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Raghav sets Urban Desi Radio on FIRE!

1Mar

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Raghav always makes a great interview, the times we’ve met in the UK and California, he always cracks me up. He’s one of those artists, I can safely say, there’s NO ego about him – if there is – he HIDES really well. His new single, Fire, dropped on iTunes. He got a chance to work with producer/songwriter Jim Beanz, whose signed to Timbaland’s camp. We will hear more tracks Jim helped Raghav with on Raghav’s new album The Phoenix, which will be coming out in a couple of months. I can’t wait to showcase that on The Junction.

Petz: Do you have a storyline for Fire’s music video?

Raghav: It’s currently coming out on the radio in Canada, obviously we are going to launch it everywhere because we want to share it with the core fan base. I haven’t even thought about making a video yet – the video maybe a few months away, the record is going to be out in a few months.

Petz: When I say the name Jim Beanz, what comes to your mind?

Raghav: He’s just TALENTED! He’s one of the best producers; I’ve ever worked with. I can see why Nelly and everybody worked with him. He’s a great pop writer, I think of him as a friend. He’s extremely kind and he’s very professional. We just locked in and wrote some songs, each song is different from the other song.

Petz: I blogged about the artwork cover for Fire – it’s playful and colorful, are those paint splatters?

Raghav: You have to speak to the wonderful girl who does all that! They do look like paint splatters don’t they? Someone described it as an acid trip yesterday. (Laughs)

Petz: That was me. I described it as an acid trip.

Raghav: Oh! That was you? I thought that was kind of funny. The song had a lot of energy, I wanted the cover to have a lot of energy as well.

Petz: I feel sometimes, you don’t get the credit you deserve; will Fire catapult you into the mainstream spotlight? Is that even a priority?

Raghav: I’m very blessed; don’t ever feel sorry for me. In 2004, I was selling electronics in Calgary. By the end of the year, I had three top 10s. And four top 10s the year after that. I’ve been very lucky. It would be nice to have a global record happen once again, but the business has changed a lot, I’m keenly aware of that fact, it’s not the way it used to be. I would like to think Fire has that potential, but at the same time, if I can just share it with my fan base and have a career, then I’ll feel lucky.

Petz: What’s the meaning behind the name Phoenix?

Raghav: The Phoenix is a mythological character that can reinvent itself. It always takes its strengths and changes into something different. I like people to look at my catalog of material and think it’s diverse. I’ve never felt better – musically, then I do right now. I feel now is a good time to be conscious of my old skin and step into a new one.

Petz: Will there be any artists featured on the album?

Raghav: The tracks I’ve done with Jim, there’s none so far, but we are definitely talking to some people, hoping to make it work. But on Fire, for now, it’s just me; you are just going to have to put up with my voice.

Petz: I have no complaints. I adore your voice. I remember when you came to the AsianFX studio and surprised Sam Sam and me; we were busy plugging in your Humrahee track. And you told us your mother had a creative hand in helping you with that track. Has she helped you at all with this new album?

Raghav: Mom kind of gets involved with the Hindi songs, there’s one Hindi song on the album, that’s out on iTunes called Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya, and Mom did co-write that song with me. I’m very glad I get to work creatively with her. It’s very cool; I encourage people to check that out.

RIP Dev Raj Jassal

1Mar

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We just got the news, the great Dev Jassalji,  has succumb to pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed earlier in the new year, he wrote songs perform by artists like Jazzy B, Amrinder Gill, Balwinder Safri and AS Kang. He was also an accomplished algohey and tumbi player. The outpour of condolences is flooding the social networks, his spirit will live on through music. All of us at Urban Desi Radio send our warm thoughts to Dev Raj Jassalji.

The Truth giving “Truth Syrup” to UDR

1Mar

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It’s been a minute, since we’ve heard from THE TRUTH, last time we exchanged tweets, he was heading to India and not looking forward to packing. It’s great to have him back in the UK and connecting once again with us on Urban Desi Radio. He’s got a new track and video out “I make ’em say” the first couple of second, it felt like being back in the theater watching the first 15 minutes of Inception. But the editing job and beats = brilliant! I’m sure we will get another dose of TRUTH SYRUP soon

Who will be responsible for Charlie Sheen’s demise?

1Mar

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Yesterday, the talk around the water cooler was the Charlie Sheen interview, I sat in my living room and watched in shock and horror. A majority of you would say, only Charlie himself is responsible, but I partly  disagree. Why should I care about Charlie Sheen? It’s the sensationalism of media, myself being a media professional, I could be blogging about more important issues, but this is heavy on my mind.

My friend, S-Endz (member of Swami) said on his facebook status “Why does everyone feel the need to judge Charlie Sheen? Let the man live his life and you get on with yours.” We are such a celebrity obsessed culture, I was thinking, why is this such BIG news, regarding a drug test — day in and out — celebrities and non celebrities alike are getting tested for drugs, it’s not making front page news or getting a personal segment on the Morning News network. I told another journalist, Asra Nomani, I felt like I was in a bad TMZ time warp.

We need to leave him alone, for me, it’s Deja Vu all over again. You know who I’m thinking of? Anna Nicole Smith. I wasn’t even a fan, but on an emotional level — a human level— I felt bad for her, when she lost her son, we (the media) kept zooming in on her, documenting her erratic behavior – the more tears, the better. It just makes me sick. If I was the segment producer, I would of said that’s enough. Clearly this woman needs help, we aren’t doing her any good. Of course I would probably get fired, but it’s about stepping up and doing the right thing. My take is Charlie is not well, I’m not a doctor, but his behavior just reminds me of several friends and artists, I’ve met over the years trying to get clean on their own, but will most likely relapse. We (the media) we are just loving the drama and the sensationalism, it makes good ratings, it’s the dark side I loathe at.

At the end of the day, it’s all up to Charlie to get help, be we (the media) need to give him space and not spotlight.