Inside-Man also known as Nikka Sev to his friends and family was born and raised in Derby. He was brought up in a Sikh/Punjabi household but also surrounded by Western influences as well as Punjabi Folk/Bhangra. His influences over the years include the likes of Kuldip Manak, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Mohd Sadiq and Dippa Dosanjh, Balwinder Safri and Tru-Skool to name a few.
Nikka Sev grew up mixing Indian songs with Western beats. He first learnt basic keyboard skills in secondary school and then went onto learn to play the Classical Piano with Yamaha Music School and later studied Music Technology at Derby College and his music production skill under the guidance of Matthew Margett a Techno producer.
Under the tuition of the Late Ustad Iqbal Rai due to the tragic passing of his Ustad (Teacher), Nikka was learning how to play the Harmonium (vaja) and was also taking vocal tuition. Nikka now learns under the guidance of Ustad Jass Sandhu.
At such a young age he has already worked on several releases since 2009, the first being devotional songs ‘Parnaam Shaheeda Nu’ and ‘Khalsa Bhindranwala’. Since then he has closely been working with Jagowale Jatha, Ustad Jass Sandhu.
Nikka Sev is now working closely with renowned percussionist Bhupinder Tubsy, who features on his debut album ‘Mind Over Matter’ alongside artists such as his Ustad, Jass Sandhu, Ashok Gill, Bakshi Billa, and Pargat and Jagdev Khan who are the nephews of the legendary Kuldip Manak.
Nahi Hatde is available to listen and download via soundcloud.
Vocals: Liakat Ali
Lyrics: Rana Madochande
Backing Vocals: Nikka Sev
Tabla, Dholki & Dhol: Bhupinder Singh Kullar aka Tubsy