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Harry Anand

The King has finally broken his silence. The man who has been hammered maximum by the legends of musicdom for churning their songs as remixes; Harry Anand admits to NITIN KALRA that 2004 is the final year for remixes as this market is already overtly saturated. Presenting an exclusive chat with His Highness of the Kingdom of Remixes!

TR: The first obvious question…is Harry Anand worried about being branded as the King of Remixes?
Harry: I don’t think so. I do a lot of music other than doing remixes. I compose original tracks for artists, I cut my own albums and I do live shows around the world. Fortunately my remix albums have been the most successful and I have no shame in admitting that they have brought me fame and loads of money. At the end of the day what more do you want as an artist?

TR: So you are saying doing is a remix is an acceptable art form?
Harry: It is! In fact I say it is much more difficult than composing original music since you already have a song, sung brilliantly by legendary singers, locked in melody, which cannot be broken. Remixing is the art of creating a new sound for a song, keeping the melody intact. Keeping up to the parameter set by the legends in those songs is a challenging job.

TR: You’ve been under the hammer of critics, especially the masters of the golden era, for messing up with their songs. Have there been any instances, which you’d like to share?
Harry: There isn’t a single incident when someone, especially from the old generation has some up to me and criticized me for my work. In fact on two occasions two senior artists have complimented me. In the early days of my career I had done a remix album of the songs of OP Nayyar. He happened to hear the album and sent a message to me that I had done a great job with his songs and he loved what I had done. And then recently when I received the MTV Immies for my work in ‘Kaanta Laga’ the great Bappi Lahiri came up to me and told me that I was doing great work.

TR: You came to Mumbai to become a playback singer and ended up being a composer, a remix composer. Personally are you happy with your career?
Harry: It is true that I came to Mumbai to become a singer. But one must also remember that survival is most important in Mumbai city and that’s why one is forced to take up things he doesn’t want to at times. When I was struggling to be a singer people offered me to compose for cover versions, which I did since I needed money. From cover versions companies asked me to compose remixes, which I did because I couldn’t say no to the Cheque that was accompanying the offer. When I was reasonably well off I started pursuing my career as a singer by doing my own albums. But remixes kept happening and the money continued to flow and I decided to accept the opportunity that God was giving me.

You can read the rest of our feature on Harry Anand in the February 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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