Lucky Ali needs no introduction. The singer, who once ruled the charts, is best known for his songs. Oh Sanam, Tere Mere Saath, Jaane Kya Dhoondta Hai, other Mausam, Among many others. Recently, the pop artist was part of the music fundraising concert, Open Up India Fundraising Campaign, UNDP.
In the guidelines, the singer spoke about his pandemic experiences, music, lockdown lessons and much more.
The shutdown and the pandemic have been emotionally and financially difficult. How did it go and what has been your biggest lesson in confinement?
The most important lesson during the lockdown was that anything can happen at any time, so by keeping it simple, you will be better prepared to deal with any eventuality. Yes, it was difficult emotionally and financially because when you have responsibilities and people depend on you it becomes a challenge. But it’s good; If things are not difficult, you will never feel challenged and you will learn to overcome and solve problems.
Has the pandemic led you to make changes as an artist?
As an artist, I felt that instead of doing a concert or a virtual concert, I should concentrate on recording my music and publishing it and expressing my thoughts through music, and that would be my communication.
How can the youth of India help rebuild the nation? What role do you think music plays in it?
Music is a feeling, so my message to young people would be that challenges exist to meet them. Don’t be scared of failure because if you don’t fail, you won’t be successful. The idea is to get up when you fall; Do not lose hope.
How can music be leveraged to improve things in the post-pandemic scenario?
It has always been part of our culture and we have made music in all kinds of situations. We also have a song for each situation, so music will always be a very important part of our identity. It definitely plays an important role in our daily life and helps us express our thoughts. Music brings people together.
What do you think of the virtual concerts?
Virtual music concerts have advantages and limitations. You won’t have the same feeling at an online concert as at a real live concert. However, due to COVID, which restricts mass gatherings, virtual concerts are a great means of reaching everyone. But we miss the interaction with the public, playing music with his band and musicians. However, we do try to film our concerts online in exciting locations to make sure we give the feeling that our music is trying to portray, and we have a great time doing it.
Oh sanam went viral recently and many of your other songs continue to resonate with audiences even after so many years. Where do you look for inspiration to create these evergreen numbers?
For me, music just happens when it happens. I don’t really go out looking for it. It is not like a factory. When there is a good idea, we just drop it and it works. Sometimes an idea becomes part of another idea or a project, so there is no set structure. And yes, I really don’t expect it. I’m glad I can be a part of all of this.
What keeps you busy these days?
Farmhouse Music, which is run by Taawwuz (my son) and Mezaan (my nephew), keeps me mostly busy these days along with projects like UNDP and my new music coming this year. Also, we have done many fundraisers with the Army, Air Force and I am definitely interested in doing more. We try to help in every way possible and we are happy to do so. As we come from a background of cinema and music, we will end up producing, creating music, cinema and all that it entails; it’s all work in progress.