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Nafees

Could Acting Be Next for the Singer?

 

 

4 years ago, Nafees burst on the British Asian Music scene with Bukhar – and has not looked backed.

No-one could have predicted how he would go on to make such a massive impact within the Asian music industry in just a short space of time, without any formal training and without the help of an established record label to promote him.

For a brand new artist, this was unheard of. The public were obviously intrigued, but this was just the beginning of the love affair of the fans with the new star which had only just started to shine. The Manchester-born star talks to DesiXpress.

 

 

Your track is number one in the Asian music charts. What’s the secret?

Thank you to everyone that has supported me. God bless you! I couldn’t have done it without you guys. Thank you! It’s my seventh hit but fifth number one so. I’m not here to compete with anyone. I’m following my own steps and my own conviction. I guess it’s just about leaving it to the One above.

 

 

You shot your music video in Dubai. Tell me about that experience.

I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being out there and experiencing it, it’s one I won’t forget.

 

 

In terms of your singing career, did you have a Guru or Ustaad?

No, not really. I’ve never had anyone who at the beginning of my career gave me any tips with regards to music. But eventually I met up with a few vocal coaches and you get on with them. You have to be able to do that in this industry. If you don’t, you’re really not fulfilling your potential to the max.

 

 

You seem like the kind of guy that would make people feel at ease.

That’s the main thing! You don’t want people to feel uncomfortable around you. You make home wherever we go. If people like you, they like you for what you are. It’s a blessing.

 

 

What have you got lined up. Could acting be next?

You never know! I’ve done a few drama courses! I’ve set a goal and I would like to see some of my music being played in Bollywood and I want to be able to walk away on a high. You get a lot of artists who have given up because they have run out of inspiration or faded out because of the new generation. 2016 I want to give my all. I’m giving my fans a few songs. I want to leave my names among some of the best.

If the time is right then the time is right. Before I started my music, I set goals.

 

 

So what have you got planned for 2016?

You’ll have to wait! I’m not the sort of guy that lets people know. Anyone with a secret doesn’t want to let their secret away. I’ve got something up my sleeve.

Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi is currently in London filming the Indian remake of Hollywood movie Occulus.

 

The 29-year-old ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ star met up with The Asian Today’s Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik and discussed her life in the world of Bollywood.

 

How has it been filming in London so far?
I love London. I have been here before a few times while I was a college student. It’s the first time I am here after becoming an actor. I guess it’s different especially because I am filming a movie. Londo is amazing. The shops are great. I attended The Championships, Wimbledon and it was nice to see Sania Mirza win. I also saw a few musicals and theatres. I love the ones in London as they transport you into another world. When I first came here, I had to plan everything around my budget. Now I had the best seats in the house (laughs).

 

You yourself have worked in theatre in India. How smooth was the transition to films?
Movies are completely different, from conducting yourself to performance style, presentation and everything really. Theatre is a far more internal process at the same time it’s very gratifying. You get an instant reaction as to hoe people are reacting to your performance. Film on the other hand is a very long process where you have to patient. You also need to be aware of what you did before a scene and what you will have to do afterwards. It’s very technical and you depend on many more people to help you.

 

Is it less work than theatre then?
Actually it’s more work. I thought being a film actress will be an easy and glamorous job. No one told me that it will be such a hard job. I should have just run my Dad’s Kebab shop in Delhi (laughs).

 

Why did you take a risk and start your career with an unconventional film like Gangs of Wasseypur?
To be honest, it wasn’t like someone was waiting to launch me in Bollywood. I met Anurag Kashyap as he directed an advertisement with me and Aamir Khan. That itself was a very big deal for me. I was occasionally giving three auditions on a daily basis. I really admired Anurag’s work and I’m glad that I took up his offer. People told that I should wait for the conventional launch. The idea wasn’t to go directly to the big leagues. My first film had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival and I am very proud of it. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut.

