New collaboration with TJ and Anj Baig of Desi Rascal’s fame ‘’LAK DA KAMAL’’ is about to take the music industry by storm
British Asian artist Tj is a passionate vocalist who is dedicated to exploring and delivering new vibes infused with his Punjabi roots which gives that extra magical touch. He truly believes “The vibe is created within, you just have to follow it’’.
As music has always been a part of TJ journey he has been able to teach himself to write, compose and sings his own songs. His focus is with only one goal in mind, to create music which he feels a part of and shows a part of himself to the audience who will connect through the “waves” as TJ calls it. His firm belief is that all music should be embraced with the same emotions you feel from within.
TJ born in London is a natural singer began performing at a very young age. Throughout his teenage years, TJ studied music while hitting the books. He looked for inspiration from artists such as Honey Singh, Timberland and Jayz to name a few, while keeping a close eye on his future in the music business.
UK based singer, songwriter, actor, and businessman Anj Baig, known for his fame in Desi Rascals produced by award-winning director Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham) and the creator of TOWIE, Tony Wood brings a unique touch to the track ‘’LAK DA KAMAL’’ produced by Tieno Loso.
Anj is no stranger to the music circuit, he has headlined some of the major Asian Mela’s, 2017 saw the launch of his brand merchandise. He is passionate about fitness an award-winning fitness expert and owner of Pure Muscles Gym. Anj also made his acting debut in comedy film Gangsters Gamblers Geezers alongside Rahul Kohli.
‘’LAK DA KAMAL’’ on iTunes 19th April 2018
Please see Interviews below, with TJ and ANJ BAIG…
- What was the first song you downloaded?
I remember downloading Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saab, literally most of his tracks, he had such an amazing selection of music.
- What was your first concert you went too?
Actually I have never been to one. I always feel that one day I will be on the same stages performing.
- What is your favourite Punjabi song?
I guess for different moods its different songs so I have a long list. Let’s no go there!
- What are your thoughts about the Asian music industry, ie type of songs that are being produced to-date?
I think music is great and everyone is doing what they feel is right for them, everyone is working hard and has their own vibe I’m not here to criticise any artist because I know how much work and effort goes into making one song.
- Would you ever do an Unplugged-style album?
I am open to all challenges it’s no fun not to break boundaries and achieve, nothing can beat the live element in music and I always loved them coke studio type vibes. You never know one day you may see TJ and Anj do something similar.
- What is the biggest disappointment of your musical career?
Nothing is a disappointment everything is a hurdle to the dream you have to struggle and make the right decision just like a business it’s all about choice and what you bring to the table.
- If you had the opportunity to do collaborations with both mainstream and Punjabi artist who would that be?
I would love to collaborate with anyone I feel appreciates my style and what I offer as a artist, music is an ocean every artist is the wave so it’s always good to catch a wave with someone.
- What would you say it takes to succeed in the music industry?
Good music, commitment, confidence and being versatile.
- Do you think the mainstream music industry has accepted the Asian style of music, if so why do you think that is?
Yes they have accepted it, but they need more and we should be proud of it and influence other artists from mainstream to catch on and maybe collaborate with others and be versatile and even create a new sound.
- Who inspired you to go into the music industry?
The music I did. I love what I do hence I enjoy it regardless this helps me reach others who will appreciate what I do.
- Who would you say is your role model and why?
My father as he taught me and started me on a journey and let me wonder and find my way today I am proud to say he is my role model.
- How did your collaboration with Anj come about?
We both do music and met through music, music found its own way we did nothing everything just fell into place and now here we are.
- What else is planned for TJ in the coming months?
Music, Live music sessions, Studio session just music overall and who knows maybe the odd feature with your favourite artist.
- Lak Da Kamal is releasing worldwide, what message do you have for your fans?
I am not talking to fans but my music lovers who have supported us on our 1st single. We have so much more material coming and a lot of surprises and with the right support and team backing us, the skies the limit.
- Can you tell us about the journey until now in the industry, has it been difficult?
It is never a straight path, the journey will always be full of ups and downs and many bumps, but the key is to keep working at your crafts and master it.
If you stay consistent with anything you do in life you will be successful and end up doing something great.
- Can you sum up your experience?
The industry is place that you have to stay current and keep reinventing yourself in my opinion, it is very hard in the beginning to get noticed seen or even heard, the important thing is to be different and original as that is the only thing that will make your music and movement stand out.
- What was the particular inspiration that led you into the music industry?
I have always loved music I was DJ’ing and managing a few artists 6-7 years ago and would end up being on stage with them as I just had too much energy and loved every part of it, there are too many musicians to name that have influenced me over the years and it is crazy because some are from the mainstream hip-hop world and Grime Mc’s and others are from the most traditional type of folk music.
- How did your collaboration with TJ come about?
I met TJ in a studio a few years ago and we spoke about music briefly and said we would work on something in the near future, being Asian the timing was just right.
So we both just jammed in the studio and made it work, so many ideas and so much creativity has made the sound we are now pushing.
We aim to create something so different that anyone on the mainstream will even like it because we believe music has no language.
- What was it like working with on Desi Rascals?
Desi Rascals was a cool experience I think that show changed me as a person in a good way and I learnt so much as I got to see how shows are made and what goes on in producing such a big show for TV.
- What was your 1st impression when you connected with TJ?
I just knew from the start this guy was super talented, he came across very humble and taught me so much musically, to be fair we became friends though music but now we are like brothers so that makes it so much more easier to get things done.
- In the Lak Da Kamal video, did you as an artist have any input into the storyline of the video?
Yes originally the video was a vision me and TJ had and we both came up with concepts and different ideas, to be honest the story line was meant to be a lot more prominent thought out the video but like every great artist we had to over some so many issues on the day.
- From appearing in Desi Rascals to running your own business we have seen you progress from strength to strength, how do you discipline yourself?
I just stay focused on working really hard and I don’t stop putting in hard work, and creating new projects, new ideas and always trying to do things that people have not done before.
- How would you say the Asian music industry differs from the main stream industry?
The mainstream is a lot different because everything is just so fast you can put out some work and be forgotten within a few weeks, the Asian industry because it is still quite small you can last longer and I feel your work is appreciated a lot more if it’s done properly.
- Which mainstream music director would you like to work with?
Well there are too many to name but Pharrell is like the dream producer I would like to work with, he has influenced me over the years massively.
- Who would you like to do collaborate with from both Asian and mainstream – Male & Female?
Honestly, there are too many talented Artists to name at the moment. I’m really feeling Jasmine Sandal’s vibes she’s amazing.
- What advice would you have for someone who wants to take steps to a career in the music industry?
Just do it for the love of music, don’t think of money or fame, be passionate about creating a sound that YOU are happy with and don’t ever let anyone put you down, you only live once so you might as well use the talent God has gifted you with.
- Why do you think it is difficult for Asian artists to make their mark in the mainstream music industry?
I mean every 10 years there is one Artist that will break out to mainstream, but in general i think that the way we are portrayed in mainstream media has a big impact on us in the music scene too, most movies or successful you tubers have to make jokes and diss our culture in order to gain some kind of mainstream success so it goes to show what the mainstream think or want from us.
- What is the highlight of your career so far?
I have too many to name, having hit number 1 on the Asian Network with my old music crew PMG, being on the first ever Reality TV show with a full-on Desi Cast, Working with the likes of Tony Wood and Gurinder Chada and even receiving an award from The House Of Lords for inspiring the younger generation through fitness.