How did you get into music?
I have always had a fondness for music. I graduated from GGDSD College Sector 32 Chandigarh majoring in instrumental music. At the same time, I also started singing at youth festivals and other cultural performances. It was during one of these events that I met my guru, the late Shri Varinder Bachanji, from whom I perfected my singing skills. My first commercial break was given to me by an entertainment company as a singer, after which I moved into film music and moved my base to Mumbai. Subsequently I made music for films like Nabar, Atishbazzi Ishq, 47 to 84: Hun Main Kisnu Watan Kahunga, Saavi, and the latest hit Ni Main Sass Kutni in addition to other short films, OTT shows and single tracks .
What kind of music do you prefer?
As a musical director, I like all kinds of music, but my favorite thing is soulful melodies with good lyrics. I also like folk, progressive music, sufi and qawwalis. I honestly try to work with good compositions and lyrics.
Do you think Punjabi music should erase the aggressive image and videos showing gun culture?
I sincerely believe that there is much more to Punjabi music than aggression and videos showing gun culture. Right now, I think there’s the same pattern of lyrics and compositions with repetition even in poetry. Music today is meaningless and loud. It can be changed to more moving and poetic music. When it comes to gun culture, I personally think it stems from different kinds of insecurities and complexities in society. Today’s youth in Punjab shun reality and life’s problems and adopt a fake and temporary way of life that leads to an artificial zone of “high feeling”. It’s our moral responsibility to try to change that by giving better music.
What kind of music do young Punjabi audiences identify with?
I think they can identify with any good music, but basically they need to know their roots. Young people today have no idea about our folkloric taps and the poetry surrounding it, the history of Punjabi music, typical Punjabi musical instruments and even our Punjabi literature.
I would encourage them to listen to all kinds of music, be it westerns like jazz, blues, pop, folk. They should avoid music that leads them to drugs and crime. Music should relieve us, relieve us of our stress, make us more sensitive and loving.
What are your future plans? Do you have other film music to give away? And Bollywood?
My last project was the Punjabi blockbuster Ni Main Sass Kutni. I’m doing a big project for TV, called Wangaan, I’m also doing some web shows, in addition to the music for the movie Rakaans. I also try my hand at comedy with the film Budh Singh. I’m going to release about fifteen singles in the next few months.