson before, but this one was done more meticulously,” he explains.

The song itself came to be when Avicii’s management contacted Universal to collaborate with an Indian for his smash hit Levels. “I composed, wrote and recorded the song over that track. I then went to Los Angeles for the shoot,” he recounts. “There is a lot of buzz already. Recently, even Abhishek Bachchan tweeted that he was obsessed with the song,” he smiles.

Ask him about his album, and he divulges that it all began in 2009 when he had gone to America. “For a while, I was doing nothing — just enjoying the peace. I started meeting musicians there.

Then I came to India and performed at the ICICI World Cup; it was an English anthem. I was collectively drawn towards making something different,” he says. The music he was listening to at that time also changed something in him. “I have been known for my Bollywood tracks, but growing up, we used to listen to a lot of pop — Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and the like,” he discloses, adding, “The album is almost done and the second single will come out next week.

It has been composed by Jud Friedman (who wrote the song I Want To Run To You from the movie The Bodyguard). It is a beautiful song will shock people who’ve been following my music!”

Singing apart, Sonu has now turned composer! “I am doing the music for three songs,” he pipes, “I always say that I am a musician first and then a singer. The films that I am doing music for are Jal, Sooper Se Ooper, starring Vir Das, and the third one is a secret.”

As far as his tryst with acting is concerned, Sonu insists that he has reached a point where he has to be extremely careful about what he chooses. “Movies keep coming, people keep approaching me, but until I am utterly convinced, nothing is going to happen,” he says.

For a man who is as busy as he is, it is understandable when Sonu says that when he is free, he likes nothing more than to catch up on his forty winks. “I also work out and take care of my health as much as my schedule permits.

I don’t like to socialise outside too much I have a couple of friends with whom I prefer to hang out, sit quietly, maybe with a drink, and no music at all, I like the sound of silence,” he concludes with gravitas.


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