K.K , Key Key , Krishan Kumar Menon

Seldom does an artist, who is virtually unknown in the Indipop scene, make such a whopping debut and grab his place in the volatile music industry. KK... the lad who not only dared to dream but also dared to fulfill his dreams with sheer grit and courage of conviction that has indeed paid the boy rich dividends. Krishan Kumar Menon (better known as KK) knew in school that he was born to be a singer when he went on to win accolades in every annual singing event he performed at. Like most kids of his generation, music meant Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Guns �N� Roses for him too. After graduating from Delhi University, he worked for about six months, which was enough to realize that he was doing nothing with his life because he had his heart in music.So he eventually came to Mumbai to make it big in the music industry, thinking that`s where he really belonged. Since he was confident about his voice (and the awards were there to prove his capabilities), his parents too lent their whole-hearted support to him.

Once in Mumbai, he got a few early breaks, which he was able to exploit to the fullest, be it voice overs or jingles. The ad world took no time to recognize his talent. If you listen closely enough to all those jingles buzzing on you TV sets, you�d know what we�re talking about. Monte Carlo, Colgate Gel, Cinthol Ultimate, Yo Frooti, Yeh Dil Maange More - you name it, KK�s done it. KK has recorded in 9 languages till date! Meeting with Leslie Lewis was the beginning of a new career for KK because it was Lezz who produced his album later on. While KK was at the peak with his advertising jingles, he sang the title track of the serials �Hit Thi Hit Hai� and `Just Mohabbat`. The music was composed by Vishal Bharadwaj, who then offered KK a song for Maachis.

KK wasn`t really thrilled as such on recieving the offer since he had no intention of becoming a playback singer or to join the film industry, but when AR Rahman called him to sing for him, he just couldn`t refuse. KK also got lucky breaks with stalwarts like Gulzar, Shekar Kapur and so on. He has recorded some breathtaking tracks for films, some of which are yet to be released, But `Tadap Tadap` from `Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam` comes to mind among the films that have.

Although playback singing just happened all of a sudden, KK wasn`t really keen to pursue it, because he pictured himself more as an indi-pop artist than a playback singer. This wish of his came true when Leslie Lewis decided to produce his maiden album, `Pal`. Lezz, who KK considers to be his friend, philosopher and guide, has done a great job on the album , which portrays KK truly at his best. The energetic and melodic album has lyrics by Mehboob and the video of the title track is directed by Shamin Desai. The album is lively, energetic and very melodic with a special emotion that a music lover can identify with, and has some tracks that beautifully capture the range of KK`s voice. After Pal, KK has also did the song, �Josh of India�, which was a part of the compilation album �Cricket Meri Jaan` released by HMV that made KK a household name during the cricket world cup in 1999. Inspite of all the acclaim, the enthusiastic singer feels it`s just the begining. All he`s achieved has all come to him naturally, without putting in much effort. The ad jingles kept him financially secure while playback singing was just offered to him so he did it. So what does he plan to do next? He wants to continue with it as and when it happens... Just like he`s been doing it all this while.