Hotly tipped vocalist Sukhi Sivia talks Chamkila, collaborations and bad jobs in our quick fire Q&A!
1. Introduce yourself…
I’m a singer songwriter originally from Punjab. I grew up around bhangra legends and learnt so much from them, Kuldip Manak, Amar Singh Chamkila, Surinder Shinda & Mohd. Siddique, as my father used to write songs and still does write for many artists. I used to work in a meat-packing shop when I first moved to the UK but I’m a pure vegetarian… the things you have to do to earn a living!
2. Why did you get into making music?
Music is in my blood, it’s in my soul, it is who I am so I cannot imagine doing anything else or not writing and singing. As I mentioned, my father is a well-respected lyricist Swarn Singh Sivia and I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps.
3. What do you think makes you different?
I’m not comparing myself to any artist out there. There are so many listeners around the world and there should be just as many styles and artists to cater for them. I know that lyrically and vocally, I have my own style. It’s not traditional bhangra but still connects with a mainstream Punjabi language audience around the world irrespective of where they live.
4. Who would be your ultimate choice for a musical collaboration?
I would love to work with as many people as possible in the future but for right now I want to concentrate on developing myself as a solo artist. In a dream world situation, I wish I could have worked with the late great Kuldip Manak, as I’m sure many others would have liked to. It’s also been an amazing experience working with Dr Zeus and watching him put the finishing touches to “Sarkara“.
5. What’s your favourite track right now?
I’m not sure about right now but my all time favourite song is “Baba Tera Nankana” by Chamkila. It’s a song written by my dad and it’s one that is very close to my heart.
“Sarkara” featuring Dr Zeus & Shortie is out now on Merci Records. Buy your copy here.