CHAT Singer Akhil Raj Banga talks about his interest in ghazals and his debut album Angrezi Desi
If you are a resourceful newbie and want to launch your very first music album, you don’t need to struggle. All you need to do is, find the right composer, record a few tracks and support it with videos suitable to your songs. The final step is to ensure that it is marketed well. For singer Akhil Raj Banga, his keen interest in music made him release the album Angrezi Desi in pretty much the same way.
“I made the music videos and the audio tracks; the rest was taken care of by T-series, music company, which launched my album,” says the singer, who funded the project. Born in Karnal and brought up in Chandigarh, the singer reveals his songs have received good feedback through social media platforms as well. Akhil does not have any formal training in music and gives all the credit to his mother, who is a classical singer, for training him at home.
An ardent fan of ghazal veterans such as Pankaj Udhas and the late Jagjit Singh, Akhil’s decision to venture into the remix genre of bhangra and pop music seems quite interesting. “I’ve been singing since my childhood, but I thought of venturing into it professionally only a year ago; I was waiting for the right time and genre.” The newcomer says that even though he is primarily a ghazal singer, there aren’t many newcomers practising it, and hence he decided to do something different. However, the singer does plan to venture into his favourite genre sometime down the line.
But, at a time when the music bazaar is already full of Punjabi singers releasing an album, is it not risky? Akhil says it is not a hassle since only the title track is in Punjabi; the rest, in Hindi. He claims his album has music for all. On one hand, he has foot-tapping remix club tracks such as ‘Angrezi Desi’, and on the other, he has experimented with romantic and poignant numbers.
Since Punjabi numbers are topping the charts nowadays, and is now popularised by Bollywood, the 30-year-old says, “I see myself singing in the industry very soon.”