Welcome, let's carry on our conversation in the studio,' was how Loy greeted
me when I went to meet Bollywood's famous music trio-Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. As
I entered their cozy studio, the huge range of guitars, consoles, keyboards and
mics-which these melody maestros might have used to compose famous chartbusters
like 'Where's the party tonight' mesmerized me. This rocking trio shared info on
their music, software and gadgets that they can't do without, and lots more.that
we don't have time to plug-in the amplifier and start our work.
Being from three different backgrounds, how do you manage to get along and
compose such fantastic Bollywood numbers ?
Shankar: Well, we are diverse as musicians, as people, and even as
characters; that's why we share such a wonderful chemistry. Our different
culture make our music grammar complete. Ehsaan: Everyone from the same
root doesn't make sense because at the end of the day we are all just making
music. Our different backgrounds made us do things that others couldn't.
Loy: I believe that our diversity is our strength,. The chemistry that we
share is such that t we are hooked together since past ten years and have
delivered varied hit songs. We have got a full spectrum right from Indian,
Western and classical
What challenges did your trio face in the journey from 'Dil Chahta Hai' to
Shankar: Every project is a new challenge and is diversified. It's like
designing clothes for different people; each person won't be able to carry off
all dresses with elan right? Same happens with music.
Ehsaan: It's not about challenges or skills, it's about the genre,
texture, and colors of the movie that we have to capture and move on.
Loy: Well, songs are integral part of any Bollywood film, and every film
has got a particular soul that we try to tap.
Shankar: My vocal chords.
Ehsaan: I am fond of my Fender guitar and in my studio, I use line 6 pod,
which works like pre-amplifier; it often happens that we don't have time to
plug-in the amplifier and start our workLoy: I use my Yamaha Klavinova
keyboard for triggering and Apple computers with Logic Pro software.
Guys, could you tell us about your collection of gadgets?
Shankar: I have all the regular stuff yaar, like a Nokia mobile
Ehsaan: I am using a Nokia N95, Fender guitar, Apple MacBook Pro, 32GB
and 40GB iPods. I'm also an ardent guitar collector and have collection of 21
Loy: I am a Blackberry user and recently purchased a dictaphone. I also
own a Apple MacBook and have a Bose iPod dock.
So, among all the high-tech gear, which one is the most expensive?
Shankar: I guess the entire studio equipment.
Ehsaan: Well, there is nothing specific because I think our entire
equipment, computers and keyboards are very expensive.
Loy: Studio machines.
What's your idea of staying connected with friends and at work while
Shankar: SMS, chat and e-mail stuff.
Ehsaan: I am an Internet freak and have my laptop (which is WiFi enabled)
with me all the time. I interact through messages, e-mails, social networking
sites (Facebook) and chatting.
Loy: We all are connected with WiFi, so I keep on accessing social
networking sites, sometimes chatting and ven texting.
You all have a fantastic collection, but are you still looking for
Shankar: Yes of course, I want to buy an Archos hard disc multimedia
player. It's like a mini laptop; you can store all your movies, music as well as
along with your documents
Ehsaan: Right now, nothing.
Loy: Actually, I would love to buy a lovely digital camera.
What is your indulgence?
Shankar: I love music, it's my passion. However, I also like clicking images
Ehsaan: Whenever I get time, I like to surf Internet or play guitar.
Loy: After long working sessions, I enjoy listening to music on my iPod
every day before I sleep.