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Oliver Sean unplugged

A UK newspaper has termed him 'India's hottest International Offering' and they're bang on. As he strode in to Hard Rock Café, while tying a bandana on his curly blonde hair, singer Oliver Sean looked unnervingly like Axl-Rose - the quintessential Rockstar.

music Updated: May 13, 2011 19:00 IST
Sonakshi Babbar

A UK newspaper has termed him 'India's hottest International Offering' and they're bang on. As he strode in to Hard Rock Café, while tying a bandana on his curly blonde hair, singer Oliver Sean looked unnervingly like Axl-Rose - the quintessential Rockstar.

Just out with his third album So Good, the Goan-Portugese musician was in the city for a gig at Hard Rock Café. Visibly on a high with all the attention and response to his single So Good, which has garnered 2.8 million downloads in less than a month, he said, "I'm very proud of this album. In the previous album (I Like It) I was experimenting with different genres, but now I've zeroed in on my sound. I call it Adult Contemporary Popular. I have a little bit of rock, the stage is like cabaret, add some world elements like Tabla in it. But basically it's just me slamming acoustics guitars. I'm doing songs which adults enjoy and at the same time kids headbang to it as it's so much fun."

Not just a mushy songwriter, he puts intellectual thought in his lyrics. "This time the songs are very personal. They show me growing as a songwriter and a musician. Every song has layers and meanings for different people. When people hear it they would go like -it's an Oliver Sean song as it's kind of deep. You can understands the straightforward meaning but also if you try, you can interpret it in many ways," he said.

A self-made star, he founded India's largest international independent music company, W.O.A International. Revealed the singer, "I have never wanted people to help me. If a label doesn't like my music, so what, I will create my own freakin' label. And that's what I did! Now, W.O.A Records is going places. We've opened the Indian market to around two hundred international artists."

Munching on sandwiches, the singer revealed that he had just shot a music video for one of the songs, Movies. "I know it sounds cheesy but it's the most serious love song I have ever written about how a man is trying to commit to a woman and love her like in the movies," mused the artist.

oliver seanSo did he write it for a special girl? "No, I didn't because I don't have a particular woman. Every girl I meet thinks I'm a Casanova, and they don't take me seriously. I don't smoke or drink, neither do I do drugs (music gives me a high), my only vice is women," he rued with a naughty grin on his face.

With success trailing him from all sides, does he want to try his luck in Bollywood? "Well, I did music for a Hindi movie, Cutting Chai, Dreams High. I was very excited to see the taxi drivers and different kind of audiences enjoying my music. I also did a Hindi pop album Darna Chod Do, which didn't sound like Hindi. I was so embarrassed about it, it took me 14 days to get the pronunciation right! But seriously, right now I'm on a tour and recording a new album called Oliver Sean unplugged with my previous hits. I'm quite happy with the way things are", he signed off.