India’s musical landscape is currently witnessing an overwhelming change, and there is no doubt that independent artistes across genres are collectively pushing the limits with bohemian ideas. But the seriousness of this trend is well-understood when film-makers too show an affinity towards recognising independent talent.
Delhi-based trio Studio Fuzz, a music production house that comprises Arsh Sharma, Srijan Mahajan and Nikhil Malik -- musicians associated with popular rock bands like Parikrama, Fuzz Culture, Half Step Down, Cyanide and The Circus -- has given a beacon of hope to non-film artistes in the country. They composed the soundtrack of the acclaimed film M Cream. It follows the exploits of four rebellious friends, who set out on a road trip in pursuit of a mythic drug.
The OST (Original Sound Track) composed by Studio Fuzz for M Cream features six tracks with renowned names such as Shubha Mudgal and Half Step Down’s vocalist Dhaval Mudgal. Ranging from rock, jazz, folk and instrumental pieces, these tracks reflect an immense diversity and add an aural dimension to the film.
Mahajan says the beauty of creating the score for the film was “the lack of a thought process”.
“We scored it like innocent little kids in a room (which is what it was minus the kids part, I think). We would spend about 10-12 hours a day with the film on our screen and sit with our instruments and doodle away, and somehow the music just made itself,” Mahajan told IANS.
Malik says that the music was written first without keeping any vocalists in mind.
“That way we had a lot of freedom to pick and choose from. Being from the same musical circuit, we had seen a lot of these musicians live, and knew what they would bring to the table,” Malik told IANS.
Unlike mainstream Bollywood films, where the music rarely serves as soundtracks but often as dance numbers, M Cream evokes the feel of western cinema where sound tracks are used as accompaniments to the movie’s overall essence.
“A new breed of film-makers are hitting Bollywood, and they are open to looking at other places for new music rather than rely on the same people to give them the same formula tested stuff,” Mahajan said.
Majahan also believes that nowadays people are also opening up to the idea of music production as a “viable” career.
“Music production is a viable career choice provided you get good at what you do and are intelligent about it!” he said.