Ex-techie's musical journey
By Resmi Jaimon
Sachin Warrier is a man of many talents who lives by very deep philosophical beliefs. After college, he joined blue chip TCS at their offices in Chennai. He then moved to Kochi and successful juggled tech and music before choosing the latter. Sachin has worked in over 35 films including Thattathin Marayathu, Neram, Left Right Left, Bangalore Days, Varsham, Bahubali and Neena.
Techgoss (TG): From Malarvadi Arts Club to Bahubali, you have been a part of several good films in your five year long musical career. Tell us about the journey of your career as a playback singer.
Sachin Warrier (SW): If you had asked me about 9 or 10 years back, my biggest wish was to get to see a recording studio, get a little bit of a song recorded in my voice, and maybe make my friends and family listen to it or keep it to myself.
Life has been extremely kind to me in making that wish happen in ways I had never expected. I had never in my wildest dreams imagined I'd one day get to meet and work with people I had only heard of and admired. But more than numbers, what makes me happy about these years is the fact that every day has been a learning experience. Everyone you work with offers different perspectives about music, both seniors and contemporaries. I’m extremely thankful to everyone who has mentored and trusted me so far.
TG: While still enjoying your success as a playback singer, you have just stepped in a new phase of your career with 'Naam.' What's your project Naam all about and what kind of roles do you play in the project?
SW: 'Naam' has been a journey of personal and musical exploration. I've always wanted to pursue music independently, and believed that so many things can be said through music. 'Naam' is now a single, released nationwide on Pepsi MTV Indies. The core idea of the song is from a verse in a body of philosophical poetry written by Poonthanam centuries ago, called Jnanappana. Those four lines stand for a simple truth that we tend to forget these days - that we were born and will die alone, and that it does no good to spend the fleeting moment in between trying to compete with one another. This has been my personal philosophy over the years and always wanted to express it musically.
So this verse stayed as the focal point of the song, and two additional verses were written by Anu Elizabeth Jose. Studio time for the song was a lot of fun, as I got to work with so many musicians who I have grown to know over the years as a playback singer. Every one of them treated the song as their own and brought their own respective magic to it. We went on a road trip to shoot the video of the song too. It ended up being on the most surreal experiences of my life because we met such incredible people on the way, from different places and cultures and bonded with them through music and good times. We went through the whole journey constantly being reassured by our experiences that there's an inherent goodness in everybody, and that the spirit of humanity that bonds us all is far mightier than any differences between us. 'Naam', hopefully will be an album in future, with a few more songs that I'm working on right now.
TG: When did you start singing? Tell us about the training you had to polish your skills.
SW: I've been singing since when I was a kid. My family always made sure I participated in all sorts of art events in school. I was this happy-go-lucky kid who found fun in all that. Music was a big part at home too. We'd always listen to songs, both old and new. I somehow picked up the habit of trying to listen and understand the orchestration and arrangement of songs I heard, most probably after being awestruck by A R Rahman's music. Though I've learned music classically for a couple of years, my limited training has mostly been through listening and singing along to musicians I admire.
TG: How did you get your first break in Mollywood? Was it easy to break in as a playback singer?
SW: Singing for films was seemingly so out of my league that's I had never actively tried to pursue it. As I said I had very small dreams and was really happy singing whenever and wherever I got the chance to. One fine day, I came across this video that Vineeth Sreenivasan and Shaan Rahman (Vineeth Ettan and Shaan Ettan for me) had uploaded on YouTube, saying they needed new singers for a film they were working on. I casually recorded a few of my favourite songs at home and sent it to them.
They liked it and I had the great fortune of singing for a film for the first time, through Malarvadi Arts Club. Ever since, they've been my mentors, and I owe a lot of my inspiration to them.
TG: Who are your role models in the music industry?
SW: Music being a beautifully subjective art, everybody has their own approaches and visions of music. In that way, every musician I've met so far has taught me something. To name a few would be very hard, but I'm awestruck by the music of M S Baburaj sir and Vidyasagar sir. Glen Hansard is one musician from outside India who I have been seeing as a role model for quite some time.
TG: Share with us your educational and professional background. What was your nature of work at TCS?
SW: I graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from FISAT, Angamaly. Right after college I went on to join TCS in Chennai where I worked for about a year, then moved to Kochi when 'Thattathin Marayathu' happened and continued to work for a couple of years more. I was initially into software testing, then worked in mobile app development.
TG: How good is the social media for young singers like you?
SW: The opportunity of my first film came to me through social media, so I've always appreciated the value of it. Being able to instantly connect with your audience is a lovely feeling. Good work will reach even more people this way. There's even more responsibility to create quality work these days, because of the volume of content being shared in social media these days.
Overall, social media is a wonderful platform. So many new talents have made it big through the power of being able to connect with people instantly.
TG: Share a word from your experience, for the young and aspiring singers.
SW: True passion is always rewarded. Keep your mind positive and open, so that you can be moved by all the good music you hear around.
TG: What are you working on next? Where do you see yourself in the next three years?
SW: Apart from singing for films, I've also been making music for ads over the last year or so. Most of my free time is spent listening to good music, trying to learn whatever is possible.
Three years down the line I see myself making even more people happy with music, hopefully!
Techgoss Note: Resmi Jaimon is a Kerala based freelance writer, who is now keen on exploring visual media through talk shows, food and travel shows. More about her at her website