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Going Big With Rakshassi

With his song Rakshassi from the Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0 creating a buzz, Nakash Aziz talks to Bhakti Mehta about the track

Singer Nakash Aziz has given us many songs in the past, now he is back with a big film in 2.0, where he is collaborating once more with music maestro AR Rahman. “I have always shared a warm equation with Rahman sir, and it’s such an enriching experience working with him. Whenever I have sung for him or worked with him, I have always been amazed by his energy and enthusiasm. His commitment is exemplary,” says Aziz.

His song Rakshassi from the Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer has just released. “Rakshassi is a big song in terms of scale, and to sing for such a huge project is surreal. It’s a one-of-a-kind song and very different from what I have sung in the past.”

The singer also worked with rapper-singer Blaaze on this song. “It was an honour to be sharing a song with Blaaze because he is a fantastic musician and a great artiste. He is also one of the first people to introduce English rap into commercial, mainstream Bollywood and Tamil cinema… Indian music, basically. I have been following his work for years and singing alongside him felt amazing. He is such a talented artiste to work with,” Aziz recollects.

Being a composer helps Aziz work with other musicians. “I believe I’m a composer’s singer and I try to follow the composer’s vision completely. I offer inputs only if I get a sense that they are looking for them. But, at the end of the day, I completely surrender to the music composer and/or the director, if he or she is present. I enjoy that process because I feel great when certain things are asked of me, and I am always pushed to do something that I probably never thought of.”

Singing in languages apart from Hindi has never been an issue for Aziz. Asked how he does it, he reveals, “Language isn’t a barrier, really. There are teams that help us with pronunciation during the recording. The key is to get the mood of the song right. I understand the lyrics first and then work on the pronunciation.”

Talking about his upcoming projects, Aziz shares, “I am a little superstitious when it comes to announcing what’s coming next. I love doing music every day and don’t really look into what’s going to and what’s not going to release. I don’t like to pressurising myself like that.”

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