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I was going through a dark phase: Rahman

entertainment Updated: Sep 12, 2011 14:50 IST

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A R Rahman was going through a "dark" phase when the offer to jam with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger came his way and the rest is history.

The Oscar-Grammy winner is excited about his teaming up with Jagger, English singer Joss Stone, musician Dave Stewart and Jamaican reggae artist Damian Marley for SuperHeavy.

The band's 16-song album has two of his contributions -- Satyameva Jayate and Mahiya -- both with strong Indian influences.

"Some things in life are not planned, so I was doing a lot of movies in 2008. At the end of that there were a lot of dark things that happened in my life. I lost my sound engineer and we had those floods in Chennai and we had so many negative things. I was going through a lot of stress in my work," Rahman told PTI in an email interview.

"At that point of time I got this call from Dave saying 'AR would you be interested in collaborating with me and Mick?' I was like anything to get out of here at this point," he says about the band which was formed sometime during 2009, before his Oscar feat for Slumdog Millionaire.

It was completely a new experience for the 45-year-old musician, who last played in a band in high school.

"I don't know what I was doing; they called me so I would set all my keyboards because I was playing in a band ages ago in high school band and stuff. It's almost like a whole, full circle coming in a very different way," he says.

With his version of Vande Mataram gaining an iconic status, the Chennai-born musician says it was a dream to weave the ethos of Indian culture, best represented in Satyameva Jayate, into a song.