Amit Trivedi is ruling the industry since eight years. The National Award Winner has churned out innumerable beautiful compositions and recently won the coveted Filmfare R D Burman Award for New Music Talent. In a heartfelt interview with Harsha Prerna, he revealed a lot of things about himself and we really got to see a different and fun side of him.
Exhibit: What is your style of Music?
Amit Trivedi: I don’t have any particular style of music. I just follow my instincts.
Exhibit: Your thoughts on Social Media, Music Promotion, and Digital Streaming.
Amit Trivedi: The biggest advantage that digital platforms have is that everything is very easily accessible. Digital streaming allows people to listen to music at the tip of their fingertips. It is also a great platform for independent music.
Exhibit: Describe your relationship with technology?
Amit Trivedi: I try to keep myself updated about the latest technology in music but technology is very dynamic and at times it is very difficult to keep up.
Exhibit: Who is your inspiration in the Music field?
Amit Trivedi: I love everybody’s work, so many people are doing great work. A lot of people have inspired me in some way or the other. Off course, the greatest inspirations for me are people I’ve grown up listening to are Mr. A R Rahman, Hans Zimmer, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Beetles to name a few. I am an avid listener, I love listening to whoever makes good music.
Exhibit: The best and the worst thing about being in this profession? How would you like to describe the life of a playback singer/composer?
Amit Trivedi: This profession has its own challenges and merits too. The best part is all the love that one receives from people which makes all the hard work worth it.
The challenge is the pressure to deliver every single time to the expectations of the people. Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn’t and that is quiet normal in my opinion. I would hope for people to be less critical and harsh in such scenario.
“ I would request all the makers to have some balls of steel to go out and take risk and experiment. ”
Exhibit: What do you do when you’re not composing, dubbing or doing a gig?
Amit Trivedi: I spend time with my family and friends. I love travelling too.
Exhibit: Recently, a lot of actors have been trying their luck in singing. What are your thoughts on that?
Amit Trivedi: If they can sing well enough and have the talent for it, why not. I think we should have more people who are talented enough to do multiple things.
Exhibit: One thing you’d like to change in the current music scene?
Amit Trivedi: I would like to see independent music on an equal footing with Bollywood music. Also, I think we should get done with these old song remakes and remixes. It’s annoying! I hate people playing safe. You are just remaking songs which are already hit. Wow, what rocket science! It’s such a lame formula. I would request all the makers to have some balls of steel to go out and take risk and experiment. What will happen at the most? You will fail, but it’s okay to fail. At the end of the day, you’ll feel proud that you tried something new. A very few people have balls in the industry to take risks like that.
Exhibit: Tell me about a time when you had to handle an unruly audience member.
Amit Trivedi: We had gone to perform a live show at Allahabad. There were some rowdy boys in the audience who were misbehaving throughout the show. They were throwing empty bottles on the stage. We had to stop the performance midway. That was a bad experience.
Exhibit: How often and for how long do you practice your craft?
Amit Trivedi: I try to put in an hour of riyaaz everyday.
Exhibit: If you weren’t into this field, what would you be doing?
Amit Trivedi: I haven’t ever thought about it. Now that I think, I am drawing a blank!
Exhibit: What can we expect next on the cards?
Amit Trivedi: There are lots on cards. The recent is Balki’s PadMan. Blaickmail, Faqeer, Rukh, Queen remake, and lots and lots of films coming up.
Exhibit: Recently, you’ve been well appreciated for the songs of Secret Superstar. Tell us your journey and experience of working on the music of this film?
Amit Trivedi: Oh! It was a fabulous experience working with Advait Chandan, Kausar Munir and Aamir Sir. The story of the film is very strong in content and emotion. That makes the job a little easier since I then draw inspiration from that itself.
Exhibit: Everyone wants to know, why do you maintain such a low profile?
Amit Trivedi: (Laughs) I intentionally or purposely don’t maintain a low profile. This is the way I am. I don’t know how to do it in any other way. Basically, there is so much work to do, and then I have to spend time with my family and friends. It’s just that when you are creating something, you need alone space, away from all the distractions. It takes a hell lot of time. I don’t do just songs, but also the background score of a film and it is the most underrated but challenging work in the film making.
Exhibit: These days, not many composers get to work on the entire soundtrack as well as the background score? What are your views on that?
Amit Trivedi: Mostly I do an entire film, I prefer working like that. That way I can thread the entire film easily because one person doing it, can tell the story through music also. One person doing it is like one headspace, one chronic personality, overall. And, if too many people come in, then off course it’s a different ballgame altogether. But it’s inevitable, these days every film has one or two composers.
Exhibit: How do you feel a day prior to a film’s music release?
Amit Trivedi: Obviously, I feel nervous. I keep thinking about what if people don’t like it or what if people hate it. All those scary thoughts do come! And, then whatever is the result I accept it, whether it is a success or a failure, I accept it gracefully and move on.
Exhibit: How do you keep a balance between the professional and personal life?
Amit Trivedi: Since the day I have started working, I have made sure that I don’t work on Sundays. That’s one day, I don’t even think or talk about work.
Exhibit: If you get a chance to invent a gadget, what would you like to make?
Amit Trivedi: I would like to make a gadget which will record whatever is in my mind. All the composition ideas or arranging ideas that goes on in my mind, I wish I could capture all that at that particular moment so that I can use it when I need it.
- Instruments you play: Piano
- One favorite track sung by you: Zinda
- Most unique tech gadget: I don’t know about the uniqueness but currently I am loving the Roland JD-XA digital synthesizer.
- Most useful tech gadget: Roland JD-XA
- One song on loop: The Moonlight
- Favorite app for Musicians: iTablaPro
- Beach or Mountains: Mountains because I live near a beach
- Among your contemporaries, you admire: I love everybody’s work.