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Beats of Punjab
Indeep Bakshi is out with a new foot-tapping number. Saurav Kar chats him up
Saturday Saturday, the first number by Indeep Bakshi, proved to be a blockbuster. While the singer cracked many Bollywood hits in between, a new foot-tapping Punjabi number is what his fans were waiting for. And he did not dissapoint with his new track Badshah te Queen composed by Raftaar, the prominent rapper and singer of B-town.
Bakshi, earlier an architect, always had a thing for tweaking original music since school. “I observed many random situations in school and wrote songs on the same. Eventually, when I grew up, I played around with the already produced songs, changed and urbanised them because I had an interest in international music. I even wrote songs for many rappers for which I didn’t get credit. Soon, my friends motivated me to come up with my first song Saturday Saturday, which was shot on a Red camera, which Honey Singh also uses. And that is how I embarked on the journey. The song was received very well and that made it possible for me to change my passion into a profession,” he shares.
Bakshi is promoting Badshah te Queen, in a different manner. He says, “We are promoting the song through a concept which is usually used by international artists like DJ Khalid and Justin Bieber. They usually travel in their tour bus which is covered with posters. This tour bus will travel around Delhi, Chandigarh and wherever it is possible for us to promote the song. It will be a promotion and a vacation for the whole cast and crew who have worked for the song video.”
Inspiration, for Bakshi comes from within. He says, “I never stick to specifics when it comes to inspiration. This might be because I don’t want to become like someone else, rather I create my own image in the industry. I have never followed anyone.”
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without a great passion. Bakshi holds out a message for people who want to follow their passion, “A person should never give up. This is what I did. There are many who ruin their careers in pursuit of their passion. But I made my career first as an architect, earned money and then invested it in my passion — music. A huge investment is needed for a song to reach out to the audiences. I consider myself to be the luckiest person as I was able to transform my passion into a profession.”
His famous first song’s revised version was featured in the movie, Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania. “I got a call from Dharma Productions to say that they wanted to add my song in their movie. I never expected working under such a huge banner so initially I thought it was a prank call. But soon after that I got an official mail from Sony music and Dharma Productions. I went to their office in Mumbai and I was told to dub the entire song in Hindi, which I thought would destroy the entire flavour. I was glad that they respected my opinion,” shares the singer.
The youth today is hooked to Punjabi songs which are played everywhere whether it be in the clubs, cars, among friends and almost everywhere. “We are blessed to be Punjabis from Delhi because we don’t use the traditional language or accent and it is quite easy for non-Punjabis to understand. Another reason why Punjabi songs are popular is that they always bring people to the dance floor irrespective of the mood you are in. All the credits for this popularity goes to Honey Singh, who opened the doors for other singers to grow,” he adds.
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