Salim Merchant Exclusive Interview | In Music Industry, Many Successful People Are Not Talented & Vice-Versa

What’s widespread between ‘Chak De India’, ‘Ainvayi Ainvayi’ and ‘Yeh Honsla’? Nicely, all of the three widespread tracks have been composed by the supremely gifted music composer duo Salim-Sulaiman. In an unique tête-à-tête with Filmibeat, Salim Service provider of the musician duo received candid about his new music ‘Date Kar Le‘, how he got here up with the Arabic verses for the Trend music ‘Mar Jawaan’, essentially the most defining second of his life and way more.

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Excerpts from the interview.

Q. Your current music ‘Date Kar Le’ resonates with the ideas of the present technology…

A. It is festive season and we had this music with us since a very long time. We utilised this lockdown fairly properly. It was our dream to start out our personal music document label. However due to our travelling schedules and reveals, each in India and worldwide, we by no means received the time to construction a document label. Nonetheless, we had been in a position to do that in June this yr. We got here up with 10 songs, a few of which we had composed through the lockdown and a few earlier than that. We wished to launch them properly, so we made movies out of it.

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The lately launched ‘Date Kar Le’ music is a complete occasion monitor. It is a banger and a enjoyable music. It is each man’s need to seek out the right lady for himself. So, our video can also be fascinating as a result of we labored on digital actuality. We now have tried to seize how relationship would appear to be sooner or later amid the continuing pandemic. Who is aware of in future, relationship could be digital! We saved that thought in thoughts and got here up with this virtual-reality video that includes YouTuber CarryMinati. ALSO READ: #DateKarle: Salim-Sulaiman And Carry Minati’s Music Launch And Problem On Josh App

He’s a very enjoyable artiste. He’s very quirky and energetic, and fairly widespread with the children. He’s a giant sensation on YouTube. The perfect half is that CarryMinati is an excellent rapper who writes very properly. I preferred this expertise of his and thought that it will be good to function him in ‘Date Kar Le’ music. After I despatched him the music, he preferred it. He’s a humble man, although his persona on YouTube is kind of outgoing (laughs). However really, he’s a quite simple, good man. I had a good time collaborating with him.

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Singer Romi, who is predicated in Rajasthan, has sung the music, whereas the lyrics have been penned by Shraddha Pandit. One in every of my model-actor associates named Dhiren has labored as an actor on this music. General, it is nice group work. We now have been receiving an ideal response to the music. We do not know when this pandemic will recover from and we’ll get a vaccine. With the festive season round, we thought we should always give you this music and unfold some happiness by way of it.

Q. How did the thought for ‘Date Kar Le’ strike you?

A. Really, we had composed this music some two years in the past for a movie. Sadly, it did not make it to that movie. Again then, the lyrics of this music was ‘Setting Kar Le’. However then I assumed that phrases like ‘patola’ have been used usually. The music has a Punjabi flavour and the phrase ‘setting’ sounds a little bit Bambaiyya. Through the lockdown, I assumed that we should always base this music on relationship. We thought it will be good to have ‘date kar le’ within the lyrics.

After arising with the lyrics, we had been like how ought to we shoot this monitor. Then, we considered utilizing the digital actuality idea. And that is the way it labored out. General, it was an ideal expertise.

We by no means thought that we’d have rap within the lyrics of the music. It was my want to do a rap music. However someway, I did not know how one can go about with it. So, I known as up my previous good friend, rapper Raftaar. When he heard the music, he advised me that it’s an incredible monitor and that I wanted a enjoyable man for this music. He instructed me Ajey Nagar aka CarryMinati’s identify. I did not know him.

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So, Raftaar despatched me a hyperlink to one in all his movies, which I fairly preferred. Then, I linked with Ajey. He too, preferred the music. He despatched me the rap portion of the music instantly. I used to be stunned. I preferred his voice on the telephone itself a lot that I advised him to do the music. So, that is how this collaboration occurred.

Q. We heard that you just ideated the music ‘Mar Jawaan’ from Trend in Morocco. Is that true?

A. Trend accomplished 12 years in 2020. Fifteen years in the past, I had attended an African-Arabian music competition in Morocco. Many singers and their bands carried out at that occasion. I heard a whole lot of totally different sorts of music there. After I first composed the ‘Mar Jawaan’ music, it was quite simple. This music was for Priyanka Chopra’s character, Meghna Mathur’s entry as a mannequin on the ramp. The makers required an emotional thumri (raga) type of a music for that state of affairs. The lyrics of the music had been already prepared and we heard it. I preferred the music, however someway I felt that we should always add one other component to it. Since I had simply returned from Morocco then, I got here up with the Arabic verses within the music. I known as up one in all my associates in Dubai and requested him to recommend me some Arabic phrases. I recorded the portion in my voice and thought that I might get it sung by some Arabic singer later. When Madhur Bandharkar heard the music, he advised me to retain my voice. That is how I sang this music with Shruti Pathak.

