Indian Rapper Badshah Teams Up With Musicians for His Debut Web Seriesby Opinion Express August 18, 2018 0 comments
Singing sensation Badshah comes together with fellow musicians for his debut web series, Lockdown.
A lot can happen when two musicians from different genres get locked in together. The result of this experiment that involved singer-rapper Badshah and Kailash Kher and many other performers was surprising, to say the least. A first-of-its-kind show Lockdown, produced by the rapper, who has given hits like DJ Wale Babu, Kala Chashma, Mercy and The Breakup Song, features the two artists — a Bollywood musical sensation and an online superstar — in every episode. The duo was kept together for 24 hours to recreate two songs, record them and shoot their music videos.
Talking about the show, Badshah said, “Lockdown is very close to my heart because when I opened my production house, Afterhours, my main aim was to create a show that has never been done before. I now know that production is a stressful job after my debut project. The concept is quite unique and fun, we brainstormed a lot before deciding on this. The show holds the power to deliver many iconic songs to the world.” The entire concept of the show is centered around recreating existing songs, infusing them with new tunes and rap.
At the launch of the show he said, “I was blessed to get well-known artists, like Kailash Kher and Raja Kumari, who is a terrific artist. I look up to her and adore her. Then there are artists like Jonita Gandhi, Raftaar, Benny Dayal, Bryden and Parth, and many others, who collaborated together. Some of them had never even met before. For instance, I teamed up with Jonita, whom I met for the first time on set. We recreated the popular Mohra song Tip Tip Barsa Paani. The first glimpse of the recreated version has been already released.”
Badshah’s idea behind the show is also based on blending of two colours as he believes that every synthesis brings out a unique texture. He explained, “If you put together someone like Kailash (sir) with Rajakumari, it brings out a unique sound. The blast that such a collaboration can create will always turn out to be exclusive. All of them have been very enthusiastic and passionate. The result that erupted out of the oneness of these Bollywood and online sensations is something that the audience is going to love.”
Kher, who was also a part of the launch, talked about his first meeting with Kumari. He said, “Raja and I met each other for the first time on the sets of the show. I believe that, achanak milne waley log yaa toh milte hain yaa nahi mil pate (people who meet for the first time may gel well or may not), but when I met Raja, hum mil gaye, aur aise mil gaye ki kuch gul khil gaye (we worked out well and the result was great music). You’ll be able to see the result in the music video recreated by us.” He added, “Music is something where there is no senior, junior, new or poor. You have to create something out of nothing and it can be done by any person with a good talent.”
The Allah Ke Bande singer gave a mesmerising performance during the launch and sang Kaun Hai Woh Kaun Hai from the movie Shivaay.
Newcomers Bryden and Parth also put up a show with their tunes and instrumental performance which was well-rehearsed and ingenious. The duo is also recreating a stunning composition on the show.
However, to people’s surprise, Aastha Gill, playback singer who has collaborated with Badshah before, is not a part of the show. Badshah whose new album One: Original Never Ends hit the playlists on Friday, jovially said, “We could have actually considered her. It is a good suggestion. Two episodes of Lockdown are still in line and I think, we will look forward to it.”
The series has been shot across different scenic locations in India.
Writer: Ayushi Sharma
Courtesy: The Pioneer