2020 is going to be all about the pop revolution and indie music: Akasa
Akasa he had a whirlwind 2019 with his songs playing on music Festivals in Mauritius, the singer collaborates with international artists such as Lauv and her track Naagin becoming a chartbuster. She was recently in Bengaluru for a performance. In a quick chat with us, Akasa spoke about her work with Ricky Martin , how Thug ranjha propelled her into the music industry , how she believes in being authentic and more, Excerpts:
Therefore, 2019 turned out to be a rewarding year for you. Tell us more…
It was a great year. In fact, the last few months of 2019 were more eventful for me than ever. Thug ranjha was a really good start to my career, then there was a brief gap before my next project. Meanwhile, I had also been dubbing for film songs, but two of the songs that I sang last November were included in films only recently. But, overall, yes it has been an eventful year for me.
How did the collaborations develop? Ricky and I are managed by the same music label. The team behind the label told me that he was looking for an Indian voice for his track, Vente Pa Ca, and they asked if I would like to go for it. So, I just dubbed the scratch vocals and sent it across, and the next thing I know is that I was in the song. Even my latest track, Dil Naa Janeya, was scratch vocals. But I was pleasantly surprised when I heard the final track recently. In my head, I was only hoping for it to work out well. But it not only worked out, it also had someone like Lauv being part of it.
You have also been part of many reality shows. How do you think such platforms help artists like you?
I don't think reality shows help everyone, because, right now, there are many of them. But it definitely helped me. He gave me a push and that's how I pocketed the song, Tu Kheech Meri Photo. Although it was only a small part, it gave me an identity. It was the only thing I had under my belt for a long time. The reality shows give you a platform to reach a wider audience. But only a lucky few become viral. It is a platform that prepares you for what you will experience once you enter the industry.
There is a lot of competition among singers in the industry. How do you make sure you stand out from the rest?
Being versatile and doing things that others probably struggle to do helps. I have worked really hard on my dancing skills and my fitness, which, in turn, helped me be the face of Thug ranjha , and not just the voice behind it. I saw my father, Arvinder Singh, on stage and the kind of fan following he had, and I wanted the same. The ‘popstar’ aura that Beyoncé has created around herself is a true inspiration. Being authentic helps you stand out from the rest.
A lot of remixes and singles that released in 2019 were received well by the audience. Do you think 2020 will be all about indie artistes and their music ?
Absolutely. I feel the ’90s were cool, because pop music was above Bollywood at that time. If you compare KK or Lucky Ali’s fan following at that time, it was way more than that of a playback singer. Thankfully, it’s making a comeback. Everyone is receiving singles very well, so much so that many tracks are now being used in films as well. I feel the pop revolution is here, and 2020 will be all about indie music .
You are a trained classical singer, but your singing style has western influences. Tell us more about that ...
I’m one of the least trained singers in my family. As a child, I was taught the basics of classical music . But since my father is a singer, I think I’ve got his genes and I’m making use if that to the fullest. Learning classical music helps you so much. If you learn the base of classical music , your voice gets so well rounded that you can sing anything. My brother is a good example of that. Woh English gaane sun sun ke shayad mujhe gaana nahi aata.
Now, who would you like to collaborate with next?
I’m at a point now where I would love to work with anyone and everyone. So far, I’ve dubbed for many music composers, but there’s no one who I don’t want to work with. Collaborating with AR Rahman, however, would be a dream come true. I have also been obsessed with Diljit Dosanj and hope that I would get to work with him too in the near future.