Q. What has been essentially the most defining second in Salim-Sulaiman’s life?

A. In 2010, after I was doing Indian Idol, I obtained a name from Africa saying that they wished to collaborate with us for an anthem for FIFA. Then that particular person flew right down to Mumbai and met me. He advised me that he wished a music, which highlighted on how Africa was internet hosting the FIFA World Cup (2010) after going by way of a whole lot of hardships. He advised us to maintain issues secret. We made a pleasant music with African artists.

Whereas I used to be busy taking pictures for Indian Idol, I got here to know that our music known as ‘Africa, You Are The Star’ was chosen as one of many official anthems for FIFA that yr. I obtained a message that I needed to carry out at Johannesburg. I used to be on cloud 9. I received the dates of my taking pictures schedules adjusted and I and Sulaiman reached Johannesburg for our efficiency. There was a crowd of 90,000 folks within the stadium. We had by no means carried out stay on such a big scale earlier than. Seeing that type of crowd gave us a distinct type of kick. There was a whole lot of pleasure. After we returned to Mumbai, we determined to carry out at concert events.

Later, in December, Band Baaja Baaraat launched and one in all its songs ‘Ainvayi Ainvayi’ turned an enormous hit. In fact, we had many hit songs like ‘Chak De India’, ‘Ore Piya’, ‘Shukran Allah’, ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai’. The songs had been such a craze that there was a robust stress from the occasion business to carry out in stay concert events. We did 20 concert events in 2010, 30-40 in 2011 and 50 in 2012. Final yr (2019), we did 80 reveals.

So, it has been an ideal journey! Music is nice remedy, particularly stay concert events. In fact, folks take pleasure in digital concert events, too. However I consider as soon as issues get again to regular, there might be an ideal craze for stay concert events.

Q. Which is your favorite music composer duo in Bollywood?

A. I like Shashi-Shivam. They composed the songs for Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom. I discover them very under-rated. I additionally love Laxmikant-Pyarelal. They’re traditional composers. I like Mithoon’s compositions. I even like Vishal-Shekhar. They’re my associates and have executed some wonderful work.

Q. It’s mentioned that that you must have good data about classical music if you wish to be a singer. What’s the motive behind that?

A. As we speak, we do not have songs with nice depth in them. However generally, when you’ve a heavy musical composition, it will be significant for the singer to have data about classical music. It helps you in voice coaching and understanding. Most significantly, classical music makes you a very good particular person as a result of there’s a whole lot of soul in it. Numerous our bhajans, devotional songs and sanskrit shlokas have a contact of classical music. Someway, it helps you attain inside peace.

Q. Did you or Sulaiman ever really feel like giving up when issues weren’t in your favour?

A. Zindagi Ki Yahin Reet Hai, Haar Ke Baad Hello Jeet Hai (refers to music from the movie Mr. India). How will you rise for those who do not fall? You’ll be able to’t succeed with out attempting. We’re not in heaven. On this world, we’ve got to battle laborious. Amitabh Bachchan is working laborious even as we speak regardless of reaching a lot. You might be completed the day you’re feeling you’ve achieved every little thing. Deal with your occupation like your ardour. I’ve by no means checked out music like work. For me, music is devotion. It is my passion, occupation and keenness. So, I’ve by no means labored since my childhood.

Q. Now for some fast questions. What’s the most wacky behavior of Sulaiman?

A. It is not a behavior. However he is very forgetful.

Q. Out of you and Sulaiman, who was extra of a charmer throughout school days?

A. I do not prefer to blow my very own trumpet. (laughs)

Q. When do you’re feeling impressed essentially the most, through the day or evening?

A. I’m an evening particular person.

Q. Which is the quickest music composed by you until now?

A. That may be ‘Haule Haule’ (from the movie 2008 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi).

Q. What’s the greatest and the worst factor that has occurred to you through the lockdown because of the pandemic?

A. The perfect factor could be that we began our personal music label, which was my lifetime dream. Talking in regards to the worst factor that has occurred, it will be that we misplaced a whole lot of lives to COVID-19. Most individuals misplaced their jobs. Many people musicians needed to face a number of hardships. However then, that is what life is all about.

