Vivek–Mervin is an Indian music composer duo consisting of Vivek Siva and Mervin Solomon. They are known for their work in Tamil language films. They worked together on Vadacurry (2014), Dora (2016), Pattas (2020), Sulthan (2021) Sangathamizhan (2020) and Gulaebaghavali (2018).[1]

Mervin Solomon (L) and Vivek Siva (R)
Mervin Solomon (L) and Vivek Siva (R)
Background information
OriginChennai, India
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composers, music director, music producer, singers, arrangers
Instrument(s)DAW, Keyboard, Piano and Vocals
Years active2013–present
LabelsSony Music, Think Music, Divo and Vivek Mervin Music
MembersVivek Siva
Mervin Solomon

Early life and education edit

Vivek underwent his schooling in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School in Chennai. He learnt the Carnatic mandolin from Shri U. P. Raju. He performed with a fusion band called “Zinx” in school and college. His band mates included music composer Anirudh, Leon James, Krishna Kishor and violinist MS Ananthakrishnan.

The Oscar Winner AR RAHMAN noticed “Zinx” in a band hunt and praised them. Vivek performed in numerous fusion shows, corporate gigs and public shows with the band.

Vivek did his Bachelors of Commerce and later went on to pursue a degree in law at Dr. Ambedkar Law University in Chennai.

Mervin Solomon did his schooling at Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chennai.

He learnt piano since the age of three from Madras Institute of Music from D. J. Prabhakar. He completed Grade 8 in piano from Trinity College of Music, London. He was part of multiple bands through school and college. He later joined the band Zinx, where Vivek and he performed together in numerous shows. He completed Bachelors in Visual Communications from Madras Christian College, Chennai. Both of them were music producers with composer Anirudh Ravichander and worked in films such as 3, Edhir Neechal, Kathi, VIP, Vedalam, Petta, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Vanakkam Chennai, etc.

Vivek Siva had worked in the song mix for Kaaki Sattai, Kahthi, David, Remo.

Career edit

Vivek Siva trained as a classical musician and performed with numerous bands while in school. Solomon had worked as a music producer, and scored music for albums in gospel and classical genres. Vivek Siva, Solomon, and Anirudh Ravichander are from the band Zinx. Vivek and Mervin later worked as music producers and mix engineers for Anirudh Ravichander.

The songs and background score of their debut movie Vadacurry (2015) were well received. "Nenjukulla Nee" became an instant hit and topped the charts. In their second project Pugazh (2016), the duo roped in Hindi singer Arijit Singh for his first Tamil song "Neeye", which became a chartbuster. They composed music for films with stars such as Dhanush in Pattas, Karthi in Sulthan, Vijay Sethupathy in Sangathamizhan, Nayanthara in Dora, Prabhudeva in Gulaebaghavali, etc. Their own releases became chartbusters and garnered attention from all age groups. Notably songs such as "Orasaadha", "Guleba", "Chill Bro", "Jai Sulthan", etc., went viral. They released and featured in 3 independent singles in collaboration with Sony Music South. In keeping with their interest in live performance, they did public concerts, award shows, college pro shows, and YouTube One Nation Festival.[2]

Discography edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Tamil Dubbed releases Label Notes
2012 Ambuli Composed by Mervin
2014 Vadacurry Kulfi (Telugu) Meeka Entertainment
2016 Pugazh Sony Music India
2017 Dora Dora (Telugu) Sony Music India
2018 Gulaebaghavali Gulaebakavali (Telugu) Think Music India
2018 Mohini Think Music India
2018 Vedigundu Pasangge Veedu Music Malaysian Tamil movie
2019 Thumbaa Thumbaa (Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu) Sony Music India One song "Jilebara"
2019 Sanga Thamizhan Vijay Sethupathi (Telugu)
Sangattamilan (Malayalam)
Sony Music India
2020 Pattas Local Boy (Telugu)
Dhruva (Kannada)
Adimurai (Malayalam)
Lahari Music
2020 Dharala Prabhu Sony Music India One song "Pularum"
2021 Sulthan Dream Warrior Pictures
2022 Enna Solla Pogirai Muzik 247
2024 Singapore Saloon
Jinn Saregama
Independent works
Year Tamil Dubbed releases Notes Label
2018 Orasaadha 7UP Madras GIG Single Release Sony Music
2020 Gaandu Kannamma Angry Kanamma Sony Music Single Release Sony Music
2021 Pakkam Neeyum Illai Sony Music
2023 Addictive Vivek Mervin
2023 Thala Doi Takkaru Doi Anthem by Star Sports Tamil for Team CSK Vivek Mervin
2023 Na Na Na Na Vivek Mervin

Awards and recognition edit

  • Big MUSIC Awards for Best Song in their Debut Album - “Nenjukulle Nee”
  • Behindwoods Gold Medal for their debut independent Single -Orasaadha
  • V4 Film Awards for Best Album of the year- Gulaebaghavali
  • Ananda Vikadan Award for Top Youngsters of the Year-2019 for excellence in Music
  • Cinefest Awards Malaysia for Best Composers
  • Kannadasan Film Awards for Best Composers.
  • 5 songs In Spotify Top Tamil Songs of 2020
  • Most streamed Tamil Independent Song across all music platformsOrasaadha

Other works and releases edit

  • The duo composed the jingles for NAC JEWELLERS starring Samantha.
  • The title Jingles for Club Fm Malayalam.
  • The duo performed at KWC Star Expo Centre In Kuala Lumpur Malaysia as part of Vivek Mervin Live In Malaysia.[3]
  • The duo have performed at the Crown Music Festival in Zurich, Switzerland in October 2022.[4]
  • The duo have also scored the music “Vedigindu Pasange” - A Malaysian Tamil Film. The film’s Album was a chartbuster and won them the Best composer Award at the Cinefest Malaysian Film Awards[5]

References edit

  1. ^ "Vivek-Mervin to compose for PrabhuDheva's next — Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Vivek-Mervin bag a biggie next". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Vivek Mervin Live In Malaysia".
  4. ^ "Vivek & Mervin Live in Swiss".
  5. ^ "Vivek Mervin at CFMA 2019".

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