INTERVIEW | Ghibran talks about independent music and his plans for 2020

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Express press service

On December 20, Ghibran posted a romantic number called Azhagu, which opened to a very decent response on YouTube. Produced by Sony Music South, the song is part of their independent music series titled Ghibran’s All About Love (Vol 1). The musician will be releasing many more singles this year and also has plans for Volume 2.

In this interview, the musician talks about the indie music scene, the reason for these inroads, and his plans for 2020. “It’s a shame we don’t have a separate music industry here. It’s always been movie music here. Variety of genres will only be possible when there is a separate industry for music. The film industry here decides what kind of songs people should listen to.

I think it’s unhealthy for the music,” says Ghibran. Ghibran also points out that independent music is no longer dependent on audio labels and radio stations which he says have not been supportive.

“With technological breakthroughs, they become useless. Take a song like Pullingo, for example. Creators no longer care if a label will sponsor them or if an FM channel will play their song. The streaming industry doesn’t care where the music comes from. Now is the perfect time for indie musicians to jump in and make the most of it. We are already behind. »

Ghibran was first an active independent musician and later a film composer. With his notoriety, does he feel responsible for promoting independent music?

“It’s about educating people. Despite the streaming platforms, people still search for songs broadcast by FM channels and TV channels. There needs to be more awareness of the parallel music scene. The composer realizes that this awareness could take time. “It’s like convincing children to take medicine by coating them with honey. They won’t get there right away. Take the song Azhagu, for example. It’s not entirely new to the public, but we tried to introduce them to something that is not part of film music.

All About Love is an experience. It might fail, but eventually I’ll learn better. He adds, “AR Rahman sir could have brought about this paradigm shift even in the 90s when his Vande Maatram opened up to tremendous response across the country. If it had taken off then, we could have done wonders in the independent scene now. Ghibran is clear that his allegiance first rests with the music scene. “I do not claim to be a representative of the film industry. Music replaces cinema for me. I am also working on a devotional series called the Ghibran Spiritual Series. It is an attempt to recreate a Hindu devotional song with orchestral backing. We have already recreated Harivarasanam.

The conversation invariably veers towards his film music. Ghibran, who has produced intense music in films like Raatchasan and Vishwaroopam 2, says he avoided such intense films in 2019 because it cost him dearly. “I wanted a break. I turned down movies that had dark themes (laughs). 2019 was me having fun. But now my vacation period is over. I compose for Rana Singam by Vijay Sethupathi and Maara by Madhavan, which are heavy in terms of content. Back to my elements.

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