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Needless To Say
Always on the lookout for new talent, The Record brings you an act from India for whom the world is their playground. Sonal D’Silva meets the prolific Tino Francorsi and Hitesh (Hitech) Dutia of Needless To Say.

The Record: You have a very international sound on your lounge music album. Tell us about how this record came about.
Tino: I was just writing music for so long, putting down tracks and not really thinking that this will become an album, or a commercial success or whatever. I was just making the tracks as and when they would occur. Over say, four years, we kept rehashing the songs. We’d keep listening to the song, go back to another song and hear it again, and like this we collected a whole series of songs and there were so many different versions of them. We would listen to a song and say, ‘No that’s not working’. And then just cut half the track off, and reconstruct the whole song from scratch. Then when I started making friends listen to it, they were like ‘What are you doing? This is good stuff, why isn’t it out on the shelves?’ I wasn’t sure if people would even understand it, let alone want to buy it. So my friend Riaz Amlani from Mocha said that he would help us get the album out. I owe him tremendous gratitude. It was just fate that the album had to be out.

TR: What are your favourite songs on the album?
Tino: Zero Warning, Asteroid and Just What The Doctor Ordered create the deepest vibes. I’d like to add that the album is a non-stop album designed in a flow and needs to be heard intensely at least about four times to really get what’s going on…and if you hear it on headphones you’ll catch a lot more of the months of laborious production that went into it. Each time you listen to the tracks the deeper layers become apparent, and the more you’ll hear.
Hitesh: In my opinion Cyanide would be the track with my bias because although it comes across as being a sadistic love song of death it actually means something quite different…

TR: You’ve even worked on some Hindi movie projects. What was that like? Tino: I did two Hindi remixes and a title track. I liked what I was doing because they gave me complete freedom, to do what I wanted. On this track Dil Cheez Kya Hai we got the authentic sarangi which was used about 25 years ago on the original recording and we actually got the nephew of the original player to come in and re-create that track live in the studio which was one of the most amazing feats I have pulled off! I’m very proud of that. Also the sitar we recorded on that track is one hundred and thirty years old played by another genius, ‘the man’ they call Panditji.

TR: A song of yours featured in a major compilation alongside artists like Faithless and Dido – tell us about that.
Tino: Well I had created a Hindi lounge track called Ehsaas some years ago with an old friend of mine just for kicks and he happened to later move to Dubai. There he met this DJ who was mixing a compilation for BMG International and when he heard the track he was like ‘I want this track to be on this compilation’. The track however being an unreleased one made him wonder whether it could be used. But after a few clarifications it did get used eventually and it was a first - an unreleased track on a compilation CD. It’s never been done before.

You can read the rest of our feature on Needless To Say in the June 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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