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Amaal Mallik upping the game with global collaborations

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The world witnessed one of the biggest collaborations when Matteo Bocelli, Amaal Mallik, and twinnies Sukriti and Prakriti Kakkar wooed us all with the Hindi-English pop-ballad single I Miss You Amore, penned by Kunaal Vermaa. In an exclusive chat with The Pioneer, Amaal Mallik opens up about

I Miss You Amore, and his international collaboration.

Tejal Sinha

Valentine’s day this year just got a little more special for music lovers, and thanks to the Indian music industry as a whole, for bringing some flabbergasting music. Out of the amazing albums, there was another huge collaboration, between two legendary tenors, Matteo Bocelli, son of the multi-instrumentalist, opera, and crossover artiste Andrea Bocelli, who collaborated with legendary music director Sardar Mallik’s grandson, composer Amaal Malik and twins Sukriti and Prakriti Kakkar to release a Hindi-English pop-ballad single I Miss You Amore.

Both Amaal Mallik and his younger brother Armaan Malik have been paving their own niche at the global level. Amaal was chosen out of several Indian musicians by Warner Music Global to collaborate with pop superstar Dua Lipa and created the Indian version of Levitating, which is a monster hit all over the globe. Apart from this, the Mallik brothers also recently created the English version of their super hit single Sun Maahi.

“Armaan is now an international artist and now I can have an international collaboration with him (he laughs). The Hindi version is written by Kunaal Vermaa, and the English version is written by Natalia. Armaan and I together did this song and somewhere I believe that the soundscape we have achieved in this with our collaborative efforts alongside our brilliant team of music producers Vaibhav Pani and Zeek is quite new to the Indian music scene.

Sun Maahi is my first entire song in English and is sung by Armaan, who is taking big steps towards becoming global icon in music and I’m really proud of his journey. My first collab with Dua Lipa, was India’s first big collaboration globally after many many years and the gateway to this was Rahman sir. He made it possible years ago and then somewhat I got a chance to do this with Levitating ,” enthused the elder Mallik sibling.

He further continues, “Foreign labels are working with Indian artists on English songs which is never a time you’ve seen or heard of it before. And now, I have come back home in a way because Universal music was the one that kick started my journey as a music producer and composer in 2014 for Armaan’s album and today I’ve done singles with Sony, I’ve done many independent and film songs with T-Series, worked with Warner, and now back with Universal. It’s like life coming a whole circle.

I worked with them when I was 16 and now 16 years later I’m working with them again. The collaboration with Matteo Bocelli for I Miss You Amore has brought Italy and India together before the world.

This is a great feeling and a great attempt to bring both cultures together. A big thank you to Devraj Sanyal, who is the head of Universal Music in India, A&R Sajid Maklai, Capitol Recorde Italy,  Matteo and both the girls Sukriti and Prakriti, and my writer Kunaal Vermaa for making this song so beautiful.”

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