'Every negative comment was a motivation'

'Every negative comment was a motivation'
Singer Rahul Pandey, whose recent song Jab We Met from Hero received warm reception among music lovers, says every negative comment at the beginning of his career had a positive impact as it motivated him to work hard and believe in his abilities.

 “I thank god for giving me such good opportunities. Initially, some did not like my voice but I was determined and never lost faith. Every negative comment was a motivation for me and I thought that I would prove them wrong and worked harder,” says Pandey who made his singing debut with Happy Ending.

“Music director Sachin (Sachin-Jigar duo) approached me but at that time I knew nothing about the film being a Saif Ali Khan-starrer. It was only a week before the launch that I was informed and my happiness knew no bounds,” he adds.

Coming from a non-singing background, it was only his passion for music that motivated him to take up singing  professionally. “As a child, I remember, when I used to cry, my mother used to play music to calm me down. At night, she used to sing a lullaby for me” Pandey tells Metrolife. “Though nobody is a musician in my family, my family members have always been good listeners.”

“My mother used to have a cassette of Kishore Kumar’s songs when I was three or four years old. I used to listen to it a lot. When one side of the cassette would be over, I would tell her to play the other side. I heard that cassette so much that the reel broke,” he says, adding he was an active singer during school and college days.

However, his dreams took a backseat when he finished MBA in Mumbai and settled for a normal, well-paying job at an MNC. “Music was sidelined as my job was quite hectic.”

The dream refused to die but the thought of managing his life without a job in an expensive  city like Mumbai too didn’t seem logical. So he decided to save money to nurture his passion. “I thought if I had to make music my profession, I need to have enough money to support me for at least four to five months. So I started saving money and moved into a cheaper flat. After four to five months, I left the job and started looking for work and did whatever came my way, from singing cartoon songs to choruses.”

He is trained in Western contemporary and Indian classical. Apart from being a passionate singer, Pandey is also a huge fan of cricket and used to participate in theatre during school days. He firmly believes it is a great time for upcoming singers and new talent. “All that is needed is hard work,” he adds.

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