Krishna Kumar Menon, popularly and lovingly known as KK, is perhaps the most underrated singer of the industry. In spite of having sung numerous popular numbers, awards have always eluded KK. But that doesn’t disappoint him one bit. We caught up with this effortless singer at Royal Stag MTV Unplugged yesterday night.
How did the entire association with Royal Stag MTV unplugged happen?
We have been discussing this for two years. I was supposed to do this last year but since I was travelling I couldn’t do it and I was a bit disappointed. Finally it fell in place now. And Unplugged is something which I personally love doing because it is very basic and has only simple acoustic sounds. It is just you and very minimalistic kind of music. But it is very soulful.
We don’t get to hear you much these days. Have you consciously cut down on assignments?
You see, there are a lot of new singers who have come up. Work gets distributed with a lot of people now. Yes, there is definitely less work but as it is I used to do less work only. I have never been a prolific singer who keeps on recording every day or every week. I like to live with every song and give it all that I have. I have never been in a hurry earlier also. If there are many songs coming to me, I would not choose all of them. I don’t want to be all over the place all the time. If you try and dominate music, it doesn’t look good.
You have never won any big awards in spite of delivering great hits. What’s the reason?
To be honest, I have never wanted an award. To win something, you have to want that thing. You will be able to buy a BMW only if you want it in the first place. If you don’t want it, you will never get it.
That’s strange. Why have you never felt the desire of wanting an award?
I have only wanted good songs and I pray to God asking him to give me good songs and awards to my friends. So for me the bottom line has always been songs with great lyrics which I have gotten aplenty. I have never felt like, “Oh My God, Award nahi mila.” For me, the satisfaction lies in going to the studio and singing my heart out. That is what matters to me more.
You have sung a song in Aashiqui 2 too but the more popular one turned out to be Arjit’s Tum Hi Ho. Ever felt that you should have got the more popular numbers to sing?
Never. Arjit has sung it really well. I don’t think, I have ever heard a song and said that I could sing it well or perhaps better. For me, when you hear the original song sung for the first time by a singer, you learn to appreciate what that person has done to that song. The special quality that he has brought to that number. I have never tried singing someone else’s songs. Even saying that I could sing it better is blasphemous.
You are known for his high octave voice and most of your popular numbers like ‘Tadap Tadap’ are high pitched in nature. Do you think that’s your USP?
I really don’t know. Yes people say that my higher notes sound really great but having said that I think songs like Awarapan from Jism and some other lower octave songs have been appreciated as well.
Could you please list out the top three songs of your career.
Pyaar ke pal, Tadap Tadap ke<.em> and Tu Aashiqui hai.