Entertainment Why seasoned Chennai musicians are turning to Bollywood covers

Why seasoned Chennai musicians are turning to Bollywood covers


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What do option rock bands Junkyard Groove and Tails on Fireplace and challenging rock band Wacx have in widespread?

The to start with is a notable identify in India’s (and not just Chennai’s) indie scene for the past 15 a long time, the second has crafted a continuous adhering to above the previous nine although the third is a fledgling at just three a long time. Yet, despite the age gap, each individual of these three Chennai-bred indie acts have established a audio they can simply call their very own. A lot more a short while ago, they have also been sharing a bassist and a drummer involving them — Jitesh and Ritesh Dharmaraj respectively.

The two have been in the music circuit because 2000, and have helped generate well-liked English, Tamil and Malayalam tracks like Junkyard Groove’s ‘Folk you’ and Tails on Fire’s ‘Happiness Is A Headshot’. But immediately after creating primary audio for practically twenty yrs, their get the job done has now branched out in an sudden route — in direction of Hindi language and in direction of addresses. Due to the fact late previous yr, their new band Akaash focusses on belting out creative normally takes on popular Bollywood tracks. We question Jitesh why and his reply is sobering.

Growing horizons

To set it basically, the duo have woken up to the significant market place there is for Hindi film tunes all-around the place. “It is at least twice that of English music. From the sector to non-public and company exhibits, everybody wishes to listen to Hindi music,” he claims, including, “Things have long gone entire circle as significantly as English [music in India] is anxious. There is a massive need for Hindi songs. When we 1st started participating in in 2000-2001, ahead of there was obtain to broadband and streaming platforms, our market was really slim — just the indie music scene. That was what we catered to that was who we performed to.”

Now, there is a slightly distinct form of catering to do, and the band of four feel to be accomplishing it properly. In a sharp contrast to the energetic, electric powered riffs of Tails on Fire and the deep nevertheless laidback tunes of Junkyard, Akaash generates tunes that is mild, bluesy, and very pop. Vocalist Akash Kumar, who appears to be like like anyone straight out of an Indian boyband from the 1990s, is at the forefront as the dapper direct vocalist. Vijay Krishnan does backup vocals in addition to playing the guide guitar. Jitesh retains his function as bassist whilst Ritesh trades in the drumkit for the cajón. The covers they provide out are soothing, to say the the very least in some cases even extra so than the originally relaxing figures like ‘Jab koi baat bigar jaye’. Every single of their renditions are serene and understated, even all those of party music like ‘Sooraj dooba hai’.

It looks to perform in their favour: films are raking in views by the hundreds for each week. Which is specifically what they are intended to do, thus developing a foothold for the band’s originals to slowly make their way up. Produced final December, ‘Kahani’ is tender but with a comparatively weighty riff. It is your frequent music of aspirations and the journey of daily life full with a millennial whoop but manages to make by itself felt. The story guiding it is intriguing. Though it is a Hindi song, it was written in Tamil, says Jitesh. “My Hindi is not terrific. So I wrote it my personal way and Akash translated it with the aid of a mate. Ritesh set it to audio. Abin Pushpakaran of BLU Academy does our audio mixes and mastering,” he adds.

The song’s accomplishment level seems to be in retaining with Akaash’s covers — no more, no considerably less. There are a lot more to come, says Jitesh, and the band is ready for the ideal minute to fall them. “You realise that individuals from throughout the entire world have obtain to you. You realise that there are numerous far more languages that you could perform in that there is a huge necessity for.”

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