Indian singer Navtej Singh Rehal and Scandinavian producer-team Thomas Sardorf and Janus Barnewitz, a trio better known as Bombay Rockers, will release their third album next month. Titled Rock ‘n’ Roll, it comes three years after their last album Crash and Burn. The Rockers, who were in town last week to perform at Hard Rock Café, have signed up with Times Music to release the album.
Commenting on their long absence from the scene, Rehal says, “We’ve been touring since the first album and haven’t stopped a bit. We’ve travelled the whole world and played in India a bunch of times, so we were always a part of the scene.Long wait
"But although the material for the third album was ready a while ago, we had some issues with our last record label, so the wait was rather long," he explains.
The trio, best known for their chartbuster single, Rock tha party, was also featured on the group Overseas’ album, All Or Nothing, in 2008. The Rockers had also worked with Overseas on Ari ari earlier, but say that this time, the album won’t have any collaborations.
“We wanted to express so many things that we had on our minds, that we didn’t feel the need for collaborations,” Rehal says. “The album has a happy vibe to it. There’s a lot of sadness in the world already, so we wanted to keep our music cheerful. Of course, it will be done through the electro-dance route.”
Though the band is from Denmark, their constant gigging in India has put them in the spotlight here, and got them a lot of Bollywood offers. “Some we rejected because we didn’t want to do just any song; some of the music didn’t suit us; but most couldn’t work out because of the long distance,” Rehal admits. “We are considering coming to Mumbai for some time so we can figure out collaborations for our next album.”
But that will have to wait, because the group goes on an India tour to promote Rock ‘n’ Roll in October, and will simultaneously release music videos of their songs on television.
Ask him whether a physical CD makes sense with all the rampant piracy, and Rehal chuckles, “We hope people in India buy CDs, since people in Europe buy them too.”