Sid Paul, all of 24, comes across as a man of few words, who’d prefer that his music does the talking. Right off the overnight success of his latest collaboration, ‘Raat’ with friend and singer Shashaa Tirupati, Sid shares his insight behind making a simple sound sound extra-ordinary, in this exclusive chat with me for Radio City Freedom.
2020 seems to be a year of collaborations for you. First, Nikhil Shetty and Shashaa Tirupati now. How have these collaborations enabled you as a musician?
SP: The collaborations have helped me grow as a musician and to learn better about working as a team. Through the collaborating artists, I learnt a lot of nuances and special insights in terms of vocal production.
What was going through you that night in 2018, when the idea of ‘Raat’ first occurred to you?
SP: I was in my studio working on another project, when a guitar riff melody popped in my head. I played in on my guitar looped it, and the melody and words came in a flow. The guitar riff started it.
The songwriting is impressive anyway but what particularly stands out for many as per popular opinion is the way ‘Raat’ has been produced and arranged. Would you like to comment on its process?
SP: Thank you so much. I am a strong believer of the basic melody of a song. So giving the words and melody importance, I kept the production minimal and aimed at creating a vibe around the song rather than overpowering the tune.
What did you discover about Shashaa through the song that wasn’t known to you till its making?
SP: I have always been a huge admirer of Shashaa’s skills and her workflow in the studio. While recording this song, I came to know her voice sounds exquisite in the lower keys and that’s what her natural scale is too. The song is more like a conversation and that was maintained by keeping the scale lower as per her natural texture.
Lastly, Indian producers whose work you immensely admire?
SP: I am a huge fan of the work of Raajeev V Bhalla, Sez On The Beat, Saurabh Lokhande etc. in the indie scene and in the Bollywood scene A R Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Salim- Sulaiman, Abhijit Nalani, DJ Phukan etc.