‘Gini Gaththa Yamey’- a melodious eye-opener
Article by Thamali WijekoonJaveen Soysa reminds us that we can all contribute to splash some water on our currently burning planet whatever the fields that we are involved in. In an era of merciless deforestation and industrialization, he sends out a powerful message as a musician via his new original about the responsibility that beholds us which sparked discussion…
Tell us the backstory of your career?
I initially used to play for two rock bands; as the bass guitarist and singer for ‘Tantrum’ and later as the bassist for ‘Stigmata’. Everything basically set off when Tantrum won ‘TNL Onstage’ competition in 2005 and I was involved in rock and heavy metal music for ten or eleven years since then. I started playing for Stigmata when I became a part of their second and third albums subsequently. That has been my music career.
But I took a break after that since I wasn’t very happy about where I was heading financially. Doing rock music in Sri Lanka is financially not very promising. Hence I shifted my focus completely towards my day job for the three years that followed until October last year, when I decided to make a comeback. But this time, I decided to just do Sinhala songs infusing a different flavor manifested by a heavy, rock approach. If you view in point of an artist like Mihindu or Indrachapa; I’m sticking to that same genre but creating a different style. I released a remake of ‘Master Sir’ in this line last year with M entertainment. My first original track will be released this year followed by another fairly soon.
Your latest and the first original ‘Gini Gaththa Yamey’ is on global warming. Why did you pick quite an uncommon topic as such? These topics are seldom subjected to discussion comparatively with other topics like people’s emotional issues, rights etc.. . But it’s also a massive problem in the world. What people don’t understand is that none of that matters if we don’t have a place to live. Ironically, the release of this song and the Amazon fires this year happened coincidentally. I think taking care of our planet should be everyone’s top priority; one that is continuous with future generations. This song speaks about how humans themselves are the culprits behind this so it’s a stand against industrial and political erosion as well. The message of the song is supported by aggressive music in order to bring the essence out.
Do you think your choice of the subject and the tune was backed by your initial taste in heavy metal music?
Yes it was. Some of the music incorporated in this track was actually a part of a song that I wrote back in the day for Tantrum; but with rather accessible vocals in comparison.
How did Tantrum and Stigmata influence you to be where you are today?
That’s all the influence I have. Although we had a good time and it was a rock and roll life style, the topics that revolved around our songs were very serious. What influenced us in turn were other international bands. That’s what I think is lacking specially in Sinhala music as well. There are opportunities for different styles and even more different topics to come into play. People expect a bit more than what there used to be. That’s where my attempt to get away from conventional sounds with this song becomes relevant. Sri Lanka has the talent to proceed in multiple directions.
Who came up with the idea for the song?
It was a combined effort of me and Manuranga. He thought the melody was novel for a Sinhala song; hence should bring out a serious issue as most rock and heavy metal songs do! I don’t think that many people thought that the melody could even work for a Sinhala song at first.I specifically said that I didn’t want to do another love song so we came up with this topic.
Who else helped you in the process?
The video crew put in a lot of effort to reflect the meaning so credit goes to them as well. The song was directed by Shathveegan Sridheran, Matthew David and Sharmeegan Sridheran, lyrics were done by Manuranga Wijesekara, with Shaad Shibly on guitars and recorded at Mental Studios. The video production was done by MVM productions.
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