Published on September 17th, 2010 | by Denny Armatrading2
Countdown to UMA: Jaz Dhami Interview
In our run up to The Urban Music Awards The Mixup managed to get 5 minutes with Jaz Dhami to talk about being nominted for Best Asian Act at this years Urban Music Awards.
Check out the full interview below.
Going up against Jay Sean for the Best Male at the Brit Asia you came up trumps, how do you feel to be going up against him again in the Urban Music Awards?
What Jay Sean has achieved in terms of his career and music progression and popularity has been amazing and to be nominated in the same category as him is fantastic. Obviously with this in mind when I won the Brit Asia awards I was ecstatic as i have nothing but respect for him and it was a massive mile stone in my career winning.
To be up against him at the UMA is fantastic again and fingers crossed i will hopefully pick up another award.
Being from the Asian Scene how important is it for the Asian urban music scene to get recognised in more mainstream awards shows like the UMA and what does this say for the Asian Music Scene in Europe in your opinion?
I feel it is important for Asian artists to be recognised in mainstream culture, because it enables music to cross rivers and break barriers, as music should be universal no matter what the genre. The UMA gives this platform for Asian music to cross to different audiences which i feel is important in terms of helping the Asian music scene to continue to cultivate and grow.
I feel that Asian music is really gaining momentum in been recognised across Europe, now more than ever. I find with the advent of the Internet and more migration of Asian communities to European countries is really helping the Asian music scene to spread its wings. With the UMA this is been recognised which i feel is a really positive thing.
An article on the UMA was printed in the Sun, with your name in the nominations list. Is this the first time you’ve found your self in The Sun newspaper?
Yes it was the first time i have been in the Sun and it was fantastic to see my name in the paper alongside some great names.
Do you have any collaborations lined up with any artists being nominated, if not who would you like to work in the Asian scene and beyond?
No i have not got anything lined up at present with any of the artists in the nominations list. However I would love to work with many of the artists nominated as there is some very big names there which i myself am respectful of in terms of their talent and musical out put.
I am currently putting my second album into touch and i have already have some Asian music artists that will feature on the album, hopefully there will be a few mainstream collaborations on the album too… so watch this space!
Tinie Tempah would be a great collab for me in particular though as I like the innovation in his tracks and he has really blown the urban music scene apart. I have nothing but respect for him. He is very talented.
What can we expect from Jaz Dhami in the next year? And how do you intend to capitalise on the main stream recognition that the UMA can potentially bring?
There is a lot coming out from Jaz Dhami this year, which includes more tracks and I am busy at the moment promoting my debut album across the globe, which I have received a fantastic response from.
In terms of the capitalising on the UMA lets just see what happens. All I can do is do what I do best and that’s make music. Any recognition and awards that comes alongside this is a bonus for me.
The Mixup would like to say a big thank you to Jaz Dhami and his team.
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