Must music be genre-bound, and if that is the case, how would you describe your own style of music?
IshQ Bector Hip Hop artiste
National award-winning art director and actor in the Kannada industry who came second in the recently concluded first season of the reality show Bigg Boss (ETV Kannada). Indo Canadian singer, songwriter and composer who has also worked in Bollywood, where he has written and sung music for movies like Pyaar ke Side Effects, Dhoom 2 and Allah ke Banday. IshQ has performed with wellknown international artistes such as Sean Paul. His latest release Saali Bitch, the single, was released online due to censor regulations. He recently performed live in Bangalore.
I've been bouncing around between different genres, but I'm basically and urban musician. I don't think you have to just stick to one genre. You'll get bored of yourself even before people do. I'm not a trained musician, but I'm a studio geek.
Experimenting and mixing genres is a great way to grow and expand your music. If you spend enough time in the laboratory, you're bound to come up with some good material, so I just work insanely hard.
You have often faced the wrath of censors, and were accused of being derogatory towards women, especially for your new single Saali Bitch. Is it the shock value that you're after?
Derogatory? Me? No way, man, spread ishQ is what I say. Well, I wanted to name that album 'Sifar,' and in retrospect Saali Bitch is a scary title! The thing is, it started off as something of a private joke. Then somebody at Universal Music heard it, and they wanted to release it officially. That said, usually I don't censor my music, it depends on my mood. I can make a very bad song and just keep it to myself. I know I'm being compared to Yo Yo Honey Singh. Despite the trouble he has faced due to his song lyrics, he's doing a great job. I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's about using everyday language in music… and that's what pop culture is about!
What did you expect at your Bangalore show? Anything in particular that you were looking forward to?
I have been to Bangalore a few times before, but not for shows, so I had no expectations at all. I was looking forward to seeing some crazy Tamil film posters on the streets, actually!