 

Is it not more difficult to break into conventional films now?
Not really. I get offered conventional roles a lot. However, I want to do the right role. I don’t want to do a film where I have to run around a tree because everyone else thinks that I should do it. I believe that I have only grown with every film. I don’t want to step down and just do something for the sake of it.

 

Zack Knight and Raxstar team up for a powerhouse collaboration with Queen released through T-Series.

A record which has been highly anticipated, Queen finally puts together two highly sought after and respected artists within the British Asian music scene.

 

Fresh from his genre busting single Poison, Raxstar is back on form switching from Punjabi to English with confidence and ease. His meaningful bars and unforgettable quotable’s sit effortlessly on the infectious “eastern flute meets western beats” soundscape.

 

Handling the outstanding production duties is Zack Knight himself. After the multiple successes of hit singles including Looking For Love and Nakhre under his belt, he brings his soulful vocals to Queen. He continues to impress with his plethora of talents and showcases an unseen side of his artistry with his Punjabi chorus (co written by Raxstar & GV).

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Naughty Boy has broken his silence after a Twitter war broke out between himself and One Direction rebel, Zayn Malik. A brief snippet of his music video for ‘No Type’, also featuring Krept and Konan, mysteriously appeared online, to which Zayn blamed Naughty Boy for releasing. He lashed out at the music producer on Twitter.

 

@NaughtyBoyMusic you fat joke stop pretending we’re friends no one knows you .

~ Zayn Malik

 

 

Someone learned how to upload a video… maybe now he should learn how to use logic ha you ain’t s**t but a faker.

~ Zayn Malik

 

 

Naughty Boy responded by saying, “I can deal with what he said, but he knows the hate I’ve had to endure for him is the bit that upset me,” he explained.

“Three months ago he was calling me his best friend at the Asian Awards so it’s a bit sad. Krept called him and explained that I had nothing to do with [the music video leak].”
“He has got a new manager and sometimes things get interfered with,” he added.

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Canadian star collaborates with Grammy Award winning rapper Nelly and Bollywood superstar Abhishek Bachchan

Watch the new lyric video For ‘Until The Sun Comes Up’ HERE 

 

Canadian pop music star Raghav is set to release his new summer single ‘Until The Sun Comes Up‘. The track features Grammy Award winning rapper Nelly, and an exclusive version that features the hip-hop styling of Bollywood superstar Abhishek Bachchan.

 

Of the track Raghav says, “I hope people will look years from now at this song being a singular moment when east and west collaborated in a way that has a true global musical impact.  And performing it with Abhishek (who is the most talented human I’ve ever met) and Nelly (who is a legend) make this song even more special to me.

 

Bachchan, who has starred in over 50 major Bollywood productions, is known for his love of music and having previously featured as a rapper in his movies, he dons the microphone once again for a verse on ‘Until The Sun Comes Up’ in his unique ‘Bachchan-esque’ style. The star has expressed his excitement on his Twitter page this week, personally thanking Raghav, and stating the collaboration was ‘an opportunity to work with two of my favourites.’

 

Rap star Nelly, a Grammy award-winning artist with 4 UK number ones under his belt also takes a verse on ‘Until The Sun Comes Up’. Last year the rapper turned TV star, having secured his own reality show ‘Nellyville’, which is currently in its second season. His collaboration with Raghav and Abhishek Bachchan is an exciting move for rap music lovers in India.

 

Since announcing the collaboration last week, social media has been buzzing with conversation about the three stars teaming up for the big summer single, with thousands of tweets from pop, hip hop and Bollywood music fans around the world. The lyric video has received over 35,000 views in just 24 hours since launching on YouTube.

 

An instant summer anthem ‘Until The Sun Comes Up’ will be accompanied by a powerful full video, set for release in August – highlighting the lack of electricity in Africa.  After teaming up with Solar-Aid.org, an international NGO that has the goal of eliminating the kerosene lamp from Africa by the year 2020, Raghav distributed over 300 solar lights to school-age children in the small rural township of Shungubweni, in Tanzania. Raghav purchased the lights to personally deliver them to the community. The lights will help the students of Shungubweni Secondary School study for an extra 375,000 hours, and save their families $60,000 per light as they will no longer needed to buy kerosene or candles. This amounts to a significant shift towards environmental responsibility and self-sustainability for the families who have received these lights.

