Tag: Sugarless

UDR Artist of the Week: Swami

9Aug

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Current Members

Diamond “DJ Swami” Duggal – guitar, keys and decks

S-Endz – vocals

Sups – vocals

Liana – vocals

Bobby – percussion

Former Members

Tarsame ‘Speed’ Jarnail – vocals (1999 – 2000)

Kamaljit ‘Kamo’ Bura – percussion (1999 – 2000)

Simon ‘Subs’ Duggal – drums and production (1999 – 2000)

Baba Stormz – bass guitar (2005 – 2006)

Rocky Singh –  drums (2005 – 2006)

Jagz – vocals (2004-2005)

MC Sarpanch – vocals (2004-2005)

The eccentric British Indian pop/alternative/bhangra band – Swami, is Urban Desi Radio’s Artist of the Week. Even though Swami is referred to a Hindu teacher, the name is an abbreviation for “So Who Am I” (something I just learn right now) they been keeping busy these days…they did several shows in Canada this summer (Sugarless Tour)… check out the clips of S-Endz and Diamond at a studio in Toronto.. wicked stuff.

S-Endz and I we had a little twitter banter interview and he revealed the band was working on their next album. They are one of the first groups in the British Desi scene, I recall who really made use out of ustream to connect with their fans… I remember seeing clips of their band practice, it really gave the fans up close and personal insight of what goes on during a Swami Band practice.

I can’t wait for their new album… but still jamming to sugarless (awesome track)

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6Jan

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S-Endz is an artist and producer from Birmingham, UK, a vocalist and songwriter in critically acclaimed electropop band Swami, an affiliate of the late Tupac Shakur’s final group The Havenotz, and occasional presenter and actor.

Shooting to fame at age 16 following the release of the Swami album ‘DesiRock’ and it’s remixed international version ‘So Who Am I‘ on Sony BMG, the success led the band to embark on a world tour, including a headline performance at the MTV Style Awards. The title track would also feature in multi-platinum video game ‘FIFA World Cup 2006‘ and independent UK movie ‘Mischief Night‘. The popularity of Swami in India would lead to increased media exposure – notably Bollywood star Akshay Kumars infamous dance routine to ‘DesiRock‘ at the Star Screen Awards. Upon being asked to work on a song for the Bollywood movie ‘Corporate‘ starring leading Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, Swami bandleader Diamond and S-Endz co-wrote and vocalized a new international mix of the films theme song ‘Oh Sikander‘.

Swami followed this up in 2007 with their album – ‘Equalize‘, which spun two further hit singles – ‘Hey Hey‘ and ‘Electro Jugni‘, the latter of which appeared on two popular Universal Records compilations: ‘Shaanti presents….Mighty Asian Beats‘ and ‘Made In India Vol. 2‘. Swami embarked on another world tour to promote the album throughout 2007 and 2008.

Swami returned in 2009 with ‘53431’, a hits compilation to mark 10 years of the band’s existence. It featured their biggest song to date. ‘Sugarless‘ was one of two new songs on the compilation and while Swami toured to promote the release, the song took off. All critics, bloggers and DJ’s of the South Asian music scene would later declare it to be one of their top songs of the year. In this time frame, S-Endz also hit big with his first solo release. The ‘Outer Space‘ EP delighted DJ’s worldwide with a fresh new sound, dubbed ‘Neofunk‘. Reviews were unanimously positive with the new sound, a mix of heavy hip-hop and funk with electro, pop and rock influences.

2010 will see the release of Swami’s international English language album on a major US label as well as the release of S-Endz’ debut solo album ‘Emanate‘.