Punjabi music matches Jazz
Engineer turned musician, composer and producer Gaurav Dayal, wears the unusual title of Punjabi Pop King in the industry. He has to his credit songs like, Jassi’s ‘ Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gujarat Di’, Mika’s ‘ Gabru’, and says the positive scales of Punjabi music gets people’s attention.
Q. What global market does Punjabi music impact? A. The non- film music industry depends a lot on the Punjabi music market. Punjabi music is accepted globally, and both Jay Z, Selena Gomez have used my ( musical) elements. Like Gospel music there seems to be a scale link. Q. What else is common?
A. If I can be so bold enough to say that Punjabi music scales are different from Indian ragas and has influences from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, there is a match with scales of Jazz. It is global because of two things— rhythms and the swing factor. Dhol and tumbi may not be familiar abroad but R& B is, the common harmony is familiar. Q. Don’t folk Punjabi folk- tunes become popular? A. It is not pure folk that makes it, it is the adaptation. I did an album called ‘ Groove Punjab’ where I used R& B and that got appreciated by both Indian and international audiences.