Born in Indore, singer/ songwriter/ composer Aaryan Tiwari had music coursing through his veins, from an early age. While pursuing engineering at IIT Roorkee, he realised his calling and soon set sail into the world of music. His latest single with Zee Music company ‘Zaroorat’ and independent tracks like ‘Pyar Ho Gaya’, ‘Be With You’, and ‘Juda’ have struck a chord with audiences of all ages. Developing into an entertaining stage performer, he also gives mesmerising renditions of yesteryear and new-age foot-tapping numbers. Here’s our up-close-and-personal chat with the talented artist.
When did you start composing? And what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started composing back in college; I still remember I was dating a girl and I wrote a song for her, and it turned out to be so good that all my friends used to hum it. That’s when I realised I had composing skills, and that’s how it all started. When I started my musical journey, all I wanted to do was sing! I had no clue that I’d be writing my own songs one day. As an aspiring singer, my early influences were Sonu Nigam, KK, Lucky Ali, Bryan Adams, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, and some bands like Green Day, Metallica, and Pink Floyd.
What do you usually start with when composing?
Writing songs comes naturally to me. I never intentionally sit down to compose. I’ve composed songs while walking on the treadmill in my gym, in auto rickshaws, and sometimes on planes, too! So there’s no defined process I follow to compose.
What type of music do you think works nowadays?
I think a good melody always works. Whether it’s rap or a hip-hop track or a ballad, as long as the melody has substance and soul in it, it’ll work now or even in the future. And of course, the sound of every new generation keeps changing.
Who were your biggest writing influences? And what inspires you to write?
To be very honest, I’ve never read anyone’s poetry thoroughly. My own talent for writing was introduced to me by Mahesh Bhatt Sir, who long backtold me that I should really consider writing my own songs. And that’s when I started taking it seriously. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of poetry by artists around the world. My favs are Javed Akhtar, Jaun Elia, Rumi, and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Most of my songs are written based on my personal experiences in life; so yeah, my life is my inspiration.
How much do you practice singing every day?
At least about 4-5 hours a day, which includes riyaz, composing, and writing.
Who’s your favourite amongst the new composers? Is there anyone you’d like to work with?
Every composer in our industry is amazing and I wish to work with all of them. My favourites are Ameet Trivedi, Pritam Da, Mithoon and Jeet Ganguly, and A.R. Rahman.
Does it affect you if some of your songs don’t do well?
For me, music is all about my emotions and my state of heart and mind. It’s okay if people sometimes don’t connect with it. It really doesn’t affect me if my song doesn’t do well for others, as long as they do for me. Before I send out a song, I make sure that I’m loving it more than anyone else.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working with Himesh Reshammiya Sir on a very special project, which will most probably be out before the end of this year. And I’ve also composed a few songs for Mahesh Bhatt Sir, which are going to be part of his upcoming projects. Besides this, I’m working on a few originals. Lots in the pipeline, so stay tuned!
How do you unwind?
I watch documentaries and movies on Netflix whenever I get some free time. I really don’t like to relax; sleep is my only quiet time with myself. I’m a serious workaholic! – as told to Sumana