This World Music day, Benny Dayal talks about his love for all kinds of music and why he thinks it is a necessity to celebrate a day like this.
Come June 21 and music lovers across the world get together to celebrate the universal language of music.
World Music Day commemorates music and the peaceful, seamless manner in which it binds people together, transcending all boundaries of language, religion, ethnicity or nationality. Music can heal, connect and inspire.
Known for its love for the sound of music, Hard Rock Café decided to ring in this World Music day with popular musicians performing live simultaneously across six cities in India. The rock music-themed restaurant chain collaborated with Artist Aloud for a string of multi-city concerts on June 19, to create a first of its kind experience for music lovers.
Popular Bollywood music artist Benny Dayal was all set to give music lovers in Bangalore a night to remember. And while he prepares, we have a tête-à-tête with the singer to understand his thoughts on celebrating the World Music Day. “It’s a day that man has created to celebrate the birth of music. Music is unavoidable in anybody’s life and to celebrate World Music Day is extremely important. It is not only an excuse but also a necessity for us artists to come together.”
With Benny doing so many live performances, we are curious to know more about his act in Bangalore. “My set is very different from any other that people would’ve seen. My live performances are rearranged and sound unique. The music is powerful, energetic, up-tempo and at the same time, soulful,” he says.
Would it be live performances or playback singing? “I love live because it’s a very cognitive outcome. It is the audience and us put together, feeding off each other’s energy and bringing out the best,” shares Benny.
He has performed on Coke Studio, collaborated with international musicians, done independent music and at the same time has belted out hit Bollywood numbers to mesmerize his fans.
So which one is his favourite? “It’s all about the music. Independent music or Bollywood, it doesn’t matter. The music comes from the same heart, the sincerity is the same and my dedication to the composition is the same. I enjoy both and, for me, there is no difference,” says the ‘Highway’ singer.
We speak on a little and soon begin to discuss the contemporary music scene. “I am not an expert at music, I am still experimenting with music,” he modestly replies. But he does have a strong viewpoint, too: “Nobody has the time to listen to music. These days, everybody wants to view music. If there is no video, nobody listens to the song. People are easily distracted.”
Speaking about his upcoming projects, Benny reveals, “I am really looking forward to working on my EP this year. It is completely independent. I am working with Dub Sharma, who is a music producer from Chandigarh.” He, however, remained tightlipped about the Bollywood films that he is working on.
Music is called the universal language of the world and Benny Dayal is known to create music in several languages. He can sing in almost seven languages: Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bangla, Marathi and Hindi. It is his love for the sound of different languages that keeps him interested, he explains.
- An actor who suits your voice best: Ranveer Singh
- An actor you want to sing for: Shah Rukh Khan
- Your favorite international musician: Justin Timberlake
- Your favorite co-singer: Neeti Mohan
- One song you wished you had sung: Dil Se title track
At the concert, Benny Dayal enthralled the audience at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore with his power-packed performance. Adding his own beats to popular Bollywood songs, the ‘Badtameez Dil’ singer got the crowd grooving in no time. His energy spread like fire. Tracks like ‘Daaru Desi’, ‘The Disco Song’ and ‘Masakali’ left the audience only asking for more.