'RDB music is all about one big party'
After hits like Shera di Kaum Punjabi, Om Mangalam, Aloo Chaat and Singh is Kinng, Rhythm Dhol Bass, popularly known as RDB, is back again with Sharabi - their latest track. Known for dance numbers, this one is no different either.
According to Manjeet Ral and Surjeet Ral – the duo who make up RDB now, “The theme of Sharabi is simply to party and enjoy. The track tells listeners to get ‘drunk’ on life and be happy.”
RDB was originally formed by three British Indian brothers Kuldeep, Manjeet and Surjeet and garnered a lot of popularity because of their traditional Punjabi rhythm and extensive use of dhol beats in their numbers. But now with the demise of Kuldeep (also called Kuly) last year due to cancer, the other two feel that it has created an irreplaceable void.
“Kuly paji will always remain in our hearts. In fact, our track Yaadhan was a tribute to him. From here on, every composition that we bring out, will be dedicated to him. We don’t believe anybody can fill his shoes. We retired his spot, nobody gets his throne.”
The trio had begun their musical journey by singing at the local gurudwara but changed tack when Bollywood offers began pouring in - beginning with Rafta Rafta from Namestey London. There has been no looking back since.
“We have worked extensively in the Bollywood arena and love creating and collaborating on Hindi films’ music. We feel blessed to have worked with such credible artists as Snoop Lion and Akshay Kumar (in Singh...) and Ludacris in Shera di Kaum Punjabi,” say the brothers in unison, not wishing to be quoted independently.
Talking about the original Khiladi of Bollywood, the duo shares, “It is great fun and inspiring to work with Akshay since he is very focused on his work and knows how to get the best out of any situation. That may be the reason why we work together so well. We provide the hits and he implements them in his films.”
RDB whose style of music is vibrant, energetic and real fun, talks about the current Bollywood songs. “Music is a constantly changing art form. In fact, if music didn’t evolve it would be a very sad world. So, it stands to reason that Bollywood music will also change and grow and it will be a good thing for many new talented musicians out there.”
Speaking of talent, the duo’s favourite crooner is Kailash Kher. RDB, who share a deep association with Delhi, says, “The musical scene here is very up and coming and lot of new talents are emerging. The Indian music industry is very different than the one in UK. The Indian genre is the ‘mainstream’ industry here but is very ‘underground’ in UK and North America.”