Segments of Raghav’s trip will be featured in the music video for ‘Until The Sun Comes Up’, with the aim of creating significant social awareness around the topic. The UK release of the single and video is expected mid – late August.

aSIAN cOLLECTION

 

 

Sony Music, the award-winning, No.1 record company for UK compilations, and Asian music aficionado/ BBC Broadcaster and DJ, Nihal, have created an alternative soundtrack for the summer of 2015, with the release of an exciting new compilation album – The Asian Collection.

 

Nihal Arthanayake, one of the leading torch-bearers of the Asian music industry for many years, has collated over 50 tracks that create an explosive mix of Bollywood and British Asian classics. Nihal will be taking part in interviews at an exclusive junket in London.

 

The Asian Collection, which is set to release across the UK on 31st July, is a tribute to the powerful and legendary voices that make up the Asian music scene including: Panjabi MC, A.R. Rahman, Jay Sean,

Bally Sagoo and many more.

 

The Asian Collection reaches stores on the 31st of July 2015

as a 3CD physical release as well as digital download. 

Click to pre-order NOW via Amazon.

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The IIFA Fashion Extravaganza saw Bollywood’s biggest stars set the red carpet ablaze as they flaunted their favourite designer wear and raised the style quotient. Held in Malaysia and hosted by famous duo, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, the event fell in its 16th year.
Both Queen and Haider were the biggest winners on the night, bagging the leading trophies. Kangana Ranaut won Best Female, whilst Shahid Kapoor won Best Male. Shahid, 34, dedicated his award to Vishal for giving him the opportunity and called the film a “scary” one.
“I would like to thank Vishal Bhardwaj for this recognition. A very big thank you to him for believing in me. Today, I am standing here because of him. It was a scary film to do because we thought people will never love and understand this film.”
Winners:
·         Best PictureQueen
·         Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female): Kangana Ranaut for Queen
·         Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male): Shahid Kapoor for Haider
·         Best Direction: Rajkumar Hirani for PK
·         Best Story: Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar & Parvez Shaikh for Queen
·         Woman of The Year: Deepika Padukone
·         Best Regional Film: Lai Bhaari
·         Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Female): Tabu for Haider
·         Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male): Riteish Deshmuck for EkVillian
·         Best Playback Singer (Female): Kanika Kapoor for BabyDoll
·         Best Playback Singer (Male): Ankit Tiwari for Galliyaan from EkVillian
·         Award for Outstanding Contribution: Subhash Ghai
·         Best Performance in a Negative Role: Kay Kay Menon (Haider)
·         Best Debut (Male): Tiger Shroff (Heropanti)
·         Best Debut (Female): Kriti Sanon (Heropanti)
·         Best Performance in a Comic Role: Varun Dhawan (MainTeraHero)
·         Best Music Direction: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for 2States
·         Best Debut Direction: Omung Kumar for MaryKom and Sajid Nadiawala for Kick

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Reality TV star Gurdas Singh, who featured on Brit Asia Superstar 2010 is set to launch his singing career with his much anticipated debut single “Champion”. The single is dedicated to his father who inspired Gurdas to sing from a young age. Gurdas was born in Leeds and brought up in Nottingham. He has never had any formal vocal training, yet surprisingly he possesses a naturally god-gifted voice. From the age of 4, Gurdas began singing in a variety of styles such as Bhangra, Hindi, Qawali, Ghazal and RnB. He also learnt the Tabla at his primary school and sang religious songs at local Sikh temples. He has performed on several stages over the years including talent shows, family functions and private events. “I was always encouraged and supported by family friends and people in the community, but my achievements were disregarded by others who should have supported me. I guess this is one reason for the title, Champion. Because I never gave up.” ~Gurdas Singh

 

Gurdas, the eldest of three brothers was raised single handily by his mother who endlessly supported his dream. His time on reality show Brit Asia Superstar made him a huge favourite amongst viewers where he demonstrated his impressive vocal skills singing in Bhangra and Qawali styles. The singer-songwriter was raised listening to the likes of the Late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hans Raj Hans, Master Saleem, Sabar Koti and Sardool Sikander, all of which have been heavily influential in his singing ability.

