The vision of the director drives my music : Amit Trivedi

by March 29, 2018 0 comments

Opening his heart towards music to Ramya Palisetty,  Amit Trivedi, composer, talks about the various attempts of composing melodies.

When an individual listens to soulful music, it helps him abandon the world and get lost in a place where no sufferings, no problems and no comparisons exist. And makes him believe he can do what he ignores most. Live a life. Or at least a moment of it. A creative genius, Amit Trivedi has time and again given us songs that remind us why music is immortal.  Be it the melodious Zinda From Lootera movie that gives you a reason to live and strive or Aazaadiyan from the film Udaan That teaches you that freedom is always within reach, his compositions have evolved with each passing year. These days, he is into live conversations with a fresher audience through his stage experiments.

Trivedi made his Bollywood debut with Aamir in 2008 and became a force to reckon with after winning a National Award for Dev D a year later. It has been nine odd years since Dev D and the composer has established himself as one of the leading musicians in the industry with his unconventional and out of the box soundtracks and soul searching lyrics. At this juncture in his life, he is more ambitious and still feels that there is a lot more left to be achieved. Curious with a thirst to learn more and more each day, he has enjoyed the journey. Considered to be a director’s composer, the script of a film and the vibes he shares with the directors are the key factors which are of utmost importance. “Nothing else matters except these two dimensions. I am not concerned about the stars’ cast in the film. It is important for me to understand what world I am getting myself into as far as the script is concerned. The vision of the director drives my music and that’s how I create melodies. I personally feel this is how it should be because we are in the business of making cinema though a lot of producers and labels don’t like it.”

Today, remixes are taking over Bollywood with each and every movie incorporating an old hit to attract the audience and to shell out hits. “To be honest, I don’t know why it is happening or why individuals are doing it. I am seriously clueless about where it all begun. Indians have an absolute herd mentality. Everybody is keen to follow a single path till it is burnt to ashes and people are bored of it. I think we are at a saturation point and very soon, remix would become one of those trends that would fade away.”

According to the artist, something must have worked for remixes to click with the masses. “Audience laps it up easily because it’s in their comfort zone. For producers, it is a tried and tested method to make easy money. In India, risk takers are very less. To take a leap of faith without a safety net, you need guts. And I believe, very few people have it in them in the present generation.”

He asserts that he is one among the few risk takers . “I have done Jazz with Bombay Velvet in a country where there is one percent population who understands Jazz music. I have dug into that territory, tried to commercialise it and make it relevant but it didn’t work which I was sort of expecting though I am very proud of it.”

The king of versatility, he has produced commercial music and alternative songs. “I perform alternate tunes during festivals like NH7 and Red Bull because with college students it works. There are commercial setups where the audience craves popular songs and I have to work like a pendulum going back and forth catering to the needs of my fans.”

The challenges associated with the creation of each song is what he loves and lives for. “It gives me immense satisfaction and the obstacles I come across excite me. The project  that comes my way needs to convey the message that it is going to be tough as hell and I can’t do it. The I can’t do it aspect is what compels me. It provokes me to want to do it.”

Unlike other musicians, most of the compositions come to him in his sleep. “Surprisingly, it is true. It could be a tune, a melody or lyrics. I just wake up and start writing or recording because I have no other option. It haunts me until and unless I don’t let it out of my system.”

A name synonymous with method composing, he believes an artist needs to get into the skin of the situation. In all his background scores, he has tried to add elements that define the film. “In Kai Po Che, I tried to add Gujarati folk components. For Lootera, a period film set in Bengal, I did Baul. Since, Dev D was about a trippy guy who was into snorting drugs, I had to make the music dark and edgy.”

He uses a lot of instruments like dholak, esraj, ektara, sitar and sarangi in most of his compositions. “I love instruments. I think there are some very beautiful Indian instruments which are getting extinct somehow as very few individuals are learning them. I thought our generation needs to be exposed to all of them and people should have an inclination to learn them with all their heart and soul. Otherwise, we will never get to hear them in the future. Just imagine how terrible that would be. Today, there is only a scant number of trumpet players left in the entire world who are getting old. After them, this chapter will be closed forever.”

Writer: Ramya Palisetty

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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