After multiple collaborations in the past, Karsh Kale is glad to have found his ultimate all-star line-up. The DJ-producer-composer has decided to take his musical initiative a step further by forming Karsh Kale Collectiv (KKC). “For me, it’s a dream come true. I have played in many ensembles consisting of some of the best musicians in the world. NH7 Weekender was the first opportunity to find out just how much chemistry I share with Warren (Mendonsa, guitarist), Jayant (Luthra, electronica), Ajay Ji (Prassana, flute), Jai (Row Kavi, drummer) and Johan (Pais, bass). I plan to record a live album, tour with KKC and even make a film about it,” says Karsh.
His new outfit also features singers Shilpa Rao, Monali Thakur, Apeksha Dandekar and Benny Dayal.
KKC will feature on Coke Studio@MTV tonight and going by its promos, the episode promises to be a melting pot of styles. “It displays diversity and modernity, not only in the music but also the musicians. I think people are going to appreciate the musicianship on it.”
From Glorious, a drum-and-bass inspired track with Punjabi vocals and rap, to a cover of Asha Bhosle’s Dil cheez kya hai, featuring sitarist Ravi Chari and sarangi-player Sabir Khan, the line-up will also offer something new with Hallelujah, on which Karsh has made his singing debut.
Ask him what took him so long and he says, “Over time, many of the artistes that I have been working with have told me that I should be singing, but I never felt that my voice was ready, until recently. It is still a work-in-progress, but I do feel like I have a story to tell through my own vocals and now is the time to share it.”