The “Songperk” for this week is a soft romantic indi pop song Janana by Vijay Durbha.
Vijay Durbha is a creative media manager/producer in Mumbai and has been working with media houses like Times group and Tv today for about 4 years. Music has always been his passion. Growing up with “Yanni’s Live”, a young Vijay started playing percussions. He joined his first band “Rudraksh” after he saw an ad in newspaper – “Looking for musicians to form a band” with an MTNL number below. The band performed local gigs in and around Delhi playing cover versions of Indi Pop – Junnon, Euphoria , Jassi and silk route as wll as Christmas songs. Couple of years later, he studied Audio Engineering in Australia. After he came back to Mumbai in 2004, he scored background music for a daily soap. In 2007, he started his plans to work on an entire musical album. His new album features popular singers like Mahalaxmi iyer, Mohit Chauhan, Karsan Sagathiya, K.S. Chitra, Kalpana ,OP Rathore.
We have managed to catch up with Vijay for a few questions.
1. Tell us about your new album.
This is my debut music album. It is a collection of 9 tracks which includes 6 songs, 2 instrumentals and 1 prayer invocation. The songs fall under the `pop’ genre although I had no fixed genre in my mind. The album is a collage which talks about love, togetherness, fun, travel, prayer, romance and the circle of life! The songs will soon be available in my soundcloud profile and anyone who wishes to buy the music can send me a request on my email email@example.com . The whole process – ideating, composing, improvisations, recording, mixing and mastering took about 3 months of time.
2. How has it been working with top class singers like Mohit Chahan, Mahalaxmi Iyer etc?
The song `Boondon ki Baaraat’ took shape and as I started thinking what voice would do the song justice and the name ‘Mahalaxmi Iyer’ came to my mind ! And the experience of working with her was just inspiring and amazing ! She was so down to earth and even though she knew I was a first timer, she was extremely co-operative and helpful. The song `Haseen Shaam’ took shape out of a scratch which had no direction, no start or end, no definite structure. Mohit Chauhan is a true musician. He is in a world of his own, not bothered about anything but singing and music !
3. What are your five favorite songs?
A really tough question . At the present, I love Rahman’s Rockstar ! I love music from all eras – the olden days were so rich in music and lyrics but the present has a beauty of its own !
4. Tell us about your future projects.
Currently I am working on some scratch tunes for a movie. I have always been thinking of new music to work on, new ideas, inspirations – you never know where a single thought or a moment can take you – I am just taking the ride, I am not driving 🙂 !
5. Any message for emerging artists?
I’d say `EMERGE’ – emerge within your art, your skill – dwell in it and finally, music will enjoy you as much as you enjoy music !
Songperk is an exclusive feature of Musicperk. Every week , we feature ONE song in our website . This is an exciting opportunity for independent artists/bands. To get your song featured at our website , send in your soundcloud link/youtube link/mp3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your song is selected for the week’s “songperk” , you will be intimated to provide further details.