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Interview: Sanjoy talks new single ‘Obvi’ with Elliott Yamin (Includes interview)

On the new track “Obvi,” he said, “It started with a conversation between Stephen (the songwriter) and I. We were both going through falling in and out of love at the time. We wanted to create a super real and relatable song. A song which has soul mixed in with heartache but also uplifting and optimistic vibe. Don’t know how to explain it in exact words, that’s why we wrote our feelings in form of a song.”

This song is a collaboration with Elliott Yamin from American Idol. “First of all I’d like to thank my friend Russell Ali. He’s the one that connected Elliott and I after I played him the demo of ‘Obvi!’ Russell is a superstar guitarist and started the Rock
movement in Bangladesh with his old band Warfaze. He’s the one who tracked Elliott’s vocals and played bass on ‘Obvi.””

He added, “Elliott Yamin is a beast! Here’s a fun story: I had my first kiss at a Sadies dance in high school to his song ‘Wait For You.’ I supported him on American Idol and I could’ve never imagined working with him at that time. Elliott has a tone like no one else. He has just the right amount of power and soul in his voice. He learnt the song literally within hours and just made it his own. He’s basically the messenger of this record and I tried to highlight that as much as possible with the production.”

Sanjoy signed with Sony Music. “That is exciting,” he said. “First time in my life I felt good about singing something! It’s all because of the people on my team Kunal, Amar, Brent, Daniel, Tony, Bob and Chris. Sorry if I’m leaving anyone out. Incredible people, only pressure on me is to make good music. They care a lot about me as an artist and are totally on par with my vision and that is the most important thing about a label.”

Regarding his future plans, he said, “I’m going to work my ass off this year. I already have been. I can’t wait to show you guys
the follow up records. More creating and less of everything else.”

He is drawn to electronic dance music since it has no boundaries. “It is the only genre of music where you hear 100+ sub-genres and all these different unique type of music can co-exist. No one artist needs to sound like another to fit in. Credit for all of this goes to the audience. Dance music has the most mature and accepting listeners,” he said.

For aspiring Djs and electronic music producers, he said, “Make music to express and not impress. Make what’s real to you and everything else will follow. Put your heart and soul into the music you’re making. Break boundaries, make things sound
and feel real yet keeping it interesting. So the listener keeps coming back to discover new things in the same record. Connect and network with as many people as possible and try to have something relatable about you. When you’re out of sight, they should remember how interesting of a person you were. You need everyone’s support you can get. Build an awesome team and a support system.”

To learn more about Sanjoy, check out his official Facebook page.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 15,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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