It has been a roller coaster ride: Sherrin Varghese
Sherrin Varghese, member of A Band of Boys, talks about their new single, and the evolution of music and marketing of songsUpdated: Jun 16, 2018 20:39 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
A musical sensation in the ’90s and early 2000s, pop group A Band of Boys is back after nearly 14 years with a new music video, titled ‘Yuhin jalne ko’. The group has new members this time around, and currently features four musicians — Sherrin Varghese, Chin2 Bhosle, Karan Oberoi and Danny Fernandes — as compared to the five earlier. In an interview, Varghese talks to us about the band’s evolving music, their latest single, and plans for the future.
Tell us about the new single.
Sherrin: To be honest, we wanted to bring some soulful music to the Indian audience. We have been so flabbergasted with the current trash of Bollywood music that it felt right to bring out a song that connects to the soul. ‘Yuhin jalne ko’, somewhere, has a sultry and seductive aspect, but I think that helps explain our transformation from boys to men (laughs).
The music video has a black and white tone, which is a departure from mostly white theme of your earlier videos. Why the change? How was the shooting process?
Sherrin: Practice got us to perfect all the moves in the video. Our latest addition, Danny Fernandes, is a choreographer and musician. He choreographed ‘Meri neend’ and the like, and he is a strict task master. Full kudos to him for what you see. The use of black and white is a way of portraying that love does not have a single emotion. The video is a way of showcasing that we are moving into a new arena and we are leaving it to the audience to interpret the meaning.
Where does the band gather its inspiration from?
Sherrin: We are all as different as chalk and cheese. However, our different choices bring about a nice balance to our music. Between all of us, we have musical influences from various demographics of the world. We have now reached a stage where we let the song decide the arrangement and treatment. We bring our sensibilities to the table and bring out the best in us and our music.
What are your rehearsals generally like?
Sherrin: When rehearsing, we have a blast. Our advantage is that if we have a two-hour show, we practice and rehearse for six hours. This way, we can give the audience the best. Also, before a gig, we jam for three to four days at a stretch.
How would you describe your music journey over the years?
Sherrin: It has been a roller coaster ride, and we have seen music evolve around us, too. We are glad that we moved past the Nadeem-Shravan phase, and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy brought about the required dance vibe. We also saw an organic acoustic vibe phase. As far as we are concerned, we have continuously subscribed to different forms and genres over the past 18 years. It feels nice that we are still retaining our signatures and voices, and at the same time are imbibing newer cultures and sounds.
What’s your take on Bollywood music? Do you see yourself composing for films anytime soon?
Sherrin: We have taken it up in the past and we will continue do so. We are not against it. However, I feel a film song is always a promotional vehicle for a film, and it kind of fades away. But take any independent artist’s album such as Shaan, Sonu Nigam or Lucky Ali, and you’ll see that their songs are still relevant even after 20 years. Their songs are a piece of their heart and apply to everyday life.
First Published: Jun 16, 2018 20:35 IST