Q: Why did it take 18 months to make this album?
A: The entire album demanded a lot of traveling because of the kind of art work I wanted to put into it. Also the recording, re-recording, shooting was again done at various places such as Vancouver, Canada, Mumbai, and Punjab. So that took a lot of time.
Q: Tell us about the album.
A: There are nine tracks in this album which focuses on R&B and hip-hop music. The album has Bhangra tracks as well. Tracks like ‘Nasha’ is a Hindi-Urdu track while ‘Guroor’ is a reggae Punjabi track.
Q: You shot this album in various parts of the world, why was this needed?
A: Actually I wanted to give originality to the songs so that people across the globe can relate to it. Indian audiences are there across the globe but their tastes vary a lot. For example in India people listen to something, while in Canada people listen to something else. To cater to everyone, I personally decided to make my album such that every Indian across the world can relate to it.
Q: Personally what kind of music do you like?
A: My taste varies from old Hindi music to R&B and hip-hop music.
Q: Which is your favorite song of you album?
A: The ‘Nasha’ and ‘Peeng’ tracks are my favorites from this album.
Q: What is the most unique feature of this album?
A: The special thing about this album is that it is a youth oriented album. I have made this album keeping the interests of the youth of today in mind. I hope they like it.
Q: This album is written, composed, produced and performed solely by you. Wasn’t it a tough job?
A: Of course, it was crazy doing everything. But I enjoyed every bit of hard work that I put in. I hope people appreciate my hard work.
Q: What are your expectations from this album?
A: I wish that the youth for whom I have made this album accept me. Then I will be charged up for my next album which is expected to be released later this year.
Q: With film songs becoming hits amongst people, don’t you think that you will have a tough time in attracting an audience?
A: That can be the case nationally, but not in Punjab and other parts of northern India. Also in abroad it’s a totally different scenario. In Canada, people don’t listen to film music, but they listen to more of hip-hop and Punjabi tracks. Abroad, filmy music is not such a hit. So it can be said that I have no competition at all.
Q: What is your next aim?
A: My next album is scheduled for a September 2008 release. It will have at least four Hindi tracks and there will be the influence of Urdu and Hindi lyrics.
Q: Would you like to say anything to the audience?
A: I wish that people like my piece of art and appreciate a newcomer in this industry. I have made this album especially for the youth and so I want them to enjoy this.
-Saakshi Tiwari (SAMPURN)