Arjun Kanungo: Storyteller

Arjun Kanungo
Arjun Kanungo at Dublin Square, Phoenix Marketcity, Mumbai

Arjun Kanungo is a popular name in the music industry for the last decade. The year has been a busy one for the 31-year-old who not only married his longtime girlfriend, Carla Dennis, but also released a full album of 12 songs, 11 of which were penned by him.

The singer-actor recently performed at the Dublin Square, Phoenix Market City, Kurla, Mumbai, sending his growing number of fans into a tizzy with songs like Baaki Baatein Peene Baad, Ek Dafaa and many others.

Prior to the performance, VERUS FERREIRA met the singer backstage to know more about his debut album and his plans for the future. Excerpts from the interview.

You recently released an album Industry. At a time when almost every singer is into singles, why did you decide to come up with a whole album?
The album took around nine months to make. I am releasing part two of my album soon, so I think it’s just the next step for an artist who’s been around as long as I have been. I’ve done so many singles and I am bored of doing singles as its more like making a hit song, where as in an album you get to tell the audience more about you, what’s the artist’s point of view, expressing his/her way altogether. It’s a bigger story, while a single is about one situation; an album is about the whole perspective.

You collaborated with international rapper Vault boy for Everything Sucks on your album. How did this happen?
Vault boy is the name of the artist who came up with the original song. It’s a big international hit, so I think I was very excited to be approached for the song. He got in touch with me and said that he just did a Korean version with Eric Nam and he wanted to do an Indian version. So we connected and it just happened. We did talk about it a few times, then he sent me the track I recorded my vocals here, we made a little lyric video for it and hopefully one day will make a music video for it.

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Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in. Reach him at E: verusf@gmail.com or verusferreira.com

Verus Ferreira

Verus Ferreira is a freelance music journalist for over three decades, contributing articles to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The Great Music Quiz Book and The Great Rock Music Quiz Book. Besides being a music aficionado, he is also a photo-journalist. He contributes to Musicunplugged.in. Reach him at E: verusf@gmail.com or verusferreira.com