You’re debut single is named True Colours, Tell us more about it…
It's a song which I wrote and recorded when I was 16. You can probably tell how young I was by listening to the track... I remember writing it at secondary School in the playground. I recorded the track with Darren Martyn (record producer).
We actually produced the original version which the current version, that's out now, is different.
With the original, we got it mastered and we didn't know what to do with it because it was a very strong record and it was quite personal to me. We decided to not use it so we took a different approach I'm still sort of working myself out as an artist.. When I was in Big Brother last year, Darren really wanted to re-produce it so when I came out, he produced it to what it is now. We wanted the track to sound very old-school which is when The Voice UK star, Lydia Lucy featured in it...
How did it come about you were going to work with The Voice star Lydia Lucy?
While I was still in the Big Brother house, my producer was already looking for another vocalist to feature on the track which by then when I came out of Big Brother, they found Lydia Lucy. At the time, We were all sort of aware of her and that she was mad talented so that's how the feature came about.
I remember when I heard the new version for the first time, I was in my hotel room on the day I came out of Big Brother which my manager showed me and I was like Wow, that's definitely the one.
When did your passion for music first come about in your life?
I got picked on quite a lot at School, I was very segregated and left out from the other kids. When I first started Secondary School, I had gone away to Turkey for 2 weeks and came back looking really dark, I am quarter Indian, which I tan very easily so once I returned I was like borderline orange! So the first day at school, I was laughed at for being called an umpa lumpa and that I looked like I had been tangoed. They didn't allow me to join in and play football with them because they said I'm not allowed to play with them, everyone was laughing at me and I didn't know what to do so I reacted by hitting the other kid. I was then suspended. After that I was known as the kid that nobody wanted to be associated with as i was labelled as "trouble" from then on. This happened only 3 days into secondary School. I started writing my feelings down as well as writing songs so that's when it first came about. I did covers of the likes of Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Dappy and uploaded them onto the internet which some people started to like. I was surprised because I was gaining like a nice few views on the covers. That completely backfired even worse at school, they found that hilarious to take the p*** out of. I just decided to keep at it and if they laughed, give them more music to laugh at. I was a proper joke to them, but i just wanted to prove to all those people. That's still primarily where a lot of my drive comes from. In order to prove to those people that said I will never amount to nothing! I wanna prove that its possible for anyone with the right attitude to make a success despite any knock backs
What else do you do with your time alongside your music career?
I do a lot of swimming. I'm always in the swimming pool. I'm there like 4 times a week, and in the gym maybe 3 time s week! If I wasn't making music I'd probably have taken myself more seriously as swimmer! Still at this point I swim at quite a high level competing at the nationals. Love keeping in good shape! But if not that, I'm probably in the UCL library studying science and medical.
Will you be producing more songs in the future?
I've already got the next single lined-up. The follow on song from True Colours is going to be very exciting which I can't wait for. I'm in and out of the studio with loads of great producers and writers. I'm also excited to show people my progression as a musician, and I think that will be really evident, especially from how i sounded when I was 16 like on True colours, to now! Then my voice was whiney, now I actually sound more like a man!
How would you describe your Big Brother experience?
Looking back now, I miss it because being in there, you don't have nothing to worry about in life. All you do is wake up the next morning without your phone, no text messages to look at and no social media. It's very chilled. You've just got to get through the days of playing the game correctly because it's a complete mind-f***k. It can be stressful and really difficult but there's nothing like it. It's an experience I'll have forever and it's like nothing you've experienced before. It's like your locked away from the outside world but in a good way. At the same time you do have knowledge of the fact you're on national television. It was great fun although I didn't really click with anyone in there. I kept my head down and realised I want to make music as a a career which I didn't want to mess it up by saying something wrong.
Is there anything you would like to tell your fans/supporters?
I want to tell them to literally please keep loving and sharing my new music video and to make sure you pre-order your copy on iTunes as I really want to make it to the charts with this project and I think we're on really good standing right now.
Also the song comes in two remixes which you actually get the chance to preview them. Also Keep up-to-date with my social media for the music events I will be performing at