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New kid on the block

“It was a perfect launch pad for any newcomer, and a dream come true for me,” says the 25-year-old singer, Indeep Bakshi, about his debut song “Saturday Saturday” for the movie Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania.

Ask him how he managed to pull off this amazing feat, something that only few can accomplish, and the young artiste says, “We were all partying at a friend’s birthday bash and I got this idea of composing a song for her. It was like a tease for a girlfriend, an experiment with hip-hop style. It was only by chance that Karan Johar, who was then on the lookout for a peppy number for the Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt starrer movie, heard my composition and decided to take it up.”

A debut with Dharma Productions is certainly a big deal in the Hindi film industry. There are many who nurture the dream of making it big. So, was he one of them? “Earlier, my focus was only on music. But, Bollywood was a dream that I nurtured for long and it has finally come true for me,” explains Indeep, who was in fact approached by several other production houses before Dharma Productions. “I wanted the best and thankfully, I got lucky,” he quips.

After “Saturday Saturday”, the Punjabi singer also belted out hit tracks like “Tere Liye” for Dilliwaali Zaalim Girlfriend and an album, Billionaire, and singles like “36 Aayengi 36 Jayengi”. Indeep, whose music is peppered with youth-friendly lyrics and R&B beats, believes there is no defined process for composing tunes. “Music is all about creating a space for yourself by keeping your mindset right. Sometimes, you have to work on something that your fans demand. Other times, you have to deliver your personal magic convincingly,” explains Indeep.

So, does that mean that he keeps his fan base in mind while composing a song? “No, these days every generation enjoys all kinds of music. For example, “Saturday Saturday” is enjoyed by everyone at parties and weddings. However, my lyrics are conversational and I write them to cater to the youth and the way they talk today.”

But many a times, rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh come under fire for their sexist lyrics. Does it cast shadows on the thriving music scene? This young crooner doesn’t think so. Indeep considers Honey Singh to be a rebel of sorts, who has convinced the audience to accept his style of music. “Had Yo Yo not been around, maybe Indeep would not have existed either,” he declares.

Indeep, who looks up to R&B singers, has learnt music from Ankit Tripathi after his debut song and cites Punjabi singer Malkit Singh to be his favourite. “I had a clear vision of the kind of the music I wanted to create and I wanted it to be totally different,” says the Delhi-based singer, who has collaborated with many popular artistes like Neha Kakkar, Raftaar and Badshah.

But in an age where Bollywood is welcoming singers from diverse genres, doesn’t a young singer like himself feel the pressure to deliver? “If you take Yo Yo Honey Singh and Badshah, both of them are my seniors and at no point is it possible to compete with them. Their exposure to the industry has been much bigger than mine. But a little bit of pressure can always help you, if taken positively. Having said that, working with Badshah has been a great experience as he is a great motivator, gentle and pure by heart,” says Indeep.

So, what does Indeep have in store for his music lovers next? “There is a single that I am currently working on; an experimental, slow, R&B track. There is a song called “2 AM” that I composed on my last birthday. I have done the entire rap section in the song. Other tracks including “Booty Shake” and “Bottaland” with Neha Kakkar are also in the pipeline.”

So, what does Indeep do when he’s not creating music? “I am thinking about it all the time,” he concludes.

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