Singer Badshah on his first single, inspirations and his chart topper, Selfie Le Le Re
Aditya Singh started out by being noticed for rapping a�?Ia��ll defeat youa�� at a school basketball match. He was in the ninth grade. Today he is known as Badshah, the popular singer-rapper credited withBollywood chartbusters like Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai and Saturday Saturday. Back on top this season with Bajrangi Bhaijaana��s Selfie Le Le Re, he is definitely the rapper of the moment. Recounting the call from music director Pritam Chakraborty, he says, a�?I took a flight the very next moment and came to Mumbai.a�?
Meanwhile, the rapper is all set to release his debut solo, DJ Waley Babu, on YouTube today, from his new album One. a�?At a wedding in Haryana, I heard a woman call out a�?DJ waley babu, mera gaana chala doa�� and that struck me. SoA� I decided to use it in my song,a�? says the 30-year-old, who has been in the music industry since 2012 and feels it is high time he went solo. a�?This catchy, mid-tempo song is sure to stay in your mind,a�? Badshah adds confidently.
All about music
Catering to his young fans, the Chandigarh-based rapper is a fan of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and started his career in the Punjabi music industry with singer Gippy Grewal. With no formal training in music, he admits that whatever hea��s learnt is by listening to Coldplay and Dr Dre. a�?I love the atmosphere that Coldplay creates in their songsa��a scenario that listeners can connect to. My new album will feature a lot of this,a�? says Badshah. In Bollywood, he loves Arjit Singha��s music and voice. Calling himself a�?a musician who studiedA� engineeringa��, Badshah says his wife hates his songs but a�?helps me set my benchmarka�?.
On upcoming projects, he says there is Chaar Shanivaar for All is Well and a song for Welcome Returns. a�?My song Chull will also be featured in one of Dharma Productiona��s upcoming films,a�? he says. But for now, the Badshah wants to concentrate on his indie album. a�?I love doing independent music because I can experiment. I can try something random and still be sure that my music will be appreciated by my fans,a�? says the rapper, who doesna��t consider his peers like Honey Singh and Hard Kaur as competition. a�?I know their music and what they are capable of, so I am not afraid,a�? he says, signing off with, a�?I want to make music to inspire people and make them dance.a�?
DJ Waley Babu is releasing today at 11 am on YouTube
Mayuri J Ravi