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Shashaa collaborates with Marti to create magic

The Humma singer, who was in town, is collaborating with Marti Bharath on two singles, Believe and Nomad

music Updated: Dec 16, 2017 18:15 IST
Anjali Shetty
Marty Bharath and Shashaa Tirupati are collaborating on two interesting tracks. Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO
Marty Bharath and Shashaa Tirupati are collaborating on two interesting tracks. Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO

Singer Shashaa Tirupati has a number of hits songs to her credit, right from ‘Humma’ (OK Jaanu) and ‘Kanha’ (Shubh Mangal Savdhan) to ‘Phir bhi’ (Half Girlfriend). The singer was in Pune to collaborate with music producer and vocalist, Marti Bharath for two singles. It was Marti’s sense of sound design and production that got Shashaa to team up with the musician. “Marti has a very unconventional music sense. To an extent he helps define what I would like to express in music,” says Shashaa, who feels she has ‘so much boiling inside her’ that she needed a way to vent it out. These singles are her way of bringing out all the pent up music in her.

Marti, who hails from Chennai, moved to Pune recently and holds a bachelors degree in sound and music. He completed his degree in Paris and returned to India to make more music. He has a band titled, Sapta, with his friend Tapas Naresh. “I have been a fan of Shashaa’s work and first met her at AR Rahman’s studio (where he used to work) when she had come down for rehearsals. I have known her for two years and she recently put it up on social media that she is looking for a music producer. So, we got together and decided to make a track,” says Marti.

The first track on which they have already started work on is ‘Believe’, which was born out of an incident and heartbreak in Shashaa’s life. “I believe that the best music comes to you when you are going through a difficult phase. I was hurt for a long time after which I found my sense of music direction and expressed myself through the lyrics of this song. I let out my pain through it,” adds Shashaa.

Marti quickly adds, “Shashaa has a great voice and ‘Believe’ is a love ballad. I have tried and made a draft of the sound, I hope she likes it.” The ‘Humma’ singer admits that she is a stickler when it comes to work and she can get stubborn at times. “Having said that, I have come here with an open mind and I am ready to explore. I am pretty open to suggestions and keen to hear what he has in his mind,” she adds.

Both agree that the combination of lyrics and composition is integral to a song sounding right. “We are going to give every possible way a try and make sure we have a track that appeals to both of us. I am confident of Marti’s contribution because like I said earlier his music resonates with me,” says Shashaa

Her next song is titled ‘Nomad’ and was written after the Delhi gang rape incident in 2012. “I went into two weeks of depression when I read the gory details of the case. My song is descriptive in terms of her [the rape victim] ordeal and torture and how she finds her oasis amid all of it.”