Q. Which is your greatest childhood reminiscence?

A. I’ve a whole lot of recollections related to my father. After I composed a music for the primary time on the age of 18, he was moved to tears.

Q. What does creativity imply to you?

A. Creation can occur anytime. In case you preserve your thoughts open then creativity will at all times move. It’s someway linked to data. In case you preserve your eyes, ears and coronary heart open then creativity will move quick.

Q. Is there something you’re feeling you will not be capable to do?

A. I can not swim and there’s a heartbreaking motive behind it. Throughout my childhood, one in all my associates drowned within the swimming pool. So, I’ve aquaphobia and therefore, cannot swim. However I want to overcome this phobia some day.

Q. Presently, which music have you ever been listening to on loop?

A. It is my very own composition known as ‘Beech Raaste’, sung by Armaan Malik and Nikhita Gandhi.

Q. Is there something which somebody did prior to now that you just consider, you may have executed higher?

A. I do not suppose like that. My toes is rooted to the bottom and my ideas are humble. I’m a easy man. Within the music and movie business, there are lots of profitable people who find themselves not gifted and vice versa. So, there isn’t any mixture of success and expertise. It is all about luck, which performs a giant position.

Q. Who’s your celeb crush?

A. Priyanka Chopra is my celeb crush.

Q. Please price the next actors primarily based on their appearing expertise on a scale of 1-10: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal and Kamaal R Khan (KRK).

A. Nawazuddin Siddiqui – 9, Pankaj Tripathi – 10, Ayushmann Khurrana – 7, Vicky Kaushal – 7. No feedback on KRK, as I have not watched any of his movies.

Q. Now, you need to price the next actresses primarily based on their seems to be on the size of 1-10: Disha Patani, Alia Bhatt, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kiara Advani and Rakhi Sawant.

A. Disha Patani – 9, Alia Bhatt – 8, Jacqueline Fernandez – 7, Kiara Advani – 6, Rakhi Sawant – I do not know, I can not say. I did not price the actresses solely on the idea of their seems to be; I’ve additionally thought-about their expertise.

Q. Which is your greatest and worst fan second?

A. It’s totally tough to pinpoint one. A lot of my followers have despatched me sketches; some have even despatched me journals with my footage in it. It is overwhelming. There is a fan group known as Salim-Sulaiman, who makes it some extent to attend each live performance of ours; be it in London or USA. I’ve by no means had a nasty expertise with my followers. I’ve at all times obtained quite a bit from them.

Q. Inform us the weirdest hearsay you’ve heard about your self.

A. We had made a music known as ‘Haareya’, which was supposed for use in Emraan Hashmi’s 2011 movie Ungli. Nonetheless, Karan Johar did not like that music. So, we made one other music known as ‘Auliya’ for the movie. I had ‘Haareya’ with me, which I launched final yr. Now, it turned out that the lyrics of this music sounded much like one other Pakistani music known as ‘Roiyaan’. The humorous half is that once we first made ‘Haareya’, its lyrics had been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. After I known as him up in 2011, he was busy along with his work commitments. So, I approached one other lyricist known as Kumaar who got here up with the lyrics for ‘Haareya.’ I already had the tunes prepared for the music, so I made it.

Now, this Pakistani artist began trolling me on social media. How might I clarify to him that I had made this music in 2011? Now in music, this occurs many instances when notes have a pure development from one another. We now have by no means plagarised a single music in our profession. Nonetheless, that Pakistani singer began trolling me and calling me names on social media. I tweeted him again with a well mannered reply. However khair (anyway) ‘Kuch Toh Log Kahenge, Logon Ka Kaam Hai Kehna’ (refers back to the music from 1972 movie Amar Prem).

Q. Which is essentially the most over-rated movie of 2019, based on you?

A. Kabir Singh was over-rated like hell. The songs within the movie had been okay.

Q. What’s your greatest turn-on and turn-off in life?

A. An awesome music and an ideal singer is a giant turn-on. Equally, unhealthy music is a giant turn-off. Additionally, I avoid anger and moh-maaya (phantasm). I do not prefer to badmouth or gossip about anybody. I haven’t got the time for all this stuff, as I nonetheless have gotten quite a bit to realize in life.

Q. We heard that you’ve got a whole lot of jamming periods at house and your spouse is kind of a very good cook dinner…

A. The mix of meals and music is wonderful. The rule in my life is ‘Bhojan bina bhajan na ho‘. (You’ll be able to’t sing with out meals).

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