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COVER STORY: Armaan Malik | The Making of a Pop Star

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It in truth become as soon as fancy seeing a entirely unique artist.

I become as soon as rather panicked that my fans won’t procure me one of many simplest ways I desire to be licensed and can merely now no longer fancy the direction I’m transferring into, and each artist has that alarm. Are fans gonna glean alienated with this complete unique persona with this complete unique tune and direction? However that didn’t occur. And that become as soon as the glorious reduction for me. It become as soon as so humbling to peep such a good response.

The tune video for “Alter” is largely shadowy and moving and so varied from the rest you’ve accomplished sooner than. How enthusiastic had been you in developing the concept that, directing it, the fabric cupboard?

Here’s the most vital time I in truth bought to be enthusiastic so noteworthy. Be it the styling, be it the storyline—barely noteworthy from the observe lunge I become as soon as on it and Bobby Hannaford who directed the video, you wouldn’t mutter it, we talked about your complete tune concept fancy two days sooner than the video shoot. It become as soon as all chop to chop and I excellent accomplished finishing the video, I came to Bombay and… the lockdown took living. So, if I hadn’t long past and shot the video in this kind of haste, we wouldn’t get the “Alter.” tune video. I reflect all the things occurs for a operate. The formulation it took living become as soon as barely speedy and I couldn’t project many things, however I become as soon as very all for every division. The total imagery and the styling of the video become as soon as me taking a departure from this ‘cute boy-next- door’ part that I had going for me. I wanted people to glean a peep into that vogue of shadowy, moving vibe to me which I in truth get, however I didn’t ticket as noteworthy due to I didn’t know how to lunge about it sooner than or I didn’t get the lawful tune to lunge with it.

Thru the project of doing my English tune and world tune—and even shooting for the Rolling Stone India duvet— I seen that I in truth get this intense aspect to me. I reflect with my tune and my complete artistry, I am also in a section where I’ve outgrown that cute boy part. I become as soon as rising with my fans and I become as soon as rising up from the teenager boy technology into vogue of a young adult vibe.

Present us rather bit about your plans for the leisure of 2020, what get you glean brewing?

Heaps of amazing tasks are brewing. I’m working on two tasks for my English stuff. One is clearly my expansive single that I’ve been planning to position out. “Subsequent 2 Me” wasn’t my second single—I by no draw planned to position it out. It took living due to I felt it so strongly all over lockdown. However this second single, I’m planning to position it out very soon, shoot a tune video for it as correctly. Let’s hope the lockdown helps us shoot a lawful tune video! And I’m doing a world collaboration as correctly. I’m barely indignant for that. The fans get an inkling of a expansive collaboration going on. So yeah, very indignant.

Can you give us any hints as to who the artist on the collaboration is?

[Laughs] I in truth can’t order noteworthy! However I will order it’s a expansive asian collab for the realm market. That’s it!

You know what, we want to focus on K-pop. You’ve expressed your admiration for thus many Korean artists on Twitter for a couple of years now. When did you glean the K-pop industry and which artists did you join with at the beginning build?

I become as soon as on a flight from Mumbai to Dubai and I become as soon as getting bored of seeing motion photos. So I went to the tune allotment to peep what I will hear from any other nation. So I went to K-pop. It become as soon as excellent the beginning build, I reflect, where people had been excellent beginning to attain K-pop within the realm. I came all one of many simplest ways through this album called 13th Unchanging by Shinhwa.

Oh man, the OGs of K-pop!

Yeah, they’re one of many most vital or the early boy groups to get been formed in K-pop, that’s what I purchased to understand about later when I read up on them. However when I heard that album, it become as soon as so emotional, so lyrical. Even supposing I didn’t understand one observe, I could perhaps understand the emotion within the motivate of it. I heard about all these amazing groups coming out of Korea; there become as soon as EXO, BTS and BLACKPINK. However at that chop-off date I handiest delved into EXO, I become as soon as attracted in direction of their tune for some operate. And you know Chen [of EXO,] that man’s a large vocalist. So for me, I’m continuously browsing for artists who encourage me. I’m continuously being attentive to be taught. BTS in truth rose to superstardom within the final two years with the total unique albums they had been inserting out. They had been doing capabilities and collabs with varied artists. They did a tune with Lauv, that’s when I purchased to understand extra about them. Then they did a collaboration with Halsey, “Boy With Luv”, lawful? And “Jamais Vu” is one of my authorized songs. So that’s when I started discovering these artists and colorful what their world is fancy. Seeing their tune videos become as soon as undoubtedly a highlight for me. I don’t reflect that anyone does tune videos larger than the K-pop industry. When “Dynamite” took living—I reflect it’s amazing what BTS has accomplished. In actuality, in such hard cases if you occur to hear to one thing so upbeat, uptempo and so uplifting, it excellent makes you in truth feel so lawful. They’ve reach Number One on the Billboard Sizzling 100, so I reflect it’s fabulous how they’ve created this complete outlet for Asian artists to lunge world. They’ve been pathbreaking. All of the K-pop artists, I’m decided there are so noteworthy of more than a number of groups as correctly that I will even merely now no longer know of, however all of them get accomplished such fantastic work to form that pathway for Asian artists to be identified on a world platform or within the West. And now I reflect it’s India’s time.

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Mobile phone: OPPO F17 Educated. Sneakers by Prada. Photograph by Rohit Gupta for Rolling Stone India

Why is it so crucial for young people to peep themselves represented on these platforms fancy the Billboard Charts and the Grammys?

Winning a Grammy is the lifelong dream of any artist. So for all of us, we’re excellent working. We’re now no longer working in direction of a success a Grammy, we all are working in direction of making enormous tune and having fans. I reflect even BTS or EXO, their main riding forces are the fans who bask in the tune. [Being on these platforms] it’s this sense of, ‘Hey people spy my work.’ It gave that self belief to lunge on and form larger work. We haven’t seen diverse Asian artists breaking through internationally and for the most vital time we are witnessing history. My dream is to glean India up there on the realm platform.

It’s a declaration that certain, we exist. We’re also making tune and we also deserve fancy a day within the sun.

For decided! I reflect we’ve continuously been very restricted to our native tune and native markets. We’ve by no draw gotten that world publicity. Indirectly that’s going on and it’s amazing. Which is why when coming motivate to where you requested me why form you’re thinking that right here’s the lawful time for India, I reflect it’s the lawful time due to Asians are in point of fact inserting us on the map, and it’s excessive time that an Indian artist takes this pathway. Due to the all of us are on this collectively.

Originate you’re thinking that it’s good to perhaps per chance completely plod a ways flung from Bollywood?

I’m now no longer going to neglect my roots. I’m now no longer going to neglect the stuff that I in truth get been doing all these years, however I’m going to be very selective about it. I’m going to form things that in truth mean loads to me. It’s going to be a cosmopolitan job balancing both concurrently however I will by no draw neglect the rest that I’ve continuously been doing. Be it singing in regional languages fancy Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada… all these will aloof retain going on alongside the Bollywood tune and English tune and at some point Arabic and Spanish and Korean! I am Armaan Malik, due to my Indian tune, my Indian fans, my work right here in India are all part of me. It can per chance perhaps continuously be a part of me.

Armaan Malik photographed by Rohit Gupta for Rolling Stone India
Art Director: Tanvi Shah
Vogue Editor: Neelangana Vasudeva
Styled by: Pratiksha Jain
Assisted by: Kartik Jain
Harstylist: Arjun Kumar Sharma
Make-up: Soumen Debnath

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