Folk, meets rock, meets folk
Fusing Punjabi music with rock is a daring amalgam. One is upbeat, bouncy and synonymous with rhythmic dance, while the other is loud, bursting full of drumsbeats and the soundtrack to energetic head banging. But Ssameer, is certain that’s where his destiny lies.
Q. Is Punjabi music a global genre? A. Punjabi music is loved by everyone. It has got a lot of potential and I see it as a global genre, be it in London, US, Canada, you always come across it’s fans. Q. Punjabi folk, rock and club music? How did you come up with this combination?
A. I love Punjabi folk music. I love the sound of the tumbi and algoza. As a musician, creating new sounds using the folk base is always very exciting. It just depends on how I fuse these two together using electric guitars, tumbi, drums, algoza and club beats. My first album was ‘ Saiyyaan’ and then I released my second video, a song called “Jatta”, which is the fusion of Punjabi folk with club music. For “Saiyyaan”, I fused Punjabi folk with rock, something that had never been done before in the country. I, recently, finished my third video “Soniye”, the genre that I am looking at is fusing new age music and rock, with Punjabi folk. Q. How did the audiences react to this blend? A. Change is not accepted easily. Over a period of time, I’ve seen that people
have started accepting my fusion style. It’s a new sound and they are loving it. People know I am the face of Punjabi folk- rock. I am also experimenting with R’n’B and club music. Q. Do you see yourself making film music in the future?
A. I am open to all forms of music and I won’t sayno. Bollywood has always supported Punjabi artists. So why not? I had previously done a few done a few Bollywood films as a music producer ‘ Sarhad Paar’, 2005; ‘ Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi’, 2012).