Interview By: HASTI DOSHI
Julius has been part of the music industry since 25 years and has given us immense amount of memorable music, right from films to ads and also the jingles. He is part of ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ doing the BGM and tells us how he has this time done something unique with the music which might interest you to know. Read the quick chat to know about his experience and upcoming work.
You have grown in a musical family, is that your inﬂuence to be a music director?
It’s not a musical family but couple of my brothers got into music, but everyone likes to listen to various kind of music. When I was a kid I have heard various
types of music which kind of gave me a good foundation and appetite for music. Ranging from classical music to rock to fusion, ghazals, ﬁlm music, jazz everything was heard when I was young so I had a good exposure. Also while I was a kid I used to like the star wars music and hear various themes of music of big ﬁlms which helped me understand good music. All this have helped me in my profession here.
How has your musical journey been from ‘Kabul Express’ till ‘Tube light’?
It has been very enriching and have learnt a lot and I still keep learning. ‘Kabul express’ was my ﬁrst music ﬁlm but it was very different as it was simple and linear so it happened without glitches. But now along with bigger ﬁlms and bigger budgets the music is also changing and the demand too. I have learnt a lot from Aditya Chopra, he was a big inﬂuence. He used to work on his dad ﬁlm’s background score, because of which he had a very ﬁne ear for background music. In cinema what kind of music comes where, the hint points and a lot more. Initially when we were doing our second or third movie for Yash Raj he used to help us whenever we used to go wrong and gave us tips. So I would say all the in and out of background score was taught to me by him.
What are the important aspects that need to be kept in mind for a music director which make them come up with something new always?
By new it doesn’t mean different instruments, but sometimes yes if the ﬁlm demands. Most importantly what a background score does is hold the scene together like in a romantic scene it needs romantic music and for an action scene there is action music so all this is typically used and there are not much changes. But if the director wants to do something out of the box then in an action scene also we can have a very soft music, but you need to have a right eye and ear for it to do something as such.
How has music change over the years as you have been part of it since a very long time?
I would say today music has become more globalised. There is not much of the difference in Hollywood and Bollywood music. Also it depends on budgets as ‘Bahubali’ has a good budget it had such VFX which seemed like Hollywood so same way it also applies to music. I have seen the growth now we are competitive enough with international music and things have changed a lot from then till now.
You have done enormous amount of work and all are your best ones right from jingles to songs and quite more, which project has always been close to your heart?
I can’t really put a ﬁnger on one particular ﬁlm, you can’t choose one child same way it’s with work. All my work was important for me and most important thing was that I kept learning which I feel it also applies on our lives.
Currently you are working on ‘Tiger Zindagi Hai’ score, so is there something unique this time as you have also prepared score for ‘Ek that tiger’ earlier?
We are going to revamp the theme of the ﬁlm. Now we are going to take it few notches higher because ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Tiger Zinda hai’ is going to have huge difference in terms of whole scale of the movie. It is going to be much more larger than life with action and drama. The production is also bigger so in that sense our music is also going to be pushed up quite a bit. So we are going to modify and create new theme for the ﬁlm. I am also planning to bring some Turkish singers for few part of the ﬁlm which will add up to the theme and will be different. Director also wanted some electronic sound like marvel movies, which will be marring into a orchestral sound which is known as hybrid sound which helps to give edgy sound. So I feel that is going to be a unique sound for Hindi ﬁlms.
What are other projects on your list?
After this ﬁlm I am working on Forgotten Army which is eight part of Amazon series which is directed by Kabir Khan.
What do you think about the new music directors entering industry and their music?
Art cannot be competitive. All kind of music is good and the talent which is coming now and already there in industry is really good. Even if I don’t like it, still there are people who like it. I am in no position to talk I just feel there is immense talent in India and we have excellent music composers like Pritam, A R Rehman, Salim, and lot more I hope new comers create something at par with these people to match up.