Juggy, it’s been five years since your last album. Where’ve you been?
(Laughs) I’ve been touring one album for five years! I’m probably the only artiste to have achieved that in the history of Punjabi music. Actually, I did a few singles and it’s happened that all of them finished together and will now release together in the next couple of months. (Laughs) So now when anyone asks me where I’ve been, I say, here you go, one, two, three, four, five tracks! I’m back with a bang.
Why didn’t you come up with an album all these years?
Frankly, I just didn’t have the time to get into the studio. Touchwood, my dairy was full and my tours kept me really busy. And sometimes, when good work’s coming in, why stop? But now, it’s been five years and I am bored of ‘
’ and ‘
’, so the album’s happening.
So who’s on your album with you?
(Grins) No one! It’s been so long since I came out with an album that I didn’t want anyone else on it. There are 11 brand new tracks and two remixes. But they are completely fresh – there are no covers.
Aren’t you collaborating with Rishi Rich or Jay Sean?
I am working with Rishi Rich again on the album. After my last album, we both signed on with 2point9 Records, but he soon left it to start his own record label as a partner. I also left and that’s when he said that we should get back together. So he signed me on his label. As for Jay, he’s captured the US market and is doing really well. In the meanwhile, I want to capture the Indian market again in 2010. That’s my plan.
In a way, you guys started the whole ‘Punjabification’ of Hindi songs when your track ‘
Nachna tere naal
’ became a chartbuster. You sang in a couple of Hindi movies and then disappeared.
You learn from your mistakes. We had big hits in
Kya Kool Hain Hum
, but the biggest mistake we made was that we went back to the UK. People were trying to reach us but we were inaccessible. But people still recognise us and know our names. It’s just that we lost out on a huge chunk of the market and of course, a lot of cash!
So how do you plan to ‘recapture’ the Indian market?
First there’s the single that I did with B-Projekt, that’s already out, ‘
. Then there’s ‘
, a very desi, Punjabi track that’s out in the UK and will release here soon. There are a couple of other tracks – one of which is hip hop, and the other is reggae. Then, my album, Juggy D 2: Panjabi Rockstar, will release simultaneously in India and UK on Baisakhi, April 13. But I’m going to finish all my PR in London before the album launch in India. (Grins) This time, I’m going to be here throughout. In fact, I’ve been staying in India for over a month this time. I’m making amends.
What about Bollywood?
Yeah I do want to do more work in Mumbai but I’d equally love to work in Punjab as well. At the moment, I love Bollywood music since every Hindi film has a Punjabi song. (Animatedly) And that’s my f**king field, man! That’s why I have moved my ass back here. I’m going to just put out my music and see what happens.