More power to the anthem

Feb 25, 2017, 11:14 IST | Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya

Music director duo, Meet Bros, talk about the experience of composing the anthem for an upcoming Powerboat Racing tournament

Meet Bros at a concert
Meet Bros at a concert

Whenever a sports event is round the corner, it creates openings for different professionals. Apart from publicists and businessmen, people from the entertainment industry also play a part. If actors put their money on teams and players, musicians score theme songs. Meet Bros — the music-director duo comprising brothers Harmeet Singh and Manmeet Singh — are the newest entrants to the confluence. They composed the tournament anthem, Roar on The Shore, for Nexa 1 Powerboat Racing (the Indian Grand Prix of the Seas) to be held in March.

Sports kick
Though a sports-tournament track, there is a clubbish vibe to it, which is the signature style of the brothers. “In India, Chak De (Chak De India) and Chale Chalo (Lagaan) were interesting songs; these were our favourites. The offer for this event came via a common friend and filmmaker Ken Ghosh. It is a global sport, and we are proud that it will be seeded from Mumbai. It will remain a happy memory,” says Manmeet.

Being hooked to sports since their school days, the duo could understand the pulse of the event. “We have been active in soccer, tennis and cricket since childhood. Recently, I have been interested in wrestling as a spectator after watching Dangal and Sultan,” he adds. The song is on the upbeat side with a catchy chorus, Chhapak Chhapak, denoting the splash. There is a vuvuzela-like plastic horn with an ongoing rap in the bridge.

Known for tracks like Baby Doll and Chittiyan Kalaiyyan, composing for a sports track wasn't too challenging, considering such songs need that power. “We have fun with what we do. It is important to get into the spirit. Both of us were briefed well and inspired by the people involved in the event. They were a ball of energy,” says Harmeet.

Bucket list
The brothers are keen to compose a track for the Indian cricket team. “We would love to do a song on cricket; IPL or maybe for the national team. Our favourite singers, Kanika Kapoor and Mika Singh, can do wonders on such tracks,” they add.

The siblings hail from Gwalior, the land of Indian Classical music, but the world is yet to hear their traditional side. “Classical will happen but it may take time. Currently, we want to produce the kind of music people want from us — inspiring and energetic. But we did a semi-Classical track, Dholi Taaro, for Ek Paheli Leela. The track, Mere Nishaan, from Oh My God had a subtle Classical-based melody too,” reveals Manmeet.

As of now, their plate is full. “After the Powerboat song, we completed Jolly LLB 2 and Naam Shabana (an upcoming spy thriller). People want us to do singles for which we don't have time, unfortunately,” adds Manmeet.

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