Upcoming North American singer 'Dasu' had a chat with Simply Bhangra's Trisha K. Arora about his start in entertainment and his recent projects.
Hi Amrit, tell us abit about yourself? Did you always know you wanted to sing?
I'm Amrit Dasu and my stage name is “Dasu” I was born in Camden, NJ but I was raised in Hong Kong. I speak English, Cantonese, Punjabi and Hindi. I grew up playing football (soccer) and I always wanted to be a professional soccer player but always had a lot of love for R&B music and dancing. .
Has your time in Hong Kong influenced your music in any way? Since you're fluent in Cantonese will you use it in your work?
Yes i think growing up in Hong Kong surely influenced me with the different styles of music and diverse communities. I will surely use Cantonese in my music at some point because I do want to become the bridge that brings the youth of America India and China together.
Music is currently Dasu's full time career, although he mentioned that if he was not busy making his mark in the music industry he would be working on becoming a professional football/soccer player.
How did you start your singing career? What was your inspiration?
My music career started when I was in 16. I started writing music at first and when I got a chance to sing for a producer who owned a studio, he asked me if I wanted to record my music professionally Since then I've been trying to get better as a singer and a songwriter. My inspirations are Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Jay Sean and my idol is definitely Chris Brown.
You've worked with Rishi Rich quite a bit, how did it all begin?
I had gotten Rishi's email from social media and emailed him a bunch of tracks. He invited me to visit him in Atlanta in March 2015 to record with him and then he signed on to produce my first album. We recorded 'Wrong' which I performed in Canada with him at the Anokhi Awards.
He also gave me a chance to work with Juggy D on a song called “That’s Right” which was featured in a British film called 'Amar Akbar and Tony'.
Your song Dil Kya Kare (Did I Love You) has reached over one and half million views on Youtube. Congrats! What was your initial reaction when you found out how popular the song had gotten?
It’s great to know people are watching it but how people are tweeting me saying how much they love the song and how they can relate to the lyrics. I’ve also seen a covers of the song. Its truly amazing to see people all over the world connecting with something I've worked so hard on.
Having Mallika Sherawat in one of your videos is a huge deal. How did you make that happen and what was it like working with her?
Mallika was super cool to work with. The directors of the video had played the song for her and she loved it and got on board. It was a pretty simply process and I'm glad to have had the opportunity.
If you had the chance to work with any singer in the South Asian music industry who would it be and why?
Jay Sean because he is one of my favorite artists. When I heard his album 'My Own Way', the lyrics really connected with me. That album is why I'm a fan of Jay.
Has there ever been a moment when you've had doubts about your singing career? If so how did you overcome it?
The thing with art is that most of the time it can be misunderstood or fly over peoples heads. When you mix that with the entertainment business it becomes a total mess, forcing artists to play it safe. Very rarely an artist comes along and rebels against the rules to break down barriers. I
’ve had moments where it gets hard doing what I do but the support around me has helped. But most importantly knowing that this is bigger than just the music and always pushing towards breaking barriers.
What can your fans expect from you next?
Fans can expect another single soon and then an album after! I'm also working with Rishi on an English song for a Bollywood film.
In your career so far, what would you say has been your most rewarding moment or experience?
The most rewarding moment of my career so far is seeing the look on my parents faces. its one of the most beautiful things in the world knowing your parents are proud of you.
For instance, I had modeled for a company called NewEra(Lids) and when my father and I walked into the mall and he saw my posters the look on his face was priceless. Recently him seeing me on TV with Mallika for my new video made him so proud. Those for me were some of the biggest moments of my entertainment career.
What would you like to say to the readers and fans of Simply Bhangra?
Keep up the good work promoting Music SimplyBhangra, Thank you to all the people supporting me, there is loads more coming up. Keep yourself updated via Social Media.
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