Surj from RDB gives us the lowdown on the ultimate collaboration
So just how did you persuade Grammy-award-winner T-Pain to join you on your new track Daddy Da Cash?
The power of connections! We gave his management a call then talked to T-Pain himself saying this is who we are and this is what we would like to do to the track. The rest of is history - he was eager to collaborate as much as we were!
What was he like to work with?
What a guy! He’s really down to earth, a super-duper human being. He is ultra talented. The beats and the melody was actually composed by our eldest brother Kuly, who passed away, but he made them so well that when T-Pain first heard it he was like ‘this is a great track, I love the beat, the melody and the style of you guys. I need to jump on this track.’
What can your fans expect from this song?
It’s the ultimate collaboration; you know it is a typical RDB sound, which we like to call the RDB genre. We like to play with western beats mixed and traditional Punjabi lyrics and vocals. Mixed by T-Pain means it automatically becomes a super hit. Essentially it’s a party track and a bit comedic as it’s about young people having fun at the expense of their parents.
Where did you get the inspiration from for Daddy Da Cash?
When we were touring around India we realised that people, especially youngsters were partying and having a great time, but they didn’t have any jobs, so it kind of made me think where are these guys getting their money from? They inherit it - they were just spending money from their inheritance. It’s great and I have nothing against it, it was a theme worth making a song about so that’s exactly what it is. Daddy Da Cash means Dad’s money.
If this is the ultimate collaboration, would be the best?
I would have loved to work with Michael Jackson but someone like Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Eminem or David Guetta would be great too.
In the promo T-pain makes an appearance by coming in a rickshaw, whose idea was it?
That was T-Pain’s idea. He saw the rickshaw and was like, that is a traditional Indian automobile; you don’t get that over there. He enjoyed the whole music video; he wasn’t sitting in his trailer or anything, he was there outside enjoying the whole thing.
You’ve mentioned already that the track was actually Kuly’s, it must have been emotional re-working it?
He was the initiator of RDB and he is RDB. It would almost be a crime for me and Manj to stop what Kuly built, so we have to continue on his legacy.
Interview by Sonia Ahmed and Thuvika Ganeshalingam