Several years ago, artists such as DJ Jiten, TS Soundz, and ABC Productions broke new ground and transformed pedestrian Hindi film songs into thumping club tracks, with the influx of western sounds and videos. Although these songs cam as a rude shock to many, it eventually influenced the Indian music industry. That`s the reason hindi film songs of today feature much more instrumentation than ever before, and are packed with modern electronic beats and sounds. Among the most successful of these artists are the trio of Farhad Wadia, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa who call themselves INSTANT KARMA.
The trio have known each other for almost 15 years now. But the idea to come together to form a band and cut an album happened only recently after the release of Bally Sagoo’s album, ‘Bollywood’. If Bally Sagoo, a DJ, could come up with such a project, why couldn’t they? Farhad was doing this show on Radiostar, called ‘East West Masala’. Ehsaan and Loy were doing some recording at his studio and he sounded them out. The very next day they recorded `Dil Kya Kare`, which was originally from the Julie soundtrack of the 1970`s, and mixed it with some totally new sounds.
They invited Shaan over to sing it, and he sang without any rehearsals! After recording a similar number, they totally forgot about the project for almost three-and-a-half years for some unknown reason. Then, a friend and well-wisher somehow managed to play it to one of the bosses of Higher Ground, a music company from the West which is affiliated to Sony Music. He loved the song and found the idea so innovative that he offered to collaborate with them on the album! It all happened so... instantly... that they decided to name their band `Instant Karma`.
Their debut album `Dance Masti` featured one of the best Hindi film song remakes of the 1990`s, including `Dil Kya Kare`. The reproduction of the songs were brilliant and featured melodious basslines, Enigma-like beats and ambient synths. All in all, the album was a huge success! Like their first album, `Return of Dance Masti` & Dance Masti… Again contains remakes of older Hindi film songs.
What makes `Return Of Dance Masti` & Dance Masti…Again dance revival projects rather than a remix albums is that they haven’t added any snatches of techno music. Rather, they have maintained the original integrity of the song. If it`s a slow number, the tempo is maintained rather than pumping up the pace. Using new but well known singers like Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Zubeen Garg assures them that the album will appeal to everybody...be it the rickshawallah or the elite socialite! What the trio were aiming at was a product which would stand out and they feel that they have come up with a winner. Not only has the original flavour of the songs been retained, but some of them have even been given a new life! The album, has a lot of variety, a little something for everyone.
Instant Karma are an unlikely trio. Farhad, the ‘Big’ one, both in terms of size and age, is outgoing and outspoken, while Ehsaan and Loy are shy and soft-spoken. But what brings them together is their common passion for music... and that`s the reason for their success.
Every bit of the original tune is re-recorded and new riffs are added. The only thing that remains of the old song is the old melody and lyrics. It's like a film within a film, like a song within a song. But 99% of it remains the same. Instant Karma brings evergreens down from a listening environment to a danceable dimension. There are always variations to a song. It's a living, constantly mutating entity. A version gives a new lease of life to the original.
Almost a decade after their first release, Instant Karma are back with their fourth & final album, Dance Masti Forever. The Album has nine tracks from films panning the late 1950’s thru the 1990’s, bringing back to life the age old melodies for the younger generation, in a way that they would like to hear it. These re-created tracks keep the evergreen melodies alive and are a compliment from Instant Karma to the original composers. Tracklisting
1. Aa Jaane Jaa (The Baby Can You Feel The Magic Mix)
2. Raat Kali (The Midnight Lady Mix)
3. Pyaar Manga Hai (The Broken Hearted Mix)
4. Mere Dil Mein Aaj Kya Hai (TheAmorous Lover Mix)
5. Tune O Rangeelay (The Take My Heart Away Mix)
6. Ay Ki Mein Jhooth Boliyan (The Balle Balle Mix)
7. Ay Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo (The Never Seen It So Bad Mix)
8. Ek Pardesi (The Stop What Youre Doing To Me Mix)
9. Saiyyan Re (The Boys Are Back Mix)