 

Champion has been produced by the highly respected music producer Jeeti Singh. Jeeti, who has also worked with Lakhwinder Wadali, Lembhar Hussainpuri and Danny Sarb has given his musical knowledge and direction to the composition of the track. The emotionally charged song has been written by Gurdas himself, who at the young age of 27 is set to take the industry by storm. “Champion is not about winning an award or accolade. It’s a motivational story which involves a never give up attitude and the overcoming of challenges. It’s a true story based on my personal life experiences, which people can relate to all over the world.” ~Gurdas Singh

 

Gurdas Singh is already working on his second single which will be a massive collaboration with Punjab’s finest writer, Bunty Bains who has worked with Miss Pooja, Roshan Prince, Jazzy B and Many More. The collaboration is set to release in the next few months.

Neev Spencer

With a daily audience of 1.5 million listeners, Neev Spencer has become one of the most popular radio hosts in the UK. With a daily show on Kiss FM, regular DJ gigs and voiceover work Neev certainly has a busy lifestyle. However she still spares time for the many charities she supports, some of which she is a passionate ambassador. Contrary to popular belief she claims her life is anything but glamorous, it is a lot of hard work, long hours and perseverance for the famed DJ. Neev talks music, her amazing encounter with Rihanna and why Pilates is the go to exercise for any fitness freak!

6:30am-7:30am: I wake up the “lovely” hour of 6:30am, I used to wake up at 9:30am for eight years so it is quite a leap let me tell you! I get myself ready and pick out something good to wear because you never know what celebrities are coming into the station that day. I also tend to record a lot of stuff for Instagram and Twitter, it is not all about listening to the radio and hearing a voice these days, it is much more visual. I am a health and fitness freak so I always have a healthy breakfast before I leave.

7:30am-8:15am: Head to work via the tube station.

8:15am-9:00am: I arrive at the KISS station and have a meeting with our controller, then I prepare for the show. I will look through the papers, music and competitions which I note down so I know exactly what is going on in the programme.

9:00am-11:00am: The show starts and we have a two hour section which is mainly music driven with celebrity stories, topical conversations or light hearted discussions. At the moment for the first half of the year Starbucks have started to sponsor my show so we have the chance to make your mornings great, we give away money or iTunes vouchers for free to brighten someone’s spirits.

11:00am-12:00pm: We then come to the KISSTORY hour which is the biggest part of the show and has a huge brand, it is where everyone can feel nostalgic and hear their classic tracks that take them back to their favourite holiday, memory or moment.

“I do my best to bring real love, passion and enthusiasm to the music with the way I deliver it. It is a huge musical throwback.”

12:00pm-1:00pm: Then I finish off my KISSTORY show then spend the next half an hour doing prep for the next day, as the official voice of KISS I record voiceovers, jingles for the station, promotional offers and sound bites.

1:00pm-4:00pm: I move to the KISSTORY station, KISSTORY now has a national radio station on digital and Freeview channel 714 and can be listened to online and on the Kiss Kube app that people can use on their Smartphone. It can also be accessed on the KISSFM website and has over 1 million listeners, I have a daily show there where it is the same old thing, old school tunes.

4:00pm-5:00pm: I head out and I will try to get to a Piltaes class which is my preferred choice of fitness and training, it gives great overall tone and strength to my body. I have tried different types of exercises that have never worked for me but have always liked exercises that incorporate a type of Yoga and breathing. With the kind of fast paced life we have now it is important to stop and breathe for a second and Pilates really does that.

