This self-taught singer came to limelight only after the release of his seven-track Punjabi album, Saiyyaan, this year, but a conversation with Ssameer throws light on his seven-year-long career as a music director and producer in Bollywood.
Delhi boy Ssameer, who is in Chandigarh to perform on new year’s eve at Chokhi Dhani, Panchkula, starts off by informing us about his background. “I was interested in music since childhood. Even
during college at Delhi University, I never used to miss a chance to perform. I also did a one-year course in western classical guitar from Trinity College, London,” says Ssameer.
About making music for Bollywood films, he says, “Through a common friend, I got to compose the music of a song called Nit Khair Manga from the movie Sarhad Paar, which released in 2005. Later, in 2007, I did the title track of Hum Phir Mile Na Mile, followed by producing music of Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi (2011).”
Besides this, Ssameer also remixed various songs for a few albums.
“I produced the music for Kellie Singh’s album Daaru, the album Paisa Paisa, and various singles of UK-based artistes Jaan and Arya. Other than that, I’ve also made various jingles for Coke, Pepsi and HT City Delhi for some radio stations. That’s when the realisation of launching myself as a singer hit me,” he shares.
Talking about his album, Saiyyaan, he says, “Two videos from the album are already out and gaining popularity. Saiyaan also has more than 1 lakh hits on YouTube, and recently, Jatta managed to complete 1,50,000 hits. The videos of two more songs—Singh Soorma, featuring Daler Mehndi, and Sohniye—are also underway. After this, the preparation for my second album would also begin.”
Ssameer has also directed songs for upcoming movie Meri Shaadi Karao, which features Daler Mehndi’s son Gurdeep Mehndi.