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RGM Making New Treks in the Urban Desi Scene



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Naanak Sodhi , Bhaveek Makan , Liz Arru , Jashan Makan & Bhavesh Chauhan

RGM (Rendering Glint Music) takes time out to talk to Dalvinder about their latest project and what sets them a part from other artists, we will be featuring their music on the Junction. Stay tune.

By: Davinder Dhaliwal

What sets you apart on the Urban Desi scene.

We present ourselves in a way no other desi group has probably done before. We started off as a initially as an independent filmmaking group called “Rendering Glint Films” on YouTube back in 2007. Our producer, Naanak Sodhi used to help out in scoring these films and he would also produce remixes on the side. We always make our own background music for our films so we decided to try making music for the sake of music on its own. Somewhere in 2010 is when our transition to serious music began happening. We wanted to try a different style of “desi music” – we thrived for more originality essentially. Each group member comes from a different background thus providing their own respective stylistic elements to the songs produced. Brothers Bhaveek and Jashan Makan are of Gujarati descent raised in South Africa and Newfoundland. Naanak Sodhi is Punjabi and was born in India and moved to Canada at a young age. Bhavesh Chauhan grew up in the United Arab Emirates and Liz was born in New York. We have always believed that music should have a global feel and should not be restricted nor directed towards any one specific group of people. Music is something everyone around the world should be able to appreciate and enjoy, and this is clearly reflected when one listens to each track we put out. We are primarily a “music” group. There is no particular genre that can define us since we are pretty much everything from R&B, to urban desi, to electronic, to rock and dubstep. There are just so many different styles of music we enjoy and we would like to try them all out. All our music is produced whenever we have free time from school and university and we have a lot of fun doing it. We are all closely knit friends so it’s really easy to get along with each other and we accept everyone’s input when making our music.

Tell us about “Driving In Europe”

The beat for Driving In Europe was produced by Naanak Sodhi (who also sings on the track) in late 2009. However, the beat only caught our attention in October 2010 when Bhavesh Chauhan eventually wrote the lyrics for the track and started singing some raw samples just to see if it would fit the beat. We realized that female vocals were needed to complete the song so we got our great friend, Elizabeth Anne (who is also an actress in our films) to sing on the track as well. The song went through 10 different versions in an attempt to make it sound radio perfect until the final product was released on Valentine’s eve of this year.

What are your future plans? (in terms of music)

We don’t exactly know where our music is heading, however we would want to find many talented independent artists around the globe to feature in our upcoming tracks just so they too get the exposure they deserve. The music industry is tough especially if you don’t know the right people to get yourself in. For now, we are using the internet for promotion and we’ll see where that goes. We are putting an album together by the end of this summer and a lot of the artists featured on the album are not well known but extremely talented from all over the world! As we mentioned before, we want our music to sound different. To the point where people will not be able to tell who our influences were. Instead, we hope one day people can find music that was influenced by us. We will also continue scoring our own music for our films just so people can really feel the mood set for this music in visual ways too.

Shall we call you Professor Sidhu?



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If you get a chance, check out @JassiSidhu twitter account, he’s been making A LOT of noise, especially venting about the way the industry is sinking in it’s own pitiful demise. It’s not that he’s out to attack it, but trying to preserve it with his own words of wisdom. You could say, what has he done for the industry? Why the ##@% should we care what Jassi says? Maybe you should, it’s coming from a kernel of truth source inside his soul. Some could dismiss it as “hating” but I think he’s coming from a logical stand point. In any case, his latest tweet sums a lot of issues up….

“It doesnt matter who the artist is..all that matters is a amazing melody..brilliant vocal,great production and I forgot to add perfect lyrics”

Bravo Professor Sidhu!

Sam Khan Doesn’t Seem to be a “Lonely Guy”



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I love the way Sam Khan is taking video blogging to a whole different level, he’s interacting more with his fans and independently putting out one single after another. He’s a perfect example that you don’t need a big time record label, just produce quality work and as I always say “let the music speak for itself” which some artists tend to talk about music, rather then putting their words into action. If Sam’s goal is to get signed to a major label, he’s on the right track, he’s making plenty of noise on his own. Keep it up Sam, you won’t be lonely for much longer!

Pioneer Bhangra Winners 2011



The Pioneer Bhangra committee hard work and dedication paid off, the show was a BIG success! Congratulations to all the teams who participated and big ups to the winners – Shan e Punjab (3rd place), DRP-San Diego (2nd place) and Bay Area’s very own Heeray Punjab De (1st place)!!! Jus Reign had the audience pissing in their pants with his outrageous humor and En Karma tore up the stage! We will have Jus Reign and En Karma’s interviews up soon!

