Mr. Bolly (aka Bharat Kapoor) has just released “Johnny Paani”, his first official single, a collaboration with UK producers Sunny Dee and Harv. The concept of the track sprang from Mr. Bolly, who felt it was time to come up with a fresh way of saying “Glassy”.
Mr. Bolly is an up-and-coming and innovative Urban Desi Artist that is creating new ways of fusing East and West. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada he has been greatly influenced by the American East Coast Hip Hop movement. In 1992, he moved to Manhattan, NYC. During that time, as he attended Hip Hop concerts and events, he decided to pick up the art of writing rhymes.
In 1999 he was approached by Radisson Records to do a Jazz-orientated single called “Peace”, a tribute to the likes of John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix. The feedback was tremendous, sales took off, and “Peace” in effect obtained more requests than the A-side release. His dedication and love for the arts became so powerful that he decided to continue his education and joined the Arts department at Concordia University in Montreal. Due to unfortunate circumstances in 2004 he had to leave the Arts world aside and moved on to support his family. He still maintained his musical practice part-time, sharpening his skills until the right opportunity would arise.
In 2008, invited to attend the UK AMA Awards in London, he was instilled the desire and motivation to start working on his solo project again. But this time around he wanted to transform himself into a brand, a BollyHood brand to be more precise, known as Mr. Bolly. “BollyHood is a way of living, a state of mind” became his newfound credo. Mr. Bolly further explains: “BollyHood is a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures with a blend of Hip Hop.” And thus he started developing his own style by carving his own niche.
Mr. Bolly is the entertainer of the new evolution in the music industry today. He is bringing his influences abroad by showcasing the many different flavors of his music.Mr. Bolly’s 1st single is slated for release in the 4th quarter of 2011 and features a collaboration with UK producer Sunny Dee and Harv. Entitled “Johnny Paani” (whisky and water in Hindi) it features mega-artist Ashok Gill (from PMC fame).
It has been a very long journey for this artist but truth be told, the real journey is only beginning.