Though it's rock music that influences Delhi-based music director-turned-singer Ssameer, Punjabi music's influence continues to find place in his works.
This time he comes out with a fusion album, titled Saiyyan, launched in the city on Tuesday, where the 38-year-old member of Indo-western band Karma, revealed that it contained strains of traditional Punjabi folk music along with contemporary rock and other genres.
About the Punjabi touch, Ssameer says, "The Punjabi influence in my music, I think, has come naturally because I live in Delhi where there are a lot of Punjabi beats doing the rounds. And I love the language too."
Present at Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, Chandigarh, along with singer and tabla player Shamsher Mehndi, who is the elder brother of Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, Ssameer talked of experimentations and explorations.
The singer-composer shares that the idea of using various genres of music came when he and Manpreet Singh, son of Shamsher Mehndi and a composer himself, thought of creating a new style of music. The seven-track compilation has music by Ssameer and Manpreet.
The title track, Saiyyan, adds Ssameer, has two versions; one of which is a club mix in rock style and the other a reprise version with use of acoustic guitar and sarangi.
"There is music given by many Delhi-based rappers such as Gora Singh, Rapper Maddy and Nishant Mudgil, apart from music by classical music artists such as Murad Ali in the album. Despite rock and hip-hop, the beauty of Punjabi music has been kept alive," he adds.
According to Ssameer, this album is his first step towards finding his own place on the music circuit. In the future, he plans to bring more exciting projects to cheer people, he smiles.