Considered the pioneers of Hip-hop Bhangra, RDB was born and bred in Bradford, England. The group has had all the 'hip' and the 'hop' share that there is in the Bhangra music with their three albums, working on the fourth in addition, to producing and collaborating with artistes such as Snoop Dog, Ludacris and others.
The three brothers group (Manjeet Ral,Surjeet Ral, Kuldeep Ral had their beginnings at Surjeet's 18th birthday party when they decided on that very day they would further their ambition of music into the live circuit and the global entertainment platform. This culminated in the result of their very first album in 2001 which marked an important stage in RDB's musical career, the band later on had an addition in the form of Nindy Kaur.
There was no looking back for RDB who took the Bhangra markets and International live shows by storm with their interesting blend of Bhangra with hip-hop and other western genres. The band was hit by a personal tragedy losing Kuldeep Ral in April 2011 who died of brain tumour.
RDB will embark on new tours, signing new artists, producing and breaking tracks for Bollywood films, releasing more singles and eventually releasing our highly anticipated album Worldwide, says the group.
What is RDB up to these days?
Right now, we're set to compose the entire sound track of a Hindi movie for the first time. Once we have the final tracks ready you will be the first to know. Rest assured it will be a good mix of typical RDB bangers with a few soft ballads. We are also in the process of releasing the new album Worldwide so it's a pretty hectic year for the group as always!
Working with international music legends — Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, etc...
We have been so lucky to have collaborated with some of the world's greatest artist and of course plan to collaborate with many more. It has definitely been a step in the right direction as music is becoming more internationally available as the process of globalization continues to increase. It has created less barriers and given opportunities to music lovers to expand their knowledge of the various music genres around the world.
Is RDB working, experimenting on new projects? What sort?
RDB is always experimenting and working on new tracks, projects and tours. As already mentioned, we have the Hindi movie sound track in the pipeline as well as the release of the new album. RDB is forever evolving so I'm sure we have a few more surprises for our fans up our sleeves.
How did Nindy Kaur join RDB? Heard it was a funny entry..
Shortly after Manj and Nindy got together in 2001, he kept pushing her to get into the studio and record. Nindy thought of herself as a superstar singer in the shower but we as a group recognised her talents. Next thing we know, we found us all sitting and jamming out in the studio and the rest is history.
Could you speak about your late brothers creative abilities? What you are going to miss most about him, how instrumental was he in forming RDB?
After the loss of our eldest brother, Kuly, we had an overwhelming amount of condolences and support from our UK Bhangra industry colleagues, we therefore composed this track (We doin' it big) and shot a music video featuring cameo appearances from some of these top Bhangra artists. Kuly was fantastic at composing tracks. He was the creative master making the craziest beats and baselines and then passed his abilities and knowledge to Manj who continues making the hits. KULY is forever in our hearts.
How is your new record faring?
So far so good. We're loving all the media attention and the attention from our fans that we're getting. Happy that our hard work and efforts have been appreciated.
The group offers some tips to newbies who would like to get their music noticed and marketed:
for starting in the music industry
For anyone starting in this industry, the key elements for success are: be creative and different with your music, understand the music business and most of all have fun.
Working in the Bollywood arena — how to enter new markets
It's a combinations of luck, talent and the ambition to break boundaries.
Finance — funding
your record label
Of course it requires money to make money so think of investing into yourself then you can only benefit your own pockets.
Working in the Indian
Always a bit of a challenge as we started with a very westernised approach to the music industry and expected all territories to work the same. But we soon found out we had to adapt to combine efforts and expand our goal of making our music heard across the globe. It is all about patience and compromise.