Today is the album launch of "18 Vayasu", a Tamil-language film by Director Panneerselvam, the man behind the unexpected 2009 hit "Renigunta". We usually keep Kollywood movie news restricted to our weekly feature "Film Fridays", but this story has a special angle in the form of Charles Bosco and Dinesh Kanagaratnam. They are two artistes who we have been following since their early days as musicians, and who are the music producers behind ’18 Vayasu’. We caught up with 23-year-old Charles Bosco, a upcoming music producer based in London, to find out more about him and the story behind his first official Kollywood music album.
How did your musical journey begin?
It all started when I was 16 years of age. I used to just play around on the keyboard in my spare time. I then took it further by learning music technology and gained more knowledge about the music-making process. A few years later I got the opportunity to work with other musicians such as Mr.Skillz and ZeeKay and it all took off from there.
How did Kollywood get to hear the Bosco sound?
The producers of the movie heard my previous tracks which I had produced for other artists, and also heard the collaboration album “SL2SG” that I did with Dinesh. They liked the fresh sound that we brought and signed us up to compose for 18 Vayasu.
Why make music, what does it mean for you?
I love making music. It’s my biggest passion! I find the process of creating music calming, and am always excited when I hear the finished products for the first time.
Which singers did you work with for the 18 Vayasu album?
Naresh Iyer, Benny Dayal, Sriram Parthasarathy, Sudha Ragunathan, Suchithra, Johnny, Dinesh & Siddhi all feature in the album.
What has been the most memorable occasion in the production process?
The most memorable occasion was when I had the opportunity to work in the studio with the Chennai Strings Orchestra. It was a great new experience for me. Giving them the notes, and then hearing them freestyle over what we gave them was a dream come true.
You started off making music for independent artists, and now you’ve moved on to composing movie scores. Which do you prefer more?
By making music for independent artists I get more freedom to experiment and create new sounds. Making music for movies is pretty tough, as you have to create music tailored to exactly what the director wants. I prefer working with independent artists as it is more of a creative process.
Where to now? What is in the pipeline?
I’m in talks with more movie producers and directors, so will be taking on some projects in the next few weeks. I also have a few albums and singles that are due to be launched at the end of 2011.
If there were anywhere in the world where you could be to make the music you love, where would it be?
I would love to go America and make music. Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to go there…now I’m just waiting for the right time.
Have a listen below to "Unnai Onru" – one of the tracks from ’18 Vayasu’ that Charles says is his personal favourite:
You can keep up-to-date on what Charles Bosco is up to by checking out his website, liking his Facebook page or following him on Twitter. Thamarai.com encourages you all to purchase the album legally so that you may enjoy it in its full glory.