5:00pm-6:00pm: I then manage my social media, I am heavily into my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter where I share things and spark conversations with people. I might be working on a mix or on SoundCloud which takes up a lot of time.

7:00pm-9:00pm: I will be coming home and thinking of something healthy to prepare for dinner, the thing about being a fitness and food fanatic is that it takes ages to prepare what you will eat so I take a long trip down my local supermarket. I eat very low carbohydrate and high protein diets with low sugar. Because I like to share my lifestyle I will take pictures of my food and share the recipe which takes up a lot of my time. People who have tried my diets and exercises have responded to me saying it works out for them, I like to share my experiences with people and be real about what I do. I will try stuff out and genuinely tell people what it is like.

9:00pm-10:00pm: Normally on Monday or Tuesday or Friday and Saturday I will be 100% working as a DJ so I will do my makeup, hair and outfit and be out the door driving anywhere where KISS transmits. It could be Cardiff, Norwich or London for example.

10:00pm-12:00pm: Travel to my gig.

12:00pm-4:00am: I will be working at my gig and then return home to get to bed. The only constant thing in my life is my radio show, everything else changes around it and every week is different. I don’t have gigs every day of every week so that means that I do get my lie in. We can all push ourselves to do a lot in 24 hours.

You have been heavily involved in charity, is there one particular movement or charity that is close to your heart?

Two things spring to mind: first is the British Asian Trust started by Prince Charles which I was made an ambassador for. This was a huge honour for me as the money they raise is for people in India with life threatening diseases. Last year they raised approximately £1 million where they enabled people to buy vaccinations.

“I feel proud to be part of this charity as I can give back to India where the poverty is extreme, you don’t know where you can begin to help people.”

The second is Mencap, which I am also an ambassador for, who help raise money for people with mental and learning disabilities. As my younger brother has learning difficulties and special needs I feel emotionally close to this charity and proud that I can attach my name to them. They are fantastic and have helped my brother enormously over the years.

Is there any particular celebrity interview that stood out for you?

It has to be Rihanna, I don’t know why but I thought she would be quite cold and aloof, however she blew me away as she was so loving and wonderful. Rihanna is a beautiful person inside and out, she just wanted to talk to me and hang out and I even had to make her answer my questions because she just wanted to play around, she is a very playful person! I even had Mendhi on my hands as I had just come back from India and she was crazy about it, she kept saying “This is amazing, I want this!” as she was holding my hand. I then said I would take her to have it done and she ended up having her tattoo of the mendhi on her hands which I like to think I influenced as it is exactly the same as mine! She was wonderful.

What can we do to encourage more Asian people to get involved in the media industry?

I started in radio as a hobby when I was 18 while I was studying, at that time there were no Asians in the media except for a few newsreaders. It was socially acceptable to be a newsreader and being a DJ was not at all, so I know a lot of barriers have been broken down. People come to me and say “I can’t believe you are Asian and on KISS FM and a female!” Now more Asian people are integrating into mass media and these professions. I think it is about what our parent’s generations feel, when I started out it was a real battle as my father was very against my career but my mother was for it, but I was very true to myself where I was able to forge a successful career out of it. What I love is that out of our 1.7 million listeners so many of them don’t know I am Asian which I am proud of because I am British Asian and Sikh and very proud of my heritage and homeland. At the same time I don’t feel I have to be stereotyped in any way, I am as much British as I am Asian and that defines me. I think the battle however is not over as I want to present X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Big Brother, I want to do massive commercial TV entertainment and then we will know that the barrier has been broken as we have not seen that yet. What I would suggest to a lot of people is that if you have a talent you love, your first battle is if you can get your parents support.

“You have to be dedicated and not chase it for the fame, because media is not about the fame, it is about hard work, commitment, dedication and long hours.”

It is not as glamorous as people may think so if you can show them that you are willing to put the time and work in to get somewhere then you should be successful in anything you do. Asians are hard workers, it is in our blood!

