With more than 30 successful songs under his belt, Jubin Nautiyal is a seasoned artist. He has no doubt carved a niché for himself. He has firmly established himself as one of the front-runners in the Indian Music Scene with Bollywood hits like ‘Kuch To Bata’ (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), ‘Ik Vaari Aa’ (Raabta) and ‘Kaabil Hoon’ (Kaabil) to rehashed versions of popular tracks like ‘Pehla Nasha’, ‘Ittefaq Se’ and ‘Humma Humma’. Jubin began his musical career in 2012 and has till now received multiple accolades for his work. He even kickstarted the year 2018 with hits like Boond Boond and Tum Mere Ho from Hate Story and Lo Safar from Baaghi 2. Jubin Nautiyal, in conversation with Harsha Prerna, spoke about his experiences, thought the process and what’s coming next!
EXHIBIT: What is your style of Music?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: Honestly I never really had a style of music. I would say music is my style. I’ve been around music for as far as I can think and have formed my life around it. Music has been my best friend, my constant companion and when you have that kind of relation with music, then that becomes your style. On a personal note, I enjoy a variety of music like African drums, ghazals, opera, Indian classical, etc.
EXHIBIT: Your thoughts on Social Media, Music Promotion, and Digital Streaming?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: I believe that social media comes with pros and cons. When the internet happened, I think a lot of platforms got built and new space for the artist was built. Artist got adequate exposure through YouTube, streaming and so on. On the other hand, the quality of music has also gone down due to so much quantity. It’s become a rats race to acquire views and likes. I’m still contemplating if these platforms are good, so far they have been great for me. It’s been a useful medium for me to reach to my fans.
EXHIBIT: Describe your relationship with technology?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: I’m not good at all with technology. I’m technologically challenged. It took me a while of understanding the need for self-made curiosity from social media. I like to get lost in the music and whenever possible, I try to keep up with the growing technology.
EXHIBIT: Who is your inspiration in the Music field?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: Every artist comes with a lot of inspirations. Honestly, my journey has been sum total of inspirations that I have had in my field. Some of the prominent inspirations I have had are Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, Kishore Kumar, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, Mohammed Rafi and many more.
EXHIBIT: What do you do when you’re not composing, dubbing or doing a gig?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: I step out with my friends and family sometimes. But honestly, music is always with me. Either I’m listening to it or jamming, etc. Also, I am a mix martial arts black belt, I train and enjoy sports too.
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?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: Best thing is getting to do what you love. I haven’t faced anything worst yet with God’s grace. It’s beautiful! Life of an artist is always involved with a lot of ups and down and one must never lose focus from the goal. If you love and enjoy what you do, it is always the best feeling. I always wanted to be a singer and it’s the life I always desired. So, I’m really happy.
EXHIBIT: How often and for how long do you practice your craft?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: All the time, as much as possible.
EXHIBIT: The best and the worst thing about the industry?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: The best thing is that there is so much to learn from everyone you meet. We are in a time that people from all walks of life are making it. Digital media has been the great equalizer.
EXHIBIT: Recently, a lot of actors have been trying their luck in singing. What are your thoughts on that?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: I think, we, as an individual, have the right to experience what we like. It’s good that actors are broadening their horizon and doing something out of their comfort zone. That is the purpose of being an artist.
EXHIBIT: One thing you’d like to change in the current music scene?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: Competitiveness. I would like to change it to healthy competition. I feel an artist should grow together and sometimes competition kills the art. In a scenario like that, a lot of great art gets compromised.
EXHIBIT: Are you a social networking addict? How many times in a day do you check updates?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: Honestly, I am not a very big social media addict. Recently, I have been using it more than before for sure. I check once or twice a day to check how my fans are responding to my work and engage with them.
EXHIBIT: If given a chance to invent a gadget, what would that be?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: A gadget that could make me go invisible. (Laughs) I would just need some time off, from the face of the earth and be somewhere by myself.
EXHIBIT: Tell me about a time when you had to handle an unruly audience member?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: Well, I have found myself in situations and places that nothing could be really done. For instance, I was supposed to exit from the crowd, as there was no backstage exit with around 10-20K college students in total. The security decided to take me from the girl’s side expecting it to be less mayhem but it turned out otherwise. Suddenly, there were 100 girls all over me.
EXHIBIT: If you weren’t into this field, what would you be doing?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: I have always said this- I wouldn’t be doing anything but Music. Music is my life.
EXHIBIT: Tell us about your journey of working on a recent song?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: I’m a perfectionist by nature and I work on one song at a time. My recent single, Humnava Mera is with T-Series. I really enjoyed dubbing this song, though it didn’t take much time to nail the recording bit. The song required a lot of love and emotions which comes naturally to my vocal tone. It’s great to see that people are heading towards the independent music scene, because independent music comes without rules, and I believe that music doesn’t have rules.
EXHIBIT: What can we expect next on the cards?
JUBIN NAUTIYAL: There is a lot of stuff in the pipeline. Movie songs, singles, music properties, etc.
Instruments you play: Piano, flute, drums, guitar, harmonium.
One favorite track sung by you: Humnava Mere
Most unique tech gadget: Garage Band.
Most useful tech gadget: Phone and Mac.