Singer Karthik gets candid on the ups and downs in his career and his inclination towards independent music

Singer Karthik is just back from a whirlwind tour of the US and he’s already ready for the next set of recordings and shows. “Be it at the studio or on stage, singing never tires me,” says the versatile vocalist, who is currently busy doing tracks for AR Rahman and Ondraga Originals, in collaboration with Gautham Menon and Madhan Karky. “It’s a pleasure to work with such talented people who elevate me. There’s so much to learn from them.”

Karthik, who’s known for his variety in playback singing, is also straddling independent music big time. “Independent music is becoming a trend. ‘Ulaviravu’, which I sang as a single for Ondraga Originals, has got over six million hits online. I have evolved as a singer and so has my music. One big factor that influences me is technology. But yes, I keep up the honest and sincere effort towards my job.”

His favourites are among the songs that have touched his heart. “I couldn’t hold back tears while singing the song ‘Pachaikili’ from Thendral. Though it isn’t a hit number, the lyrics and music are so emotive. Similarly, ‘Anarkali’ from Kangalal Kaidhu Sei is another song that I really enjoyed singing.”

As someone who grew big in the music field without any background or formal training, Karthik is modest concerning his achievements. “I approached playback singing with an open mind and learnt from mistakes and experiences. I remember how I struggled and failed to sing ‘Un Samayal Araiyil’ from Dhill. It was later sung by Unni Krishnan sir. I was still in the learning curve back then and was intimidated by Vidyasagar sir as he’s a master composer. But I told myself not to repeat it, and till date, I haven’t had another such experience.”

Being part of reality shows on TV, Karthik helps budding talents get a break in the industry. “I came in from the platform of Sapthaswarangal on Sun TV in the 90s. Sitting on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa on Zee has made me reach a lot of people. Recently, I have taken in two promising young voices (Varsha and Srinidhi) from the show.” Karthik names singers SPB, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Mano and Srinivas as his inspirations. “I imbibe qualities from each of them. For instance, Shankar Mahadevan gives an energetic punch to live concerts. And I learnt to bring in Carnatic elements into film music only after listening to Colonial Cousins and ‘Uyire Uyire’.”

Karthik’s tryst with composing has been gradual, the last being Tamilselvanum Thaniyar Anjalum, produced by Gautham Menon. “When I debuted as a composer with Vasanthabalan’s Aravaan, I was excited. But later, I realised that I am not cut out to compose. I had to be indoors, go to the studio every day and earmark over six months for a movie. My singing took a backseat and the routine bored me,” he says. “Though composing is an extension of what I am doing, my heart lies in singing. However, I am open to offers in future.”

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