n the early ’90s, my adman friend of long standing, Suresh Kailas, and I put together a clutch of our own compositions. Call it raga-rock with post-punk new wave and reggae influences, but our friends in Bombay—musicians included—liked the songs and wanted us to do something about it. For a while we toyed with the idea of recording some of the tracks and even did the rounds of the studios in the city. But in the typical Mumbaiya spirit of ‘paisa phenko, tamasha dekho
’ we were quoted production costs that almost gave us cardiac arrests. We soon gave up.
Suresh took up a job with Lintas and opted for a Chennai posting since he was fed up with Bombay. But after he moved there, he had good news to report. He had come across a keyboard whiz who knew his music as well as his technology. He was also open to new ideas and wouldn’t mind doing a bit of experimentation. What’s more, he was willing to invest his talent, free time and studio in helping us with the keyboard programming and drum sequencing to bolster our basic...