An idea.. Conceived… Endeavored… And now
The song started of from the brain-cells of AK Deepesh (Kochi) who came up with the thought of making a song to cheer the Indian Cricket Team for this World Cup. The very thought was vibrant and struck a chord with every one on our team.
We embarked on this project a month back when Sajeev Sarathie (New Delhi) penned some fantastic lines off his mind. Sajeev speaking for this song was a masterstroke for us since Sajeev, a being cricket enthusiast himself was obviously thrilled at the thought and did not just stop with passionate writing but also went out of his way to help us throughout the song.
Once the lyrics and the melody were in place, we started off with the groove design with Manoj (California) at the helm. Needless to say, the amazing drummer that he is, he nailed it! With the basic framework now in place, we started off on arrangements & programming and from there on it was a process of evolution set in motion.
This was also the first time we got the chance to work with Kuhoo Gupta (Pune) (thanks to Sajeev Bhaiya). Have always been a great fan of her singing and working with her was better than we had ever imagined. Versatility, speed and a thorough professional attitude describes her the best (not to mention ‘amazingly cheery’ all the time). She finished off her portions in no time and proved to be such a value add to our team!
Tara Balakrishnan (Houston) who has almost always been an integral part of my projects raised the song by several notches with her highly expressive singing. Gifted with a magical voice and oodles of attitude, she most certainly turned the song around in the last minute with her portions.
With Anup Menon (Paris) – The Guitarist on the team, there could obviously be no dearth of energy. He played an active part in the song offering suggestions and improvisations most of which when incorporated improve the song.
I didn’t have to go far in searching for the male lead, Deepesh being an amazing singer himself. Apart from singing the lead, Deepesh stayed up while making the song right from Day 1 and this song is as much his baby as mine.
Two people who stood by us no matter what deserve a special mention. Baba Vijay and Vinod Venugopal are not only the ones behind the video for the song and the teaser but also the right catalyst charging us up when the chips were down!
Balamurali Balu is another friend we would like to thank for his guidance throughout.
Last but not the least, we thank all our friends (active and passive) who have motivated us, kept us on our toes, criticized for improvements and helped us through out the promotions from the day the teaser was out!
Jeet Ka Junoon required quite some junoon of our own too since we did have a lot of hurdles jump across (what with lack of proper funding to execute a project so ambitious, etc) but it finally proved to be worth all our efforts.
We sure had a blast working together and hope you will too, when you listen!