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Yet To Have Our Own Musical Breakout Star Without Bollywood Backing, Says Nucleya

Interestingly, Nucleya, whose music has headlined all clubs, parties and even casual get-togethers in the past couple of years, never set out to become synonymous with Indian bass music.

Kriti Tulsiani | News18.com@sleepingpsyche2

Updated:December 13, 2017, 10:31 AM IST
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Yet To Have Our Own Musical Breakout Star Without Bollywood Backing, Says Nucleya
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Udyan Sagar, popularly known by his stage name of Nucleya, believes that it’s the best possible time to be an independent musician in India.

“There are tons of opportunities popping up everywhere, way more than what we had in the late nineties when I was beginning my career. There are many new promoters, venues and festivals that are willing to give new talent a shot. I think through these avenues a lot of new artists can make a viable career and they absolutely do not need the backing of Bollywood,” he said in an interaction with News18.com.

Known for his anthem-like albums Raja Baja and Bass Rani, Nucleya has also composed songs for Bollywood films Kapoor and Sons, Golmaal Again and for Anurag Kashysap’s 2018 film Mukkabaaz, the music producer feels that there’s still a long way to go for Indian music in the global scenario.

“I think we are still far too dependent on Bollywood and film actors to showcase Indian music on a global scale. In fact, we are yet to have our own completely true musical breakout star who has a career internationally without depending on the Bollywood machine,” he shared.

He added that even though the Indian music industry has had small successes here and there but the day when a true bonafide International music star comes out of India without Bollywood backing is fast approaching.

Interestingly, Nucleya, whose music has headlined all clubs, parties and even casual get-togethers in the past couple of years, never set out to become synonymous with Indian bass music. “It's just the kind of music that comes out of me naturally. I just produce what I feel and now people have started calling that Indian bass music. It's very flattering, but has not at all been a conscious choice.”

He also elaborated on how the listeners are becoming more and more accepting of varied genres, noting “The influx of EDM is hugely important in how the listeners’ tastes have changed over time. I think now as EDM slowly fades away, they will continue to evolve and now probably be much more open to hip-hop and other deeper styles of electronic music like techno and dub-step.”

Nucleya further pointed out that despite having been a part of the industry for over 20 years, it’s only now that people have discovered his music and adds, that, “a lot of it has to do with choosing to give the music away for free and really removing that payment barricade between the fans and the music.”

The composer is all set to perform a gig at the upcoming multi-genre Comio Enchanted Valley Carnival alongside Arijit Singh, DJ Chetas and Shirley Setia. “It's a really diverse lineup and has something for everyone. The organisers have done a great job at catering to a bunch of different music lovers and providing everyone with something they can enjoy,” he said about the 2-day music festival.
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