We go behind the scenes of the show Royal Stag Mega Music MTV Unplugged, that features popular singers whose voices are showcased like never before.
The band members K Mohan and Koko say they would love to work with all the Khans of Bollywood, only if they feature with a sound that can only be defined as 'Agnee'. Catch up on our exclusive chat!
Can newcomers find a dream showcase on a show like MTV Unplugged?
K Mohan: Unplugged actually means performing your songs in a way you never have or never will again. We as a band love jamming with new folk. We always have artists like Shilpa (Rao) or Chang joining us onstage. This production though, its huge and addictive. I'm honestly plotting how to kidnap these guys...
Koko: O yeah, this platform is stunning. Afterall, A R Rahman, Lucky Ali - these are big names. As musicians, you have less than 10 seconds to catch a listener, whose finger is always on the 'Next' button on the ipod. But here, people have come to listen to you, so you get to relax and really play what you love.
You are a band who's done your share of Bollywood music. Did you ever feel that film composing pushes bands to the backseat?
K Mohan: Not for us, no. In fact, what's really putting bands on a backseat is a lack of platforms. With 'Agnee', it’s simple. We are making songs. The difference when composing for films is that there's a situation, like a love song, an election etc. Film makers don't think 'Agnee' for music directors, unless they want our sound.
Koko: In fact, we've done an item song in a film called 'Aalaap' which is called 'Chadti Jawaani' and its pure fun! We would love to work with the Aamirs and Shah Rukh Khans of course, but it’s the melody that seals the deal finally. So really, we push our music through Bollywood and non- film music, because we make what comes to us naturally.
What's been your biggest 'Agnee' moment so far?
K Mohan: Difficult...I guess it was when 10,000 people in Gujarat sang 'Aahatein' back to us in a live show. Nothing can beat that.
We've loved Koko onstage. What's the guitarist like off it?
Well I doubt I can say anything nice about myself. (Laughs) But what I hate, is the word 'Cuddly', which I've been called often! I'm not a teddy bear, I'm more a grizzly bear!
And Mohan, 5 words to describe you would be?
Shaabaash! I consider myself very intelligent, eccentric, annoying (I'm working on it!), very honest and... I guess, 'Agnee'.
So what's the 'Next big thing' from the band?
We are releasing a Punjabi film with a motley of artists working on it - there's a Tamilian, a Maharashtrian, a Naga- based player too! The film is called 'Shafa'. There are two more films, an untitled Hindi one based on a superhero. We are still trying to make our fifth anniversary concert, 'Create with Agnee' come true, though I think it’s more a sixth year celebration now! But we're absolutely hopeful.
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