'Who are you to re-imagine?' AR Rahman on remix culture
New Delhi/IBNS: Legendary music composer AR Rahman, who is currently busy promoting Mani Ratnam's upcoming film Ponniyin Selvan, recently called the remix culture distorted.
In an interview with India Today, when asked about his thoughts on other composers remixing his tunes, AR Rahman said, "The more I see, the more it is distorted."
"The intention of the composer gets distorted. People say, 'I am reimagining.' Who are you to re-imagine? I am also very careful about taking someone else's work. You have to be respectful and I think it is a grey area, we need to sort it out," he said.
The Oscar-winning composer also spoke about how he deals with the requests from producers and directors on remaking and remixing his tunes.
He said, "The other day, we had the Telugu music launch and the producers said, every song that you two (Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman) make, sounds fresh now because it is all done in digital mastering. It already has that quality and everyone appreciates it. So, if I need to do that, I need to recreate it. Of course, people take permission, but you cannot take something recently and remake it again. It feels weird."
Recently singer Neha Kakkar received flak for remixing Falguni Pathak's popular song O Sajna.