BRITISH ARTIST DISCUSSES HIS COMEBACK AND NEW TRACKS
by ASJAD NAZIR
BRITISH talent Dalvinder Singh decided to take a nearly five-year break from music because of personal reasons and after taking time out to reflect about the changing trends, recently made a winning comeback with a remix of his 2006 hit single Udeeka.
The naturally gifted singer has followed that up with recently released single Sareya Toh Soni and new song Area De Vich, both taken from his forthcoming album Born To Singh.
Eastern Eye caught up with Dalvinder Singh to discuss his musical return, new songs and future hopes.
What has the response to your recent single Sareya Toh Soni been like?
To be honest, with the support of media, I was very happy and excited to be back with Sareya Toh Soni. The response has been awesome. I’ve had great radio play, and it becomes evident when many of my fans hit me up and give me their support, so it’s been good.
Tell us about your new song?
The new song Area De Vich was originally worked on about 10 years ago, which was to go on the album Born To Singh, but because of trends changing and personal circumstances, I decided to scrap it and start again. The song is actually written about a strong and confident woman. Generally, songs speak about women and their beauty or how someone is in love with a woman, but rarely about a strong and confident woman.
Who are you hoping will connect with the new song?
I’m actually hoping that the song does connect with women of all ages. I think, personally, there should be a lot more songs about empowering, confident and strong women.
The two singles are taken from your next album; what else can we expect from it?
I’m very much about versatility, so there is going to be a lot of versatile songs in terms of style, singing and music. I do want it to be an album for everyone.
What’s your musical master plan?
To be honest, there isn’t really a musical masterplan. I’m doing this more because of the reason I started and that was for the love of music. If people out there appreciate and take in my music, then that’s a bonus. Other than that, if you want to talk about a master plan, it’s really just putting out music more consistently and being more visible.
What is the biggest thing your musical journey has taught you?
The biggest thing would be, do what you think is best not what others think is best. Music itself, if made correctly, comes directly from the heart and if you can make the music and decide on how it sounds, then there is no one else to blame, if all goes wrong. On a business level, there are many mistakes that artists do make, big or small. Life itself is an ongoing exam, just do your best.
What music dominates your own personal playlist?
My own playlist isn’t really dominated by a specific genre as such, but a majority of my music is Punjabi, but I do get many influences from other genres, including mainstream pop, rock, reggae, among others. None of my own music is in my playlists though. (Laughs) Truth!
Has lockdown changed you in any way?
Lockdown itself has changed me, I’m going to probably say, for the better. It puts life into perspective when something unprecedented like Covid-19 can land on your doorstep, and how to deal with it is massive. It taught me that family is key and always has been, and the amount of time I’ve spent with family during lockdown made me appreciate life itself. You can get on through life with the most minimalistic things. You’ve got to take the positives out of it and move forward.
What inspires you today?
Like I’ve said before, my biggest inspiration is my family, wife and kids at home. Whatever I am doing and I am going to do is for them, so they are my biggest drive and motivation to succeed in life.
If you could master something new in music, what would it be?
When it comes to mastering something in music, I personally don’t think that’s ever achievable as music is a thing that you can never stop learning and you can never really master it. I would definitely want to improve on playing the guitar as that is one instrument I’ve absolutely loved since I was a child, but never ever had the chance to pick up, and really motivate myself to learn it.
Why should we pick up your new single?
I am not one to force anyone to listen or even like my songs because I do it for my own personal love of music. The support that I get from my fans is like a God’s blessing. Whoever is going to pick up my music is a blessing. Anyone who supports my music is someone who is supporting the blood, sweat and tears, as well as the fun that’s gone into making music.
Why do you love music?
Well, music is me, it’s always been me, it’s inside me. I have been born into a musical family. I have the musical streams running through my veins. It’s what I do and cannot do anything else, so if ever anyone was to ask me this question, that would be the answer. As I have been banging on about this for many years now and why it is in the title of my forthcoming album Born To Singh, because I do believe I was ‘born to sing’.