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A bond beyond music

Composer duo Sonny Ravan and Shree D talk about their roots, their music and how online platforms are helping aspiring artistes

music Updated: Sep 16, 2017 18:03 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Sonny Ravan,Shree D,Ishq Bector
Composer duo Sonny Ravan and Shree D talk about their roots and their music (SANKET WANKHADE/HTPHOTO)

Pune-based composer duo Sonny Ravan (Siddharth Banerjee) and Shree D are the minds behind the song ‘Andolan nanga hota hai’ from the recently-released film, Poster Boys. The song is written and composed by Sonny, while Shree D sung and sound engineered it. In an interview with HT Café, the two composers talk about their music, working together and how the Internet is a great support for new artistes.

Jab we met
Speaking about how they met, Shree D recalls his first impression of Sonny when the two met at Indo-Canadian singer-musician Ishq Bector's house seven years ago. Shree D says, “Sonny was sitting in one corner all composed and calm. He gave me a smile and continued with his work. Trust me, looks can be deceptive, I would have never imagined what level of crazy hides behind that innocent face.” He adds that it was only when Ishq and Sonny started rapping to a song that he realised what he had got himself into. “The lyrics were explicit and I was scared. It was some crazy rap and it took me some time to get used to it.”

Jumping in with his side of the story, Sonny says, “I agree. I am not a singer and was trying to sound cool. So I don't blame him if he was scared. After that meeting, we got along like a house on fire. We met everyday, and discussed work and personal lives.”

A combination that works

Sonny and Shree have been working on projects together for some time now, and it’s evident that they enjoy each other’s company. But do they have creative differences or arguments while working? Sonny says, “The fact that we met at a time when we were struggling helped us understand each other's strengths. So, we know each other pretty well when it comes to music. I can tell him if the song is not good and he can do the same. We are pretty honest about our work. I have learned a lot from Shree. He taught me how to capture sounds and has been a good influence on me.”

Shree is also all praises for Sonny, “He is a free bird and gives people around him ample space and freedom to work. He is one the few talented artistes who don't make others insecure. You immediately fall in love with him for his simplicity and craziness.”

A blessing
Shree believes the online platforms available today are a blessing for aspiring artistes if used in the right way. He say, “If you have the talent, then put it out there for everyone to see. When we entered the industry, we did not have YouTube or Facebook Live. We had to wait for hours in public gardens, outside music company offices and had to do so much more for exposure. Today, the Internet provides a direct ticket to the entire world. One should explore it and take advantage of it. Having said that, you have to be ready to accept the truth and be honest to yourself. You cannot expect people to accept mediocrity.”

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 18:03 IST