Singer, Composer, Music Producer and Mix-Master Engineer Prateek Gandhi drops his new single ‘TUM AAO NA’, a heart-touching, mellifluous song of a lover who longs to see his beloved soul. The absence of his lover makes him restless as he wishes to have a glimpse of her.
Tum Aao Na –
When you hit play on Prateek Gandhi’s new single ‘Tum Aao Na’, you would desire to close your eyes and imagine yourself on the balcony of a Marine Drive apartment, in all its Bauhaus glory, looking out at the ocean on a warm summers eve. Sonically modeled on the 90’s atmospheric pop vibe of groups like Instant Karma with plenty of sweeps to create the energy, ‘Tum Aao Na’ follows a gradual climb that drops only at around the one-and-a-half minute mark.
Gandhi, known to explore unchartered territories in music has a clear idea of boundaries to this song – a delimited vibe with beats that implode rather than explode. Apt for the story behind the lyrics, ‘about a lover who longs to see his beloved and her absence which makes him restless for a mere glimpse of her’.
What’s interesting is, despite the Parisian café flavor of songs found on compilations such as Buddha Bar and Ministry of Sound, Gandhi retains a certain provincial nature to this composition, meaning it is authentically Indian as opposed to Indian-passing western fusion mishmashes of the aforementioned.
Gandhi tells us that his first instinct was to look at the lyrics, written by Ritika Chawla, and begin with a simple piano riff.
“It’s this exact riff that flows from beginning to end,” Gandhi tells us, “The composition that follows was done in 15 minutes from start to end. But I wanted to break the song up clearly and bring in the beat so I picked up the words ‘Aao Na’ for that. It also happens to be the perfect junction for that change, being song’s title.”
Gandhi’s semi-classical vocals in the beginning also end up making that switch to full-blown classical, which blends well with the heavy but clean 808 bass which comes in only for the drop.
“Though I’ve chosen dueling styles, I also wanted it to flow like a wave, sometimes high, sometimes low, with no regular pattern, yet always smoothly. The high notes are reminiscent of those found in Rajasthani folk singing,” He points out, “Those familiar with my signature style will notice this flow but, to be honest, it changes depending on what my throat suggests and my mind approves!” He chuckles.
‘Tum Aao Na’ features a lyric video conceptualized by Gandhi and illustrated, animated, and edited by Rohan Vashishtha and Ronald Fernandes. The high-quality animation, with a character based on Gandhi, depicts the surreal and constrained world he inhabits as he pines for his love. One can literally feel his restlessness, especially in the trippy kaleidoscopic scenes showing him disappearing into a rabbit hole.
Gandhi is one of those rare musicians who possess both a natural inclination to music (He is a phenomenally talented guitarist) and also the technicalities it comes with. His ability to visualize, innovate and execute projects of various scales, genres and languages stems from his innate inclinations towards singing and his academic specializations in music theory and sound engineering. At the threshold of his thirties, the artist has stacked up prestigious projects that include collaborations with contemporary icons like Benny Dayal, Ankit Tiwari, Ash King, Gurinder Seagal and Shefali Alvares and a growing list of up-and-coming independent talents. He is equally invested in cultural and traditional endeavors. Here, he has worked on dedications to legendary personalities such as ‘Ek Alag Pehchaan’ a tribute to the late Dr. Rahat Indori, and ‘Prem Deewani’ (based on Mirabai’s poem) featuring actor Manish Goplani.
Having sung and produced music in a growing list of languages including English, Hindi, Punjabi, Konkani, Oriya, and Tamil, Gandhi reiterates, “It is my dream to work on at least one project in every Indian language. I think I’m slowly getting there!”
Prateek who recently released his song ‘Do Hisse’, has composed music for industry stalwarts like Benny Dayal, Ankit Tiwari, Shefali Alvares, and Gurinder Seagal. As a singer, he crooned punchy Star Sports Cricket World Cup anthem ‘Tum Khelo Dum Se’, even Hot Star’s IPL anthem. His hits, till date, include ‘Prem Deewani’ featuring actor Manish Goplani and based on Mirabai’s poem, three songs featuring Purva Mantri, namely ‘Raanjha Ve’, ‘Banke Patola’ and ‘Bade Kamine Ho’ which have cumulatively racked up nearly 13 million views on YouTube. Further, songs produced by him like ‘Beishqi Galliyan’ by Benny Dayal and Shefali Alvares, ‘Mumbai Machaand’ by the infamous Hindustani Bhau and ‘Kahi Nai Jaana’ by Lakshay Kapoor have crossed 8 Million views. His most recent single ‘Kalma’ has already crossed 2.2 million views. His latest single release was ‘Do Hisse’ and Unplugged version.
Gandhi spends his days churning out hundreds of songs for other Independent artists, including himself (To this day, he refers to himself as an Indie artist. It’s where his soul lies). His Rajasthani folk album ‘Jogan Piya’ is a homage to his state and speaks of his longing for Banswara, his hometown. The album contains four sincere songs ‘Mharo des’, ‘Neend Nahi Aave’, ‘Thare Siwa’ and ‘Piya Ko Milan’ that are unquestionable hits to his fanbase.