Films & TV World recently sat down with new Music Director Somnath Roy aka Tattu who has gone into a fresh stratosphere after the success of the short film “Poor Scum” by Lokiish Todi that was the winning entry at Gorbatschow Pure Shots contest. Tattu who created the music for Poor Scum is looking to scale new heights with his upcoming projects, his growing up as a youngster in the industry, what kind of music he wants on his new album and what success means to him.
Films & TV World: What made you choose this career as a Music director?
Tattu: From my very childhood, I was very fond of listening to music. Creating a song or background music for a certain situation always fascinated me. By the time, when I was in 7th standard, I had already started to compose my own music. Infact the song ‘Chandni Raat’ (album - Gulzaar) was composed in 9th standard in our chemistry lab. After giving my board exams, I decided to take up music as my career. I believer there is some extreme or divine power that made me choose this career.. And frankly speaking, I love my job.
Films & TV World: What does it take for someone to be a music director? What do you love about being in this music direction filed?
Tattu: First and foremost one has to have an immense Love for music to be a music director. His world only revolves around music - in good or bad times and in even happier or sad times. Also, it is of immense importance that a music director should have a good visualization capacity. He should have the power to create music or song on any situation as it’s all about expressing you through music. Well, I love composing music. And being a music director is my prime work. I am thankful to god that my passion is my profession too. My friends say that my better half is my music (laughs).
Films & TV World: How did your first offer to score music come up?
Tattu: I got my first break in 2003, in Calcutta I do even remember the date. It was 8th August
2003. It was a couple of jingles for a music company.
Films & TV World: How did the music of "Poor Scum" evolve?
Tattu: Well, Lokiish Todi (the director of the film ‘Poor Scum’) came to me in October 2010, regarding one of his films, but we couldn’t work together, as I already had some prior commitments. But we made sure, that we would work together on his next project. Around December, he was ready with his next short film. He came to me and we had a huge discussion on the music of the film. In a couple of days time, I composed the scratch and we met once more and the music and fx sounds were ready. And that’s how the music of today’s Poor Scum evolved.
Films & TV World: What were your reactions when “Poor Scum” emerged a winner?
Tattu: Frankly speaking, I was quite sure that the film would get a position, if not the winner. Actually the story was so touching and story telling was so apt, along with the music, it became a ‘must watch’ film. So, I had a feeling that this film will go places. And the moment, it was declared winner, I must say, the feeling was so wonderful and satisfying.
Films & TV World: What about your albums - Gulzaar & Endless Journey? How did happen?
Tattu: Gulzaar is my new album which got released from Artistaloud.com and Hungama.com. It has got four songs in it and I would add few more songs in near future. It has got love songs of different genre in Hindi and Bengali. My team really worked hard with me, and the feedback, what we are getting from our listeners, is very encouraging.
Endless Love is another album, released from a German music company Fanel Records. It has three remixed lounge tracks. This much I can say, the latest sales statistics is fantastic (smiles). I was composing few tracks and was planning for a good release. At that time I came to know about Artistaloud / Hungama and Fanel records. They heard my tracks and were ready to take them. Both the albums are released digitally, as the future belongs to digital portals. It’s much easier today to reach people world-wide. So without taking the same old route of cds, I preferred these digital podiums to release my compositions.
Films & TV World: Why did you decide to take the digital route to release your music?
Tattu: Digital route is the future. I can even predict that 5 years down the line, there will be no music store, no cds, no cassettes. It will all be a thing of the passé, just like what happened to our video recorders and parlours. Music will come to us, only in digital format. So I decided to walk towards the future. This is the most convenient way of releasing the music, where you can reach more people , round the globe.
Films & TV World: Can you say a few words about each of the songs you have on board ArtistAloud.com?
Tattu: Each of my songs have a small connectivity with real life situations. Like in “Kya Dil Mein Hain”. There’s a small story behind this song. I was having a chat with a friend of mine. He said that there was this girl he’s fallen in love with. But he doesn’t know what she thinks about him or what’s going on, in her mind. This thought inspired me and I wrote “Kya Dil Mein Hain”
Speaking about Gungunaya, I can say, its basically a song of a lonely heart. It’s about a person and his feelings who is alone, with no friend, no companion, walking the path of life solely alone. It happened when I was watching the film ‘Cast Away’ where the hero of the film is alone on an island. The film really triggered my thoughts and I composed the song. I tried to travel through the feelings of a lonely heart. Chandni Raat was composed, when I was pretty young and in school. I was in the ninth standard. This is a sad love song. I actually wrote this song, in my chemistry lab.
