Exclusive interview with Punjabi Pop Singer JSL Singh


Q: What does making music mean to you?

Exactly what Oxygen means to us Humans!


Q) Can you give us a preview of the new work?

As a Music Director my 6 projects will be releasing this year, including a Punjabi Movie featuring Diljit Dosanjh, Directed by the very talented “Director Gifty”, (Chaar Bottle Vodka, & Bhootnath fame) and a few singles for Bollywood.. But I am more excited about my very own Singles, after tons of appeals and requests from Fans, Friends and Family I have finally made my mind to come forward as a Singer. The decision was not overnight, I convinced almost all singers who came to me to do experimental, fusion kind of stuff, but they are too afraid of failure, so they stayed off from it . After all the failed persuasions, I said to myself,” if none would say yes, you will have to do it yourself”. Hence, I made 6 singles, they all are class apart, fully experimental songs, either it will be totally rejected by the listeners or JSL Singh will be everywhere by next year.



Q) What is some of the music that has that timeless appeal to you?

Electronic sounds and new age Singers are the talk of the town nowadays. I have grown up listening to people like Stereo-Nation, Adnan Sami, Junoon, Alisha Chinoy etc. The late 90s and early 2000s, I personally loved that music.



Q) Tell us about how you started and who has taught you the most to make you who you are today?

I still remember the day I was introduced to my PC, in those times a few of the magazines used to give away free CDs, with some freebies, games and softwares to play with. I always was a fan of drums and beats, one day i found this DJ Software, few days of practice and I was a pro in it. That was the very beginning, after that new better softwares kept coming in, and my skills started expanding, I was making good music but the lack of confidence wouldn’t let me interact with the big artists. At that time (2008-09) I joined Beat Factory Academy (Delhi), to get the basics of Sound Engineering and Commercial Music Production run by Gaurav Dayal and Saibal Basu. I learnt all my music production skills here but if I talk about the Musicality, that came to me when I worked with TAZ “Stereo-Nation” as an assistant, for all of his Bollywood and Hollywood projects.



B) What would have you done if if you hadn’t been a musician?

My dad runs a business here in Delhi, he always wanted me to assist him in it, I guess I would be sitting there only, making receipts. 😛


Q)What is your most treasured possession?

The ability to make music. Without that, I wouldn’t have been a part of this Conversation!



Q)What’s some of the strangest questions that you have been asked?

Well it was not an interview, but a phone call. A girl calls and asks about my charges for her Music Single and then goes “I don’t have money, What else can I pay you with as your remunerations?” At first I was shocked, but then i replied.. “GOLD”



Q)Which words or phrases do you overuse the most?

I got to know about it a few days back only, I went to a channel’s head office, a guy comes up to me and asks me “Sir why do use F*KIN in every sentence of yours”.. I told him “We are punjabis, and to swear is our birth right. ”



Q)What advice would you give to young musicians, ‘cause you started when you were pretty young?

I am a no body to give advice to anyone. But if I share my life’s experience, I still remember the day i went to Gaurav Dayal, I told him I can be your driver, your servant, your peon, just let me assist you, let me be with you, let me see how you work.. Where there is a Will, There is a way. I so much wanted to be a Music Director, and I was ready to do anything and everything for it!

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