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NEW HORIZONS: D Boy

By: Manju Chandran

THE BRITISH MUSIC PRODUCER ON HIS NEW LIFE IN CANADA, RADIO SHOW AND UPCOMING TRACKS

by ASJAD NAZIR

BRITISH music producer D Boy made a name for himself in the UK and then moved to Canada, where he lives today with his wife and child.

He hasn’t disconnected himself from music and today balances creating music with hosting a popular radio show, which is available globally. He has interesting music on the way, including with artists, for films and a Netflix series.

The talented beat maker now also has an in depth knowledge of Canada and was happy to speak with Eastern Eye about moving there, what he loves about the country, music and his radio show.

How do you look back on your journey in the music industry?
I look back with positivity. Music is forever changing, and I have grown with the music. My journey has been fun and still continues. I always say, ‘don’t be afraid to try new things’. I must be honest, I did fall out of love with music, but it was needed. The space was needed. I needed to remind myself why I love music.

What has the experience of moving to Canada been like?
Toronto, aka Tdot aka TheSix is a dynamic city, similar to London. Apart from the cold winters, Canada is one of the best countries in the world. Happy to be here! It has been a seamless journey and my wife and child have been the biggest reason behind my happiness. Thankfully, we have UK friends here too, some who moved when I did; they are also my brothers/family out here.

What do you miss about the UK?
I miss my friends and family. We have had I think about four generations of South Asians in the UK. We went through a lot, from poverty to extreme racism, which reflected on how we bonded as close friends and family. I don’t think or feel that type of struggle or connection exists here in Canada.

Have you adopted any of the Canadian qualities?
Saying the word ‘Ey’ and eating a lot of poutine (like chips with gravy)! I also shovel the front yard when it snows. I think these are dope qualities.

What should we do if we ever visit Canada?
Visit the amazing downtown districts, check out the music scene, see the CN Tower, and definitely visit Niagara Falls. It amazes me each time, even though I’ve seen it 50 times. The national parks are mind blowing.

Tell us about your radio show?
The Beatcircle Show, Certified Fresh, is not only a radio show playing the best in r’n’b, hip hop and urban desi, but also a platform for new artists to showcase their talent. I play a lot of new music, as well as some exclusive Bollywood releases.

What has been the experience of hosting your own radio show been like?
It has felt very rewarding, interviewing talent like Jaz Dhami, Badshah and Jonita Gandhi. It’s like you’re in control of your own show, but it evolves and flows so naturally. I let the music do the talking.

What is happening on the musical front?
I am working on new music for a Netflix series. I have also been asked to do the title track of a new Bollywood film. All will be revealed very soon.

Today, where do you draw your creative inspirations from?
From artists and producers. I am working closely with Vaz, Swaati, Yusfier and Milli Soch – very creative records on the way.

Has the way in which you create songs changed?
It hasn’t changed. I still create  without any rules or structure. Every song has a different story.

Which of your unreleased songs are you most excited about?
He Said She Said by Vaz. A straight r’n’b ballad.

What music is dominating your own playlist right now?
Snoh Allegra, Pink Sweats, a lot of new r’n’b and some Bollywood, reggeaton and Afrobeat.

If you could learn something new in music what would it be?
Maybe some new plugins. I am just so pressed for time I don’t get a chance to try the latest tech, so it would probably be new plugins for Logic X.

Why do you love music?
The earth revolves around the science of rhythm. So do we! Without music, we crumble. Music is a sign of our existence; it’s an art form but also part of our therapy.

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