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INTERVIEW: Alluri

Hi Alluri, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello Vents. I have been alright. Thanks for asking.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Evari Kosam (For Whose Sake)”?

It was a song I wrote in 2013 in London while I was staying at my friends place. It was the first time I had written a song in my mother tongue of Telugu. Recorded the demo in my home city of Hyderabad and the single version of it was recorded in Milan by Tomasso Colliva  who is a long time associate of Muse and has been working with Jesus & Mary Chain. I sang the vocals to it in London at Tomato’s studio.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes. I was in London in 2013, staying at a friends place for a month or so. He was very kind by letting me stay but I felt compelled to sort of adapt to his late night life style. There was a sort of mental enslavement I felt during that period. It wasn’t a easy month. I dealt with it by writing this song. It was from the perspective of an ensalved Indian housewife as I felt this was the plight I share with them. I heard many such stories but never did I imagine I would go through a similar experience.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

A video for the single has already been released on YouTube. It was directed by Reema Sengupta in Mumbai who did a great job of interpreting the song in her own manner. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVKabVJElp8

How was the recording and writing process?

Both the writing and recording process were straightforward. As the song was a product for my experience there wasn’t much head scratching involved when it came to writing it. It really is a document of what I had felt at that moment.

What was it like to work with Tomasso Colliva and how did that relationship develop?

It was very straightforward. I had lived with the song for about 3 years before I did my vocal take in London. He made a few subtle suggestions which I managed to incorporate in my singing style and he was very sensitive to the process.

How much did he influence the song?

He made it much more cinematic than I would have imagined. The song is much better off for it. We had a few conversations about how the song could be and from their emerged an idea to give it a Ennio Morriconne feel.

How has Bollywood influence you as an artist?

It hasn’t.

What role does the British Pop Invasion plays in your music?

The producer of my first album was a product of that generation. He pushed the sound of my first album Man Of Truth in that direction.  Apart from this I do enjoy music by Pulp and Oasis.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I do have a few more Telugu songs in the bank which would very much like to record this year. I hope the plan comes to life.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not as yet, but it will happen!

Any plans to hit the road?

There are a couple of gigs in Feb which will lead lead to more shows in the summer and some UK festivals too.

What else is happening next in Alluri’s world?

Just recently wrote a few songs with Pat from Dry the River. It was the first time I collaborated in the song writing process. It was enjoyable. I hope that leads to another album.

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