Titled ‘Kyun?’, the ballad by means of the Kochi-based digital composer infuses kinds and sounds from quite a lot of genres
A 12 months in the past, an unbiased Malayalam unmarried ‘Thennale’ composed in Indian and western notes made waves, making its debutant composer Kevin Shaji a reputation to reckon with within the regional indie song firmament. Within the fourth 12 months of BTech stage, Kevin, at that time had no goal of pursuing a occupation in song; ‘Thennale’ was once supposed to be a one-off factor. Consistent enquiries and accolades on his IG for the tune made him realise a musical trail was once inevitable and precipitated him to modify his identify to Pina Colada Blues. “I didn’t wish to use my identify; as an alternative I selected the identify of my favorite cocktail and color,” laughs Kevin.
A chain of singles within the ultimate 12 months noticed Kevin experimenting with quite a lot of sounds and kinds. He created his area of interest by means of infusing kinds from dream, electro-pop, hip-hop, RnB, Carnatic and western notes.
Introduced by means of Sony Song India’s new label Day One, the Kochi-based composer lately launched his first unmarried in Hindi ‘Kyun?’ — crossing language and style barriers. “Proper from my first tune, I’ve by no means noticed language or style as a barrier to my song. If I will perceive the phrases or the language, I then check out my absolute best to determine what it is making an attempt to put across. I improvise at the music and melody and compose,” say Kevin over the telephone from Kochi.
‘Kyun?’ is set courting conflicts and the ‘unknown’ causes for other people to glide aside. With Kevin main the monitor on piano and vocals by means of Mridul Anil, the ballad-like monitor is rising to be an earworm. Explaining the method, Kevin says, “I ship a demo to the lyricist the place I hum the vocals as I play the piano and likewise put across the sentiments and the lyrical taste. Then discovering the suitable voice completes the tune’s growth.”
For anyone who has no longer studied explicit genres like pop-Latino or Carnatic, Kevin advanced an hobby in working out how they paintings and has been a hit in experimenting. “Even though this is a problem, it’s amusing studying and experimenting with other kinds,” says Kevin who was once offered to song on the age of 5. “My mother is partial to Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys and the entire fashionable tracks of the 90s and I grew up taking note of them. I began taking part in the piano and keyboard and learnt to play the guitar on my own. I came upon the musician in me whilst taking part in with pals in school.”
The way forward for song is in South India, emphasises Kevin on being requested what’s resulting in a spurt in musicians from Kerala. “ I see many of us popping out with originals in this day and age and that is fully owing to the supply of song manufacturing, recording tools and the facility to make songs in a single’s bed room. This is may be the place my songs are produced. Best the vocals and the tune blending are completed in studios,” explains Kevin. Upload to that, the facility to publish one’s covers and originals on the click on of a button on social media and platforms is a number one reason why for this pattern expanding, he provides. “With Kerala being a non-saturated box in indie song, extra song of various kinds and languages can be popping out of right here. It is only an issue of time,” indicators off Kevin.