Leon James in conversation about Ko-2 music

Last Updated: Sun, Oct 11, 2015 18:35 hrs
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Post the musical success of Ko2, Leon James is the new talk of the town. Speaking to Sify.com, Leon James opens on the album, his experience of working with some of the biggest composers from Hindi industry, on the reception the album has received & many more. Excerpts:

How did you land up in Ko2?
RS Infotainment had liked the two tracks that I had done for Kanchana-2. The script came my way & it was very interesting. I got really excited and took up the project almost immediately.

Did the thought of getting compared to KO’s music (which was a huge hit) ever come across your mind?
Initially it was a bit scary. Both the movie and the music of KO were huge hits. When we started off, we started off with the idea of giving our best. We have tried to be experimental and once we started recording, we did have fun. 

On working on a political thriller first up where the scope to showcase a wide range is restricted because of the genre of the movie?
I didn’t think that way. The script is the backbone irrespective of the genre of the movie. The movie does have a lot of scope for me to experiment. Infact, I am waiting eagerly to do the re recording of the movie.

How did the tribute song to APJ Abdul Kalam happen?
We recorded the song before he passed away. The director is very much a fan of Mr.APJ & wanted to do a positive track. He has used lot of APJ’s speeches & quotes in the movie as well. It is a very emotional track with a motivational vibe & it has come out really well.

Inno Genga, who does cover versions of songs in Youtube has sung arguably the best song of the album. How did the idea of roping him come across?
Inno was in Chennai at that time. Previously, he had sent a cover of one of my earlier songs & then had expressed interest in collaborating with me. So, I gave it a shot and we clicked instantly. Since we were in the same age group as well, we gelled pretty well.

You worked with Salim Merchant & Vishal Dadlani who are top Bollywood composers themselves. How was the experience?
I sent them an email and once they agreed, we recorded in Bombay. It was such a great experience. Salim sir himself contributed a lot to the song apart from singing it very emotionally. It was highly enlightening. With Vishal sir, it was a fun recording and he effortlessly sung it.

Did you expect this overwhelming positive reaction?
No, it feels like a dream for me. I thank everyone for the positive reviews & the appreciations.

So, what’s next in the pipeline?
I am really looking forward to do the BG score for the movie. 

By Siddharth K

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