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Interview Team : Abishek Raaja; Ashok Kumar; Jeevakaran T; Sudharshan; Jyothsna

"The wise musicians are those who play what they can master."

Here is one such musician who surprisingly came out with the striking Jil Jung Juk album. Vishal Chandrashekhar opens up about mastering his art with creative nuances, to Abishek Raaja.



When did you actually realize that music would fill the rest of your life? 

I think it was after my 12th grade. When I was 11 years old, I started to do sequencing and actually became serious about music. During the Rotary club functions, when the crowd will be busy eating, I'll be sitting in one corner and play music. I would try to literally recreate the original version and that was also the time I felt I should take up music full time.  



Are you a composer or an instrumentalist? What comes first? 

Both I would say. Starting with Guitar, Drums and Flute, I play about 8 instruments, but mainly I'm an arranger more than a composer. 


Being an independent musician, you had conflict of interest when coming into the film industry? 

I did have a few things. I wanted some genuine music to reach the audience than just a factor of sound getting temporarily celebrated. I mean genre specific, authentic, original score. That was my only concern.

I wanted some genuine music to reach the audience


Inam is not the kind of film a debutant composer would like to take up. What is your take on it? 

The original cut was almost 4 hours long. After watching the film at a stretch, I called Santosh Sivan sir requesting him to give me some time to start the work. The visuals were hard-hitting and I couldn't sleep properly. He told me to take some time off and try making the background score even more hard-hitting. I never expected my first Tamil film to be a Santosh Sivan directed drama-thriller. Though I was skeptical about the choice I was making, I would have regretted later. Inam is the kind of film a newbie might not get. I took it as a chance to bring all my strengths and match the vision of the story. Since love and war are my core areas, it was a lively experience to work. From the minute I saw Santosh sir's movie Halo, I've wanted to work with him. In regards, I hold him next to Mani Ratnam. 

The visuals were hard-hitting and I couldn't sleep properly. 


After a gap, you come back with a film like Jil Jung Juk. 

Deeraj completed his pilot movie for which I did the music. Then Deeraj had sent it to Siddharth. He loved it and was also ready to produce it. Since he also asked Deeraj to retain the cast and crew, I also became a part of the team. Initially, when Deeraj narrated the story to me, I was super excited about the whole idea and I knew it wasn't an ordinary film. After Siddharth came into the picture, everything got shifted to a different level. This film is a treat for any musician. Apart from the importance, the score has to also enunciate the storytelling. More than the songs, lot of work is going on with the original score. I'm trying my tryst with Peruvian, Mexican, Spanish and Egyptian kind of music.  

After Siddharth came into the picture, everything got shifted to a different level.


Siddharth is a musician as well. How did the music shape? 

He's the best producer you can get for the fact that he sees the goodness in everybody. He saw the advantages I had and we used to sit and jam together while composing. In like 40 minutes we would actually be ready with a song. And he being a trained singer, he doesn't hear a song. To the level of giving inputs on the final mix, he knows it all. Also being the producer, he understood our demands and catered to it all the time. He’s not an easy person to work with. You can't beat around with Siddharth. He is a thorough professional. 

He’s not an easy person to work with. You can't beat around with Siddharth.


Are you having the feeling that everything is going so right with Jil Jung Juk?

We are right now looking into the edit so many times because of the kind of noise we have created with the teaser and the songs. We want to match the expectation and give a fantabulous output. Since we managed to get a lot of time before the release, the product has only enhanced and we are very confident. 

The product has only enhanced and we are very confident. 


Jil Jung Juk's lyrical value seems to be exceptional. Please explain. 

The tunes were done and then we sat on the lyrical part of it. 
Shoot the Kuruvi- We wanted it to be a heart-warming soft-rock song musically. But lyrically we wanted it to be unique. The term 'Shoot the Kuruvi' seems to have a usage referring to love failure and the trick is that, there is no heroine in the film and glad that the inquisitiveness has worked. 
When Casanova talks about love making, Red-u Road-u is a rock n roll kind of a song and since Santhosh Narayanan was going to sing it, the song compelled us to write funny, satirical lyrics. Domer-u Lord-u is another quirky song where Vivek has handled a new agenda. With limitations because of the improving chord progressions, Vivek still managed to bring a lot of word play. The last and final song 'Shoot the Kili' has been written by Siddharth himself. Colloquial and simple lyrics with lot of juxtaposition, the film demanded us sitting and trying to create the so called term, different songs. 

'Shoot the Kuruvi' seems to have a usage referring to love failure.


How hard it is to compose?

You need to constantly stay in touch with the changing trends and see why somebody's song is being liked. Technology might have made the process easier, but composing definitely needs a specific mind and space to bring in fresh tunes. Of course it is hard, but if you think it is hard, then you are forcing to make tunes than create them.     

Composers saturate? 

After every film, you saturate. If you don't, then you think you know a lot about music or you haven't experimented enough. Saturation is good. Before the other person gets to know about it, change the pattern.  

Before the other person gets to know about it, change the pattern.  


                                                                                'Shoot the Kili'

Commercial music - Bridging genre' specific music with regular listeners! 
Deeraj Vaidy- He's is a visionary. He is bringing to you a never-before-seen fiction story. 
About JJJ- A high octane action comedy with an extraordinary screenplay!   
Changing trends- From dub-step, we have gone to trap-step. Things keep changing in music. There is no end to it. We will once again go back to the basics again. This is a cycle!  
Your pick in JJJ? - Casanova is my favorite song! 
RR- You can go theme based or situation based. Music shouldn't be heard. It has to fill the scene essentially. 
Which song made you a composer? - Rahman sir's Thiruda Thiruda album made me a composer. 
Favourite instruments and singers - Sitar and Spanish guitar. Sean Roldon/Shahul Hameed and my wife 
About auto tune- Human voice has certain errors. You can use them to just make subtle changes, not tweak the whole song. 





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