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PERFECT PITCH Remo Fernandes
PERFECT PITCH Remo Fernandes

Fifty-plus singer Remo Fenandes has moved from pop to serious music

When on stage, Goa-based singer Remo Fernandes is magic. And his energy is enough to give many younger stars a complex. At 53, where does this spirit come from? "My music," pat comes the reply. "I leave it to the music and the audience to give me that high," says Remo. He prefers to start his concerts on a sober note and slowly reach the zenith. "It takes time to break the ice with your listeners. But once you establish a rapport, there is no stopping." Talking about his music, he loves experimenting with new styles. But interestingly, he doesn't believe in pleasing the audience every time. "I prefer being true to myself and make my kind of music. Anyway, it is not possible to satisfy everyone. But if you are passionate about your work, appreciation is not hard to come by," he says. That's one of the main reasons he decided to stay away from Bollywood and make some serious music.

Two albums

"I came out with two albums called `Symphonic Chants' and `India Beyond,' where I have given vent to my personal frustrations. But I feel that `India Beyond' wasn't marketed well, so I intend to promote it again," says the singer, who's also going to launch his new pop album, `Muchacha Latina,' after nearly four years. For those wondering whether he has stopped singing for Hindi films, Remo who was last heard in Gaurang Doshi's `Aankhen,' has just recorded a song, `Jump in the air,' for Priyadarshan's `Bhaagam Bhag' with music director Pritam. He has high regard for his fans and likes to interact with them. Such interactions can sometimes spring surprises. He narrates an incident that happened recently: "I asked a girl who introduced herself as a singer to sing a few lines; but she left even before I could ask for her contact details. Hopefully she will get in touch with me through my website (www.remofernandes.com) . She had a fascinating voice and I would like to use it in future," says Remo earnestly. Can we expect his teenage sons to join him soon? "No. I don't like this dynasty business. My sons, Noah and Jonah, are not keen on making a career in music. It's important that they be passionate about whatever they take up." And what more does he have in store for us? "For now, only more personal and serious albums," he says. MANGALA RAMAMOORTHY

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