Jaani Naa or “Don’t Know” is a romantic song in Bengali, which I composed after seeing ‘Dil Se’. It had really tugged my heart strings. This song is about a person who has fallen for a girl but doesn’t know anything about her. That curiosity about that someone special somewhere is a different feeling, where there’s a touch of mystery in it.
Films & TV World: Do you compose music for lyrics or vice-versa? Or is it a mix n match of both?
Tattu: It’s a mix n match of both, actually. Sometimes melody comes first and then lyrics are written and sometimes it’s the other way round. There’s no set rule.
Films & TV World: What is the USP in your style and music? Who do you see connecting to your music?
Tattu: I love experimental music, with lots of melody. Melody always attracts people and experimenting with the musical backing along with the melody gives a new dimension. I believe that freshness is the USP of my music. As for connecting to my style of music, I feel, everyone, of every age, will connect to my music . My music has a soothing effect and everyone will enjoy that velvet touch. I would just say - Close your eyes and feel the music.
Films & TV World: What is the relationship like between a director and a music director?
Tattu: You know, a film is an audio-visual medium. So I believe, visual is 50% and audio is 50%. Although the director deals with the total 100% as he is the captain of the ship, the music director alone deals 50% through his songs and background scores. So you can say, he is the vice-captain of the ship. Just imagine films like Titanic without background music or Taare Zameen Par without the songs. There will be no life in those films. The director is the Prime Minister and the music director is the Deputy Prime Minister (laughs).
Films & TV World: What makes the difference between a good and a bad music director?
Tattu: I am not in a position to declare the difference between a bad or a good music director. I compose my own music and when listeners say good things about my compositions, I feel happy. That’s it.
Films & TV World: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started as a music director?
Tattu: Two things I would say. First is Business and second is how to deal with different types of people. Both are very important.
Films & TV World: Which is the first song you scored music for and which is your favorite song in your composition till to date?
Tattu: Frankly speaking I don’t remember the first song that I composed. But yes, my first independent project was to compose two jingles of 10 seconds each for a music company. All my compositions are my babies. All are my favorites. I would like my listeners to say which one is their favorite.
Films & TV World: If not a Music Composer what else you would have been?
Tattu: I would have been a sportsman. I was a good athlete, a good cricketer. I have played for my school, college and even for 2nd division clubs. I was a medium-pace bowler and have a record of taking seven wickets in a match , in school cricket.
Films & TV World: Your Favorites:
Uploaded here is a video of Tattu's album..
Uploaded here is a video of Tattu's album..
Tattu: Among singers, its Hemant Kumar, Mannna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle and Geeta Dutt. Among Musicians, its R.D. Burman, A.R. Rehman, James Horner, and Zakir Hussain. My most favourite song is ‘Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Hasin Sitam’… It has a touch of eleganace as well as the ethos and pathos have come out so beautifully. Everything in the song is a masterpiece - right from the lyrics to the music to the way the song was rendered. And the picturisation is the best.
Films & TV World: Your strengths and your weakness?
Tattu: My Patience is my strength. And my weakness? I think I’m very classy. That’s my weakness.
Films & TV World: You Idolize, whom and why?
Tattu: R.D. Burman and Music genius A R Rehman saab. I believe R.D. Burman is the king of melody and Rehman is the king of music arrangement (orchestration / musical backing). I have learnt a lot from their music.
Films & TV World: Your most prized possession?
Tattu: A photo with Hemant Kumar, taken just 2 months before his death. I was only eight years old.
Films & TV World: Your Favorite Quote?
Tattu: If music be the food of love then play on and on and on – William Shakespeare
Films & TV World: Any social cause close to your heart?
Tattu: Poverty. That’s the root casue of all problems.
Films & TV World: Your message to budding music composers?
Tattu: Believe in God, because that’s the only way you can Believe in Yourself. Set a Goal first and later have only One Obsession in your life - To reach your goal. Work hard towards striving for that goal, have patience and success is sure to come to you.
Films & TV World: When do you think you will come full circle in the field of music?
Tattu: Hhmmm (sighs). May be the day when I will get an Oscar or a Grammy (smiles)...