Days after dropping his debut single with Pav Dharia, we talk exclusively to Punjab’s newest singer!
Sat Sri Akal, As-salamu alaykum, Namaste to all your readers. My name is Khan Saab and I’m from the village of Bhandal Dona in Kapurthala District. I can’t think of anything to say other than I’m an open book– I share everything in my life with everyone since I don’t do anything I need to hide!
Your debut single, “Rim Jhim”, has just been released worldwide; tell us a bit about the track itself…
“Rim Jhim” was written and composed by my mamaji uncle Lal Autholi Wala. He gave me the track about 2 years ago. Once I heard it I practised it for a while and eventually recorded it. Pav Dharia produced the music for the track and the video was shot by Dharia & Sareen. The biggest contributor to the making and release of this track has to be Garry Sandhu bhaji who has been the backbone of my short career so far.
The release is a collaboration with one of the hottest producers around, Pav Dharia (who also sings on the track with you); how did this collaboration come about?
I met Pav Dharia last year in March while he was visiting India. Garry bhaji had just finished a show and met Pav in Chandigarh for the first time. Later during the week we were all driving in the middle of the night from Jalandhar to the Golden Temple and Garry bhaji suggested I sing the song to Pav and get his opinion. As soon as he heard it was clear that he loved the track– he immediately took out his laptop and made a beat to the song. I recorded the vocals after Pav went back to Melbourne and sent them to him. A week later he had made the track and as soon as we heard the music we knew the collaboration was perfect for the song. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
Who are you musical influences?
I was about 4 years old when I first started singing, and have been doing so ever since. I started to learn harmonium from Pandit Haridev Sahib but unfortunately I could only really learn for about a month and a half from him. I think no singer today can say they weren’t influenced by the great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. While he’s been my biggest inspiration, my other influences have been Salamat Ali Khan and Ustad Hussain Baksh Gullo sahib due to their incredible vocal talent. I will admit I am constantly influenced by any good singers– no matter their age or experience. I listen to singers from Pakistan a lot and I think one can continue to learn all the time.
“Rim Jhim” has been released through Fresh Media & Garry Sandhu; how did you get signed by him?
Around 2 years ago I met Garry bhaji through my uncle Anwar Ali, who’s a football player for India. Being an old friend of Garry’s he also lives in the same village, Rurka Kalan. He introduced me to Garry bhaji when Garry returned to India and since then I’ve been a part of the Garry Sandhu Roadshow. Inshallah I will continue this great relationship with Garry bhaji and Fresh Media well into the future.
So what do you do in your spare time when you’re not being a singer?
I think I’m fortunate enough to be able to devote my spare time to singing and still feel like it’s not work; it’s something I’m deeply submerged in, so even my “spare” time ends up being used up for riaz.
What’s playing on your iPhone these days?
I like Navraj Hans’s“Ishq Di Kitaab” and, of course, various tracks from Garry Sandhu like “Athroo” from Romeo Ranjha and also “Ja Ni Ja” from last year.
Can we expect more material from you and Pav?
Of course! After having worked with him, it’s a collaboration we’ll definitely be repeating in the future. Our next joint track is already in the works; I recorded it with Pav while visiting Melbourne recently.
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“Rim Jhim” it out now on Fresh Media. Click here to find out where to buy