Jay Kadn, the breakthrough singer formerly known as Junai Kaden is back with his latest track and if the buzz is anything to go by, it seems that he’s soon going to be ruling the charts once again!
Asian Style Magazine spoke to Jay recently soon after he launched his new song, which is an official remix of the 2008 superhit ballad, ‘Tukh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai’ from the film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. While the original has Shah Rukh Khan and then debutante, Anushka Sharma, this is the ‘hinglish’ version of the song!
Ayesha: Congratulations on the collaboration with Yash Raj, but before we talk about that, let me just ask you about your journey so far. When did your interest in music first start and how did you end up being a recording artist?
Jay: I came into the music industry professionally in 2010 and released my first 3 singles in the first 3 months. By the fourth month, I had dropped my first album – and those were all number one on the BBC download and iTunes charts.
I had been part of a music academy and they picked me up, so that is how I started it professionally in 2010 – otherwise I was always singing from the age of 11-12.
Ayesha: Did you receive any professional training? Or was it an interest that became a passion and then a profession?
Jay: I first learnt instruments, Indian instruments and then from there I went into singing – learning classical and getting opera training, hip hop and a whole range of other things. I am always training – the vocal training never stops.
Ayesha: Do you think having a background in such a diverse range of genres of music helps you when you are looking for inspiration or just trying to put together a single or an album?
Jay: Oh, yes! It absolutely does. Music is a universal language. It’s having that versatility and knowledge that becomes instrumental! (Laughter)
Ayesha: You are looked up to as a role model by a lot of young, Asian people who are keen to get into this industry – does that add to the pressure? Or are you just a musician who happens to be of Asian origin?
Jay: Initially there was a lot of pressure! Especially because in 2010, when I first started, I rose quite quickly! But I am aware of the added responsibility. I am often invited by academies and schools to speak to students to motivate them. And I take the responsibility of being a positive role model very seriously.
Ayesha: Coming to your collaboration with Yash Raj – congratulations again – it is a massive achievement! Tell us how it happened?
Jay: It came about, literally, as I was sitting in my room one day. I knew I really wanted to do something from the film ‘Rab ne bana di Jodi’; so I put together something and sent it to my producer to produce. My manager then approached Yash Raj – who were very happy with the song. They really liked the music and asked us to shoot a video.
Ayesha: The video has been shot it in Pakistan, I believe – tell us more about that!
Jay: We discussed a few different ideas for the video. It was shot in Pakistan, at the Katas Raj Temple, which is near a small city called Chakwal. It is a beautiful area with many Hindu temples and historical buildings. We shot there for a week and then sent the footage to India. There, Yash Raj mixed it with the footage of Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma from the film and made it look absolutely seamless. I am so delighted with the way the video has turned out!
Ayesha: What made you choose ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta hai’?
JAY: It is such a beautiful song – the concept itself too is lovely – of how the man sees a reflection of God’s love in the girl. I totally fell in love with the song. The way Shah Rukh and Anushka portrayed it on the screen and the writer and director and the music producer, who all came together. I loved the concept. And I wanted to do something with this song!
Ayesha: Your song was launched today and the feedback is great already! People are really liking it the song and the video! How does it feel?
Jay: It feels incredibly amazing. I have worked very, very hard for the past six months. It is actually gratifying to see my creative baby, my vision, being so beautifully translated and I can’t thank the people supporting me enough! I feel blessed!
Ayesha: Are you going to be working on more remixes with Yash Raj? We would love to hear more work!
Jay: Yes, we are in talks at the minute for more work together. I have another original single coming out in July and then hope to be travelling to Mumbai and Delhi in a couple of months’ time. So let’s see – India, here I come! I am very interested in playback singing as well so would like to explore that further!
Ayesha: Before we let you go – any messages for our readers and your very loyal fans on Twitter?
Jay: All I want to say it, please do support me. This has taken a lot of hard work, the song and the video – so please do listen to it and watch the video. To all my fans, who have stood by me and supported me through everything, I want to say a big thank you! If I could call each one individually, I really would! I love you all!
Watch the video for Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai below: