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Meet Sandeep Sulhan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandeep Sulhan.

Sandeep Sulhan, born and raised in Houston, Texas, parents and grandparents born in India. I got into the music industry in 1999 during my freshman year in high school. I started as a dhol player (Indian/Punjabi Traditional Drum), played at school functions, Indian festivities, and alongside local DJs.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As a kid, I was bullied a lot, told I wouldn’t be successful in life, and I was also overweight. Growing up, I have learned to use that negativity as motivation. Of course, I want to prove those people wrong, but what’s most important is I need to believe in myself and do all these things for myself. Keep yourself as a priority in life, and chose the right surroundings, people who bring you up and motivate you to keep going, and are there during your down moments. Let people say what they want. It means you are doing something right.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
In 2003 and 2004, I won back to back dhol championships in Detroit, Michigan and Washington, D.C. I then went on a world tour with a popular Indian group by the name of RDB (Rhythm Dhol Bass) in 2010, after the tour, I then decided to become a DJ as a full-time career. I practiced a lot, hosted my own club events, djed many private events. It was a long struggle but I have always told myself never to quit. Being a DJ was a lot of fun for me and a dream come true. I then decided to take my music career up a notch, and in 2015 I started to produce music.

I made many remixes and mixtapes, and then in 2018, I produced my first original song, Peg Peg Peg along with singer/producer Manj Musik (formerly RDB) featuring one of India’s top rappers Emiway Bantai. The song has now crossed over ten million views on YouTube and over 2.5 million streams on digital music platforms. I have also produced two major Bollywood mashups, a Bollywood remake, and currently have three major projects in the works.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I do believe that you should always have a mindset to be great and focus on excellence, and if you have that mindset, success will come to you. At the same time, I have learned in order to stand out. You have to be different. You can’t do the same thing that others do. You have to give your own flavor in your work. Yes, I do get inspired by other artists, but it motivates me to deliver my work with my own genre and flavor.

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Image Credit:
1. Meedu
2. The Rockstar Studio
3. Click Cafe Photography

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