In Conversation With Aamir Khan
Winning hearts with spectacular singing charm and his connection with the audience
Jul 29, 2016
Aamir Khan, a young singer from Jammu, is drawing shrieks of praises from all over Punjabi music industry for his spectacular singing charm and his connection with the audience. The debut solo, Akhion Da Surma was an instant hit; the young singer is now working on more songs and is once again ready to win over people's hearts.
The Jammu native always had a big influence of music on his life. Aamir Khan began singing professionally only after encouragement from friends and family who discovered his talent through singing competitively in competitions and winning the same in school and college. Unlike some other young singers,Aamir Khan prefers the traditional sound of Punjabi music, but ties in newer aspects to his music which is seen in the choice of the lyrics and heard in his melodious voice. He is the newest singing phenomenon who has visited the Punjabi music heartland. His goals with music are to help people feel better and create good music.
Jammu Links News had an intriguing conversation with the devoted singer and here are the excerpts from Aamir's musical aspirations.
Aamir Khan comes from a business family also have tried his hands on modelling, and suddenly he becomes the Punjabi singing sensation. Where did this all started for you?
Thank you for such kind words and I am grateful to God and my fans for whatever little I have achieved. Though I never thought of being a Punjabi sensation, as you put it and always wanted to become a successful businessman but destiny had something else stored for me. I didn't expect any of this to happen to me. I am so humbled to have friends and family behind pushing me to explore my hobby of singing and taking it professionally. I used to sing in school and college functions and it was my family and few friends who always kept motivating me to try my luck in professional singing, so I took a chance and hard work and luck went hand in gloves in my case and by grace of god and love of people, there is no looking back now.
What is the story behind your first song "Akhion Da Surma" which became a huge rage immediately after its release?
When I decided to take up singing professionally, I was meeting various lyricists and coming across many songs for my vocal debut.During the process, I met Jaggi Tohra the lyricist of Surma. He was just humming the lyrics of the song, Akhion Da Surma on harmonium. The moment was magical, the way the song touched my soul and I knew it, this will be my first song. I am very glad and thankful to people for the response I got for my first song.
Being born and brought up in Jammu, you started your career in Chandigarh in Punjabi. Do you think that the overall music vibe and interest in Punjabi music is same in these places?
Yes mostly the taste of music in both the states is similar. People now a day's look up to many Punjabi artists as their idol. I believe Punjabi music is rooting strong not only in India or confined to the north but the whole world is going gaga over the same.
Were you always influenced by their Punjabi singing heroes like Gurdass Mann Sahab, Harbhajan Mann Sahab...? Who stands as your inspiration?
Gurdas Maan Sahab is a living legend. I am deeply inspired by him. His personality, singing style and aura is beyond the reach of many. He has contributed a lot to Punjabi music and he is so grounded and humble. I just love him so much and always see him as a mentor and follow him in my career.
Are you inclined to Punjabi singing only or you are open to sing all kind of songs and what do you hope to express though your music?
I feel music knows no boundaries or language. Good music express purity and bliss which sadly we don't see it often and the same I aim to express which is simply good music to ears and soul. I am open to all kind and all language songs.
We all know that you sing Punjabi songs but what kind of songs are there in your playlists...what kind of music stimulates the artist in you?
My playlists have all kind of songs for all kind of moods. I specifically enjoy listening to old Punjabi folk music of old artists and even old Hindi melodious songs with beautiful and meaningful lyrics which just touches your heart.
You have no formal training in singing? Was it an advantage or a disadvantage in your struggle in the industry?
Unfortunately, I have no formal training but I was lucky enough that it did not play a disadvantage in my case and luckily things worked out well. There is lot of talent around the world and it is always an advantage to direct it to flawlessness through training. I was blessed and did not struggled much but I am getting formally trained now.
If given a chance, what would you change about the music industry?
I would recommend a Board of music through which each song has to pass so that soul of music doesn't get lost. Today there are a lot of good singers but still we are lacking good music.
Who has been your constant support system?
My family has always stood by me and encouraged me to follow what my heart desired. They have changed my life. They not only made me realise my musical sense, but also accepted that into their lives. They encouraged me to follow my dreams and had faith in them and believed in them as if they were their dreams. I am eternally grateful for everything they have done for me.
You have spoken very high of your friends from Punjab in your previous interviews too and have become one of the gabru's of the gang....favourite memory of the place Punjab and share some nostalgic memories from Jammu lanes too
I did my college in Punjab and have really enjoyed those times. Hanging out all days in malls, singing songs in college canteens, bunking classes once in a while and endless leg pulling, this entire still puts a smile on my face.
Jammu is my home town and I have a lot of memories here as well. Long drives to nearest places, grabbing the kalari kulcha, evening gedis to meet all friends and exploring every new hang out place, I grew up here and each memory holds a special place in my heart and definitely very nostalgic.
What next is on cards for Aamir Khan? Future plans and projects...
I wish to keep coming with more n more songs and getting the love of my fans. I would also focus on my business plans so an entrepreneur singer is in making and I feel both these things are equally important to me.
Any message you would like to give for your fans and especially for the people of J&K state?
It is only because of my fans that I am where I am today. Keep supporting me always. Without the love of my city mates this would not have been possible. A big thank you and keep encourage me for more and making you all proud.
Team Jammu Links News wish Aamir all the success and hope that he creates music that is genuine and vulnerable, and songs that resonate with him relates to music lovers as. We pray his music reaches out to many souls and inspires to create, grow, and sustain good music calling.