In Conversation With Navin Kundra, Singer Sensation
Judi (Simran) Silva
He has been described as a gifted crooner with a unique voice, and
rightly so. Whether it is a slow, romantic ballad or an upbeat dance
track, the energy which he radiates infuses life into his listeners’
souls and sets their emotions aglow. This captivating artiste clearly
possesses the same indisputable fervor for music as the great singers of
times past such as Mohammad Rafi Saab and Kishore Kumarji. His journey
in sharing his songs with the world attests to the sentiments he has
expressed, that his “genuine love and obsessive passion for music is
like oxygen” for him.
What has your journey been like so far Navin?
It has been one of discovery…it’s been a wonderful realization of dreams, especially after seeing audiences around the world sing the songs that I wrote back to me – they are my best memories.
Your love song ‘Tere Liye’ released Valentine's 2009 and has become a smashing success. Now you’ve crafted a very different love song, promising “the musical journey of a lifetime”. Please tell us how ‘Aaja’, which is your fourth #1 single, came about.
‘Aaja’ is a Punjabi love song unlike any you have heard before. I describe it as ‘the musical journey of a lifetime’ which sounds quite dramatic for a song, but once you listen to it you’ll understand what I mean. After ‘Tere Liye’, I had a lot of requests to create something similar, and in essence ‘Aaja’ picks up where ‘Tere Liye’ left off. I’ve really experimented with my vocal style and pushed my range on this song by mixing elements of soul, qawaali and Indian classical music.
What is your method for composing songs?
I believe that the best song writing comes from inspiration…you have to feel it to write it. There is no set way, sometimes the lyrics will come first as in ‘Tukde Tukde’ and other times the melody will come first like ‘Aaja’. For me it’s always been an organic process and in many ways, a song can write itself if you feel it. Sometimes I will sit with my guitar and play a few chords together and let my voice find its place amongst those chords. It’s amazing how when doing that, often words and melody come out simultaneously.
Several of your songs have accompanying music videos. How are they different from performing live on stage?
They are worlds apart and the main difference is that when you perform live, you only get one shot. The minute you walk out onto that stage, you’ve got to own it and there is no going back. If something goes wrong, you have to deal with it there and then so performing live is always the hardest. With a music video or indeed in a recording studio, if you make a mistake, you can always retake and retake again until you get it right. That’s part of why I love performing live so much…the thrill and adrenaline rush is something that you just can’t experience anywhere else!
What are your favorite love songs in Hindi and English?
‘Tere Mere Sapne’ from Guide, ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhtha Hai’ from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and definitely ‘Tumhi Mere Mandir’ from Khandaan. I also like ‘Always and Forever’ by Heatwave, ‘My Cherie Amore’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston and ‘Just The Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars.
You described yourself as restless. In what way?
Restless in the sense that I have so much I want to achieve and there always seems so little time to do it all in, so I feel restless. I am happiest when I am busy working and doing what I love, that is when all concept of time disappears for me.
You’ve also described yourself as a shy person. How is it possible to get on stage and perform in that case or like actors, do you get into character and be someone else besides Navin while performing?
Yes and no – I always say that as a person, I am Navin and when I step on stage or behind the microphone, I become Navin Kundra. Both are a part of me, yet one appears larger than life and the other is just me. I don’t know how that happens; it’s not a conscious thing.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
Yes, I used to believe that something would give way in life to help all your dreams come true but now I know that you solely have the ability to make your dreams come true. Whatever it may be, empty your mind of all the doubts and reasons why you can’t do it, and just focus on doing it.
Thank you for supporting me, your support has been absolutely incredible and I am thrilled that we have reached NUMBER ONE again with ‘Aaja’ not only in one chart, but in the iTunes World Charts, the Buzz Asia Charts and the Sunrise Charts.
If you’re feeling the new single ‘Aaja’, please take a moment to get an original copy of it from iTunes or Amazon or any other legal download site. I have lots more new music to come for you, so stay with me. Peace & Love
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