Drink that gets you through the day: Green Tea

Person that gets you through the day: Mum

Gadget that gets you through the day: iphone emergency charger

Song that gets you through the day: Blame: Calvin Harris, Fatman Scoop: Be Faithful and anything from DJ Fresh

Food that gets you through the day: Almonds

Favourite time of the day: Kisstory hour at 11:00!

Catch Neev at 9-12 Monday to Friday on Kissfmuk and 1:00-5:00 Monday to Friday on the Kisstory channel on Freeview 714.

Get the Kiss Kube app for more KISS!

Indiraa

East meets West Brit Pop/Club Singer Indiraa is a darling among many of the mainstream A-list DJ’s and is fast becoming force to be reckoned with on the commercial music scene. The Indian-born Indiraa rose in fame with her catchy electro pop hits, “I Get Off” and “Shrink”, however the singer/songwriter pushed the boundaries by openly discussing her battle with depression and how her music has helped slowly tackle this. Now the star returns with an upcoming collaboration with famed Reggae artist Maxi Priest and their new single “Yo-yo”.

Can you tell me what you have been up to in the last year after the release of Bollywood Queen?

I don’t know where to start, I completed my Album Never Too Late and I can honestly say it was really fun to do. I performed at various venues including Trafalgar Square, Portugal, Southampton and numerous venues in London including The British Indian Awards. I performed at charity events for Pancreatic Cancer Action and Great Ormond Street. A nomination for The Asian Women’s Achievement Awards saw me into the last five in my category of Arts and Culture. I spent the summer in Portugal and wrote all the lyrics for my new album. I am in the process of completing my new album Second Chance which features the Reggae legend Maxi Priest. I had a great time working with him and I also had the good fortune of working with a gifted musician who brought my lyrics to life, his name is Livingston Brown and he has worked with the biggest names in the industry. My latest songs on my new album were mastered at Abbey Road, for me just being within the holy grail of musicians was exciting, overwhelming and I am still in disbelief. I did a small role in a Danny Dyer movie which got me a lead role in another. I also shot four videos this last year, two abroad and one with Maxi Priest in London, all in all it was quite an eventful year.

How have you found the music industry so far?

The music industry is an exciting place to be a part of. Needless to say like in all aspects of life you will meet people who are good to you and people who can be hard to get on with, but that is life. The difficult part is waiting for something to happen, the fun part is meeting musicians, radio personalities and all the links in the chain of making an album and making a career. Going to places like Abbey Road was the most exciting thing ever.

In the last year do you feel you have developed as an artist and if so how?

The experiences of life will always help you mature in whatever you may do. Initially when I started writing lyrics I would go spontaneously by what I felt at the time. Like to ponder over past experiences and future expectations, another part of my experience over the last year is changing my voice to its natural singing voice rather than trying to be something I am not. When I first started singing I did a lot of club music and tried to sound younger than my years, I now feel my voice goes with my mature lyrics and my more experienced view of life. I find it very easy to sit in on interviews live or otherwise and just be myself rather than someone I think people would like me to be. I am what I am.
How did you come about working with Maxi Priest?

I believe in life everything happens for a reason and it will happen at the right time, in my early days my music was not mature enough to handle someone as amazing as Maxi Priest to work with. I had the good fortune of meeting Livingston Brown and started working on my new album with him. He loved my lyrics and said that it would be great to work with me further in the future. While we pondered over 300 sheets of paper of words written by me I chose one which I would love to do as a duet, to which he answered “let me run it by Maxi and see if he’s interested”. The rest is history I guess, Maxi knows a good song when he sees it and I certainly know a good star when I see one. I guess I was ready to work with the big guns, as I said everything happens for a reason at the right time.

What do the lyrics in your new song mean and what inspired them?

It is said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus and that is why we understand each other as we would someone from another planet. The song yo-yo is basically how you feel when you are in a relationship, like a yo-yo up-and-down! It is not just women who feel insecure about a relationship, men can feel as insecure, they just do not voice it as vocally as women do. In this song, a man and woman speak of the relationship from their perspectives and you realise we’re as insecure as one another. The days in a relationship a man and woman both feel “up and down, like a yo-yo, swinging on a string!” I think everybody has experienced this at some stage in their lives.

