It was after more than two decades that classic-rock music band 4 Tune Kookies, formerly called ‘The People’ came back into the limelight with their first single — I Don’t Need.
The band comprises of Ronnie Desai (vocalist, rhythm guitarist and song writer), Babu Chowdhary (the lead guitarist), Ranjit Barot (drummer), and Hodi Nanji (bassist). ‘The People’ which was a very well known name in the 70s had split when the four members decided to pursue their independent careers — after about 10 years of performing together. While Ronnie and Babu got into jingles and later went on to form a radio advertising production house of their own; Ranjit went to Bollywood; and Hosi started working for a steel company.
So how did the name 4 Tune Kookies happen? “We wanted to have something new and not go back to the old name, considering it was a video we were doing after almost 20 years,” says Ronnie. “And since it was four of us in the band, we wanted to play on the number ‘4’. We thought of many names — like ‘4 Tune Tellers’, ‘4 Tune Hunters’, etc — before we zeroed upon 4 Tune Kookies,” he adds.
The band has recently released their second single called Bade Kompani — which became a viral hit on the net. The song has an animated video with all the four members appearing in the animated avatars. The video has been directed by Naren Multani, who was also the head of jury at the Paris Short Film Festival in 2010.
They also have another song in line called Pakistani Spy, which is yet to release. “We are planning to release it in two to three months,” says Ronnie, without divulging much about the song or the video.
The band is now targeting younger audience and as Ronnie admits, they have “revived the music”. Unlike most other music bands that split owing to some spats, 4 Tune Kookies never went through anything of that sort. “We were always great friends, we used to hang out together, party, socialise. We went our own ways because back then it wasn’t possible for a music rock band to garner enough finances,” explains Ronnie.