The trio who brought Gen Y music sensibilities into Bollywood with Dil Chahta Hai are finally following their heart and creating something for themselves.
Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Qureshi and Loy Mendonsa — known to film music buffs as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy — will soon come out with their first private album.
The music, they assure us, will be quite different from the regular Bollywood fare they compose.
“We have already done the mahurat of our first album and have started working on it. The album will be out by the end of this year,” says Mahadevan, who feels it’s time they give something different to their fans apart from the staple Bollywood diet.
So what kind of album can one expect from the creators of soundtracks of films like Bunty Aur Babli, Don and Salaam-e-Ishq?
“The music’s going to be groovy, mainly fusion, something that we have mastered over the years. There will be lot of variety,” says
Though Mahadevan has sung in a lot of private albums for other composers and Ehsaan and Loy have composed under the name Instant Karma along with composer Farhad Wadia, the three haven’t worked together on a private album.
“We can promise variety because all three of us have different musical backgrounds. That’s why we planned a fusion album,” says guitarist Ehsaan.
Mahadevan, who is also classical music exponent and the lead vocalist of world music group Silk, will do the vocals.
Jazz, too, finds a place in the album with Loy’s expertise as a jazz pianist. “The album will be an apt one to be played at lounges. The music will be soothing and relaxing,” says Mahadevan.
Does that mean the trio will be cutting down on their Bollywood assignments?
“No way. There is a lot to come and we are already busy working for Aamir Khan’s production, Taare Zameen Par,” says Mahadevan. Besides this, the three are composing for Heyy Baby and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and an untitled Zoya Akhtar project.