Taz: 'Will bring pop back'

By Hindustan Times

Mumbai, June 29 -- Their tracks 'Pyaar ho gaya...' and 'Nachange saari raat...' were a huge success in 2000. Soon after, the decline of pop music began. But artiste Taz of Stereo Nation doesn't believe it's not in demand anymore. And the fact that he's turned into a full-fledged Bollywood music director off late has nothing to do with his belief.

"I'm a music composer and singer-song writer," says Taz also known as Tarsame Singh Saini. "I was the first western artiste to break into Bollywood in 1997. This seems like the natural next step for me," says Taz about the title track of his album Don't Break My Heart, which featured in the Akshaye Khanna-Madhuri Dixit starrer, Mohabbat.

When asked whether he thought now is the best time to turn to film music considernig the decline of pop music in the country, he denies it. "I don't think peoples' tastes have changed. These are implications of channels and their restrictions. Their lack of support is doing this to the Indi-pop scene," says Taz, adding, "They don't support independent albums or air music videos anymore. But clubs still play pop music, not just Bollywood tracks. Everything has a cycle. Pop was bigger than Bollywood at one time. And it's going to make a comeback again, we will bring it."

Maybe that's why Taz, who is currently directing the music for five films, is simultaneously readying Stereo Nation's next album, which he composed and recorded in less than a week. "It's tentatively called Are You Ready?" he says, adding that he is looking to release it by August-September this year with a brand new artiste he has discovered. "It's a complete cocktail-fusion compilation."

His most recent work includes composing a promotional song for Karan Razdan's Mr Bhatti On Chutti starring Anupam Kher. Calling the film "a spoof on Mr Bean", Taz adds, "I'm in the video as well, and it's a family film. I've been known to do peppy-party numbers, so I gave them 'Balle balle...'"

Meanwhile, he's enjoying dividing his work into independent albums and Bollywood. "In film, stuff is more defined. There are emotions, scenes and moments. So I like that. When I'm working as Stereo Nation, I can be a loose cannon."

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