'It wasn't difficult to sing for Salman'

Armaan Malik is just 18-years-old but has voiced for 48-year-old Salman Khan in Jai Ho.  He is exhilarated about doing something like this. “Giving voice for Salman Khan is not something which happens every day,” says Armaan, son of music composer Daboo Malik and nephew of Anu  Malik.

 “According to Salman, I have international vibes in my singing. It wasn’t really difficult to sing for Salman because he only gave me a clear idea of how the song will appear on screens and explained what he wanted from me,” says Armaan, who has sung Tum ko to aana hi tha, Jai Ho and Love you till the end.

“I have written one song as well, Love you...,” says the young singer, who also likes writing. “I have written songs for my new pop album Krazy Connection,” he says.
Armaan has learned the art from his grandfather Anwar Sardaar Malik. “I always knew singing was my career,” says Armaan because of the environment he has grown up in . “Music was 24X7 in my home. My grandfather used to give music lessons to his students. I used to sit down in the corner and listen to the renditions. It created an interest within me to learn music,” he says. As he grew up his father turned out to be a great support. “He has been very encouraging all these years,” says Armaan.
He started learning Hindustani Classical music at a very tender age and started singing jingles when he was not even 10-years old.  It was popular music show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs that changed everything in his life. He was one of finalists. “That experience prepared me for the music world I was ready to foray into,” exclaims Armaan, who got an opportunity to sing for Bhootnath thereafter.

“The film was special because I got a chance to sing with Amitabh Bachchan for the song  Mera Buddy,”  says Armaan excitedly.  “He is always encouraging and enthusiastic. He himself loves music which made the experience more beautiful,” he says.

But what has been more exciting for Armaan is the opportunity to work with top music composers of the industry.  Starting with Vishal and Shekhar in Bhootnath, Armaan got a chance to work with Shankar Ehsaan and Loy and Aamir. “I remember Aamir Sir used to be present in the studios during song recordings.  It was an altogether different experience to be with Shankar Mahadevan and Aamir Khan,” he says. 

But working with Amit Trivedi on Chillar Party was more fun. “He is different from all the musicians I have worked with. He is different because he thinks out-of-the-box and it is reflected in his composition,” says Armaan, who now wants to work with A R Rahman and Pritam.  

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