18 April 2024
Entertainment Music

‘Punjabi Wave’ Music Hits the Juno Awards Stage

That was a giant one for me. As quickly as I entered the venue, I used to be extra targeted on my efficiency. I didn’t even know if I’d be profitable this award. I used to be going to be pleased anyway, however I didn’t have at the back of my head, like, ‘OK, I’m right here to win this award.’ However once they introduced my identify and I bought up — that second, I’ll keep in mind for the remainder of my life. It was wonderful.

What’s particular about this Canadian model of Punjabi music?

Canada has performed a giant position in my profession. Combining the Canadian and Punjabi sounds collectively, it creates this completely different style that we didn’t know we might find yourself with. My final album, “Making Reminiscences,” combines American, Canadian and all these different sounds with folks Punjabi music.

You as soon as labored as a longshoreman. How outdated have been you while you did that job?

I used to be 19. I used to be nonetheless doing music, however writing largely for different folks. I had a few tracks out in my very own voice. That job was nice for my profession, and my sisters thought it will be good for me and my future, however they didn’t know what I used to be doing about music. I went to that job for 3 months. There have been numerous Punjabis working there, so that they began recognizing me slowly, they usually knew that I used to be into music. However my music didn’t develop as a lot. I needed to simply concentrate on one factor.

Music is usually a full-time job, in spite of everything. Do you are feeling supported by the Canadian music trade?

Oh sure, one hundred pc. Canada gave me plenty of help. Perhaps sooner or later I’ll be doing collaborations with some Canadian artists, too.

Some are calling this second in Punjabi music the “Punjabi wave.” What does that imply to you?

I’m simply pleased I’m part of it, and that I’m the one which introduced it to this stage, and a few different Punjabi artists who’re engaged on the identical factor. We’re simply doing it for the tradition, and I really feel prefer it’s all coming collectively now. It’s nice to witness that.