Rishi Rich: Everyone should be proud of India’s indie music scene


“The lockdown for me was interesting. On the one hand, I created my label and released some exciting music and on the other hand, I couldn’t travel and be with my family in the UK. The pandemic has changed us all forever, but I’m grateful that I was able to protect myself, ”said Anglo-Indian music producer Rishpal Singh Rekhi aka Rishi Rich, who has been in Mumbai for five years.

The musician, best known for his songs in films like Hum Tum (2004), Half girlfriend (2017), Namaste England (2018), Ravine boy (2019) and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, among others, says the lockdown actually helped him. “The music kept me sane during the lockdown. In a strange way, the phase helped me focus on my musical aspirations and decide where I wanted to go next, ”says Rich, who released a new single, Zakham.

While many musicians express their love for independent music rather than film music, for Rich it is the same. “For a music producer like me, I like to make music without restrictions or rules. If one of my songs doesn’t work for a film project, but sounds great with an independent artist, that’s fine. All music is heard and has its own space. The indie music scene in India is something everyone should be so proud of. It really makes sense and I’m happy to be a part of it, ”he says.

Meanwhile, his famous trio, The Rishi Rich Project, consisting of Jay Sean, Juggy D and him, have some great music under their belt. But he’s been inactive for a while. “The Rishi Rich project is made up of Jay Sean, Juggy D and myself and there is always something going on with the three of us. It’s just the right time and being in the right place. We haven’t been to 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, ”explains the musician.


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