I am the original global
. I love Bhangra, Punjabi folk and hip-hop. Bollywood? Yes please. Are there people singing?” asks 25-year-old Imran Khan. The Dutch-born Pakistani singer, is the newest rage in the underground
circuit worldwide. With two club hits
, Khan’s music is climbing top hits charts.
The new-age protégé of
is, in fact the grooviest Punjabi song to gain multiple hits and plays worldwide. The singer, based out of Holland, in his first Indian interview, had no idea of his success in India.
“Really? I had no clue. It’s great to know people are listening to my music. I have taken
on tour around the world to Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, USA and UK. Looks like I really need to visit India,” says Khan.
So, while India is on the cards, Bollywood, he says, will happen when he’s ready. “I want to bring
on tour to India first, establish myself in the industry and then look towards Bollywood. RDB and Stereo Nation did the same,” says Khan.
His debut album Unforgettable made a clean sweep at the UK Asian Music Awards this year, winning the Best Album, the Best Desi Act, the Best Male Act and Best Video for
“The whole concept for the video was done by me. I told director Tim Swagger that I wanted a police chase scene and the kind of feel I wanted for the video. In Holland, they chase me a lot. It is one of the reasons why I created the track
, as they always seem to be chasing me, but have never been able to catch me,” says Khan.
, he says, is also a witty comment on the Punjabi
abroad. “I was at a set of traffic lights waiting and I was watching these Punjabi guys in a 4X4, wanting to race with a girl in a car and the lines popped into my head.
Gadi sanu behja ni jatiye
(come sit in my car, PYT) and then I thought a lot of people sing about Laila-Majnu. ‘You are my Laila, I am your Majnu’ and I twisted it in ‘
amplifier (You are my woofer and I’m your amplifier) which is just crazy to listen to,” Khan says, decoding Amplifier.
The interesting thing about Khan is that instead of signing on to commercial labels, he’s chosen Indie labels to market his music. “When I break into the
mainstream, I want to do it my way. I don’t want my music and lyrics to be directed. Nobody would replace Laila-Majnu with woofer-amplifier. It’s a spoof, but everybody likes it,” he signs off.