Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Anuroop Chaudhury and I am a singer, musician, a video editor and an IT engineer. Like every aspiring musician dreams of a big platform, I also dream to be a successful music and video producer and run my own production house in the future. I belong to a family where music was considered as a culture at home, Mom used to practice music and also make me do it too. I was sent to Prayaag Sangeet Samiti (Bhaatkhande) to learn Hindustani Classical Music in Vocals and completed Prabhakar from there. In this tenure I participated in many competitions, stage shows and programs and won many prizes on live performances. I used to get many applauds for it but whenever I used to listen to professionally recorded Bollywood songs, my mind used to boggle on how they sounded so silky and fine.
What was your early life like?
As a teenager I used to like listening to music, and at some point of time, I realized that there was someone behind the scenes who was making those sounds and effects happen. When I was in my first years of graduation I came in contact with a guy who told me about Digital Audio Workstations. This brought a revolution in achieving my musical desires. I came to know that music nowadays has a deep digital and technical aspect too which people are usually unaware of. I then learnt playing Piano which acted as a great support to understand western music structure, arrangements and style. As I was from Allahabad a non-metropolitan city where people of traditional mindset were far away from modern technology of music and terms like Digital audio workstations, my crave for this knowledge took me to the internet where I found huge sources of knowledge in this field and answers to all my musical queries.
How did you learn?
The Internet proved to be an ocean of knowledge to me and lots of content to practice on. Everyday between my job and music life I used to sneak 1 hour of time strictly and practice the tutorials on my computer. After around 2 years of practice on my DAW, for the first time I tried my hands on an original composition.
The song name was Tere Bina Sound from the Heart in the year 2015 which was released on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and various other top known online music stores. It was a great matter of pride for me that I was able to produce something by my own for the first time in life which was greatly admired by my music teachers, relatives and friends.
What are your music scores?
My second original song release was Yaadon Me made by my friend Vimlesh Bhat and me.
My third release “Aae Meri Zindagi” is on the way and will be out by end of September this year.
Recently I have started making travel films and vlogging as well.
Going forward, my plan is to take my Youtube channel at a bigger level and want to get recognized by good people in the industry. I have also started working on video making skills utilizing it in making music videos of my songs and also upload short travel and music videos on my Instagram account as well. Lastly, I take my inspiration from Sonu Nigam for singing, AR Rahman for music and Sam Kolder for film making and want to be like them.
What first got you into music?
My mom, our culture at home.
What inspired you to make music?
It all started when my cousin brought me a Sony Walkman back in the year 2000. I started listening to Hindi and Hollywood songs in it. The kind of clarity of the effects that I could hear from it used to boggle my head and fascinate me and desirous if I could also produce such music myself and if my voice could also be heard and admired by people. This urge made me look for sources from where I could learn this skill of making eMusic. Having already learnt classical raags and thaats from my mom and guruji in childhood helped me in composing my own songs. What was now lacking was its music that I needed to learn. As time passed, I found various sources over the internet that helped me in this, tutorial videos, articles, support forums which helped me learn this. Now once you have got the content to practice, it was time to work on your skills. I hour daily honest investment of time and dedication came up with flying colours and I learnt making music.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I create Indian pop music.
What is your creative process?
The creative process starts like when u are fiddling with your piano or you r playing your guitar or riding your bike in leisure in a happy mood and suddenly some tune clicks your head. Then u jazz it more on your keyboard and develop it more and think of some words. I always keep a recorder handy and keep recording them all in it whatever tune or words come to my mind.
Once the song is composed, it’s time to open the laptop and put all the music, tunes into my DAW and build up its music track. I want to tell that making a music track is just like cooking food, u add a little bit of haldi, jeera, dhaniya in the mixture. Making music is also the same thing. U add small sound effects, some background arpeggios, tones to beautify your music once the main chassis of the song is created.
The more u jazz the more amount of tunes come to your head
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Raj Burman, because his voice, singing and life has always inspired me.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Raj Burman as he is a big inspiration to many budding singers.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Willingness to achieve something and consistent work even if in small amounts, will collectively bring up with flying colors once they achieve maturity.
What is the most useless talent you have?
I have very loud snoring that disturbs my housemates at night.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Well, no but I sometimes keep thinking of some tune or its music that I am planning to put it on my PC.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I would be a travel film maker.
Do you have any upcoming records?
Yes. Ae Meri Zindagi to be published by end of September.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Internet and social websites have given a big platform to budding singers to come up and show up their talent to the world, various examples are already present where internet has proved to be a boon to their music career.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Tum Hi Ana
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Sonu Nigam, Zubain Nautiyal.
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Yes, once just before my performance the wires of my guitar broke.
What is the best advice you would give to buddying musicians?
Keep working and never stop yourself from trying other parallel talents supportive to singing like making your own music yourself, making videos for your song yourself.
What’s next for you?
I want to learn the skill of producing videos to be able to make videos for my songs by myself. For this, I have already started learning new video editing and film making techniques.
Young India Gazette.