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City musician only Indian to perform at Grand Prix

To collaborate with Black Eyed Peas, Chemical Brothers for new album.

music Updated: Sep 17, 2010 13:33 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Twenty eight-year-old Akshai Sarin has been making music since he was 16. And of the many feathers sticking out of his hat, the latest addition is that he is going to be the only Indian performer at the musical event, Avelon at Large, organised by Formula 1, at the Grand Prix. But that’s not the fact Sarin is excited about. “I have performed with the Black Eyed Peas, Herby Hancock, Beyonce and a lot of others international artistes in the past,” says Sarin.

Major collaborations
“But this time the event is a lot more important to me because I will be sharing stage with the Chemical Brothers. They are the epitome of excellence for the scene I am making music in right now. Not many people know them like they would know Flo Rida, who is also performing, but I’m really looking forward to the gig.”

This is the second time that Sarin will be performing at the F1 event; however, he did confess that last year the Singapore F1 Rocks 2009 event was “massive fun because of the line-up.” Artistes such as Mariah Carey, Empire of the Sun, Above And Beyond, Sean Kingston are some who will be performing at the event.

“I know one of the members of the Black Eyed Peas really well, because we both grew up in Philippines. So that’s how I got an ‘in’ on the first event,” says Sarin, adding with a laugh. “And then I made friends, so I came back.”

Compilation album
Sarin, who also owns a record label, will be releasing a compilation of his own soundtracks towards the end of the year. “I worked on a bunch of different stuff. There is a lot of electronic, dance music, house, trance, dubstep, reggae and much more.”

The concept behind the name of the album, Collections, comes from collaborations and the musician’s belief that “the world is becoming a smaller place and everyone is connected somewhere or the other.”

The tracks in the compilation will feature collaborations with Andy Moor, Thomas Gold, Moonbeam, Yahel and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

When asked whether he planned on getting the Chemical Brothers to work their magic on a track in his album, he says, “Yes definitely, why not! It might be a bit late, but I am going to try and make that happen.”

First Published: Sep 17, 2010 13:21 IST