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Navin Kundra charms Nayna in an EXCLUSIVE interview!

16Mar

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Sweet, romantic and totally addictive and I’m not just talking about his music. I caught up with the ever so charming and down to Earth Navin Kundra to discuss his new song ‘Aaja’, his love for his fans, all his favourite things and so much more.

By: @NaynaED

Nayna: It’s good to see you again, what have you been up to lately?

Navin: Just a lot of promotion around the new single, it’s been doing really well so a lot of touring and being back in the studio, creating new music.

N: Your twitter bio, it says ‘you think you know, but you have no idea’, so what do we have no idea about?

NK: (laughs) Well you know with Twitter, you don’t have much space so I couldn’t put my 3,4 pages of achievements down… no I’m joking. I guess people get an image of you from the music that you put out and my music is so varied so people really don’t quite get to know the real me until they sit down and have a chat with me which is what we’re doing now.

N: Listening to the new single ‘Aaja’, it starts off like a qawali and it just kicks in and the vocals are amazing. What was the inspiration behind it?

NK: The idea to be honest was just to create something new, something very different. It’s a bit of an ambitious song to take on and I don’t think a lot of people would have expected a young British Asian artist to come out with a song like that. Like you say, it’s got mixed elements of qawali with soul and then Indian classical music, it was quite a big task. A lot of people have heard that song and they think there’s about 3 different singers on it, but I’m doing all the vocals myself. And that’s sort of what I mean by ‘you think you know…’ because if you didn’t know my face or me as a person you’d hear that and think Gosh, there’s no way that’s a 26 year old guy from the UK.

N: So we last met at the GMex exhibition in Manchester recently, how did you prepare yourself for that performance? Do you still get nervous before you’re about to go on stage?

NK: Always! I’m actually a nervous wreck before I go onstage, It’s terrible. Normally backstage, there’s loads of other people around, at the event there were artists, dancers, models and they’re all so cool and chilled out like they’re comfortable with everything. I’ve been doing this for a while now but it always still feels like it’s my first and last performance which is why I kind of get really nervous and I give it my all on stage and I guess that helps because it prepares you mentally.

N: Speaking of dancing, I noticed you strutting some dance moves on stage, is that something you take lessons for or..?

NK: (laughs) No no, as you can tell, if anyone has seen me dancing they’ll know I take no lessons for that but it’s just a bit of fun, it’s something I enjoy doing. When I’m performing and I see the crowd dancing and singing along, it’s just great.

N: I want to know a bit about the man behind the music. What do you like to do when you get home at the end of a hard day, what’s your way of winding down?

NK: It depends, there’s times I just love going out for a run, other times I like to listen to music, watch TV, watch movies, I’m a big fan of comedy and perhaps my favourite winding down past time is just spending time with my fans, logging on to ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ and replying to messages and having conversations on my wall.

N: Do you think that’s a strange concept as an artist, to be able to connect with the fans so personally, almost one to one.

NK: It is strange, going back over more than 5 years ago, it was totally unheard of. With the invention of all these social networking sites, it’s been a way of connecting very personally with fans and it’s worked so great for me because I’m an unsigned artist, still independent but I’m putting music out and I’ve got a fan base because of that. We have a good time, we have a great relationship, I talk to them, they talk to me. It’s good to know you’ve got that support there because they’re the ones that make the songs number 1.

N: Is it a bit embarrassing when you see twitter accounts that are named after you? You do have a few now.

NK: No it’s not embarrassing at all, I love that. All the more the better, it’s a really beautiful thing actually.

N: What do you miss most about being away from home?

NK: I miss my own bed because I have this theory, you can be in the most luxurious hotel or the best penthouse suite but when you get into the bed, there’s nothing quite like your own, it’s like you’re conditioned to it. I miss being with my family as well and mum’s cooking definitely!

N: Speaking of cooking, did you do anything on pancake day?

NK: Not really, I was busy working away so I missed out on all the pancakes but I hope everyone else had a good time.

N: If I had known I would have brought you one.

NK: You should have done, I’m really gutted now.

N: Maybe next year?

NK: Yeh definitely.

N: What was your first reaction when you found out ‘Aaja’ got to no.1? Were you jumping up and down screaming or were you playing it cool like ‘it’s aaiite, I’m happy’?

NK: (laughs) I was jumping up and down screaming when I first heard it played on radio, that’s how crazy it is because it’s always really exciting. I think a lot of people take for granted that it’s something you’ve spent time creating, it’s your baby, and just to know everyone else is hearing it is a massive deal. So when it went to no.1 I was just completely blown away. I knew it was a different song with a very different sound so I never knew how it would do, I just believed in the song and I’m so glad the audience believed in it as well.

N: What I’m going to do now is like a quick fire round. I want to ask you quick short questions and need a quick response. Are you ready?

NK: (laughs) They might not be so quick because I’m terrible at these things.

N: (laughs) Hopefully there’s not a lot of thinking required, just say what comes into your head. Ready?

NK: I’m ready (looking nervous).

N: Favourite film?

NK: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

N: Aw mine too. Favourite all time song?

NK: So many but at the moment I have to say ‘Tuj Mein Rab Diktha Hai’.

N: An artist that inspires you.

NK: Stevie Wonder.

N: Favourite book?

NK: Roots by Alex Haley.

N: Favourite car?

NK: Aston Martin

N: (whispers) Old man’s car.

NK: Er excuse me that’s not an old man’s car, that’s a very slick, sophisticated, sleek car.

N: Don’t get me started on this. One place you’d like to visit.

NK: By the way, what’s your favourite car?

N: Lamborghini Gallardo?

NK: (short silence then mimicks me)

N: (laughs) Moving on! Right so one place you’d like to visit.

NK: You’re such a show off yaar. (laughs) Sorry are you asking me another question? One place I’d like to visit… I would like to go to Mauritius.

N: What song do you wish you had written and released?

NK: Gosh there’s loads, but I wish I had written and released ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson.

N: An artist you would like to collaborate with.

NK: A R Rahman.

N: Lastly your favourite quote, maybe something inspirational.

NK: I have a quote that was passed on to me by my mentor Pandit Dinesh ji and that is ‘look after your art and your art will look after you.

N: That’s beautiful. Ok I’m going to say one word now and you’re going to say the first thing that comes into your head, (Navin looks over at my notes) …stop reading my questions!

NK: (laughs)

N: Ring

NK: Finger

N: Black

NK: White

N: Fast

NK: Slow (laughs)

N: Scary

NK: You

N: (laughs) Success!

NK: Happiness.

N: It was an absolute pleasure to chat to you today Navin, thank you so much.

NK: Thank YOU very much and thank you to all the fans who are supporting my music.

N: Any last messages for your fans?

NK: Just like I said, massive massive thank you! I hope to see you all very soon, come down to one of my shows because this music is to experience and we’ll have a good time.

Already at number 1, make sure you download the single Aaja by Navin Kundra and listen to it, it has such a catchy beat and beautiful lyrics.

You can find Navin on Twitter and on Facebook

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You Got Mail: Aaja – Navin Kundra

2Feb

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It seems like a lot of Urban Desi artists will be releasing singles on Valentines Day, Navin Kundra is no exception. It was such a treat to hear from him, just in time to put Aaja (will be on itunes Feb 14th) in our You Got Mail segment, on the Junction. A couple of years ago, Navin spent several weeks without getting any sleep, he had his fans email him personal dedications, then he recorded those personal dedications and sent them back to the fans. At the time, Tere Liye became a staple track for lovers out there. I found that to be very sweet that he took the time to do that for his fans. If you loved Tere Liye, you are going to dig Aaje.  I love seeing artists evolve and not become one hit wonders. Whatever fame he’s made along the way, it doesn’t seem like its gone to his head, check out Navin’s Aaja kicking of the Junction’s You Got Mail segment.