Sound Of Sophie is quite an interesting title for your album. How did you come up with that?
You know...it's quite funny actually because I have been working on this album for the last 2 years and till recently, I didn't have a name for my album. I usually name my album at the very end because I believe that you need to sit back and reflect what the album is really saying about you. This album is really about the 'Sounds' I believe in and hence 'Sound of Sophie (SOS)' just seemed to be the most apt title for the album.
So what 'Sounds' are we likely to hear in this album?
As an artist I am influenced by all kinds of music right from Bollywood to hip-hop to Arabic to electro to rock. These are the Sounds that I love. The one consistent thread in the album is that all the songs are trendy and vivacious. The melodies are soulful, its very spirited but when it comes to rhythm you will find hip-hop, you will find a soft R&B song, you'll find electro, you will find an Arabic song and you will get to hear my first ever rock ballad called 'Mohabbat'.
So how many songs does the album have and who have composed the music?
There are 8 songs in the album and there is a video edit remix of the track 'Manjaave'. The special and unique thing about 'Sound of Sophie (SOS)' is that all the songs are completely original and I have produced all the songs myself. Besides I have been really fortunate to have 5 of the most talented music composers give music for this album. First up there is Rishi Rich (who has never ever collaborated with an Indian female artist before), there is Bappa Lahiri who is super talented, there is Gourav Dasgupta, there is my mentor Biddu and there is DJ Suketu. Each of these artists are renowned in their own genre of music and it's my privilege that they have collaborated with me on Sound of Sophie.
Talk us through the songs of the album.
The first song currently on air is 'Manjaave'. 'Manjaave' is quite an unusual word but it means the same as Maan Jaao. It's about this young girl trying to convince a guy to get together with her. Rishi Rich has done something unusual with this song as he has used a mix of hip-hop and reggae. The minute you hear the song you feel like grooving. The song features Rishi's new international rap artiste Mumzy along with me. He is simply brilliant. The second song is 'Mohabbat' a rock ballad composed by Gourav Dasgupta. There is 'Pump It Up' by Bappa and 'If I Can't Have You' by Biddu. There is a lovely song called 'Soni Soni' that has been created by a young composer called Sandeep. There is another song by Rishi Rich called 'Munidyan Tu Bachke Rehna' featuring Mumzy, Veronica and me and finally there is an Arabic song called 'Tu Nahin'. So there you go...it's a pretty interesting mix of songs in Sound of Sophie.
The official launch of the album takes place tonight but the video has been on air for a few days now. So how has been the response so far?
The response to the first song 'Manjaave' has been amazing. You know...it's so hard to launch a pop album at a time like this when Indipop is almost dying. All the pop singers are moving to playback, music companies are not really encouraging pop albums and even worse, music channels don't play music anymore. Music channels have become reality show channels. In this day to produce and launch an album is really tough but the amount of support and encouragement I have got from everybody has been fantastic. So I am going all out to promote it in whatever way I can be it on internet, radio or television.
Finally, coming to your acting career, you were last seen in Daddy Cool where you set the temperatures soaring in that red hot bikini. Your fans would like to know about your forthcoming films.
(laughs) Yeah...Daddy Cool was good fun but unfortunately it didn't do too well at the B.O. You see… films give you great visibility and being a part of a big multi-starrer always helps but I don't want to be doing small parts here and there. I would love to do something which is a bit more off-beat and challenging for me as an actress. There are 2 films which I have signed which will start next year. I am still waiting for the producers to make an official announcement. Besides I have Sanjay Gupta's Alibaug which is ready for release. But to be honest...in the past six months I have been eating, sleeping and breathing Sound Of Sophie. Maybe after a while I will once again begin hearing new scripts.