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People say I’m still relevant today: Baba Sehgal

Written by Mimansa Shekhar
| New Delhi |

Up to date: October 17, 2020 8:39:06 pm

Baba Sehgal’s “Thanda Thanda Pani” (1992) is credited as India’s first profitable rap album. (Picture: Baba Sehgal/Instagram)

Baba Sehgal believes staying related for nearly three many years requires conviction. “It’s very tough for an impartial artiste to maintain for lengthy. The conviction actually issues,” says Sehgal.

Through the lockdown, the singer-composer-lyricist made headlines with tracks like “Kela Khao”, “Dil Ko Na Peeto”, “Adrak Wali Chai”, “Biryani” and “Corona Go”.

In an unique interplay with, on the sidelines of selling his new rap for fantasy sports activities model Faboom, Baba Sehgal spoke about his working course of, dependency of artistes on social media and what wants to alter in India’s music scene.

Listed here are excerpts from the dialog:

Once you create a rap music, is there a course of you observe?

Really, there isn’t a course of. I observe an object or a human being. Typically the writing occurs in a single minute; typically it takes an hour. Largely it occurs in the course of the morning time and in 5 to 10 minutes. So I believe I’m fairly fast at it.

You took up rap music when barely anybody knew about it in India. What gave you the energy to take the leap of religion?

My energy really has been my conviction and intestine feeling. I all the time consider that what I do must be profitable. That has helped me to maintain for 3 many years, and folks say that I’m nonetheless related at the moment.

Don’t you suppose if you happen to’d come into the scene, say 10 years later, issues would’ve been totally different?

I believe I got here on the proper time. Early 90s, there was no scene, no social media for promotion. We solely had one channel – DD Metro. I believe that was additionally a superb time.

Over time, a number of singers and actors, like Abhishek Bachchan and Ranveer Singh, have tried rapping. We even had a film – Gully Boy. How do you see the rapping scene at the moment?

I simply consider on this man known as Emiway Bantai. He’s glorious, unique and his rapping abilities are superb. I believe he’s an actual rapper, and a hard-working man. He’s struggled to succeed in this level and he’s obtained one million followers and views, they usually’re natural. I want to collaborate with him. On the worldwide entrance, I’d prefer to collaborate with DJ Khaled.

You’ve managed to maintain your rap related even all these years, just like the Cash Heist one or the lockdown raps. What retains you going?

I actually love “Bella Ciao” from Cash Heist so the music “Kela Khao” simply occurred. I used to be doing lots of songs in the course of the lockdown like “Namaste”, “Corona Go” and all of them had been obtained nicely. Even I really like “Kela Khao”. It is usually an inspirational music.

Is it tough to be an impartial artiste in India?

There are ups and downs as a result of there’s no assist, no producers, no music corporations to advertise an impartial artiste nowadays. You need to survive by yourself. You need to maintain developing with content material on social media, irrespective whether or not you get 10 views or 10,000 views. You simply have to put out your content material each week or 10 days for folks to see that you’ve it in you. In order that’s what I’ve been doing for final so a few years. That has actually helped me construct my model.

One factor in regards to the Indian music scene which you’d like to alter?

We have to have a real impartial music label which promotes impartial artistes.

Learn: Baba Sehgal’s spin on Backstreet Boys’ I Need it That Method will go away you in splits

How do you see the viewers response and acceptance change over time?

I believe at the moment, the viewers response and acceptance relies on social media. Folks observe no matter is trending in hashtags, be it on Instagram, Twitter, Fb, YouTube. I believe all of them are after these hashtags. So viewers reactions really rely on hashtags.

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