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''Would love to sing for Katrina Kaif,'' admits Natalie Di Luccio

October 29, 2014 4:52:41 PM IST
By Urvi Parikh, Glamsham Editorial
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Natalie Di Luccio may not have had a background in Bollywood industry, but her love for music has certainly paved the way for Playback singing. From crooning ‘Aadha Ishq' (BAND BAAJA BAARAT) to ‘Navrai Majhi' (ENGLISH VINGLISH) and ‘Ready Steady Po' (CHENNAI EXPRESS), Natalie has indeed come a long way. In a brief chat, the sexy singer gets candid about her musical journey, her Bollywood projects & much more in our special section Music Mania. Excerpts from the interview:

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How did music happen to you?
My parents put me in voice lessons when I was 5 because I was always singing & dancing to barney songs around the house. They also put my brothers in guitar classes so needless to say we grew up in a musical household. I have been training in western classical music since then.  I use to sing in every competition and go for every audition I could find. I was very determined to become a professional singer. There was really no other option for me! I went on to a performing arts high school and later started my degree in Vocal Performance but before I could finish, India had opened its heart to me. 

"I'm a huge fan of Pritam's songs!"

What attracted you to pursue Bollywood playback singing?
I grew up doing musical theatre in Canada and I feel that Bollywood is so much like a musical. The films are theatrical and every song has a story to tell which often includes dancing, and a lot of entertainment. It is very different that way and very fun to perform live. Having said all that, I didn't come to India with the dream of pursuing a career in Playback singing. I wouldn't necessarily say it works often but when the opportunity arises it is exciting and different. My voice mainly fits films that feature an NRI Indian or foreigner which would then justify my accent. I sing for a lot of ad jingles which is probably one of my favorite things to do. I love experimenting with new genres and voices. I also tend to sing operatic vocals for a lot of background scores as well and I find that very fun and a place where I can let loose and really use my full voice. At present, I am really enjoying working on some new original music here and doing my own arrangements of Hindi/Tamil/Gujarati songs etc. for my shows.

Which one is your personal favourite from the songs you have sung?
My most recent song ‘Aila Aila' from the film I. That was probably the hardest but most fun experience I've had recording a song. Singing in Tamil is definitely not easy but the song is so different and seriously one that could be studied and depicted in a University course! Rahman sir is full of surprises which you hear in ‘Aila Aila'.

One music composer you wish to work for?
I hope to work for Pritam soon. I am a huge fan of his songs.

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