Singer and TV host Aditya Narayan slammed all the singers who criticizes music labels and crib about how they manipulate artistes.
“Toh aapne unke (music labels) saath kaam kara hi kyun? Aap unke ghulam kyu bane huye thhe? Pehle woh kuch nahi bole, because they were getting opportunities. Later, when you face a problem, negativity starts,” he tells HT.
According to him, a problem arises when the majority agrees to a motion but one artiste disagrees, hampering the progress made till then. “By doing so, you destroy the efforts of 99 singers. Unka professionalism, unki integrity, sab barbaad ho jaati hai,” rues Narayan.
The singer also opens up about the practice of making 10 artistes sing a song before it is finalised, which then becomes the norm.
“Who is to be blamed for it? Of course, the singers who surrender. If everybody put their foot down, and say, ‘If you want me to sing the song, I will, or else I won’t even come’, things would be very different,” he says.
Ask him why he feels the music industry lacks unanimity, and the singer says it stems out of necessity. “They give reasons like main gareeb hoon, mere ghar par paisa nahi hai, yeh nahi gayega toh main gaa raha hoon kyuki mujhe paisa chahiye. And I think that’s fair enough. I can’t stretch it further because I haven’t ever been through a time where there is no food on the table. Mene wo gareebi nahi dekhi (I haven't seen that poverty), so I cannot comment on their behalf. But at the end of the day, it is detrimental to the entire industry.”
Having said that, the Ji Huzoor and Tattad Tattad singer says he does not have a problem collaborating with music labels. “My father has done it, and that’s how he became successful. But for that both of us (him and the label), need to reach a middle ground,” he concludes.