Apart from their chart-topping music, brothers Amaal Mallik and Armaan Malik are also known for being outspoken on the state of the music industry in India. In the past they have spoken on issues ranging from music royalties to film actors performing music.
Early last year, Amaal wrote, in a long Facebook post that has since been taken down, criticizing the Filmfare Awards jury even going so far as to say he was “ashamed” of his Baaghi nomination.
Then, later that year, when news of Sonakshi Sinha opening for Justin Bieber did the rounds last year, Armaan tweeted saying he believed singing should be left to singers. Amaal later tweeted saying he shared the same thoughts.
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) April 24, 2017
I second @Kailashkher
A music event should have only musicians performing & we should put out our best artists on such a big platform. https://t.co/qTT7dOgX9H
— Amaal Mallik (@AmaalMallik) April 24, 2017
So we had just one question for them: What’s the one thing you would like to change about the music industry in India? Here’s what they had to say:
Amaal: I would just like more non-film music to come up. I think that is what we can do and we’re taking the effort to do that. Even when I was doing quite a few films, I moved away from them and with Tiger (Shroff), I did ‘Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Mai’ and ‘Chal Wahan Jaate Hai’. With Emraan Hashmi, I did ‘Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon’. They were never songs related to films. Everyone today should just get out and do non-film music also.
We are generally here as a film industry. We’re not as a music industry at all. Maybe there are more people who come join hands with us and take this forward. Badshah is doing it, Honey Singh did that. When more and more people join hands and promote non-film music, that’s when more music will be heard, different styles will be introduced. Right now we’re stuck to the subject, we’re stuck to a script and you can’t really run away from it.
Armaan: The one thing we are asked to do is sing like someone else. That is something that should change because many-a-times they say, “Can we get a Mika kind of tone or a Sonu kind of tone or an Arijit happening here?” Either a singer can immediately imitate or, when I get such a brief, I take the best of what they’re saying and make it into my voice. Sonu Nigam told me once, “Never change your voice for anyone. Never sing in a way where people will go ‘This is not Armaan’. It has to be your identity as a singer.”