The song ‘Illahi’ reprise, from one of the hit album Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has added to Pritam Chakraborty’s favorite track list. The banjo and guitar played in the song is by Matt Menefee who is the creator of the band Cadillac Sky and who’s played and toured with Grammy Winner Mumford and Sons.
His banjo was not cutting through the heavy drumming of Arijit Singh’s version as much as Tapas’s dotara so the music team- Pritam, Matt, Sunny made another version. Sunny added a groove with Matt’s guitar and banjo and they had this more authentic bluegrass arrangement ready.
Mohit Chauhan too loved this version. “When Mohit came to dub the song, he insisted he wanted to sing on this version” says Pritam Chakraborty. Matt also played for another hit track ‘Balam Pichkari’ which is Matt’s favorite song.
Thanking Matt Menefee, Pritam Chakraborty conveys, “Thank you Matt for being a part of YJHD. As everybody says you are truly the best banjo player in the world and we are privileged to have you in this album. And thanks Nikhil you made this possible.”