I saved the best for the last
Chat with Vikas Bhalla - The Singer
on 3rd July, 2001 Tuesday
fibetubwine : What prompted you to sing?
VikasBhalla: My instincts.
YANKY : What is your musical background?
VikasBhalla: I've trained in hindustani classical music and got my diploma from allahabad university after clearing a 5 year course and also studied light classical and ghazal music for 10 years.
deep : What is your next album in future?
VikasBhalla: It's called WOH PAL releasing on the 12th of this month on the music label BMG Crescendo.
alok : Do you think Classical singers like S. Mudgal coming into pop will affect classical singing?
VikasBhalla: Not at all, in fact it is a lesson for all aspiring singers that they should first train in classical music and then take the plunge into commercial singing as classical training forms a very strong foundation for any form of music.
indian : What is your feeling on hip-hop becoming mainstream? Is hip-hop music exploited?
VikasBhalla: Not to the fullest as yet, there is ample scope yet.
kapil : What numbers are special to you?
bhola : Are you entering the international music scene as well?
VikasBhalla: One step at a time brother.
indian : What makes Punjabi-pop so popular
VikasBhalla: The rhythm, the dance-element, the ability to play it at discos, marriages, functions, etc.
amit : Who are your favourite male and female co-singers (besides Lataji and Ashaji)?
VikasBhalla: Male-Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mohd.Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Udit Narayan, Shailendra Singh-female-asha bhosle
renu : Are private music composers relatively underpaid?
VikasBhalla: Yes, but that is their opportunity to showcase their talent to the film music industry.
YANKY : Whom do tou consider the best pop artist in India and in World
VikasBhalla: NUSRAT FATEH ALI KHAN and ASHA BHOSLE in India, ELVIS PRESLEY and M.J. worldwide
robin : Is shrewd marketing crucial to an album's success
VikasBhalla: not exactly shrewd, but sensible marketing, that showcases the artist's talent to the fullest
bhim : How do you have such a high voltage voice? Is it just passion or do you use something special?
VikasBhalla: i do drugs daily>>>just kiddin...actually i do an hour and a half of riyaaz every morning of classical music to keep my voive in good shape
deep : What are the best song you like and your song Duan hai Duan was superb ?
VikasBhalla: thanx deep, my forthcoming album has a track called WOH PAL which is quite cool, reminds me of my 1st love
robin : Why is it that the foreign audience appreciates ghazals more than the Indian audience?
VikasBhalla: i don't think that is true, jagjit singh and pankaj udhas are equally popular here as they are abroad
indian : Do you like Metallica and Nirvana?
VikasBhalla: yes i do - some of their tracks
alok : Who's your favourite Indian classical performer?
VikasBhalla: ustad bade ghulam ali khan saheb, i also like listening to classical instrumentalists like shiv kumar sharma, hari prasad chaurasiya, etc.
renu : Is it ethical for one established singer to dub another established singer's songs
VikasBhalla: well, i have'nt done it so far so i am not in a position to answer that one>>>
bhim : Are you a trained classical singer? Is it vital?
VikasBhalla: yes i am, and yes it is vital to have a knowledge of the raags
mani : How do you cope with star tantrums and star demands
VikasBhalla: i don't
bhola : what was your ambition in your life before going to Singing and acting ?
VikasBhalla: singing, singing and only singing...
deep : Are u satisfied with what you have got in your life and you and what u are in life ?
VikasBhalla: being satisfied is very important as there is no end to wants and if you are satisfied, only then can you be happy, so yes i am satisfied but at the same time i have my aims and goals clear in front of me which i know i will achieve
vipul : Do you think that Music piracy is going worst day by day ? And what have to say in this ?
VikasBhalla: music piracy is definitely crazy, as more than anything else it robs genuine musicians of their livelihood
YANKY : Does a singer also need to be an actor in todays music -video age?
VikasBhalla: hahaha-thats a good one-but no one does'nt necessarily need to be an actor to be a singer, although being one definitely helps
Reena : Sir is it fun being so popular and known???H ow do you take all this fame and popularity?
VikasBhalla: plz dont sir me reena u can say vikas or viks thats what my pals call me and yes fame is just a by-product of my profeession, the actual thing is music
alok : Do you think Classical singers like S.Mudgal coming into pop will affect classical singing
VikasBhalla: just answered that sometime ago alok
zigzag : r u ready to sing in english? if u r given a chance.
