Their songs are received with as much enthusiasm as Bollywood hits in city clubs, so Akcent being approached to compose for a Hindi film doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
“Yes, we’re in discussions to compose a fresh track for a Bollywood film. The details should be finalised by next month. They want it to be 10-minute long,” confirms Adrian Claudio Sana, one-third of the famed Italian trio.
Akcent was in the city recently, belting out hits like Kylie…, Stay with me… and My passion… at the GQ Man of the Year Awards. They’ve been to India twice before, and plan to visit again later this year, to launch a new album.
And when they say that they have explored India and love it, they mean it. “You must go to Alfa. They have the latest phones at cheap rates,” points Adrian, looking disapprovingly at our outdated cell phone. Meanwhile, his colleague, Sorin Stefan Brotnei, admits to being addicted to Indian songs and jingles, and goes on to hum a jingle that’s currently popular on the airwaves.
“We first came to India two years ago. We didn’t know what to expect, but met some really nice people,” recalls Adrian, adding, “Everyone knows our songs here. When we play them, they sing along from beginning to end.”
The trio hails from Romania, where they have released albums in their mother tongue. Sorin immediately starts belting out a number, only to stop suddenly after a few seconds. “You’re going to sell this recording and make money, no?” he asks.
Akcent’s latest album is set to release in a few months, and they are excited. Are they trying something different this time? “No,” says Sorin, “It’s the same formula that’s been working for us all along. Why let go of it?”