My top 10 influences – Kadam Verma

Kadam Verma
Kadam Verma

Mohammed Rafi: Words cannot describe the legacy which Mohammed Rafiji left behind with his amazing work, blessing generations. I was blessed to be listening to his magical songs from a young age and one of the first songs taught to me by my guruji was Tumhari Zulf Ke Saaye, which started my journey as an artist.

Sourav Ganguly: Born in a cricket-loving nation, I was inspired a lot by the amazing captain, player and now the head of BCCI, ‘Dada’ aka Sourav Ganguly. His passion towards the game, along with the famous NatWest series final victory over England in Lords, 2003, was truly inspirational.

Shah Rukh Khan: The Badshah of Bollywood needs no introduction. He was one of the most impactful influences in my life, as he made it big in the industry with his hard work and dedication, without any forefathers in Bollywood.

Mom and dad: My parents were the biggest influences in my life, as they not only supported me in whatever I did, but made sure I followed my passion and reached where I am today.

Guruji: My guruji Shri Krishan Kalia had one of the most complete voices. His dedication towards music, as well as his vast knowledge of music, was highly influential in my life.

My brother Kunal: Being an outsider to the industry and a newcomer to the UK, my brother made sure I pursued my music and introduced me to a lot of promoters in the UK industry, which helped me start my musical journey in the UK.

Sonu Nigam: Born in the 1990’s, an era which saw a change in the style of Bollywood music, I grew up listening to the amazing Sonu Nigamji, from his wonderful albums to his cinematic masterpieces. His singing always inspired me to do riyaz (vocal practice) regularly.

Rishi Rich: As a lover of urban Punjabi music, I was fortunate to witness the amazing music during the era of the Rishi Rich project with Jay Sean, Juggy D and Veronica, which I still think was one of the best fusions of Punjabi and mainstream music. The style of writing influenced me to write songs with a universal reach.

Hrithik Roshan: The dance, physique, Greek God looks, down-to-earth nature, humility in interviews, amazing acting and the first legit Indian superhero, Hrithik Roshan, has inspired not only me but also the entire South Asian community globally.

Aamir Khan: I think it would be correct to say he is certainly one of the finest actors in Bollywood. From Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Lagaan and Dil Chahta Hai to Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots and Dangal, his varied roles and impeccable acting and focus has certainly been inspiring.

Kadam Verma is an award-winning singer and his latest single Tere Peeche is out now.
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