My parents never understood
what they were listening to but they always played
Michael Jackson’s songs at home. So with such an environment at home,
that was my musical world. When mom and dad were off to work,
I was on my own. The hustle had started since that time. I used to make mp3 CDs at home
and sell it at school for 15 rupees. When I was doing all that I didn’t know
that it was all part of hip hop. I didn’t know it was called hustling. I wanted to be creative and nothing gave me
more satisfaction than music. At that time rap music wasn’t so popular so the school never took us
to any competitions. That is something I never saw in schools
back in our days. Because I was compiling all these mp3’s
to sell in my class I would download so many songs. I also used to refer some good music
to my classmates. Someone gave me a CD of
Linkin Park and Eminem. So I was introduced to that cult. I started off as a dance instructor. I was at a studio and the instructor there
was on a day off. So I just started to show
a few steps to the college kids. The owner of the studio asked me
if I wanted to teach dance. Then I started a dance class. Now that I had a responsibility
to teach kids I started researching more about dance.
I started watching YouTube videos. I also started developing my style. I have learnt from people and they have
no idea about their influence on my dancing. When it comes to dance competitions you have to merge multiple songs
to make a medley. I started making medleys. That took me
to making music. So, the first rap I wrote was Punjabi,
although I’m not a Punjabi. I had a lot of Punjabi friends and my dad
always played Punjabi songs at home. So that helped me a lot and people
started relating to that. Like a wannabe, I started off
writing everything in Punjabi. We used to talk all about that. We spoke about street, Range Rovers,
my car, chains and etcetera. We thought rap was all about that. After a while we realized that
instead of talking about these things rather than being wannabes,
we should focus on our stories. Dilin to Raftaar took a lot of journeys.
I have been through a lot of phases. Dream was to be Raftaar. But Raftaar needs to differ from Dilin because Dilin dreamt,
Raftaar was the dream. Till 2016, I recorded a lot of songs. I never released anything solo.
Then Swag Mera Desi happened. Swag Mera Desi in 2015 made me Raftaar. The name “Raftaar” became popular.
The song made Raftaar popular. After that my music started leveling up.
I started to grow as an artist. What’s up everybody?
How are you Delhi? Most of the times when I get on the stage people start screaming
before I even start performing. That is why I perform. To see my worth. To see where I stand. I’m recreating the song Suhe waleya
cheere waleya for Straight Up Punjab. I grew up listening to a lot of
Malayalam and Tamil songs. So I don’t know much about
the core folk songs. The story behind it, the emotions…
I don’t know much about it. So Rashmeet comes to me as a guiding light,
telling me what the song is all about. That we should do it a certain way.
It was her choice. She has this very gritty
Punjabi vocal tone. She sounds like an old folk singer. But she is ready to give it
a new approach. And I come in with an element where
I don’t know anything about it. I’m trying to understand the feel of the song
and sing a verse. We’re trying to beautify this song
by complementing each other. That’s why I’m so excited. Because
I’m learning way more than I can give back. I’m going to put my take on it.
So it’s going to be fun. I’m done waiting for it, bro. I can’t wait for it to strike 6 p.m.
on 5th of October 2019. I don’t know what’s going to happen.
Remember the date to find out.