In your past interviews you have talked about depression and how your music has helped, how so?

Depression in my case is a clinical depression and it is not something that will go away without medication. It is like a diabetic having to take medicine or a heart patient having to take medicine for life, I accept that this is a something I have to bear with. We all have ways of making a tough job easier, I do not think that music will altogether takeaway my depression but I look at it as a crutch. For a person who cannot walk it makes it easier to walk but it does not create a miracle where you stand up and run a marathon. Hopefully as time goes by it will get easier for me to lean less on my crutch and yet I know it’s always there for me, music is in my heart, in my soul and also in my head. I will always need music in my life as much as I need the air that I breathe.

What would you say to someone suffering if they think they may be suffering from depression?

My advice to anyone suffering from depression is you may not eradicate it forever but one thing you can do is make it easier. It is “never too late” to do anything in your life that’ll make you happier. Anything that you aspire to be you can be, human beings are not limited, we’re infinite in our abilities. I found a way to deal with it and was fortunate. I do not believe I could have got through without medication, at times I have tried to give it up believing I was okay but I had gone one step forward and two steps back. If you need medication take it, that is my advice. If you feel you cannot get out of bed in the morning, you have nothing to say to people, or you just are not happy all I can say is one thing, it is the title of the very first song I wrote “I need a shrink!” if you need to see a psychiatrist you are not crazy you are clever enough to recognise you need help.

What have been your musical inspirations from yester years and do you find your music is inspired from your youth?

My biggest inspiration while growing up in music was George Harrison as I believe he is one of the best lyricists in the world. George Harrison had insight into life and lives to come. He also had the ability not just to make his “guitar gently weep” but to make the people who listened deeply to what he had to say, he made their souls gently weep. I spent a lot of my youth listening to music memorising lyrics and during the concert for Bangladesh I went door-to-door singing songs from the concert collecting money for Bangladesh. It is a part of my youth I fondly hang on to. He taught me to feel for other people who are less fortunate than I. George Harrison taught me not to listen to what people say but why they are saying what they say. My modern-day hero is Bryan Adams. In my new album I have written a song called “rock guru” which I have dedicated to my rock guru – Bryan Adams. Bryan Adams is not in external showman he is a true musician.

You have a daily routine which keeps you physically fit, can you describe a normal day of exercise and is it getting harder to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

I do not pretend to be the most disciplined person in the world but I have always battled with my weight and try and keep my weight at the low end of my height bracket which is for various reasons. These are vanity and health. I have always had to battle with my weight and used to play tennis at a fairly good level and played in a lot of competitions, this enabled me to keep fit from a very young age. As a result whenever I run I do a minimum of 5 to 6km on certain days of the week. Alternatively if I am near a swimming pool when I am travelling I try to do a minimum of 100 lengths. I try to eat as healthily as I can but I cheat now and again. I like to kickbox occasionally and have a boxing ring in my home in my gym. I do not tend to do a lot of weight training anymore and I do not ride horses as I suffered a severe back injury a couple of years ago. I feel that when I am on stage or anything to do with the entertainment industry people expect you to look a certain way. We should not judge a book by its cover but sadly we will do hence I trying keep myself as trim and groomed as possible.

You talk of relationships in your lyrics, what advice would you give a single woman in today’s world and do you think women have caught up with men in the game of love and equality.

I can honestly tell a single woman that if she is unhappy being single then all she has to do is go on a manhunt. Men and women are very devious in the game of love, the fact that we dominate the game of love in itself suggests that it entails strategy and ultimately a win or lose situation. I was once told that women give sex to get love and men give love to get sex, single women must bear this in mind. Having said that human beings are very manipulative, we are all capable of playing games, mind games or otherwise, but do not play with the person’s heart as you can only lose!

Yo Yo will be released on 16th March 2015.

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