Mika Singh, singer, songwriter, composer and performer with a wide catalogue of songs, prominent among which are “Bas Ek King” (Singh Is Kinng), “Mauja Hi Mauja” (Jab We Met), “Ibn-e-Batuta” (Ishqiya), and “Dhanno” (Houseful); took time out to speak to NRI Achievers about his work and his approach to it. Excerpts from the dialogue we had with him …
What is that one unique spark because of which you have such a huge fan following, especially among the youth?
No matter what the age group of your fans, you need to connect with them and make them feel that you relate to them so that they can relate to you too. I think I have so many youngsters for fans because I try connecting with them as much as possible in every way. After all, I am whatever I am today because of my fans, because of the love they keep giving me every single day.
In recent times, many singers and actors have collaborated with international artists. Are there any plans on releasing an international album with some abroad artists?
I follow the path that Mr. Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have chosen. They haven’t collaborated with any international artistes to become what they are today. I prefer increasing my fan following in my own country and making it as strong as possible instead of collaborating with international artistes.
Why did you chose to be a part of the music reality show The Voice India on &TV? How does it feel to be the coach of a reality music show?
Voice India is an exceptional show not only in terms of its worldwide popularity but also the format, which has never ever been done before on Indian television. I have seen some of the previous seasons and I was hooked on to the show instantly. Besides, the show hunts for a singer purely based on vocals and as a singer I would love to extend support to all newcomers in building their careers. The bonus is that I got to work with my friends – Sunidhi, Shaan and Himesh from the industry as the other coaches.
What were your judging parameters in “The Voice India”?
There was no ‘judging’ in The Voice India. We were not judges but coaches who honed the talent of the aspiring singers. I looked out for a voice that would strike an instant chord with me. I completely believe in versatility so someone who can sing all the genres equally well will make a cut for me.
What kind of talent did you look out for in your team?
A singer who will not only be outstanding and be able to sing every genre under the sun from Sufi, pop, classical to rock but who will also set the stage on fire a brilliant performance. Apart from being electrifying, I wanted a voice that will be real and strike a chord instantaneously.
Your take on singing reality shows (beneficial in making a singing career)
I firmly believe that singing reality shows are very beneficial. You get a platform to reach out to the industry and showcase your talent. If you’ve got talent that can be used in Bollywood, not only will you be spotted but also given an opportunity.
Apart from the chartbuster tracks, you are known for your energetic live performances. Where do you find more ease and comfort – singing at a live stage or in a recording studio?
I’m passionate about singing. So it doesn’t matter where I am – live at a concert or recording inside a studio – as long as I am singing I’m comfortable. I love doing both equally.
Do you think that singers don’t have the liberty to choose the type of Bollywood song they wish to sing?
Honestly, I can’t talk on everyone’s behalf. But as far as I am concerned, I think have been very lucky in this matter. I am offered the kind of songs that suit my voice and style. Composers make songs keeping my voice and style in mind – that the singer only has to be Mika for this song.
After Loot and Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya, are you planning to do more films a an actor?
I don’t have any specific plans for doing a movie. I would choose one only if time permits because if I give my time to a movie, I face losses in my shows. So if the movie does not clash with my shows, I wouldn’t mind doing it.
You have worked with Salman Khan (Kick) and Shah Rukh Khan (Happy New Year) when do we see you teaming up with Aamir Khan?
Oh, I would love to work with the third mighty Khan – Aamir. Even if it was not for a Bollywood project, let me tell you that I have worked with Aamir Khan in the past. My first world tour was with him and I look forward to working with him again.
Tell us about your upcoming projects
After being very thorough with our coaching and mentoring. I don’t want to compromise on anything else by taking something some other show too.