If the last season of popular music series Coke Studio brought together renowned names from the Bollywood music circuit, this year’s edition will up the quotient by featuring indie artistes as well.
Singer-songwriter Siddharth Basrur, who’s also the frontman of metal band Goddess Gagged, will perform a song as part of composer Clinton Cerejo’s episode.
“I’d never worked with Clinton; never even met him till some time ago. I knew a few people at the channel and I passed on a few demos of mine. Clinton heard them and found my voice fit for this song. I met him at his studio to hear his song and loved it,” says Basrur, who will sing a song titled Marghat. “It’s a very dark composition about how humanity is going down the drain. It has a very aggressive, grungy style of singing.”
Similar to last year’s format, this year too, the series will showcase seven composers collaborating with various artistes on each episode. While some names from the previous edition will be back on show, such as Cerejo (who delivered hits like Madari and Banjara), Hitesh Sonik and Amit Trivedi, the new season is also bringing on board Ram Sampath, Papon and Salim-Sulaiman this time.
Another popular singer-songwriter on the indie circuit, Nikhil D’souza, will be part of Sonik’s episode. “Hitesh wanted to work with me for last year’s edition of the show but it didn’t work out. For this season, he had a song called ‘Moh’ that featured both ethnic Indian and Western elements; it’s in a very Kabir kind of space. I’ve sung and written the lyrics for the English parts; the Hindi portions have been sung by Sanjeev Abhyankar,” says D’Souza.
The show, which features on a leading music channel, will go on air in August.