BORN and brought up in Amritsar, British Asian singer Sania Salan has been connected to music from a very young age.
Having moved to the UK in 2010, she started recording songs during lockdown and made a winning debut with top track Ranjhna. Since then, she has delivered more songs, including her most recent release, Wah Wah. She teamed up with leading music producer Vee on the catchy number that adds to her growing momentum.
Eastern Eye caught up with the musical newcomer to discuss her journey so far, latest song and future hopes.
What sparked your interest in music?
I was first drawn to music when I was quite young. My parents were very supportive and encouraged me to sing. Growing up, I was involved in the gidha dance team and often sang boliyan and other songs. Those experiences ignited my love for music. Later on, I pursued a career as a vocalist and performed live at various venues.
How would you describe your progress so far?
From my debut track to my latest release, I’ve been witnesseing significant growth and improvement. It’s been an enlightening journey. Right from crafting the correct concept for the lyrics to discovering the musical elements that encapsulate the powerful emotions that we are expressing.
Creating soulful music has been an incredible learning curve. The process of songmaking is immensely enjoyable and fulfilling, especially when it resonates with fans. Connecting the right lyrics and music has helped build a supportive fan base, and their growing appreciation continues to motivate me.
Which is your favourite song among your own?
All my songs hold a special place in my heart. They aren’t just crafted for production; they each narrate a genuine story and emotion. Each of my four released tracks carries a distinct vibe and meaning. If I had to pick one, Wah Wah stands out – it has this irresistible energy that sets my feet tapping as soon as it starts playing.
What inspired your latest single?
I envisioned a folk beat, capturing a girl lost in thoughts about her love and expressing them. When I shared this with CJ (the lyricist for Wah Wah) he beautifully crafted the lyrics. The song embodies a girl’s genuine feelings for her partner, encompassing her dreams and emotions. Once CJ shared the lyrics, we began working on it immediately. If you listen closely, you will understand why i say every line of it is a story in itself.
What was it like working with music producer Vee?
Vee is already an established name in Bollywood and Punjabi music. He is very hardworking. We initiated our musical partnership with my debut track Ranjhna. Since then, we’ve crafted numerous songs which are slated for release in 2024. Our work is heartfelt and will resonate deeply with everyone.
What is the music master plan going forward?
I will continue to do what I am doing while exploring new styles. Collaborating with other artists is on the horizon, with a focus on creating more dance-oriented tracks that work well with my fans.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
If I get an opportunity, I would like to collaborate with Diljit Dosanjh. His dedication towards Punjabi music is remarkable. He’s truly inspiring in the way he worked his way up and established a global reputation for himself.
What is your New Year’s resolution?
I just want to make this a memorable year. I am seeking big collaborations. I will make more melodies and bring some romantic tracks out along with my classic dancing style.
Who is your music hero?
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I grew up listening to his qawwalis and songs. He is a legend. Listening to his music always transports me to a different world. I am also obsessed with Sai Zahoor’s song Allah Hoo; it gives me goosebumps.
Is there something new in music you would like to master?
I’m passionate about traditional music and aim to reintroduce soulful songs to the newer generation, adapting them to suit their tastes. I want to find ways to build a musical bridge between old and new styles, and be able to connect both generations.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
That consistent practice is the key to honing the craft and carving out your own unique style in music.
What does music mean to you?
Music truly is the rhythm of the soul, weaving through every aspect of our lives. It’s the language of emotions, expressing the depths of our inner selves in ways that words often can’t. We’re all part of this collective experience.