NCR’s Punjabi scene was recently set alight when Surj (Surjeet Ral Singh) of the RDB fame performed at Kingdom of Dreams. Surj used to previously ­handle the group’s business affairs, helping RDB achieve worldwide ­success and fame. RDB’s commercial hits in Bollywood include Singh Is King with Snoop Dogg, Kambakkht Ishq, Aloo Chaat and Tamanche pe Disco. Before RDB split, after the death of the eldest brother Kuldeep Ral Singh, the band collaborated with global bigwigs ­including TPain, Snoop Lion, Ludacris, Elephant Man, Public Enemy among others. A few excerpts from the interview.
How is RDB faring currently?
With the loss of Kuly, things have been bumpy. Manj (Manjeet Ral Singh) chose a solo career. I, on the other hand, will continue ­spreading the sound of RDB to all the corners of the world, and ­entertaining fans by creating a ­signature sound, which was ­immediately identifiable as the RDB and keeping Kuly’s dream alive.
How does it feel to be back in Delhi?
Even though most of our work is based in Mumbai, we perform at ­private wedding shows for our Delhi fans. The city crowd is unique with different blends. In spite of that, everybody in Delhi listens to Punjabi music. Even non-Punjabis!
What are your views on rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh?
I have been listening to Yo Yo Honey Singh from when he was a young ­artist, with still a growing fan base in North India. I have utmost respect for his music.
What are your plans for the future of RDB?
The RDB originality is missing in our current songs. But with the new breed of artists coming out of the woodwork, we are open to ­opportunities. We have projects lined up with four different Hollywood A-Listers whose names I can’t ­disclose presently, as well as ­mainstream Bollywood. In short, expect great things from RDB.