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Heeray Punjab De – 1st place

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DRP San Diego – 2nd place

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Shan e Punjab = 3rd place

2011 the year of Swami…



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If I can pick any album I’m TRULY looking forward to, it would be Swami’s new album, I know the group were busy in the studio during 2010, but I know the wait will be worth it! S-Endz sent us an update…

But 2010 was a significant year for another reason. That reason is XXXXXX – aka the new Swami album that has been a long time in the making. It’s so close, I promise you that. Not only did I co-write every song – I also rap on all of them and sing on some. It’s the album that will define us for generations to come. I can feel it. I’ve never been more proud of any work I’ve done than I am of this album

and what about S-Endz debut album?? I’m still jamming to Outer Space, but I’m itching for some new music, as a Valentines Gift to all his friends and fans, he gave us a sneaky peak of Fashion II with Kazz Kumar

My Neosouljas, I wish I had more news to share on my debut album, “Emanate”. I know I’ve been promising it for three years now, but the reasons for the delay are simple…. I REFUSE to settle for “good enough”. After all – you only get once chance to make your debut album. I’m not like all these other artists that force their sub-standard work on the world, even going as far as shooting music videos for weak, emulative, pathetic songs in the hopes of garnering some airplay on the most niche of channels.

The positive news is that I am VERY happy with a great deal of what’s been recorded, and I hope to have more news to share soon.

Beyond “Emanate”, the follow-up is titled and conceptualized. Neofunk is about to hit a new level in the next 12 months. Get ready.

Bring it on S-Endz… Bring it on! Hopefully we are one of the channels you will consider showcasing your tracks!

Wiley Brings on a Desi MC…



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Earlier last night, Wiley has been vigorously promoting his tour, he extended an invitation to his hater base to come see him live, maybe they will have a change of heart after the show. He’s invited a Desi MC to come up on stage with him, not sure if it’s for the whole tour or just one show. The Jay Sean and Wiley banter has calm down over the last week, but there are still some “ethnic banter” floating around. I wouldn’t even go as far as calling it ethnic banter, but just pure banter.

From @WileyArtist – “if you hate wiley you defo need to be there cos by the end of the night yoou would of changed your views ive got an asian mc ready to mc”

Wiley, we are looking forward to part 2 of your interview on Bobby “Bob” Friction show.

Straight out of Sheffield…



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A young aspiring rapper (16) emailed us, Aamir, from Sheffield England. Unlike most teens, Aamir isn’t blinded by wanting to be a “gangster” he may have to improve on his flow and lyrics, but we all started off somewhere. Can you imagine if the mainstream radio stations, in the States, played Jay Sean’s “Who is Kamaljit?” – ouch. That would hurt. He doesn’t have any beats, but bars. Keep it up Aamir! 

Happy 21st Birthday to Vidur Kapur



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Ok, we lied, he’s not 21, he’s really 25 – but age is just a number right? 😉 In any case he’s celebrating a birthday, if you haven’t seen him on LOGO, New York Comedy Club or on a tour in your city – make it a point to go see him! His humor is outrageous and FABulous with a capital FAB :) We love you Vidur! Happy Birthday!

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Slumdog Comedy Tour 2009

Petz (Founder of Urban Desi Radio) Tina, Vidur Kapur and Miss Banga (Founder of Urban Desi Radio)

Cagebird Official Video (Mandeep Sethi)



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Cagebird was one of my favorite tracks off Mandeep Sethi’s new album Poor Peoples Planet. When I saw Mandeep a few weeks ago, he told Mixman Shawn, AJ and myself this was an experimental album, I feel it speaks for the folks who can’t speak out do to a repress society and some artists living in fear of speaking their minds. Mandeep doesn’t hold back on this album, it’s a conscious flow of thoughts to wake our unconscious state of mind.

Directed By: Fridge Media


Mandeep Sethi

Fridge Media

Save this date – March 5th 2k11 – Yoni Ki Baat



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Come out and support the South Asian Sisters, the monolougs will make you laugh, cry and laugh some more! Yoni Ki Baat was inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. The South Asian Sisters have successfully produced Yoni Ki Baat, for the past seven years.  A portion of ticket proceeds will go to Narika, an organization committed to putting a stop to domestic abuse and violence in the South Asian community.

Please Forward On!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, South Asian Sisters present a brand new script with moving, sensational, disturbing, titillating, and hilariously raw performances submitted by South Asian Women across the country! In keeping with the spirit of ending violence against women, a portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Narika to assist survivors of domestic violence.

We’ll have two shows, both located at the Women’s Building in San Francisco!

Saturday, March 5th, 7:00 PM Buy Tickets

More information can be found at our website

We hope to see you there!!!

In Community,
South Asian Sisters