Prateek Kuhad, known for his independent music, has revealed that he dislikes playback singing. “I never did that because I don’t like playback singing. I did one Bollywood song. It was exactly how they (the composers) wanted it to be like. I couldn’t change one note. It was too mechanical for me. I did not enjoy the process,” he admits.
"I think very instinctively," the 32-year-old says of his singing approach. He adds, "I sing how I feel and it’s my song and I can do whatever I want to. But I don’t have that technical knowledge in terms of how to change my voice and how to hit certain notes. It’s a technical thing to do and my technical skills are not that good. So, if you give me a playback song, I will suck at it.”
The singer adds, “I am a good singer, I have a good voice, but my expertise is not that (singing). What I am really good at is writing songs. Playback singing is a skill and a creative process. Playback singers are really good at it. This is like a technical thing, you tell them to sing these 10 notes in order, in a particular sort of tone and they know exactly how to do it. It’s a skill and I can’t do that."
As a result, despite being in the music industry for almost a decade, Kuhad hasn't had many Bollywood ventures to his name. “I am not trying to distance myself (from Bollywood) but I am not trying to chase it either. If somebody wants me to write a song for their film and it’s a respectful work experience that I expect. I have my parameters in terms of how I need to work and as long as those boxes get checked I will do anything. I just want to make music,” he concludes.