“Each artist has a distinct flavor; you could call that their essence. If they are true to themselves, it won’t be difficult to make songs different from each other,” shares Pitampura-based musician Udbhav Acharya , which goes by his first name.
For the 24-year-old, music is a way to cope with the loneliness of being a single child. Having been introduced to various genres by his father, Udbhav – he is also part of the artist trio Teesri Duniya – has created music which he says reflects the “intense phase of transformation and spiritual evolution” that people go through. about his age. .
Udbhav’s latest EP, Milansaar, is about a “protagonist” who accepts himself and his place in the grand scheme of things. This EP can be called a musical fusion, mixing genres such as rap, hip hop and flamenco music with melodious bandish (composition) and heartfelt lyrics.
In this week’s Soundscape, we talk to Udbhav about creating this EP, its inspiration, writing process, and more. Excerpts…
Are there any artists who inspired your current EP?
The project is a nostalgic journey for me. I grew up listening to a lot of music from the early 2000s – Rishi Rich, Pharrell Williams as well as AR Rahman and YoYo Honey Singh from India. The 2000s sound I think is classic and I wanted to bring it back. It is a reflection of my childhood.
How would you describe your songwriting process?
I make the music first, it’s what comes most naturally to me and guides my creative process. I try to get him to talk. I write the words that the music would like to say. The melody and the lyrics go hand in hand.
Although we could say that your main musical genre is hip hop, it mixes with traditional Indian music. Is this your way of talking about your roots?
There are certain elements of hip hop that I incorporate into my music. It sounds so cool; it makes me feel bigger and stronger than I really am. The unapologetic rhythms and vibe of hip hop have always been strangely appealing to me. Hindi guitars and tunes, one might say, are universal elements of modern music. There are no melodies like Indian melodies. It’s my way of creating the next generation of Hindi music, while keeping it appealing to international audiences.
Compared to the other three songs, Sangam is melodious and almost spiritual. Tell us about its composition.
Much of Sangam’s creation is Rashim Anand [singer-songwriter]. She sang me a bandish based Bhimpalasi raag some time ago. While making the music for ‘Sangam’, I thought it would be the perfect place for this bandish. I called her at 4am, begging her to send me a recording of it. She did, and when I put it together, I was floored. For a few hours, I kept listening to it on repeat. I also contacted Sitarsnub [musician]. He recorded and sent me his sitar [compositions]and the song was born.
The songs have pure Hindi/Sanskrit lyrics along with some Urdu/English words added seamlessly. Is it easy/difficult to be multilingual in an album that already plays with several songs?
No matter how purist someone is, I doubt we have people in our generation who could speak a language perfectly and fluently. I would say it’s just my flavor; the kind of person I am. Most of us are, I would say. Someone told me the other day that I had rhymed “ashcharyachakit” with “futurist”. I hadn’t given it much thought before and realized it was pretty cool.
New projects in the pipeline?
I’m focusing on an album with my crew Teesri Duniya. I have many songs; I just don’t know how to turn them off. This year promises to be exciting.
Udbhav’s EP ‘Milansaar’ is streaming on all major music platforms
EP – Milansar
Artist – Udbhav