London Eye was a dream come true for the drummer in me. After Kumbha Mela with Divya, this was the album where I had a chance to prove my integrity and prowess as a drummer.
Most albums and videos before this had featured me playing my primary instrument but this was a challenge that took a lot of work and experience. Firstly to understand Hari Kumar Sivan’s complicated compositions based on traditional Carnatic ragas with complex changes in time signatures and then to interpret the feel, would have given even players with years of experience something to mull over.
This music cannot be classified within any standard concepts of modern or traditional as it was a unique experiment that deserved the respect it got from listeners and the industry.
The title track London Eye with the tempo flying at breakneck speed, was a tough nut. I practiced it diligently for almost a month before getting down to recording and eventually while recording the final take, when I gave it all, I got me a severe tennis elbow.
I had to take aggressive treatment to bring the elbow back to shape, but it was worth every bit as it gave me an opportunity to document my playing for a lifetime. The drummer boy in the mirror had really come a long way.
A super challenging experience playing with some of the best the country has to offer. We recorded the project on-line and transferred files between Trivandrum, Mumbai, Cochin, Goa and Amsterdam. Top of the line.
Hari and Blue fire, I love playing with you guys.