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I take the time to improve myself, says singer Unni Menon

I take the time to improve myself, says singer Unni Menon

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Unni Menon on adapting to the modifications within the music trade and dealing with new-age musicians

Unni Menon on adapting to the modifications within the music trade and dealing with new-age musicians

Unni Menon, the singer with the evergreen voice, is on track. He has that zing in his voice whereas speaking about how fruitful 2022 has been for him. Proper up there’s the groovy, dance observe ‘Rathipushpam’ composed by Sushin Shyam in Bheeshmaparvam; ‘Kural Kekkutha’, a breezy Tamil track from Hridayam scored by Hesham Abdul Wahab, was additionally on the charts . Songs from Avial (‘Manjin thooval’, a duet with KS Chitra) and Karnan Napoleon Bhagat Singh (‘Kathorthu’) had been the opposite songs that received observed regardless of the movies not doing properly.

In Tamil, he has 4 songs prepared for launch. Of that one is a duet with Bombay Jayashri, composed by Harris Jayaraj for The Legend. “We final sang for him 16 years in the past – ‘Partha mudhal’ in Vettayadu Vilayadu. I hope this track may even be beloved as a lot,” says the Chennai-based singer with a four-decade profession within the movie music trade.

New music, new type

So what has stored him in good stead all these years? “It has been all about adapting to altering instances. I take the time to improve myself. In any other case I can be outdated. I’ve super respect for the brand new technology of musicians. I discover it straightforward to work with them. There isn’t a friction within the recording classes and so there’s a homely atmosphere, just like the vibe I received whereas singing for Rahman [AR Rahman],” he says.

The singer, who made his debut in 1981, stresses that singing for new-age musicians is a studying expertise. “I’ve seen each the worlds in music manufacturing – the previous and the brand new. The current crop of musicians are uncovered to music from throughout the globe and that displays of their type. I consider there’s a lot to study from their angle and strategy to music, be it in singing or composing,” says Unni.

Singer Unni Menon

Singer Unni Menon
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Going again to the success of ‘Rathipushpam’, Unni believes that though he has not had such a viral hit within the latest previous, he doesn’t wish to take the credit score for its success. “It was Sushin who took the track to a different stage. The track had a retro really feel and my job was completed in half an hour. I might say my contribution was simply 10%. No matter magic that occurred on display screen is due to Amal [director Amal Neerad], Sushin, the lyricist [Vinayak Sasikumar], choreographers and the actors,” he says.

‘Kural Kekkutha’ was yet one more memorable outing for him with the movie’s director, Vineeth Sreenivasan, after the melodious ‘Thiruvaavani raavu’ from Jacobinte Swargarajyam, composed by Shaan Rahman. “That track can be performed so long as Malayalis have fun Onam. ‘Kural kekkutha’ had a distinct vibe to it. After I completed recording, I stored whistling the tune within the studio and Vineeth needed to make use of that as properly within the observe. That made it all of the extra fascinating,” he recollects.

Rahman impact

The singer admits that it has not been easy sail for him. He remembers a part when he hardly had any songs in Malayalam. It was Rahman and Roja that resurrected his profession at that time of time. His duet with Sujatha, ‘Pudhu vellaimazhai’ turned out to be a colossal hit. He went on to sing 27 songs for Rahman, which embody songs in Puthiya Mugam, Thiruda Thiruda, Karuthamma, Minsara Kanavu, Uyire, Kadhalar Dinam and Rhythm.

“I labored in an album, ‘Sangeetha Sangamam’, with composer Ousephachan, wherein Rahman — then Dileep — was the programmer. When he known as me for Roja, he needed me to do the recording at midnight! That was a shock for me. However that’s how he works and the remainder is historical past.”

Singer Unni Menon

Singer Unni Menon
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Unni is among the many few singers who’ve had profitable stints at composing too. His composition, ‘Oru chembaneer poovu’ in Sthithi (2003), wherein he acted as properly, stays a basic. “I couldn’t pursue composing after that. Nevertheless, lately I did three songs for a movie, which, sadly, didn’t go on the ground. Now I plan to carry out an album with these songs,” he says.

He has additionally had his tryst with appearing — Sthithi, Stunning and 916. He has additionally acted and sung “two good melodies composed by Reju Joseph” in upcoming Malayalam launch Thee.


“ I’ve super respect for the brand new technology of musicians. I discover it straightforward to work with them. ”

Reflecting upon the modifications which have swept over movie trade, he factors out that there are particular features that he fails to know. “As an example, some administrators don’t use the total track in picturisation. The track is performed within the background or as a part of the narrative. It’s disappointing for any singer who has put in a lot of effort within the studio,” he explains.

However, the musician, says that he takes every thing in his stride. “In spite of everything I didn’t plan to turn out to be a musician. There have been no musicians in my household. I beloved singing and used to win prizes in competitions, that’s all. I by no means knew that I may make a profession out of it. My mother and father needed me to turn out to be an engineer or physician. However that was not certain to occur as a result of I used to be not good in research,” he says.

He labored within the Heavy Automobiles Manufacturing unit in Chennai solely to stop after almost two years. He grew to become a daily customer at music studios to look at recordings. “I realised that music made me immensely completely happy.”

The journey to playback music began when he was launched to composer Chidambaranath by Kunjunni, KJ Yesudas’ secretary. The movie was Amudhum Thenum and he needed to sing the observe of the track for Yesudas. “I used to be nervous because it was all new however the composer guided me. Although that movie didn’t launch, different composers took discover of me. Life modified after that with alternatives from Malayalam and Tamil. I’ve no regrets besides that I couldn’t turn out to be what my mother and father needed me to be. Nevertheless, finally, they understood that that is what I like to do.”

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