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DNPUN22170 | 1/3/2010 | Author : Neha Madaan | WC :417

Bombay Rockers recently rocked the city with their performance and speak to Neha Madaan about their new album Rock and Dhol

Back when they hit the music circuit, their sounds were a new genus of music in India as well as abroad. Bombay Rockers therefore rose to stardom when they mixed a hybrid of R&B and Hip Hop with Bhangra—influenced vocals. They gave us collaborations like Ari Ari  and Rock the Party, tracks that took dance floors by storm. Their USP is Navtej Singh Rehal’s Punjabi vocals, not to mention the inimitable music producing skills of the Scadinavian producer-duo, Thomas Sardorf and Janus Barnewitz. Pune experienced a taste of their fiery on-stage skills this Thursday, when Bombay rockers gave an admirable prelude to 2010 at the Sayaji hotel in Wakad.
The Danish/Indian band came into existence in 2003, says Sardof. “We met up through mutual friends in Denmark. We were looking for a singer because I was a producer and song writer. Navtej played around with some sounds, while the concept of doing something in India tantalised us. We liked what Navtej did and thus came Ari Ari, sung entirely in Punjabi. Sexy Mama, our follow-up, released in late 2003, and the first official single from our album, Introducing, 3was half Punjabi and half English,” Sardof runs us through.
The ensemble has finished its third album, Rock and Dhol, slated to release in February 2010. “It is an electro-inspired album, for our sounds always evolve. It is more towards electronic-pop and uptempo. It has plenty of guitar and dhol, and talks much about our style of rock n’ roll. We have not really collaborated with anybody in its making because we didn’t see the need for it. For our future albums, of course, we have collaborations in mind,” adds Rehal.
Bombay Rockers have hordes of fans in India and Pakistan. Their debut album has sold more than 100,000 copies and has now gone five times platinum. It was number 1 for 15 consecutive weeks on the Indian Album Charts. They were also the supporting act for pop band Westlife at gigs in Dubai and Bahrain. But what really led them to the highest rung of success, we ask them and Sardof is quick to reply, “Hard work and right timing, I’d say. When we came out, our music was quite new, something that had not been heard before. We worked hard but never really planned anything. We were sure about the distinctiveness of our sound, so there was no looking back at all. I learnt a lot on Indian music and that is how the band took off.

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