More commonly known for belting out Bhangra numbers, Jati ironically offers up something a little less musically clichéd. Unexpected from the singer, ‘Same Cliché’ is a poppy upbeat number which fuses Jati’s Panjabi singing with a reggae melody. Produced by Hush Cat & Kemistry the track also features the vocals of RnB singer Lois Davina and rapper Jason King.
From a young age Jati has had all the makings of a musical star; from playing keyboard, to training in Indian Classical since he was 15 and being part of a Bhangra band ‘Aaj Kal Deh Mundeh’ in his teens. His musical efforts got him noticed by producers and he made his vocal debut on the track ‘Jaan’ from the album ‘Realism Vol. 1’. He then went on to feature Panjabi By Nature’s ‘Jaan Panjabi’ on the track ‘Dil Mitran’. More recently Jati featured on Ominous DJ’s 2007 release ‘Bas Kar’ on the songs ‘Chargaiye’ and ‘Rumaal’ and on DJ Dips’ 2008 release ‘Nach Nach’ from the album ‘Stand Up Vol. 1’.
Jati has now turned his attention to his own material. Currently working on his debut album, he aims to present a British Asian sound. Having grown up in the UK, Jati still feels really close to his Panjabi heritage and through combining his Panjabi vocals with a variety of genres, from RnB to Pop with a touch of Bhangra he hopes to be successful in representing the best of both worlds.
The album which is due out in the summer features an array of well-known producers. So far Jati has confirmed that he has been working with Bee2, Dipps Bhamrah, DJ Dips and Mentor. There are a few other big name producers that Jati has remained tight-lipped on which will surely have Bhangra fans ecstatic. A disciple of music, Jati will be showcasing even further musical talents on the album by getting behind the production desk and producing some tracks.
Releasing as an EP, there are five mixes of ‘Same Cliché’. Jati serves up a funky desi remix of his own track, whilst DJs Inc mix in some bassline for an edgy mix. There will be no escaping ‘Same Cliché’ as the upbeat track and its various mixes are sure to take over dancefloors and radiowaves.
From the Midlands, the hub of British Bhangra, it was almost inevitable that Jati would become a part of it too. Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar, DCS, Sahotas, B21, Shaan, Backstreet boys, Boys II Men and Michael Jackson are just some of Jati’s inspirations and it’s quite apparent in his sound which fuses Indian with a hint of RnB, Pop and Hip Hop.
His affair with music started young. He’s been playing the keyboard since the age of 10 and at the age of 15, Jati started Indian classical training with Meena Kumari. It was when his school friends decided to put together a band ‘Aaj Kal Deh Mudeh’ AKDM, he started to really recognise his talent and realise his calling.
With his group, Jati started performing Bhangra numbers at school events and through his college years, playing local gigs and festivals. The band parted ways when the members went their separate ways for university, but Jati continued working on a solo career. This is where the young singers’ passion really took hold and Jati started to take the possibility of a singing career seriously.
Having created some noise with AKDM, it wasn’t long before producers came knocking. His first track ‘Jaan’ was released on ‘Realism Vol. 1’ and he then got the attention of Panjabi By Nature who went on to use Jati on his smash hit compilation album – ‘Jaan Panjabi’ on the track ‘Dil Mitran’. The success of these two releases gained interest from record labels and Jati went on to sign with 4Play Recordings.
Jati’s first projects with the label were with his label mates, Ominous DJs and DJ Dips. In 2007, he recorded ‘Chargaiye’ and ‘Rumaal’ for Ominous DJ’s ‘Bas Kar’ album. More recently Jati has been heard on DJ Dips’ 2009 release ‘Nach Nach’ from the album ‘Stand Up Vol. 1’.
His sound envelopes the various inspirations and influences of being a British Asian. Passionate about Panjabi culture yet a fan of mainstream music, Jati’s effortlessly combines both east and west influences. His voice shows versatility of being able to handle a traditional Bhangra track as well as a pop number.
Jati is currently working on his debut album which will feature Bee2, Dipps Bhamrah, DJ Dips, Mentor and 5am on production. Showcasing further musical talents, Jati will also be producing on the album. The first track to be released from the album will be ‘Same Cliché’.
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