Coke Studio @ MTV returns!
April 20, 2012 @ 00:00 am
8 episodes, 8 producers! Here`s 7 of them, and a little bit about each. To find out the 8th, stay tuned!
The first season of Coke Studio at MTV brought you a confluence of diverse musical genres - both vocal & instrumental - from traditional eastern to modern western and regional to folk. And this year, too, Coke Studio at MTV aspires to create a unique sound in accordance with the cultural nuances of India.
Soon we embark on a new journey of Coke Studio India @ MTV, still celebrating the glory of incredible musicians who represent the best that the country has to offer. And this time, all 8 episodes in the season are being produced by different producers. Which means a difference in sound across each episode!
Here’re 7 of the producers, and a little bit about them! The 8th one is a surprise, so if you stick around long enough you might just know who he/ she is!
Amit Trivedi – Amit is one of the most sought-after music directors today. Like many,Amit was unaware of his talent while in college, and started off playing the keyboards for local events and festivals until he forayed into music arrangement and composition for ad jingles and then films. Over the years he’s established his unique style through groundbreaking innovations in movies like Dev D, Wake Up Sid, Udaan and No One Killed Jessica. Amit is also accredited with giving opportunity to new talent. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that after AR Rahman, he is the second music composer to have altered the texture of Bollywood music.
Karsh Kale –An accomplished musician, composer and producer, Karsh is universally considered as one of the pioneers of the Asian Underground movement. Karsh grew up in Queens, New York, and knew at an early age what it meant to stand out. His sound is often described as a blend of electronica, drum and bass with Indian classical music.He's also a renowned tabla player and one of the founding members of the super group Tabla Beat Science featuring Zakir Hussain, Talvin Singh, Trilok Gurtu and Sultan Khan.
Clinton Cerejo – Clinton’s rendezvous with music started with singing ad jingles at the age of 17. Eventually he moved into music arrangement and production.Composer AR Rahman happened to overhear Clinton’s vocal arrangements while working in an adjoining studio, and gave him a break. His meticulous music and vocal arrangements have become his trademark sign. Clinton has also worked along with Vishal Bharadwaj on arranging and producing songs for critically acclaimed compositions from Omkara, No Smoking, Kaminey, etc. Cerejo also produces gospel music, and his most notable Bollywood works include Karthik Calling Karthik, Wake Up Sid! and the Tamil film Kalvanin Kadhali.
Nitin Sawhney –Born and raised in Rochester, England, Sawhney grew up studying the piano, guitar and tabla. His work in music has earned him a Mercury Prize nomination and landed him a six-record deal with Branson’s V2 Records. Sawhney is renowned for composing the soundtrack for the video games Heavenly Sword and Enslaved, and has collaborated with numerous musicians including Sting, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck and Julian Lloyd Webber among others. His most popular film work to date is the soundtrack to Mira Nair’s The Namesake.
Shantanu Moitra –Moitra hails from a Bengali family inclined towards music. He took up music as a hobby and performed in a school band, and soon moved on to composing for ad jingles for ad-man Pradeep Sarkar. Not many people know that he was a beacon of independent music himself, having worked with the likes of Shubha Mudgal, before charting out on his film journey with hazaaron Khawaayishein Aisi, that was critically acclaimed for the music as well. Having composed for Indipop albums like Ab Ke Saawanand films like Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots, Moitra has rightly been given the title of a musical genius par excellence. Some of his other works include the soundtrack to Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi, Laga Chunari Mein Daag, Khoya Khoya Chand and Parineeta..
Hitesh Sonik: The grand nephew of renowned composer Sonik, Hitesh and his sisters were exposed to music from an early age. Hitesh plays the guitar and a bit of keyboards too. His first stint in mainstream Hindi cinema came with Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maachisin 1996, after which the duo has worked together on several films. Working with Vishal, Sonik discovered the music arranger in him and took to arrangement full time. His other Bollywood projects include Hu Tu Hu, Maqbool, Omkara and Gulaal.Given his influences and background in arrangement and production, Hitesh is known for his ability to infuse substance and haunting bass patterns into compositions
Ehsaan Loy –Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa first met in 1989 at the shoot of an ad film. Back then Loy worked for television and Ehsaan worked with music directors Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji-Anandji and Louis Banks among others. The duo got together to compose for ad jingles. Their first foray into Bollywood was with the film Dus, and ever since they’ve composed for such hit films as Dil Chahta Hai, Taare Zameen Par, Zindagi Milegi Na Dobaara. Eshsan is arguably the best guitarist in the country and Loy is a pro on the keys and bass. And we will see the duo in action on the Coke Studio @ MTV stage this time around
So welcome back to this exceptional journey through the heart and soul of music where experimentation is key and leads to the creation of something far greater than its parts! The show is still some time away, guys, but starting soon we will he revealing exclusive first looks at these brilliant musicians in action at the Coke Studio at MTV rehearsals. So stay raw and stay tuned!
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