My ting, get on my ting, baby boy, let’s have some fun and taste my ChoKolate Soda!
Once you hear these catchy rhymes from Kiran Shergill, aka K, you too will be craving her new single, “Chokolate Soda.” The model cum TV host-turned-singer is the latest addition to the train of Indian-American pop divas raring to make their presence known in the pop music charts. With a stylish look and dance-worthy beats, we think K has a promising future in the business.
From a very young age, K has always been the performer of her family, singing in choir and taking dance and performance art classes. Later, the aspiring artist would also teach choreography in her hometown, but it is her good looks, personality and talent that had her in front of camera whether that be modeling or as a TV-host. With her one single just released, K has already performed with the likes of Sonu Nigham, Priyanka Chopra, Preity Zinta, Shakira, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake, to name a few. Big names for a new star, but if “ChoKolate Soda” is anything to go by, we know we will be hearing a lot more from this talented pop newcomer. But first, let’s hear from her…
Tell us about “ChoKolate Soda”…“ChoKolate Soda” is aKtually about me…my personality…my aura. ‘My Ting, Get on my ting and Taste my ChoKolate Soda’ is basiKally saying if you get on what I’m on, get on my path, my thing or my flow, you’ll get a chance to get to know me.
The inspiration Kame from my producer J2, who during melody Kreating blurted out the words ChoKolate Soda. It made me laugh beKause I was liKe, ‘What the hecK is Chokolate Soda??’ But beKause it was so original, I decided to go with it and realized both Chokolate and Soda aKtually desKribe my personality. So I ran with it and wrote the lyriKs with a bratty, chatty, fun frame of thought. Within a Kouple hours it was written and reKorded.
I also made it ambiguous in a sense where anyone Kan define it as whatever they prefer to thinK of it as. It Kan be anything you want it to be…which is also what I’m about–freedom of thought and opinions. I liKe to play with my words. It maKes it more relatable to each audience. Some people thinK it’s about sex, whereas some thinK it’s a drinK. It’s pretty fun hearing all the different interpretations I get from people. It gives me insight on how people’s minds worK.
Who produced the song and the video? The song was produced by J2 and I executively produced it. He is amazing to worK with. His energy is always so dynamiK and he Komes up with the Koolest and original things.
The video was produced by me, and was direKted by a known Khoreographer and artistiK director by the name of Ed Moore (Usher and Janet Jackson). It was edited and shot by Devin Jamieson, who is another dancer (Chosen by Michael Jackson for the “This Is It” Tour). I also had a Kouple of other Khoreographers that added originality, Rujuta Vaidya (Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears) Free Boogie (Justin Beiber, Omarion) and Marvelous (the main male dancer in my video). So it was Kollaboration on Kreating the ideas and visions. It was a team effort!
Is it just a single or is there an album to follow? If so, what is it about? It’s the single for now. It’s an introduKtion to my sound and my image. The album is still in the maKing as I have so many songs to choose from. The album and theme to most of my musiK has everything from female power, to love, to hardship, to freedom. My main drive behind my message is really for women and breaking the mold of what South Asian women should or shouldn’t be in terms of society’s opinions. I want to empower all types of women and influence them to be Kreative and be anything they want to be. I have a story about breaKing the mold and it’s been tough, yet at the same time, it’s been overwhelming in the greatest ways. Every song is inspired by something true whether it’s about a situation or about a person. Some are my real experiences, some are other’s experiences and some is from imagination. It’s a diversity of things and that’s why it’s so hard to choose what’s going to maKe the album and what’s not. Either way, I hope to release everything somehow.
Have you performed the single in front of an audience yet? I have toured with other artists but have not yet performed my single yet. The reKord just Kame out so I want it to be a little more known before I perform it. I am Kurrently preparing for that and in rehearsal. The first time I perform ChoKolate Soda…it is going to be something people definitely haven’t experienced before by a South Asian artist and will be very memorable.
Tell us about your favorite performances as a dancer? I thinK one of my favorite performances was for Robin Thicke for the Soul Train Awards. I remember seeing all the audience in the first Kouple rows, and they were all artists I grew up listening to inKluding Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and LL Cool J. It was pretty nerve wracKing seeing them so Klose up. Plus Tina Landon Khoreographed it, so worKing with her was a dream Kome true. Also worKing with Saroj Khan on a Bollywood film was another highlight.
Who would you like to perform with? As far as Kollaborating a song with another artist, I would love to do something with Missy Elliot. I thinK my sound and her vibe would go really well together, plus I am a huge fan of hers. I also would love to do a collab with H Dhami, beKause he is super talented and has that Punjabi part all down and it would be really Kool to Kreate something that ties in with my roots and still Keep that young vibe with a mainstream sound.
Who are your influences? I am definitely influenced by Michael and Janet. I thinK they are both original in terms of style, song and dance. Plus, I grew up listening and admiring both of them. I also am influenced by Usher and his work ethiKs. I had the opportunity to be around him and his team a lot during his OMG tour. He is so talented and humble that it has inspired me to be the same. All of them have taught me that it’s okay to be different and it’s even better to be Konfident about that.
What does your future hold? I see myself being a positive role model for the younger generation Koming up especially for the females. I want to inspire people and maKe musiK that aKtually has a message and meaning behind it. I thinK a lot of musiK today doesn’t Karry the same positive influence as it did when I was growing up. And I want to bring that bacK , in a fun way, but still Keep today’s generation in mind.
For now, I am Kreating, writing, aspiring and evolving. What’s next is where those things will taKe me…I have a lot of plans.
K’s “Chokolate Soda” releases on iTunes September 25, 2012.