Percussionist and founding member of Masala Espresso, Varun Sunil, discusses the band’s newest Tamil single, the band’s persevering with evolution and experiments that’s set to take them locations
Simply as in any relationship, it takes lots of time and power to develop a band from the bottom up.
Varun Sunil is aware of all about it. It has taken Masala Espresso, of which he’s the founding member, time to achieve a foothold within the mainstream music enterprise. “It’s a gradual course of,” says Varun, over cellphone from Kochi in Kerala. COVID-19 made the percussionist/vocalist of Masala Espresso drive down from his residence in Mumbai to his hometown and be along with his dad and mom.
It was the Tamil movie Uriyadi (2016) that introduced mainstream recognition for the band. The band’s final mission was the Dulquer Salmaan-starrer Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal.
While so, the band continues to develop their presence within the indie music circuit; their newest Tamil single, ‘Manitham’, is proof. Penned by Ku Karthik, the tune displays on a interval of survival for humankind and urges the listener to search for positives in these distressing instances, says Varun.
“That can be as a result of with out making use of humanity in our hearts, there gained’t be an finish to those issues. It’s higher to dwell in peace than to guide a lifetime of brutality in the direction of others,” he provides.
A part of Masala Espresso’s attraction is their use of folks sounds within the music they compose.
With ‘Kaantha’ — in all probability the band’s hottest tune — they used esraj, the stringed instrument prominently utilized in Hindustani Classical music. Masala Espresso is, by all means, another rock fusion band, however the violin holds a vital place of their instrument ensemble.
“Masala Espresso’s music has at all times had people parts. We’ve got musicians who come from all completely different genres of music and everybody has their very own signature. So fusion is our factor, and with the people sounds dropped within the combine, we proceed to experiment,” says Varun.
In ‘Manitham’, the band has used the nadaswaram. “It was the distinction maker to the tune. It was performed by an outstanding musician, OK Gopi,” says Varun, including that he needed to come all the way down to Kochi to file the tune (earlier than lockdown).
“You gained’t discover nadaswaram artistes in Mumbai. It’s simpler to search out somebody who can play a shehnai there,” he laughs.
Late final yr, the band introduced that vocalist Sooraj Santhosh, additionally a founding member, was parting methods to pursue a solo profession. Masala Espresso introduced in vocalists Aslam and Crishna to exchange Sooraj in addition to including the younger Steve Kottoor on keyboard (somebody whom Varun calls a “prodigy”). “The household is turning into stronger and extra nearer now,” he remarks.
- Varun Sunil can be creating his solo profession on the parallel whereas persevering with to meet his commitments with Masala Espresso. He’s signed to Sony Music label and has produced impartial singles like ‘Paakura Ponnu’. He made his debut as movie composer with the Telugu movie Rajdooth (2019). Now, he has his debut Malayalam function, Valatty, to sit up for. Produced by Friday Movie Home and directed by debutant Devan, the movie’s lead forged are all canines. “It was a distinct idea. We’ve got these canines appearing and outstanding artistes will then dub for them,” he says.
- Varun additionally has two Tamil movies and a Telugu mission in hand. One of many Tamil movies is produced by Sameer Bharat Ram underneath his Tremendous Talkies manufacturing banner. “It’s referred to as Poda Mundam. It’s a fantasy-comedy topic,” he provides.
The newer members, he believes, will even assist the band break previous language obstacles. “Aslam sings in Arabic, Punjabi and Hindi in addition to Marathi,” says Varun.
While their dwell performances already entice viewers by the numbers up North, with the ability to make an identification past the South Indian music scene is what Varun hopes Masala Espresso can obtain within the coming years.
“Even with company shoppers who place enquiries, there gained’t be a query of what language are we going to carry out in. In two years, I feel we are going to cowl majority of languages,” he says, including that the band is within the strategy of composing tracks in Arabic, Punjabi and Hindi.
Like most of us, Varun, too, can’t wait to placed on a present for his or her admirers.
“Each musician is wanting ahead to the day once they can return on the market and do a dwell efficiency. I feel I’ll shed tears the following time I’m going dwell. For us, the stage is sort of a temple. We really feel blessed standing atop one and performing. The primary live performance we do after the pandemic blows over, we are going to guarantee that it will likely be an evening to recollect for everybody who turns up,” he provides.