Hi guys, what’s been happening since the release of ‘Mahi Ve’? What’s the response from your fans been like?
Ziggy: The response has been phenomenal, it seems everyone has the ‘Mahi Ve’ fever all of a sudden and this was clear as the track got to number one in the iTunes world charts within 20 minutes of its release. Good music builds a good fan base but it’s the fan base itself that builds the artist so we are lucky and humbled to have such a fantastic following.
Who wrote the lyrics and who compiled the music for the track?
Maz: Lyrics are always a joint venture from both of us as we feel we bounce off each other’s ideas as we write. It’s not always an easy task to put onto paper what you feel inside but with ‘Mahi Ve’ it was different. We knew we had something special on our hands so the inspiration was there. The music was produced by Mr Vee the younger brother of Hunterz who produced one of our biggest hits including ‘Feel It Sohniye’, so it was only right that we got back together to create another Bonafide anthem.
How do you feel you stand apart from other artists?
Ziggy: We have our own sound and never jump on the bandwagon and try to do what others are doing. Bonafide cannot really be compared to other artist as we do something totally fresh to the scene and always have done. To start with we are a duo (something that’s not very common in our industry), and we both sing/rap/compose/write our own material not only in Punjabi but in English too. This comes across clearly in our music as you always get a fusion, a Bonafide mix that only we can provide.
Do you have any ‘spoof’ moments whilst shooting videos? (what was the funniest thing you guys got up to – ever)
Maz: Hahaha just the thought of spoof moments and Bonafide videos makes me laugh. All our previous videos have always been about good times and party vibes so it’s a mad laugh from start to finish with people playing pranks on each other. Some of this is caught on camera but its not always suitable for public viewing! One of the funniest times ever was at the ‘Feel It Sohniye’ shoot because we had Hamza (Diary of a Bad Man) on the set and it was very hard to do a single shot without crying out with laughter as he is a very, very funny guy. ‘Mahi Ve’ was a little different; we concentrated on letting the song push the video as appose to using pranks and props.
When was the most ‘defining’ moment of your careers as music artists?
Ziggy: Working with the likes of the legend Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has to be one of our best and most trusted moments and we really can’t wait for all our fans to hear what we have created with him. On the other hand being music artist and in the public eye has given us an opportunity to raise awareness for the less fortunate as charity is a big part of our lives. In 2010, we were able to raise around £100,000 for the flood appeal in Pakistan with the release of our charity single ‘Jeevay Pakistan’ as we managed to get a major sponsor on board. Apart from that Ziggy’s family run an orphanage in Uganda so we are constantly organising money raising events and ideas. Its moments like this that give us the most satisfaction and it’s because of our music that people take notice!
What can we look forward to next?
Maz: We have been constantly working on new and exciting material so there is so much more to come from Bonafide. Releasing a collaboration with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, songs produced by the super talented Bilal Saeed, a collaboration with the lovely Miss Pooja and amazing solo material we have ready to unleash. What comes next you will just have to wait and see…
What’s the strangest thing anyone has ever said to you?
Ziggy: Someone sent me a Facebook message saying they loved me, and asked if they could name their dog after me. Didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. Was it a compliment? I don’t know!
What’s been the most interesting object given to you by a fan?
Ziggy: A hair brush! Seriously a group of girls came up to me in the Trafford Centre and gave me a hair brush. I have a bold head for God sake! (Laughs)
The world’s hottest looking car – in your opinions?
Maz: The 3 wheeler from ‘only fools and horses’!
What is the master plan from here for Bonafide?
Ziggy: This is just the beginning for Bonafide… you haven’t heard anything yet. We are working on some big projects, super collaborations as well as some solo stuff. The next few months will see the release of some big tunes from camp Bonafide, so watch this space.
Maz: The overall plan is to create music, but we also like to give something back and will always do charity work whenever we can. We believe that if you can make a difference to someone who is less fortunate than yourself, that is a blessing and you shouldn’t waste the opportunity to help out.
If you could dedicate ‘Mahi Ve’ to anyone, who would it be?
Ziggy: This song is dedicated to our special and loving fans all over the world. It’s because of our fans we are here today and everything we do is with their love and blessing.
Tell us something funny about each other that not many people know?
Ziggy: Maz talks to himself, like a full-on conversation sometimes. He tells me he’s thinking of lyrics and talking out loud, but I think he has an imaginary friend to whom he chats to every day.
Maz: Ziggy is an absolutely huge fan of Peter Andre. Growing up, his favourite song was Mysterious Girl. I think he’s still got that big poster of Peter Andre in his room. He spends ages on his hair in front of the mirror – I am not sure what that is all about!