Chakdey.com talk exclusively to the sibling music producers on a mission to take Punjabi music into the future!
Our names are Bubble and GSL, and for those who don’t know, we are brothers. Growing up we’ve always looked out for each other and have acted as a team in whatever we do, so we wanted an artist name that was meaningful and this is where Bloodline came from. We are born and bred in Birmingham, but looking to move… into everyone’s heart with our music!
How would you describe Bloodline’s sound?
We usually let our music do the talking so it’s the toughest question for us– because it is everything; we are not just a Punjabi sound, we do hip-hop, electro, drum ’n’ bass, dubstep, dance, trance vibes and then we mix those up as well. That’s why we could only come up with one name for our album: Evolution.
Last year you remixed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Loh Loh”; how did you approach working with such legendary vocals?
Well, firstly, thank you to our manager Viv who provided us with the vocals and gave us the opportunity to work with the amazing vocals of Ustaad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Ji. It was a great experience and really opened up our eyes to new ideas and different sounds. We actually had 4 or 5 different versions of “Loh Loh” but could only pick one. I think that Nusrat Ji’s vocal range just helped us express ourselves; it acted as a platform for us to push the boundaries of our musical knowledge. And, of course, it was a great honour for both of us to be able to put this track together for the Immortal remix album (released as The Hidden Treasures in India).
What’s playing on your iPods right now?
Bubble: Well my favourite track at the moment has to be between “Work Hard, Play Hard” by Wiz Khalifa or “Tom Ford” by Jay-Z. These two tracks get me up in the morning after a late night in the studio, and motivate me to go at it again. As Wiz says in the track “Go hard, do whatever it takes that’s yo job”. “Tom Ford” is just a great track, it’s a different sound in a technical aspect as well as an aesthetic aspect, where I have picked up a few new ideas/skills because it’s different to what I’m working on, it helps rejuvenate my creative side. My #gymtrackoftheweek is “Work Hard, Play Hard” though.
GSL: My favourite track at the moment is Tupac Shakur “Troublesome 96”. This track is my favourite right now because it has been a long road for us, it’s taken a long time to release our first album. We have gone through so much, and now that the time has come, this particular track just takes me on a trip down memory lane and helps me realise what we have done to get here, and the people that stuck with us, especially my family. There were a lot of people who tried to blur our dreams, but we are still here, and as long as we can create music we are living our dream.
Where do you see Asian and/or Punjabi music going in 2014?
As long as Punjabi artists and producers allow themselves to go outside their comfort zones, Punjabi music can only go up; if Western music is just getting better by adapting its sound, we don’t see why the Punjabi music industry can’t either. Our album aims to start this ‘Evolution’.
Your album is coming out on Envy in the UK and Speed Records in India; how do you think your music will be received in Punjab?
Our album has been in the making for a good number of years now: tracks have changed, new beats created and different sounds invented and re-invented. We’re really pleased that the album is releasing worldwide so it’s an exciting time for both us. We have a solid track from the album called “Dil Tadke” in collaboration with Kaur B which is aimed squarely at the Desiheads and Punjab market, but with a Bloodline twist. We sometimes wonder if audiences are ready for the types of sounds we are ready to drop, because it’s not your everyday Punjabi album; it’s more than that– it’s a musical journey so to speak. Punjab is obviously a very special place to us, but it is also starting to become very influenced by Western fashion and its music; if you watch the IPL you see the crowds going crazy to songs like “Gangnam Style”. We understand that the territory we are crossing into in Punjabi music is a risky one, but listeners of Punjabi music must understand we are creating this music with our hearts and it’s what we love to do. We would just like to say thank you for the amazing responses and messages we are getting here, but hope to attract support from abroad as well. We also hope the album helps some listeners find a side they never knew they had musically.
Who would be your ultimate musical collaboration?
GSL: I’m going to choose Kuldeep Manak (RIP); I just think it would have been amazing to be able to work with someone of his musical ability and pushed the boundaries of Punjabi music at the time; many of the sounds which have influenced me to create the new sounds on our album.
Bubble: ‘Whilst my brother is the Punjabi spearhead in our team, my influence comes mainly from the evolution of Western music; for that reason, I’m going for Jay-Z. Do I have to say anymore? The man is a genius as a lyricist, musician and composer. He can spit on so many different styles of flows and beats; he can change his style and create new styles, which is what I thrive off musically– so for those reasons, I think it would be an honour to have the opportunity to collaborate with Jay-Z.
Love & respect to all,
Evolution is out now. Find out where to buy it here