Monika & Aman from the SimplyBhangra.com team recently caught up with Jaz Dhami at the Leamington Mela for a quick catch up!
Check out what he has to say about his favourite song, who he enjoyed working with most and a lot more
What inspired you to come into this kind of industry
Jaz Dhami: Well my dad inspired me to get into the music profession; he was in a band called Sangram. When I was younger I would always emulate my dad and I loved what he did. I promised myself that I would be like him.
Which song can you most relate to from the album?
Jaz Dhami: I can relate to each of the tracks off the album. The album is varied and the themes in the tracks are varied as well a bit like life really you go through different stages and emotions and the tracks reflect the diversity of life. However the song Beri Der is really close to me. The track reminds me of the thoughts and emotions I felt when I was in India and I missed my family especially my brother loads. The track is going to be the next release off the album and I made the video in India courtesy of Jazz Virk.
Which artist have you most enjoyed working with and why?
Jaz Dhami: I would have to say Aman Hayer as he was the one that gave me my big break on Groundshaker! I owe allot to him and I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to work with him on my album. He is so professional, innovative and a genuinely good lad who I really enjoy working with.
Congratulations on winning the Best Newcomer award at this year’s UK AMA’s, was it more than you expected?
Jaz Dhami: You know what I still get shivers down my spine when people mention the AMA Awards. That night was just spectacular when I picked up the award for Best Newcomer as I came with my Dad and picking the award up in front of him was just so amazing. It was definitely more than I expected as I was only in the industry for a few months prior to picking up the award. Amazing…….
Do you try and balance out your career with your personal life?
Jaz Dhami: Well I really try to. I am really really busy at the moment and my career seems to be taking over my life leaving little time really for a social and personal life. But I can’t complain as music is my life and I am really blessed in been able to do what I do. Its been an amazing journey.
Which audience has given you the best response?
Jaz Dhami: That’s a hard question as most crowds have been really warming which I am really grateful about. But if I had to pick one it would have to be the audience at my launch party. That night was just simply spectacular as I performed in front of all my family and close friends and my fans that came to the launch were so amazing.
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve brought?
Jaz Dhami: My car.
Nowadays, there is too much emphasis on the women in the music video, and not the actual song and its meaning, what do you think about this?
Jaz Dhami: You’re right and I always try to keep me and my song lyrics in the focus of music videos rather than women. The women that I do use in my videos are always dressed appropriately.
Were you a cool kid or a little bit of an embarrassment?
Jaz Dhami: I was a mixture of both! A cool kid that had a really geeky passion for music!
As a man living on the road, what are the must haves that you would take with you?
Jaz Dhami: Well, I would say ultimately my phone! My ipod and my Vaja!
If you could be any superhero who would u be?
Jaz Dhami: I would have to say Batman. Even though he didn’t have any superpowers the cars and the gadgets that he gets to use are amazing.
Back to the real world...what is the secret of your success?
Jaz Dhami: Hard work, the belief in my talents, dedication and the complete support of my family and friends.
Who do you look up to?
Jaz Dhami: I would have to say unquestionably my Dad. He has and still is my greatest inspiration in life.
Have you ever said “do you know who I am?
Jaz Dhami: Never!
What genre of music do you love that no one would expect you to?
Jaz Dhami: I really love Hip Hop!
What would you do if you ruled the world?
Jaz Dhami: I would make everybody sing Theke Wali!
Does the media hype bother you at all or become intrusive at points?
Jaz Dhami: Sometimes it’s a little frustrating that the media like to ask and pry into my personal life as I am quite a private person. However this comes hand in hand with my career and its something that I have learned to get used to but it is hard sometimes.
What has been your proudest moment?
Jaz Dhami: Winning at the UK AMAS and performing at my launch party.
What’s your favourite way to chill out?
Jaz Dhami: Spending time at home with my family and my close friends.
What’s your dream holiday destination?
Jaz Dhami: Australia
Watch out for the video to 'Tera Mera' coming soon to SimplyBhangra.com