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INTERVIEW: Alluri

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

Been busy. So all good. Shouldn’t say anymore cause I presume you aren’t a qualified shrink.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Naa To Vastava”?

Naato Vastavaa is a song about love and politics. It starts of as a love song and quickly changes in tone. It was written when I had a very romanticized, naïve view about love, politics and the world in general.

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

No. I wrote about 8 songs in Telugu within the space of 4 days a couple of years ago. This was one of them but has transformed quite a bit. Only now do I realize that I have written them to reinforce my Telugu identity which I had left behind on moving to London and recording my first album in English.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes.  There is a music lyric video that should be released March 8th. It is mostly set in Hyderabad in India and captures an interesting part of the local day to day culture. Worth a watch for sure. My buddy David Dawson did a stellar job shooting and editing it to the song. It will be available to view on my YouTube channel.

How was the recording and writing process?

I had done the demo for the song in my basement in 2014. It was a harder and rockier, with a flute part adding colour. It was eventually recorded last year in Milan with Producer Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Franz Ferdinand) and it took a different and more dramatic direction. I really love the brass section written by Domenico Mamone  and the analog synths used on them by Massimo Martellotta (Calibro 35) add a great musical flavour. Also my Telugu is pretty poor. I don’t have a vast vocabulary. So two additional verses were added by lyricist Sriram Tapaswi. So this song is a true collaboration and I am really proud with the way it has turned out.

How has your upbringing influence your music?

I was forced as a kid by my parents to learn Western Classical Violin and Piano to which I didn’t take to in the very least. It wasn’t till I heard some British Rock N’ Roll from the 60’s in my early teens that I picked up a Guitar. So Brit Rock N’ Roll has more of an influence on my music than my Indian upbringing.

What role does India play in your writing?

Story and perspective. The story behind all the songs are from an Indian perspective. Also the language influences the melody of the song. So these songs work very well in the language of Telugu while challenging the Indian ear musically.

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

Absolutely. 12 songs have been recorded out of which this is the 3rd being released. I really want my second album to be all in Telugu. So fingers crossed that works out.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not yet. I guess it would be later in the year. The title that is floating around is “Tales of This Telugu Man”.

Any plans to hit the road?

April I have a gig in Tallinn, Estonia. More gigs are being planned and I hope to hit the road hard this summer. Wish me luck.

What else is happening next in Alluri’s world?

I am recording a song with Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols in March in Milan. This is a song in English. He said yes to Producing this song after he heard my Telugu version of Anarchy in the U.K which I played at the Transmusicales festival in December last year. Should be fun. No luck wishing required.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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