9 Things We Learned About Shor Police

We connected with renowned musicians Clinton Cerejo and Bianca Gomes — a.k.a Shor Police — to discuss their musical relationship, what it takes to succeed in the digital era, and their brand-new single, “Calling Your Name.”

Who’s the bigger Shor — Clinton or Bianca?

We’re equally noisy about things we’re passionate about! Usually, it’s food related! 😉

How would you describe your relationship with one another? What makes Shor Police work, and what do each of you bring to the table?

We’ve been working together for years: on ads, films, Coke Studio, and our indie project Ananthaal with Vijay Prakash. We’ve always had a great equation and our musical backgrounds are quite similar, which is why we started Shor Police. We wanted to create an identity that was fun and relatable with easygoing tunes that matched that idea.

Also, we have an inherent aesthetic sensibility that’s similar and that tells us whether an idea is working or not. That’s really helpful when you’re trying to achieve the same goal musically.

Tell us what “Calling Your Name” is about. Is it about those midnight thoughts, thinking about an ex, but knowing that the fantasy of going back to him/her will never match the reality?

“Calling Your Name” is not necessarily about any one person in particular. It’s a multi-layered thought actually. It can mean different things to different people. It might be a fantasy relationship, or an existing troubled one that binds you.

Nirmika Singh helped push this thought forward with her Hindi lyrics.

Beyond the lyrics, there’s a lot of meaning in the actual arrangement of the music itself. By combining an upbeat, pop, dance track with wistful, almost melancholy lyrics —the music seems to suggest that the best way to move forward is to look back with fondness and optimism.

Wow! You completely understood what we tried to convey through the music. Mission accomplished! Sometimes, the best route when you’re talking about complicated emotions is to juxtapose an upbeat melody with melancholic lyrics or visa versa, because every painful relationship has its tender moments.

You’ve said before that the world needs “a fresh outlook on pop.” What do you mean by this?

Well, not the world, but India, we think. That’s because pop music in India is always looked at through the slightly stereotypical, or might we say myopic lens of Bollywood. We definitely need a fresh injection of independent thought into Indian popular culture.

Bianca and Clinton, when you’re singing together, how do you make your harmonies sound so effortless and perfect?

Haha! Thank you for the compliment. Well, singing vocal harmonies is a cultivated discipline in itself. And we have done our share of them on multiple Bollywood songs — so that experience helps.

You recently worked with Darshan Raval, who’s a very modern, very digital kind of musician and performer. Whereas Clinton and Bianca, you’re stalwarts of the industry, you’ve seen how the industry has changed and found success in many formats of music, including Bollywood, and are now experiencing some success digitally. Tell us what you learned working with Darshan, and perhaps share some advice for musicians and artists looking for success in the digital age.

Although we’ve always stressed that mastering your craft should always be your primary target when it comes to musical growth, it has obviously become very clear to us as to how your digital presence as an artist can strongly contribute to your musical success.

Things like figuring out who your target audience is and how to cater to them are crucial to that success. And Darshan is a great example.. he ’s young, talented and has made a name for himself doing only his own original compositions. His individual style has really set him apart from everyone else, and that’s a lesson to be learned for newcomers.

You must create your own identity because that’s the only way to stand out from the crowd. For us, in a collaboration of this nature, the learning is a two-way process. Relating to a digital audience requires a completely different mindset, which we are trying to acquire.

As Shor Police, you’re already starting to establish a reputation for beautiful sets in your music videos, with incredible lighting that brings out the energy of the song. Can you tell us a little bit more about the process of shooting your videos, and the people who design, create, and imagine them?

As writers of the songs, we always have an idea of how we want the songs to translate through our videos. Having said that, we still give the directors involved complete creative freedom based on how they imagine the video. It’s our job to communicate the emotion and the general essence of the song and leave the rest to them. We’re really grateful to Qyuki, and their team for understanding our vision in this aspect.

Your work as Shor Police is very inclusive, in the sense that it’s always musically accessible, and it always features lyrics in both Hindi and English.  How would you describe your intent and message for making music as Shor Police?

We think that the answer lies in your question! 🙂 The intent for writing the way we do, is so that our music may be perceived as more relatable and so that our songs can have something that everyone connects with.

Also, we’ve never believed in forcing an idea. If something is an unexpected element it still has to fit the song in a very organic way or else there’s no magic that will happen.

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