It was last month when will.i.am, and his musical group Black Eyed Peas came up with the song Action which was made using Deepfake technology. It included footage from Rajinikanth’s Robot directed by the legendary Shankar. It has an AR Rahman connect to it, and now we know why. Both will.i.am and Rahman got in a candid conversation talking about music and much more.
From the wish of collaborating with more Indian artists to his love for Asha Bhosle music, will.i.am opened up about a lot of interesting things. Even Sir Rahman shed light on some essential things. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this 49-minute conversation.
AR Rahman said, “The joy of giving and the joy of leading people towards light is super important. We have 1.3 billion people in India. It’s important to nurture them and bring something that has its own identity. That motivation that anybody can innovate and contribute to humanity is something very important and even if one percent of what we try happens, it’ll be life-changing for many.”
On collaborating with Indian artists, will.i.am said, “I also really want to do more with artists from India. I want to collaborate with either legendary or new Indian artists. So not just to sample Indian music and be successful — but to dedicate a whole entire project to Indian culture where there’s a cause associated with it.”
On his love for Asha Bhosle’s music, will.i.am added, “Outside of western soul music, it’s music geometry and music trigonometry to me. When you start hearing singers like Asha Bhosle; it just broadens my imagination, and I’m very influenced and inspired by that.”
All the AR Rahman and will.i.am fans, here’s where you can watch the full interview: