Striking the right chord!

April 1, 2017

Harshi Mad speaks about her upcoming song, singers she looks up to and more…

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Harshi Mad rides on a successful career in music with a track record of 1500 events worldwide under her belt so much so that she is the face of every eminent event globally or locally. In a candid chat, she speaks about her upcoming projects, Bollywood inspirations and more

Tell us something about ‘Wada jo kia…’

I loved the song from the moment I heard it and I jumped at the chance of making a video. I love music, I love partying and the song made me want to dance. Music And Dance… that is why they call me MAD!

What is the story behind the song?

The music director Ramji is a friend of mine and we were in the studio one day listening to his compositions and this one stood out. It reminded me of the old song ‘Jo wada kiya woh nibhana padega’ it’s totally different and an awesome refreshing song.

You are also coming up with a sort of workout song, ‘Squats lagaake…’ Tell us something about that.

This is another song I heard at another friend’s studio, Arian Romal, and I just found myself singing it over and over. It’s also a different kind of song which I think would work really well in the market. I would dance to it if I heard it in the club so I hope all my friends, fans and general public like it too. I am sure the fitness freaks will love it for sure. I did a crazy amount of squats before shooting for this video and this song was definitely a motivation!

You have performed in multiple genres. Which genre according to you is your strength?

I have a very strong deep voice and that works well with party songs but a lot of people had said that my voice sounds great in soulful and folk songs too so I think my voice itself is my strength I just adapt the feel and gesture to the genre I’m singing.

You have been part of music reality shows. How much do you think it helps budding singers to grow in their field?

A reality show for me changed my whole life upside down. It changed the country I live in.  I never thought that being a singer could be a career. Indian Idol gave me a platform to showcase my talent, the teaching to improve on my weaknesses and a fan following which helped to kick-start this whole Bollywood journey of mine. Otherwise, I would be stuck in some boring office in London. But still from when I got out of the show it was back to square one. It was about how you manage yourself, how you direct your energies, how hard and focussed you are on achieving what you want.

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Who are the singers you look up to in the music world?

I love Asha Bhosle ji’s fun singing spirit, I love Jaspinder Nirula’s powerful throw and strong voice and I love Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan’s amazing voice texture and performance qualities.

Did you always wanted to be a singer?

I always dreamt of being a Madhuri Dixit or a JLo or a Beyonce. I always use to shoo my dreams off thinking they were so unreal. But I think sometimes if you really want something and try hard for it you can get one step closer to your dream.

Tell us something about your background?

I am born and brought up in London. My brother Paresh Madhaparia participated in Sa Re Ga Ma 2005 and he performed with Salman Khan and I was in total envy as I was a total Bollywood buff. It was this and my mother’s efforts of making us perform in cultural activities in the Asian communities in London that created this keeda of moving to India and trying something myself.

You have also made your stint as an actor. Are you open to some more acting opportunities, if it comes your way?

I did such a small role in such a big movie, Holiday alongside Sonakshi Sinha, but that was just for fun and it was hard work so hats off to all the actors and actresses who are doing it day in day out. I am a singer at heart but don’t think I can turn down a great opportunity if it comes my way.

Which actress in Bollywood, do you think, your voice would suit the most?

The great things about actresses like Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and Sunny Leone are that they bend their own personality to suit the voice they hear. But my voice will probably suit Deepika Padukone or Katrina Kaif more.

Tell us something about your music projects.

I have two music videos releasing soon with two different music composers and two movie songs which I have sung for which hopefully remain in my voice at the time of release.  Other than that, I have lots of concerts from Miami to Kanpur to Texas to Mumbai so I’m really excited about those.

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