Sajid-Wajid, the talented composer duos are at the top of their game in the industry. They are famous for their berserk melodies and superhit tracks. They have come a really long way and have worked for Bollywood’s biggest films. They have poured in their melodies in blockbuster films like Dabangg, Wanted, Ek Tha Tiger, Partner, Veer and more. Not only that, the duo have also composed title track for television reality shows Big Boss 4 and Big Boss 6. There are many more feathers in their cap and we all are well acquainted with that. In an earnest interview with Harsha Prerna, the composer brothers Sajid-Wajid spoke about the current music scene, upcoming projects along with a lot of tech trivia, obviously.
“ Happiness is the most important thing in the world – Guess what?! It’s absolutely free. ”
Exhibit: What is your style of Music?
Sajid – The music we design and compose depends totally upon the script of the movie, i.e. if the theme of the movie is based on a particular place we conceptualise the music around the culture of that place. Talking about the personal preferences of music, my style is more of fusion as I love composing a combination of different types of music, sounds, tones and cultures. However, Wajid prefers soft melodies, country style and sufi organic.
Exhibit: Your thoughts on Social Media, Music Promotion, and Digital Streaming.
We both agree that in today’s time social media plays an important role in the entertainment industry. It is very important for an artist to know how to promote themselves and their work. It also helps the audience understand the music of any feature film if the music is good or not by watching the 1st teaser or song. It is a great way of interacting with the audience and listeners & also helps us to understand, what the audience would like to listen to.
Exhibit: Describe your relationship with technology?
As being a composer you need to keep using new instruments and technologies, so as to experiment and create new music, because of that we are up-to-date with the technology and latest tracks.
Exhibit: Who is your inspiration in the Music field?
Sajid – My first inspirations were my parents and my gharana. As I grew up, my teachers inspired me and currently I think, the whole world inspires you in different ways.
Wajid – I got inspiration from my father Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan Saab, who was one of the greatest musicians of his time. I have also learnt a lot from my grandfather. Along with that, I consider many yester year composers as my inspiration in music.
Exhibit: The best and the worst thing about being in this profession?
Sajid – We both agree that the best thing is when your music is widely appreciated by the audience. You get to do what you love, as a day to day challenge it gives you the test of what the audience would like to hear and that is something which always keeps us on the edge.
You are acknowledged by your work & people want to know more about you and believe me, it can also be a bad thing as it takes away your privacy. The worst part is that during the struggling days you miss out on the time when your children were growing up.
Exhibit: What do you do when you’re not dubbing or doing a gig?
Sajid – Both of us love spending time with family and friends. In my free time, I relax and go on vacations with family or friends. Also, I love exploring world music and learning new things in my spare time. Wajid loves playing cricket and in his spare time he loves to play any kind of sports be it Badminton, cricket or football with his children.
Exhibit: One thing you’d like to change in the current music scene?
Sajid – Tumhe Tumari Maa Ki Kasam Hai ‘Give us our royalty’! (Laughs) One deserves to get the outcomes of whatever they have worked on, for us as composers its royalty on the music we have worked hard on, that would be called the fruits of our labour. Parallel music should also be promoted! A lot of artist who are making music for themselves should be encouraged and promoted.
Exhibit: If given a chance to invent a gadget, what would that be?
Wajid – I would like to invent a machine that tracks the thoughts in your mind and if you are thinking of a particular music note, then it should be converted to Melody.
Exhibit: Tell me about a time when you had to handle an unruly audience member.
Sajid – (Laughs) When it comes to me and unruly audiences, I think I am always crazier than the audience as we love to see the audiences enjoy.
Wajid – Obviously! But at the same time you have to be very patient with them as they have come especially to witness your performance.
Exhibit: If you weren’t into music field, what would you be doing?
Sajid – I love being a musician! If not a musician, then I would have been a chef or a politician. However, if nothing worked then I am sure I would pull off acting as well.
Wajid – If not a music composer, then I would have been a cricketer.
Exhibit: You are super busy with your gigs, tell me any recent experience of any show you loved doing?
Sajid – Oh yes, we have been very busy with gigs all our lives. There are multiple memories we both have while on stage. But the fun part is when we are on stage, sometimes we stop the music and singing, I crack a joke and then audience starts laughing…. you know it’s a good way to interact with your audience and to put a smile on their faces. It gives us tremendous pleasure!
“Happiness is the most important thing in the world – Guess what?! It’s absolutely free.’’
Exhibit: Tell us the journey of working on one of your favourite songs?
Sajid – There are so many memories and every song has a great journey. We will never forget when we started our career with ‘The Album – Deewaana’, we got so involved in the recording that we forgot to eat out meals. We got out of the studio at 4 in the morning, there was no public transport on the streets and we had to walk 6 kilometres to reach home while carrying all the instruments. But we were so happy with the outcome of completing our 1st song and that has left us a precious memory.
Exhibit: Enlighten us on your upcoming movies and what can we expect next on the cards? We have some really exciting movies and projects coming up like Dabangg 3, Satelite Shankar, Satya Mev Jayate. There is one more film with the Nadiadwala production & another with David Dhawan. Along with that, we are also working on a few non filmy albums.
- Car you drive: I am enjoying my new ride the 650 honda X trail bike & Wajid drives around in his luxury Sports edition Range Rover.
- Instruments you play: I play Tabla, Drums & mostly all percussions. Wajid plays the Guitar.
- One favorite track: Hud Hud Dabangg & Bang Bang
- Most unique tech gadget: Virtual Reality Gamebox & a Gold String Mic that changes voice.
- Best piece of advice given to you: Sleep and get up on time, be true to yourself & practice yoga.
- Phone you’re using currently: I am using iPhone X and Wajid has an iPhone 7 Plus
- Among your contemporaries, you admire: Vishal & Shekhar, Pritam & A.R Rahman. Wajid admires Mr.Rahman a lot as his creations are always great and exciting.