How Can Budding Musicians Stay Creative Through This Pandemic? Here Is Himesh Reshammiya, Rajesh Roshan’s Advice
Like everyone else, I always listen to songs But I never understand how they are made. I more or less understand how every other aspect of filmmaking, or the entertainment medium, in general, starts as a concept and gets to the final product. However, when it comes to music, melodies, etc. ekdam nil battey sannata. The only thing that I do know is that it requires an insane amount of creativity and imagination, which has probably been disrupted by the physical and psychological effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. So, what can be done about it?
Now, I know for a fact that my tips or advice about how musicians can keep their creative juices flowing will amount to jack sh*t. So, I got in touch with the Himesh Reshammiya and Rajesh Roshan, who recently collaborated with MX Player for their Times of Music section and recreated each other’s melodies, and asked them two things. Firstly, how the hell are they staying creative, and secondly, how do they think budding musicians should stay creative and make the best out of this quarantine period. And here are their answers…
Rajesh Roshan: “Whenever you’re busy in life and you’ve many things to do, then you don’t do the things that your heart says. Supposing you want to make a song which is in your heart and you wish to create it but you don’t get the time because you’re always on the run. Thinking about others. This is the right time to do all that. Trial and errors. To sing a song, to make a different song, and see what happens. Write a lyric and see what happens. To do fusion and see, you know. So, what I am doing is I keep listening to different radio stations all over the world. For example, Italian music, Israeli music, Arabian music, Russian music. That’s my passion, to see how much they’re alike to our music and how much I’ve to learn. This is how I pass my time mostly. Then I used to do yoga for the last 50 years, continuously. But now I have started to exercise like using the treadmill, the dumbbells. I have just started that to keep myself happy.”
Himesh Reshammiya: “I’ve been composing 300 new songs in this quarantine period. I’ve been working on my previous 700 songs that I’ve composed in the last three years. And in these four months, I’ve composed these 300 new songs. So, through a very big project, I am coming up with these songs. It’s a very big music invasion project which will change the dynamics of the industry, I promise you. And I personally, very very strongly feel that it’s very important for the upcoming musicians who want to make it big should compose their own songs and sing it because those days there were only 10 or 15 singers who used to sing for those 10-15 composers. So, it was very easy to connect. But since there are about 10,000 singers right now in the market doing very well, it is very difficult for a composer to select the singer and the others also getting equal chances. Like Himesh Reshammiya, the singer is a star because Himesh Reshammiya the composer gave him these melodies. So, that is very important for a singer to get those great songs. And to connect with those songs for that singer, in those 10,000 singers, to connect with the composer who’s going to give a hit song will be difficult. So, that singer will have to compose their own song if they’ve to reach out faster because waiting for the right song might take a lot of time in this era.”
One of the biggest things that this quarantine period has made me realise is that artists in any form are insanely important to our well-being. When I am not working, I am watching movies, TV shows, video essays on YouTube, listening to music, scrolling through artwork on Instagram, and that’s keeping me sane. So, I think that it’s time to give back the love they’ve shown through their art by amplifying the voices of so many people who are trying to catch their big break in their profession. So, if you see someone putting out a new piece of art on a social media platform, whether you like it or not, RT, share, and talk about it because it must’ve taken them a lot of effort and time to create it despite the confines of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Cover artwork by Bhavya Poonia/Mashable India