Not having to work with a set storyline or a brief could be a refreshing change. Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa, who make up two-thirds of one of Bollywood’s most successful composer-teams, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (SEL), say that putting one’s own experiences into making music is most satisfying.
For their episode on the television music series Coke Studio, where composers present original content, the duo put together a team comprising singers and musician spanning different genres. From playback singers Dominique Cerejo, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Jasbir Jassi and Benny Dayal to folk artistes from Assam and Rajasthan, their episode will also feature flautist Rasika Chandrashekhar and slide guitarist Prakash Sontake.
“For our songs on the show, we drew inspiration from our own lives and experiences. It was a collective effort and an amazing experience right from the beginning. In Man patang, sung by Dominique, Mahalaxmi and two Assamese artistes, you will see two very different vocal styles coming together,” says Loy, who will be seen playing keyboard and bass guitar on the show.
He adds that besides giving a structure to their compositions during recording, they also focused on letting their team of musician interpret the songs.
“Each one brought in his or her musicality as they are all very creative. As producers, we didn’t want to overstate anything,” he says. Ehsaan adds, “We just make sure that the music goes in a particular direction.”
On the Bollywood front, SEL is currently composing the music for the upcoming Farhan Akhtar-starrer, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. They recently finished working on the soundtrack for Nikhil Advani’s bi-lingual 3D animation film, Delhi Safari.