With her latest offering, Shweta Subram is taking her audience down memory lane again with one of the greatest love songs of all time. Reprising Jab Koi Baat with Abhay Jodhpurkar, Subram is also seen in the video, which you can view here.
BizAsiaLive.com caught up with the talented singer recently.
Jab Koi Baat is a song loved by pretty much everyone. How did you feel about covering such an iconic track?
Covering an iconic track comes with its own challenges. People have heard the original soundtrack and playback singers a million times. So for them to put that aside and accept a new rendition is a challenge in its own. I always wanted to cover this beautiful song. It’s such a popular song even today in weddings and I felt the newer version could connect with our generation.
What was your experience working with Abhay Jodhpurkar who joins you for the vocals of the cover?
Working with him is an absolute delight. We have known each other for a while now and worked together in the past as well. But this was the first time we met in person. It so happened that he was visiting Dubai and we met up for coffee which not surprisingly led to a jam session and the idea of working together. We literally recorded the song one day and shot the video the 2nd day. It all happened so quickly.
You have such a unique voice which breathes fresh life into the song. What were you most excited about when presenting this new version?
Thank you ! I am excited to hear that you enjoy it 🙂 These days I see that in Bollywood very little original music is created.What irks me is when they take old songs and add few new lyrics and call it their own. With our new version, we kept everything the same and had our own arrangement! The musical arrangement sounds fresh.
You’ve performed with many well-known names and have essentially sung female vocals for many duets on stage and in songs. What do you personally find the most challenging about singing well-known songs in your own style?
Sometimes I find it a little challenging to match up to the scales of the original songs. Everybody is born with a certain vocal range. There is nothing to be ashamed about. We all have or own styles. But the audiences have been listening to the songs for years and have those songs ingrained in their minds. So it’s up to me on how to appease to my listeners while I am singing a well-known song in my scale and style.
What’s coming up next for you musically?
I have another cover coming up with Abhay. Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain from the movie Pardes. Also, an original song – Dil Mera ( an original of mine) which I have worked with fabulous producer, Janapriyan, from California. Uber excited about that! A few other projects in the pipeline which I will share when the right time comes 🙂
BizAsiaLive.com thanks Shweta Subram for talking to us.