'I am where I really want to be'

'I am where I really want to be'

Jubin Nautiyal has been producing hit songs ever since he entered Bollywood a few years ago. Mostly known for his romantic numbers, he recently sung ‘The Humma Song’ which has been doing the rounds. He impressed the crowd with his performance recently in the ‘MTV Unplugged Season 6’ as well. He took some time off his busy schedule to speak to Anila Kurian about his journey so far.

What do you consider as your greatest achievement so far?

To be honest, every day seems like a victory for me. I come from a small town in Uttarakhand, so to be where I am in life right now is a great achievement. I get to work with artistes I grew up watching on television and newspaper — it’s almost
surreal! I am just enjoying my journey now.

Did you ever doubt yourself while in this field?
Being in this industry isn’t just about success for me, it’s about doing what I love. Even if I hadn’t landed an opportunity in Bollywood, I would still have continued working with music. But I worked very hard to be where I am — I have learnt music, travelled for music and done everything that involves music. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am where I really want to be.

Where did your love for music come from? 
I don’t have anyone in the family who sings or works in the industry. But I grew
up in a family that loves to listen to music. My parents have introduced me to some great musicians and I grew up listening to them. I am just hoping to learn
from them and hopefully, my work will also be remembered in the years to come.

So who do you look up to in life? 
My dad. He has done very well in his life, both for the family and in his business. He started from scratch and that’s exactly what I want to do as well. I want to make a name for myself and build my empire. My dad is a great human being and I aspire to be like him.

What’s the one thing you’ve learnt since you joined the industry?
When I moved to Mumbai to pursue my career, I thought I was prepared. But it was after living here that the real education began. I learnt how things work in the industry and how I can utilise my voice. I learnt how other people perceive my voice and how the music directors help me push the boundaries to experiment with my voice. I’ve learnt that I am in the right place with people who motivate me to work hard.

What do you think sets you apart from other musicians?
I believe all of us are different in our own way. We all cater to the same audience but we use our unique strengths and abilities to make that happen. I don’t think I am different but my work is different, and that sets me apart from others here.

You usually sing romantic songs. Any other genre you want to try out? 
I started off with romantic songs because it emotionally connects with the listeners. In the case of party songs, they will be a hit for some time but soon everyone
will forget about it. However, I don’t want to limit myself and that’s why I think my take on ‘The Humma Song’ is different from what I usually sing. It’s a good party number too!

Tell us about your experience at ‘MTV Unplugged Season 6’.
This show has become my family. There’s a thin line between impressing
and expressing and with this platform, you can genuinely express your love for the song. It was wonderful and I look forward to my next episode in this season.

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