Rishi Rich Says Everyone Should Be Proud Of India’s Indie Music Scene- Exclusive!

Indian record producer Rishi rich talks about India’s rich independence scene, how the blockade treated him, and his upcoming collaboration with partner Juggy D and Jay Sean.

“Lockdown for me was interesting. On the one hand, I started my record label and put out some exciting music and on the other, I couldn’t travel and be with my family in the UK. The pandemic has changed all of us forever but I am thankful that I have been able to keep myself safe,” says British-Indian music producer Rishpal Singh Rekhi aka Rishi Rich, who has been in Mumbai for the last five years.

Musicians known for his songs in movies such as Hum Tum (2004), Half Girlfriend (2017), Namaste England (2018), Gully Boy (2019), Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar say when he was in lockdown. “Music kept me sane during the lockdown. Weirdly, the phase helped me focus on my musical aspirations and decide where I wanted to take myself next,” says Rich, who has come up with a new single, Zakham.

Many musicians speak louder about their love for indie music than film scores, but so does Rich. “For a music producer like me, I like to make music without restriction and rules. If a song of mine doesn’t work for a film project but sounds great with an independent artist, that’s great. All music is heard and has its own space. The indie music scene in India is something everyone should be so proud of. It’s coming into its own and I’m happy to be a part of that,” he says.

Meanwhile, his famous trio, Jay Sean, Juggy D, and his Rishi Rich project have some great music to thank. But it was inactive for some time. “The Rishi Rich Project is Jay Sean, Juggy D, and myself and there’s always something being worked on with us three. It’s just about the right time and being in the right place. We haven’t been in the same country for a long time, so when that happens, it will only be a matter of time until the audience hears something from us,” says the musician.

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