Ikka Talks About His New Collaboration "Get Down" With Rishi Rich And Juggy D, Badshah’s Business Acumen, Impact of Bohemia on his life

Ankit Singh Patyal who is more popularly known as Ikka Singh has had quite an incredible year so far. With successful Bollywood releases including reimagined versions of “Dilbar” and “Kamariya” from Mitron to his credit, the 32-year-old hit-maker returns to the charts with “Get Down” in collaboration with Rishi Rich and Juggy D.

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“I grew up listening to Rishi Rich, Jay Sean, Juggy D, and Veronica. I still have their cassettes with me. When I was young, I just wanted to be in the same photo frame with them, forget about working on a track. “Get Down” is a dream come true for me,” says Ikka in an exclusive conversation with OnRecord.

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Discussing his latest project, Ikka says it took him half an hour to write the verse and ten minutes to record it. “When I first heard the drop Rishi paaji had produced, I was just blown away. Juggy bhai’s verse was already on it and I knew exactly what to do,” he continues.  

Stressing on the space an artist can explore while working on a release for independent platforms like EMI’s VYRL Originals and Saavn’s Artist Originals, he mentions, “When you work for a Bollywood movie, you’re given a particular situation and you’re bound to deliver in a manner dictated by others. But when it comes to an independent track – Bada asmaan hai, jahan marzi udo. (The sky is endless, you can fly wherever you want.)”

Freedom to speak his mind has always been the priority for Ikka. “Interview” gave an opportunity to his fans to learn about the human being behind the meticulously constructed verses of club anthems like “Tequila Shot” with Harrdy Sandhu. “”Interview” summarizes the major events in my life. It was easy to pen down because I’ve lived through the tough times I’m talking about,” narrates Singh. “I wrote this song in 2017, when I earned an award for “Half Window Down.” I had never won anything in my life and when the honor was bestowed upon me; I felt, yes, I have done something,” he adds.

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Recalling his initial experiences with Hip-Hop, the co-lyricist of Guru Randhawa’sOutfit” tells, “When I first heard “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, I didn’t know what the words meant but the way he set the flow; you could feel the anger and rage that, he had.”  However, it was “Kali Denali” from Bohemia’s debut album Pesa Nasha Pyaar that motivated him to take up songwriting after a question popped in the then 20-year-old Ikka’s mind – “If he can rap in Punjabi, why can’t I rap in Hindi?”

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Similar to a majority of middle-class parents in India, Singh’s family didn’t support his decision of pursuing a career in the music industry because of the uncertainties involved – “It’s true, most parents think; if my kids become lawyers or doctors their future will be secure. Even though it is always in good faith, they should let their children delve into creative fields and let them live up to their full potential.” However, he urges the budding artists to take an initiative first and prove themselves similar to CarryMinati and Bhuvan Bam. “They started off with a basic camera setup, worked hard, evolved with technology and l am pretty sure, their parents are proud of them now,” asserts Ikka.  

Ikka also lays great emphasis on studies. He believes one can never lose track of his or her end goal as education enables one to develop maturity as well as a sense of how the world functions. “If you can combine your love for art with a business sense, the sky’s the limit,” he claims and continues, “Badshah is an engineer. He is equally good at making music as he is with the business side of it and you can see how successful he is.”

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Talking about technological advancements made in the field of music distribution, Ikka is of the opinion that streaming services along with social media are helping artists reach out to a wider audience more than ever. “Over the years, these two tools have made it easier for us to spread our music around the world. We’ve all danced to “Despacito” without knowing what the song even means and when I see foreigners dancing to our music in countries such as Canada, Australia, and UK, it confirms the massive impact that internet has had on our work,” concludes Ikka Singh.

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