Record producer Eliot Kennedy will soon have an Asian version of the famous Brit band Spice Girls. He will be travelling across Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines and India hunting for talent as part of a televised show called Project Lotus, which will be aired on Zee Café.
The TV show will be filmed as a documentary style programme, which follows the project from conception to release. The first segment to be filmed was the song writing camp held at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, UK. Says Elliot, “We wrote 16 songs that will make up a majority of the album. I wanted the artistes to have a ‘step up’ to the music. We have set a high standard by asking writers like Gary Barlow, Shaznay Lewis, etc to attend.”
In India, preliminary auditions will be held in Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore. A panel headed by Shamir Tandon will judge the girls. They can also audition online. The selected participants will face the international panel between Sep 3-4 in Mumbai.
Five of these will then head to Hong Kong for further training. Says Manish Porwal of Alchemist Talent solutions, which is responsible for India-based auditions, “The girls will be coached by renowned dance teachers and choreographers. Eliot will instruct them on vocal arrangement and delivery.”
Sheffield-based Eliott has previously worked with Bryan Adams, Delta Goodrem and Five. But he’s synonymous with the creation of the Spice Girls. He asserts, “I was a part of the Spice Girls from very early. They were already living together and had been auditioned by a guy called Chris Herbert. However, they fired him and came to stay at my house while we developed their original demos that got them a deal with Virgin Records. My manager and I introduced them to Simon Fuller. And Simon then introduced them to the world.” Bryan Adams’s song
When you’re gone
featuring Mel C was also co-written by Eliot.