If you are a devoted listener of Punjabi music, then you must have heard the rising ‘YouTube star’, Prabh Gill, who came on the region’s music map four years ago. Ludhiana-based Prabh has so far churned out 13 single tracks, out of which he penned four.
As he gets set to release his first single album later this month, Ludhiana-based Prabh talks about making a successful and inexpensive beginning online, before graduating to CDs. Prabh started being trained in music at the age of 16 from CL Bhalla, a professor at the department of music, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. “I am trained in classical music, which I consider to be my biggest earning. Being trained in classical music is every singer’s backbone; for such a singer can create music as well as use knowledge about the raagas, adding versatility to his craft,” he says.
Recalling the initiation of his professional journey in 2009 with a song called, Tere Bina, which was released on YouTube, Prabh says, “When I wanted to start my career, I visited many music companies in the hope of bagging an impressive launch. But, unfortunately they were beyond my budget. So, my friends advised me to try my luck with social networking sites such as YouTube. It worked for me, since my first single got 1,500 downloads in one day.”
Understandably, for Prabh and many others like him who have found a platform to display their talent online, such sites are a blessing. “The recognition that I have earned today is because of social networking sites. In fact, my only song that was ever heard on TV was Guzara in 2011,” he adds.
In the same year, Prabh released other songs such as Mere Dil Di Tu Jane, Mera Naam and Notorious Jatt, the latter having being played on BBC London.
The singer feels strongly about the decline in the popularity of Punjabi songs, which he believes is because quality is compromised upon. “There was a time when even non-Punjabis loved Punjabi songs; but unfortunately due to poor lyrics, even Punjabis now choose not to listen to them,” says he.
Romantic songs are close to his heart. “I can’t even imagine my music without romance. Sad romantic songs are not my cup of tea and dance numbers are good, but only for some
time. It is only romantic songs that are evergreen and stored as classics in a collector’s archive,” he says, adding that he would like to keep ‘the romantic era alive in the hearts of the people.’
Prabh’s belief in old-world romance also spills in his life. The 27-year-old says he hasn’t found ‘the one’ yet. “Everyday, many people ask me why I’m still single. I haven’t been in a relationship and would love once and dedicate my life to her,” he says dreamily.
Next, Prabh hopes to work in Bollywood. “I want to be a playback singer and create a fusion of Hindi and Punjabi songs,” he says. Despite being better known now, Prabh is staying loyal to online music, as he would soon be releasing one of his Hindi romantic tracks online. Meanwhile, his first solo album, Endless, releases on December 17, about which the singer reveals, “My album has eight tracks. The teaser of one, Ik Reejh, is on YouTube.”