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Get in the groove

Navleen Lakhi , Hindustan Times   June 03, 2013
First Published: 10:31 IST(3/6/2013) | Last Updated: 11:38 IST(3/6/2013)

With songs that have Aashqui Da Loan, Tequila Shot and Gussa Ni Karida for titles, he’s bound to establish an instant connection with the youth. One look at him and the last thing you expect from him is mature music.

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But for music director and producer Vivek Uppal, 25, (aka Mr Vgrooves) “that’s exactly who he is” — a mature musician, having provided music for Proud to be Sikh and National Award winning film Nabar. “I think like most youngsters, but there is a mature streak to me. Some of my songs send out a social message, but then I also make songs about Aashqui! However, none of my songs cross the fine line that demarcates decent from indecent,” says Uppal. 

The Phagwara-based musician goes on to reveal that he’s self taught: “During school, I used to experiment with some music software available online. Soon, I was gifted a software by my sisters, which I learnt myself.”

His musical experiments led him to work as a promo producer for radio channels such as My FM, Radio Mirchi, Big FM, during the first year of BCom at APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar.

“In the third year, I got a chance to make a single, Gussa Ni Karida, sung by singer Kabir. Speed Records liked the song and asked me to direct the music for the whole album. That’s when I came out with my debut album, Real Nawab, and also won the Big Punjabi Rising Star Award [Best Music Composer award] for Gussa Ni Karida in 2011.”

Vgrooves then worked on the Kaale Rang Da Yaar fame Kulwinder Billa’s album, Punjab. “The 12-song album was a mix of everything — club, folk, sad, romantic. I try to build the singer’s profile by coming up with songs in different genres. The title song of this album, Mera Desh Hoye Punjab, was loved by everyone in India, Canada, the US and UK. Even Mann Sahab (Gurdas Maan) sung Mera Desh Hoye Punjab twice at his shows.”

After doing two songs for Ravinder Grewal’s album and then singles for the singers of Voice of Punjab, he gave a musical hit last year called This is Hardy Sandhu, the debut album of Hardy Sandhu. “The album was last year’s super hit with songs like Aashqui Da Loan and Tequila Shot. Assi Mann Sahib De Fan, a single, has also been uploaded recently on YouTube. I’m also making music for 12 singles and launching 12 news artistes.”

Talking about films he has lent his music to, he says, “I have given background music for Satdeep Singh’s feature film Proud to be Sikh, besides two songs — Political Jugni and 5 Pistolan Wale — for Nabar. Short films — Five Folds (which recently bagged the first position in the short film competition organised by sikhnet.com), Taaj and Jal Waheguru (on 1984 riots) also have my music.

Also, five of his films — Proud to be Sikh, Nabar, Five Folds, Taaj and Jal Waheguru were screened at PIFF 2013, Toronto.”

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