Mannan Shaah started his career as a singer in 2011 with Thoda Sa Pyaar and Baadlon Pe Paon for the film Kucch Luv Jaisaa. He was also music director for Commando — A One Man Army and recently composed for Commando 2. In a chat, Mannan tells us about his musical favourites:
One song that you listen to on repeat mode on your iPod these days:
Army by Ellie Goulding. I love the way it’s written; purely nostalgic.
If you had to put together a soundtrack for your life, which five songs best describe your life:
Khwaja Mere Khwaja, Re Kabira, Rabba Rabba Mee Barsa, Reina Beeti Jaaye, Tere Bina Jiya Jaaye Naa. I think these would describe my life best because my life has been full of melancholy.
Is there a song you love to listen to when:You’re happy and upbeat?
Khwaabon Ke Parindey
You’re really low? I Know You Baby from the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack.
You’re working out? Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
How would you describe your taste in music?
For me, music is a universal language. I love to hear all kinds of genres. I’m very receptive to any form of music as long as there is a strong melody to it.
Your favourite time/way to listen to music during the day:
I listen to music in the morning, after breakfast. I feel that is the best time to hear any kind of music.
Is there any music you used to love as a kid or a teenager that you’re now embarrassed by?
Not really. In fact I still hear those songs even today and I still love them.
One band/musician you want a private concert from:
Just one name, Michael Jackson!
One live act you would love to see at least once in your life:
I’d love to see one of the live concerts of Adele somewhere in Europe. She’s one of my favourite artists of all time.