‘You need to have a diversity of musical knowledge’

Debarati Palit Singh
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Producer/record producer and composer Sourav Roy talks about how aspiring musicians need to understand the roots and appreciate different genres of music

Having worked as a music producer in projects like Udaan, Aisha, No One Killed Jessica, English Vinglish, Lootera, Queen, Shandaar, Jagga Jasoos and others, music producer/ record producer and composer Sourav Roy has several exciting projects lined up. The talented musician is also composing music for Colors’ Tamil channel and has already composed two signature tracks for their Hindi channel. 

The year looks exciting for Sourav who is happy and thankful for getting to work in diverse projects. Hailing from a family with deep rooted interest in Indian classical music, he believes that there’s good music in every genre. 

Excerpts from his  interview: 

How different is the role of music/ record producer from composer?
A music producer is one who is in charge of making your song and also strives to make it sound competitive and popular. Other than the tune (which is written by the composer) and the lyrics (which is written by the lyricist), all the other musical arrangements including the groove of the song is taken care of by the music producer. He is also the one to guide an artist or a composer to make a song sound in a particular style or way, depending on a film’s situational requirement (according to the script of the film) or if it’s a pop/ rock single.

You have some interesting films lined up including Race 3, Sanjaj Dutt biopic... looks like all the hard work is paying off?
I am glad and thankful that I am getting different kinds of projects and genres to work on. That said, I feel there is a lot of hard work left to be done.

Race 3 is a completely different genre compared to Sanjay Dutt biopic and so were your other projects. How do you approach different genres of music?
You need to have diversity of musical knowledge and need to know how to approach various genres. For example, London Thumakda is an Indian shaadi song for a film compared to a pop single Tera Zikr, which I have produced for Sony Music.

You have worked with Amit Trivedi, Pritam, Vishal-Shekhar, Amal Malik, Meet Bros, Anand Raj Anand, Rochak Kohli and others. How has each music composer contributed to your learning?
Each composer has their own kind of creativity, be it song composing or composing for scores. It has helped me to understand the commercial and not so commercial of its kind. In fact, I am still creating a balance of both these styles for listeners.

In 2015, you received the Best Music Producer of the Year for the song London Thumakda. What role do awards play in your life?
It feels good that you have been recognised for the work you have done and also that people have appreciated your work.

Any piece of advice for budding music/ record producers?
I think all aspiring music/ record producers should listen to music that came before their time, so that they understand the roots or where the genres that you like came from. Listen to music from all genres and keep an open mind. There’s good music in every genre, so learn to appreciate a variety of styles and artists that you can draw inspiration from.

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