VikasBhalla: yes definitely, just will have to work a bit on the accent though
YANKY : dont u think indy pop has more quantity than quality
VikasBhalla: well it's upto you guys to choose the quality and keep away the quantity
indian : Have you sung for films? Are you going to try playback in near future?
VikasBhalla: not yet, but will definitely do so in the near future
deep : Who is the best singer do you think is and you are admired by ?
VikasBhalla: nusrat fateh ali khan, mohd. rafi, kishore kumar, shailendra singh, udit narayan, asha bhosle
Reena : Do you have a web-site of own ?How can we know more about you ?
VikasBhalla: www.vikasbhalla.com and my e-mail add is [email protected]
zigzag : What is your reaction to pop-bands dominating the music industry and not giving underground artists much room to compete?
VikasBhalla: what do you mean by underground artists???
alok : Does you think music has curative properties?
VikasBhalla: yes it does, it can bring rains, storms, light up fires,etc.etc. and also CURE PEOPLE
amit : How can you distinguish between the good and a bad song ? what u see in a song ?
VikasBhalla: it has to appeal in the 1st hearing itself
renu : Are you a born singer?
VikasBhalla: well i came out crying, not singing, bit i definitely took to it by the age of 6
photo : Do you think that the todays everyone is making there video and there are no meaning songs are there from the pop stars Among these where you think you stand ?
VikasBhalla: i am trying to put in a genuine effort to do the best of my abilities
renu : What do you think about Napster?
VikasBhalla: dunno much bout it
robin : what is the most embarrasing situation in your life till now ? Can you tell us?
VikasBhalla: caught two-timing in school
Reena : Sir, what are your upcoming events and what are your present commitments?
VikasBhalla: upcoming events are the album WOH PAL releasing on 12th of this month, let me know after hearing it what u feel???
deep : what is the main area are you in to now a days and are you acting now ?
VikasBhalla: with regard to acting, i am waiting for something interesting to work-out till then busy with my music and shows
mani : What are your main strength and who do you think is behind your sucess?
VikasBhalla: my parents , GOD!
photo : what is your role model ?
VikasBhalla: elvis presley
indian : Do you have girl friends?
deep : What is your date of Birth?
VikasBhalla: 24th October-true Scorpio-beware of the sting
alok : I have heard that you are going international. Is that true?
VikasBhalla: hey news spreads pretty fast i must say-well there is yet time for that, but surely sometime in the future
shravan : ting tongggggg, r u married???
VikasBhalla: very much and happily
3 wives and 14 children
amit : who is your dream girl and first crush ?
VikasBhalla: dream girl-her name is ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____, !!!first crush is already married so its not right to talk bout her!
Reena : What do you think about Nadeems involvement in Gulshan Kumar's murder? do you think its right on the part of some industry people who are still calling him for composing music ?
VikasBhalla: no comments
indian : Where did you learn this art?
VikasBhalla: my gurus 2 of them pandit jialal vasant and guru iqbal gill
YANKY : what is your view about Anu Maliks music
VikasBhalla: he is talented otherwise he would'nt be where he is today, it;s a matter of pride for us indians that anu's music has been used in a hollywood film, moulin rouge
boyzzzz : i cant get thorough to u, have u ever tried getting raunchy with any girl onlinee?????
VikasBhalla: not yet
Reena : Who do you think is the greatest singer till date in the industry?Do you think the singers of the last few decades are better than the ones coming up these days ?
VikasBhalla: thats not true, even todays singers like udit narayan and hariharan will be remembered by the future generations the way we remember rafi and kishore
boyzzzz : do u still flirt with girlssssss???
VikasBhalla: yes with all shapes and sizes i don't beleive in discrimination!
indian : What is your goal in life?
VikasBhalla: to be the BEST!!!
YANKY : WHAT ABOUT SINGING A SONG WITH DALER MEHNDI
VikasBhalla: thats a good idea, will suggest it to him, then we'll have something really interesting for you guys!
Thank you so much for joining us today Mr. Vikas Bhalla. It was a pleasure having you here! Will you like to leave a message for those who have joined us today?
VikasBhalla: "DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON JEALOUSY, SOMETIMES YOU'RE AHEAD, SOMETIMES YOU'RE BEHIND, THE RACE IS LONG, AND IN THE END, IT'S ONLY WITH YOURSELF!"