Justin Prabhakaran – Driving Along the Musical Journey


He is too young that you will not believe and correlate him with his works. And when you are done chatting with him, there are certain conceptions that you will ever praise about him. Justin Prabhakaran is a newborn talent in the Tamil music industry and his debut film ‘Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum’ is all set to open up on February 7, 2014.

It all began as chewing the fact as there were no prior preparations while meeting him. It was a bunch of questions that popped up on the spur of moment and yes, this young genius had the best answers that embellished his knowledge about music to a greater magnitude.

Starting off with our chat, we tend to ask him about a small clarification.

While city based films get a new lease of music inspired or borrowed from western genres like Blue, Jazz et al, the rural ones are still bound to stereotyped styles.
Taking a deep breath, the musician came up with a stark reply that it’s an undeniable fact and we believe it will go on. Yes, city based subjects are bound to a lot of new experiments and the genres are unlimited. Well, we can use similar musical pattern to the background score, which is predominantly happening now in our industry. Whereas when it comes to songs, it’s the strings and the base instruments we had so far will make it more appealing. In fact, that is the esthetical factor of this genre music…. Apparently, we have used some best melodies for Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum.

How did your interest and passion towards music brew up?
I have been a part of choirs and orchestras. During this point of time, my interest towards music and passion for it was enhanced. Off the late, I joined certain music bands that took me to the next level. I started composing music for more short films that runs into monstrous figure of 50 Nos. Arun Kumar happened to meet for his short film ‘Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum’. Eventually, as Arun decided to make it as a full-length feature, I joined him together for this ambitious project.

Being a part of choirs and music band, how easy was it to compose music for a village based film like ‘Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum’, which happens to be your debut film?
As a musician, a person has to be open towards new experiments. Moreover, I had already worked with Arun Kumar in the short film version of ‘Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum’, which made things easier.

As a budding music director, we would like to ask you something about the track system in albums. Hollywood movies usually have the complete background score included in the album. It was experimented with AR Rahman’s Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’ and Anirudh’s ‘Ethir Neechal’. Why isn’t this scenario very much consistent in our industry?
As you say, it is obvious that Hollywood movies are commonly using this technique in almost all their movies. When it comes to the Tamil music industry, there is a situation that becomes a flip side indeed. Most of our Tamil movies have the repetition of same tracks in the film and so this becomes a major factor. Maybe as we are now proceeding towards the new age of music, things fall right in places.

Your take on Pannaiyaarum Padminiyum album…
This is going to be a special album for the listeners. The film has a couple of parallel love stories belonging to different generations. The melodies in this album have been already appreciated. I am sure that the background score in this film will be taking you close to the characters and situations in the film.

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