“We live in a world where we are always rushing and running after something, forgetting to appreciate the beauty of nature. Zinda is about finding someone, who too, feels alive in nature like us,” says Software engineer turned singer-songwriter Harish Budhwani who recently released his second single.
In an exclusive interview with Music Beat, he talks about Zinda, how he listened to his calling for music, his music debut, his love for meaningful songs, and more.
Tell us about your second single ‘Zinda’. How has been the response received?
I wrote Zinda for myself, sitting in my room in the loud and busy city thinking about how beautiful nature is and how great it makes me feel about everything in my life. Maybe I was missing being in the mountains or the peace that I feel during a sunset. I just wanted to get my feelings out. So it's kind of personal. But later when I performed it on my tour, I could see a lot of people connecting with me and requesting me to release it as soon as possible. That's when I decided that my second single has to be this one because maybe people need this. Music helps people connect with their own emotions and listen to more songs they can relate to and I think Zinda will be one such song.
I have got a great response; my inbox is flooded with messages from people who really connect with it.
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You debuted in January 2020 with your first song ‘Saari Umar’. Did you always to become a singer? At what age did you all start?
Yes, Initially I wanted to become a singer when I started developing an interest in music at the age of 16 but two years later I composed my first song, and thereafter I always wanted to sing my own songs.
What’s your key genre? Are you open to experimentation?
I have always been open to experimentation and have developed interest over the years in many genres from Semiclassical to Western, from pop to blues, etc.
Have you taken classical training in singing?
No, I am self-learned.
You also write songs, compose music and play guitar. How do you manage your multiple skills? Which is your favourite?
I love composing the most, whether I am singing or playing an instrument, I get automatically inclined towards making something new. When it comes to managing, I dedicate some time to practice and improve in guitar playing and singing but for composing, it's natural and I think listening to different music makes me better in that.
Which guitar do you play? Are you a trained guitarist?
I love playing acoustic guitar and I am self learned in that too.
What kind of music do you like?
I love acoustic instrumentals as well as songs with meaningful lyrics whether its rap or a classical song. But it should have a feel and some meaning.
Can you tell us about your music-making process?
Well, my music process is simple. I am able to make music only when I am mentally free and with lesser thoughts. So I try to keep myself free for some time daily so that when I am feeling a strong emotion, I am able to express it musically without any disturbance. Mostly, I compose, write, sing, and play guitar simultaneously. But sometimes I do save the guitar part to add in some future composition.
What are your upcoming projects?
Well, I have lots of songs ready to be released; some of them are already being requested by my audience. So in 2021, I am going to release at least three-four songs.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I see myself performing my own songs in and outside the country in the next five years or maybe before.
Playback singing or indie music, what’s going to be your key focus?
Indie music will always be my key focus. I love the Indie scene right now and this is what I have always dreamt of, no question about that.
Any favourite singer, music composer with whom you wish to collaborate?
Damien Rice. I love his music and personality. If anyone in India, I would love to collab with Lucky Ali.