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‘We’ve got the power now’

Kailasa goes the Bollywood way and are loving it.. jamtalking with Nikhil Taneja..

music Updated: Dec 16, 2008 19:28 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Kailasa goes the Bollywood way and are loving it.. jamtalking with

Nikhil Taneja

..



You had only three songs in

Dasvidaniya

and now two in

Chandni Chowk to China

. Why aren’t you doing a full fledged film music score?


Naresh:

(Laughs) If it was our film, we’d have composed all the tracks.



Paresh:

It’s actually really cool of Shashant Shah, the director of Dasvidaniya, to take just three songs in the movie. We had composed two more but he couldn’t fit them in.



Since Naresh-Paresh are rockers and have western influences, and Kailash has Indian influences, how does a composition work out? Do you argue a lot?


Kailash:

(Laughs) We’ve never fought! Our frequencies match .. there’s no chaos.



Naresh:

For example, the song Saiyyan was turning out to be too emotional. So Kailash asked us to work out something. We came up with claps and it suddenly brought in a festival mood.



Kailash:

Their band Hipnotribe composed a song, Cherrapoonji, which I like so much that it’s going to be in our next Kailasa album, with my rural Indian flavour, of course.



How did you guys find common ground?


Kailash:

Initially I felt like I was dragging them into Hindi music because they were both rocker dudes.



Naresh:

Bollywood never excited us. When Kailash came in, his music floored us.



Paresh:

It’s as if we’ve got the power now! We’ve been to unheard-of small towns, playing in front of 20,000 people..it’s overwhelming to have them sing along.



Naresh and Paresh, did you both venture into Hindi language music because there’s no money in rock?


Naresh:

We had already compromised by getting in studios and composing for background scores.



Kailash:

If they hadn’t come to the studios, I’d never have met them. (Laughs) The first time I heard them play, I loved their music but had no clue what the hell it was! Now, because of me, they are using Hindi words like unnatti in their vocab.



Paresh:

And because of us, Kailash has become a dude!



What sort of music do you set out to make?


Naresh:

Music that stands the test of time.. we focus on melodies, not on gizmos.



Paresh:

(Laughs) When we hear a tune 15-20 times while recording it and it sounds monotonous, it indicates that we should discard it.



Kailash:

I tell people we play the Kailasa genre. When classical musicians come up with a new raag and name it after themselves, why can’t we name a genre after us?



Then why do you call yourselves Kailash-Paresh-Naresh on the album credits and not Kailasa?
Naresh:

Kailash-Paresh-Naresh is for the music we come up with, whether in the movies or on an album, with other musicians helping us. And Kailasa is our band with a fixed set of musicians who perform live.



So how did your new studio come about?
Kailash:

I’m from a rural world.. I didn’t even know studios existed until I came to Mumbai. And then, I started dreaming of owning one. These two helped me realise my dream. (Laughs) We’re composing our next album in the studio, with home cooked food from our pantry!



What’s happening with the next album?
Paresh:

We’re hoping to release by February.


Naresh:

As for movies, we are composing the title song for Allah ke Bande.