Their major adda on any given day (other than a weekend of course) is their studio Purple Haze, located at the end of a narrow winding lane at Hill road Bandra.
A week ago, they were at the Yashraj studio to complete the background score for Shaad Ali’s Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
Here’s the story of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa in their own words:
I travel from Vashi to Bandra every day. Believe me, it’s a blessing. In those one and a half hours, I can make phone calls, organise my appointments, complete interviews and think of some compositions.
Right now, we’ve almost completed work for Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. We’re also working simultaneously on Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Pe, Sajid Khan’s Heyy Baby, Anil Kapoor’s Shortcut and a Tamil project.
We’re also in the process of cutting our private album.
After almost a decade of being together, I’ve realised it’s important to respect one another’s work. There’s a wrong notion that I call the shots in the group. In fact, all of us sit and criticise each another’s ideas when they’re bad, rework them.
<b1>Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna has been our the toughest assignment. We’ve had the highest number of creative bad days with that film. Last year was particularly good for us. We composed for Don. The songs are still playing on radio stations and in discos.
So if someone says that the music wasn’t upto the mark, he needs to take a walk. And also those who feel our music is repetitive. As for our friendship, we’re work pals. Ehsaan has the upper hand with guitar, Loy sings all our English lyrics.
I’ve studied music in America. I’m heavily into guitar. Some day, I wish to put together a site of my own where guitarists from all over the world can connect with me, exchange ideas and thoughts.
I’m slightly closer to Loy than Shankar because we’ve known each other longer. We’ve worked on ad jingles and continue to do that. Some people have an impression that I’m media shy. I’m not. In fact, I let Shankar and Loy do the talking. But if I have something important to say, I do it.
Otherwise, its no point repeating what they’ve said. I choose to keep shut. I’m quite moody as well. If I feel like, I speak. I’m proud that at a time when music directors are breaking up, our team has survived.
I certainly miss spending time with my kids and my wife. My son is a guitarist. Like Shankar, I also travel a long distance to work. It takes the life out of me. The positive side is that I get some time with myself.
We’re quite spaced out in terms of work and personal relations. You wouldn’t find us hanging around with one another at our homes for family functions.
We’re doing an international project Marigold. God knows what’s happened to it. Inquiries keep coming in. But I guess we’re better off ruling our arena here than look for elsewhere.
I’m a keyboardist, Ehsaan a guitarist and Shankar has trained in Hindustani classical. So whenever there’s something pertaining to western music, Shankar leaves it to us.. we leave the classical to him.
The system in India is quite biased. Singers are paid peanuts compared to actors who only lip sync. Otherwise, the music industry is the place to be in.