After scoring yet another number 1 on the Asian music charts, Zack Knight has a lot to celebrate. His latest song, Nakhre, has been an instant hit with audiences.
“It kind of came about the same way the song “Dheere” came about, I was never planning on being the actual singer on the song. For a few years I was making songs and putting “dummy vocals” down for the intended singers as I only really wanted to concentrate on western music at the time. But then I ended up being the artist on Dheere after the song has been sent to T-series and they offered me the opportunity to remix more of their catalogue. I was working with a talented band called Dewaan and one of the members happen to come over and asked me to work on a song for them. I remember hearing it back and thinking this song would be perfect for them, not even considering myself in the equation. This was nearly 2 years ago from today.”
But he doesn’t really give himself enough credit. “I write and produce all my own music with some help on this song from my cousin to translate some of the words into Punjabi. I have had successful singles before but this one really mattered being my own composition. I was criticised initially for following the remix route but the release of Nakhre has proved that I can’t be put in a box.
Teaming up with producer Khiza, Zack thinks this isexactly the kind of confidence which he needs to keep going. “I think Khiza being in the industry for as long as he has given me that extra confidence to let the music speak for itself and at the same time push me above and beyond my limits. I was unaware that I can work so hard and put out so much music in such a short space of time until he pressed me to stay on top of things.
But there are many which are unaware of Zack’s past life on the Brit-Asian scene. “My true supporters will know I got into the Brit-Asian scene many years ago under a different name, Zee Kay. I released a number of records where I toured the UK and Europe. I was also studying at the time and had to step out but noticed dozens of new artists appear at a time where there was literally no one who made R’n’b other than Jay Sean and Raghav.
“What I’ve realised being in the music industry on and off for the past 6/7 years is that I have no idea what the future holds. I can only plan towards it but with everything that happened in my life up till now, I could have never predicated this. To think I would be singing in Hindi or Punjabi and be touring the globe when it was just yesterday that we put some music out. That just shows how quickly things can change overnight!
“The next song I put out is an original but with a sweet Indian sample in the hook, I can’t say what it is but that has to be my favourite. Mohammed Irfan and Arijit Singh are definitely my favourite singers right now!”