Mumbai:His song Emptiness has made him popular overnight and his musical kitty never went vacant after he caused that initial stir with his debut album. For 24 year old singer composer Gajendra Verma was no flash in the pan. He made the right kind of noises to find a toehold in the music scene. And now a couple of years down the line, this Haryanvi boy is a name to reckon with in the Mumbai playback industry. Since then, he has released two other superhit singles Tujhse door jo hota hoon and Saajna re which still are much in public demand whenever he belts out his numbers on stage shows.
Born and brought up in a musically inclined family that hails from the small town of Sirsa, Haryana, Gajendra says, “Yeah, I cannot thank God enough for blessing me with such a wonderful, musical home. Music is as if a common thread which connects all of us like beads on a rosary.”
The entertaining performer’s work boasts of hits from films like Table No. 21, Bajatey Raho, Yaariyan, Saajna Re, Samrat & Co. besides a Punjabi flick named, Taur Mittran Di. Fond of both singing and composing routines, Gajendra feels that it is a natural progression for any singer to turn into a tunesmith eventually, as the desire to keep delving into melodies, rhythm and beats on a daily basis never wanes.
Enumerating his playlist, the multitasker mentions that he likes “listening to a lot of national and global stuff. E.g. the works of A.R. Rahman, Lucky Ali, Shankar Jaikishan, Coldplay, Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars are few of my favourites.”
Having also tried his hand at a slew of radio jingles, the Arian explains that he liked doing the jingle-duty “because you have only a minute’s time to prove your mettle. And within that stipulated period, you must generate new ideas and sounds for an ad-campaign. The entire exercise is undoubtedly very interesting.”
Gajendra would love to work with the ‘Mozart of Madras’ A.R. Rahman someday as that has been his childhood dream. Making frequent appearances at concerts, the vocalist believes that it certainly helps him cut the ice with his audience and build up a strong crowd connect alongwith self-confidence.
“I prefer performing live than in a studio. It acts as an invigorating stimulus and pumps up my adrenaline rush,” he says. Presently working on two new flicks, which should be out in come September or October, this busy man lays bare his upcoming Bollywood projects.
“I am composing with my brother for Chor Bazaari and Guddu Ki Gun. We are doing two romantic tracks and a sad song, apart from a dance number,” sums up Gajendra, who has grown up embracing the axiom that “if emotions have any sound, then that will be called music.”