Punjab2000 writer, Amrit catches up with Rana Jai other wise know as Deelite MC.
Deelite MC is a music artist creating sounds with an urban-asian flavour. His track “Ramleela” featuring The Clarence Street Collective has recently been played on the airwaves by BBC Asian Network on the Kan D Man and DJ Limelight show.
Read more about Deelite MC, his upcoming projects and how you can get involved…
1) Why the name Deelite MC
In my teenage years I had a bit of a sweet tooth for Turkish delights, so I decided to switch it up and call myself Deelite MC. The name stayed since then. People always knew me as Deelite MC when I featured on other artist’s tracks. I like to think I’m delightful *laughs*
2) How did you get into music, and more specifically your style and genre? I used to sneak into clubs when I was like 15 and there used to be live MC sets. I would bug the djs to let me “spit “. I started on drum and bass then evolved to UK garage, and 2 step for quite a while. Then the garage scene had died down so I decided to evolve to hiphop.
3) How important is your music to you, and what kind of impact do you wish to create to your listeners?
My music is very important to me as it reflects on me as a individual. As an artist you get judged, so with the whole urban fusion style of my music I’m creating, I feel I have to be on point. The impact I’m trying to create is the whole mix of Asian sounds with hiphop, not only for the Asian market but also for all cultures. I hope maybe I could get everyone united through the power of music.
4) When you’re not doing music what do you do?
When I’m not doing music I work in the mental health field. My job is to make people aware of mental health . Also when I’m not doing music I’m a family man. I have a son who is 11 months old so I spend as much time I can with him and my family.
5) Who are your influences and why?
I try not to have influences as that then puts you in a position to musically be and sound like others. Having said that I respect all music genres and artists. I love all music from hiphop, to rock, to Bhangra .
6) If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why? The market that I am making music in has some great artists. There are people like TaZZz , Raxstar , Priti Menon, Steel Banglez, Humble the Poet. These are just a few of many talented individuals I’d work with in an instance. These guys are the ones who are putting in a lot of work and I love and respect their work ethic. They all seem like nice people, so if you guys are reading this, hit me up!!!
7) Where do you see yourself in 5 years? The aim is to hit overseas like India and Pakistan. I want to take urban fusion music across over there . We do have artists that have started to make waves and I’d love to be a part of that movement in the near future.
8) What are you currently working on? I have just finished and released my debut Mixtape called #DeeliteMc which is available for FREE download. On the back of that I’m currently working on various known producers and artists in the Asian market which will soon be released. I’m looking to start my second EP soon too. I will be sending clips of the beats out to any artist that wants to make themselvess known in the Asian market and feature on my second EP. It’s hard for new artists to make it through so I can totally understand how that is. I guess this is my way of helping out any one who wants to be heard.
9) Do you have a message for your fans reading this interview?
You can follow me on Twitter @DeeliteMc and Facebook as DeeliteMc. Anyone with questions to featuring on my second EP, hit me up at [email protected]