Singing for humanity is perhaps the coolest thing to do if you are a musician. Not only do you get to Sing for the moment like Eminem rapped, but you also get your name in a long list of artistes who lend their vocals to support a cause. And such musical collaborations can get even better when strangers, who have never met in real life, from around the world get together via social networking to jam and sing for a cause.
That’s exactly what happened when an independent artiste website, artistaloud.com got 11 relatively unknown musicians to support a cause and create a song online called World AIDS Day song. The artistes simply got online and recorded the melody and sample, which was curated and administered by Soumini Paul, general manager of the website.
“These musicians are from all over the world. They were a part of a contest we had organised sometime earlier this year, where musicians sent in their tracks and we used 11 of the best ones to feature in a compilation on the website. Later, these artistes got in touch with each other through email and worked on this song,” explains Paul, who says that the compilation will soon be released by Jacque Taylor on Universal music.
Bengali pop ariste Siddhartha Chattopadhyay, came up with the idea of doing a collaboration with all the artistes on one song and Paul gave them a theme to work on. “In October Siddhartha showed interest and everyone readily agreed. Since World AIDS Day is on December 1, I just thought it made sense to work on the topic, since AIDS is a global concern,” says Paul.
The melody of the song was composed by Chattopadhyay and Himashu Chawla on the bass. Nishant Mudgal rapped for it and all the artistes wrote in lyrics to the melody and sent it to Paul, who then compiled the lyrics and NAAD set the bridge and harmonies to the song. “All the artistes added their vocals and I got sound engineer Tejasvi Rao to mix the track,” adds Paul, who marvels at the wonder of social networking and how none of the people including Paul have never met each other but wrote a song together. “We feel connected creatively and emotionally,” she adds.