Farhan Akhtar has donned several hats in his career -- that of a filmmaker, a producer, an actor and a singer -- but two years ago, he chose to take a break from everything else to focus on vocal music. Besides his acting and producing endeavours, the multi-faceted star has songs like "Rock On!", "Socha Hai" and "Dil Dhadakne Do" to his credit.
After starring in his 2017 feature "Lucknow Central", Farhan says he made a conscious decision to concentrate on his debut album, 'Echoes', which releases this Friday.
"After I was done with 'Lucknow Central', I wanted to focus on this singing album without any distractions. When I act in films, I stay focused on my character. Similarly, I wanted to focus on music," the actor-singer shared.
"If you don't respect your work and don't give that commitment, then it will reflect in your work. So, for me, it was important to put everything aside and take this album to a certain standard," he adds. Three of his songs -- "Why It Couldn't Be Me", "Seagull", "Pain Or Pleasure" -- from 11-track LP are already out and Farhan says the album is about the experiences he has lived over the years. Son of veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, Farhan says he has been influenced by his father's writing and he believes every track is a story in its own.
"What I have been influenced by is all his songs tell you a story. When you create a song from start to end, there has to be some kind of a story in your mind.
"There should be some image at the end of it which makes you understand what the song is about and the emotion that the artiste is putting out. The audience should also be able to resonate with it."