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Musician and a mentor

Vijay Antony believes in promoting new and young talent, writes G.Prasad

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Passionate Wedded to music

Vijay Antony is one of those music directors with a golden heart that reaches out to young talent. Just five films old and he has already introduced close to 15 playback singers. Most importantly, all of them have lived up to his expectations.

“It is not that I am giving chance to youngsters just for the sake of it. I assess them when they come for audition and give songs based on their voice culture. But talent and versatility are key for survival in this highly competitive industry,” he says.

First break

Composing was a passion for Vijay from young age. But gaining an entry into tinsel town was definitely not easy.

He had to wait for five years before getting his first break.

“After college I decided to chase my passion. People in the industry appreciated my tunes but were not ready to give a chance as they felt it was difficult to make big business with the composition of a new comer. But Oscar Films Ravichandran gave me the break,” he recalls.

Does memory of his difficult days induce him to introduce freshers now? “Possibly. I know how difficult it is to get an opportunity. I wish to bring the talent to the fore. Also when performing I don’t restrict them from improvising,” he says.

Though Vijay was booked first for ‘Dishyum,’ ‘Sukran’ directed by S.A. Chandrasekhar hit the silver screen much ahead. Songs of both the films turned out to be super hits.

Identity

“It is important to get an identity in the industry. After ‘Dishyum’ people started recognising me. The success of my songs urges me to work harder.”

Vijay believes in variety in music and does not want to stick to one particular genre.

He adds that a music director has to adapt quickly to the ever changing tastes of the present day youth.

“You cannot always compose melodies as the fans look out for that odd fast number as well. Take for instance ‘Dishyum’ that had melodious ‘Nenjankootil …’ and also the peppy ‘Kitta nerungivadi…’ I want to cater to all types of audience and to sustain their interest there is a need for these right kinds of mixtures.”

Vijay has sung quite a few numbers in his compositions and also penned lyrics for some. He lent his voice for the super-hit ‘Dilamo…’

As a singer

“When I feel the tune suits my voice I sing. It’s nice to sing my own composition. But if I think that someone else’s voice suits more for a particular song I never hesitate to give them the chance. And that has happened on a few occasions.”

Vijay has no problems working with North Indian singers and feels that there is nothing wrong in making them sing Tamil numbers.

“They do have difficulty in pronouncing Tamil words. But their voice has got along well with the people and the songs have turned out to be hits. At the end of the day that is what matters,” he says.

He feels that the success of a film plays a crucial role in making the music a hit.

“There were some good melodies in the film ‘By 2.’ But the movie didn’t do well at the box-office and the songs failed to touch the people. It hurts, but these are a part and parcel of the profession.”

Background score

Background score is one aspect to which Vijay gives lot of importance.

“I take my time and make sure that the score gels well with the mood, otherwise it might turn out to be irritable,” he adds.

Vijay is also for the remix trend in the Tamil music industry. “As long as people like it, it is well and good,” is his opinion

Success of his latest ‘Ean enakku mayakkam…’ from ‘Naan Avanillai,’ has raised his expectations for ‘Kadhalil Vizhunthen.’

“I hope they become chartbusters,” he parts.

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