'I Feel Like 'The Way That Lovers Do' Is My Best Work So Far,' Says Prateek Kuhad

Artist Prateek Kuhad opens up about his new album, The Way That Lovers Do, his month-long tour in North America, and Bollywood music.

Published On May 31, 2022 | Updated On Feb 29, 2024

Image

Prateek Kuhad is on a roll. The artiste has not just come up with his album ‘The Way That Lovers Do’ but has around 20 shows across North America in June this year. And post the pandemic, the 32-year-old Indie artiste is raring to go. 

In an exclusive interview with ZeeZest, Prateek talks about his new sounds, music, writing non-film songs that are real, and that he would “love to work with AR Rahman and Amit Trivedi at some point”. Excerpts…

The Way That Lovers Do is an album about human love and connectivity. Conceptually it explores different aspects of love. I recorded this album last year in Seattle with producer Ryan Hadlock. Sonically, I feel like it’s my best work so far. 

Image

I’m quite proud of the whole album but if I had to pick a few favourites I would say: “Co2" and “All I Need”. Both come from a very real and emotional space. I wrote “Co2” during the pandemic and “All I Need” was written in 2019 on a quiet summer afternoon when I was in LA. That summer in LA was very productive and I wrote a lot of songs. As I said, the whole album is special, but these two stand out

I think that the folksy thing was most true for In Tokens and Charms and as I have progressed since then and my sound has changed quite naturally and gradually. The Way That Lovers Do is definitely an evolution in that same direction and I have explored quite a few different genres. I’d rather not talk about it too much and let the listeners experience it for themselves. 

Image

I’m expecting a LOT of travel. We’re playing 20 shows across North America in June. I can’t complain though; since being stuck at home through the pandemic for so long, I really can’t wait to be out on the road, playing shows, and meeting my fans from all over the world. We’ve already sold out four shows and added a few more! The response to the NA tour has been awesome and I am super excited. We will be playing songs from the new album TWTLD along with some older hits!   

I haven’t heard anything recently, to be honest. I really admire AR Rahman and Amit Trivedi both, when it comes to Bollywood soundtracks. I think they’ve both made some iconic albums and I would love to work with them at some point. 

Image

The best thing about the non-film industry is that its non-film. Don’t get me wrong—I love so many Bollywood soundtracks and I myself have grown up on them. But I feel like the music industry in India is built around songs that are written around mostly about fictional stories. The thing about music that is not associated with films is that it usually comes from songwriters who tell their own story; it’s more real and tends to come from a place of real emotions. I think that is a special thing that listeners are really missing out on.  

Firstly let me just say that plagiarism is not the same thing as “remakes and recreations”. Plagiarism is uncredited, stolen work and is needless to say not cool at all. Recreating old classics is, of course, a totally okay thing to do and can be quite creative at times. I don’t have anything against remakes, but I guess too much of it can be stifling to creativity and innovation. Innovation is a super important thing in any context and in any industry. Systems should be such that they encourage innovation, not stifle them, and I see the only downside to remakes is that too much of it can end up stifling creativity—which kinda sucks.


Photo: Banner Image - Sambit Biswas | Inside Images - Gourab Ganguli Priti Zaboruah and Gorkey Patwal

Comments       Likes

POPULAR ON ZEST