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Interview: Golden Roots

Meet the local Hayes band who’ve just released their debut single!

When Sehaj and Nav met at Reading University in 2014, little did they know their mutual love for music would result in them forming a band and releasing an EP five years later…


Today, Golden Roots is a group of five UK born and raised Sikhs who share a passion for music and their religion. They intend to leave no genre or era untouched with their conscious lyrics and eclectic musical influences, including hip hop, soul and jazz. Lead vocalist Sehaj grew up in Hayes and chose to feature our Fizzy Hayes development in the official music video for “Baba Tera Nankana”, Golden Roots’ debut single.


We caught up with Sehaj, who chatted to us about the song’s release, why they chose to film the video in Hayes, and he also gave some advice to any renters considering the area as a place to live.


Sehaj, tell us a little bit about your debut release?

We’ve been working on Baba Tera Nankana for five or six months now. Having formed the band in 2014, our debut release was very much anticipated by our fans, who have been continuously asking for us to formally launch a single/EP. We’re excited to release the song after touring for so long. 


What’s the response been like to Baba Tera Nankana?

It’s been amazing! The amount of love and support shown by everyone has been amazing. From having the likes of Bobby Friction from the BBC Asian Network provide exclusive plays of the song, and fellow musicians and artists share and support our track across social media has been incredible. We’ve even gone international - never did we imagine folks from Canada and USA listening to our track!  


Why did you choose Hayes as the filming location for your music video?

Well I’ve been living in Hayes for over 20 years now, and we specifically wanted to highlight "homegrown" London/UK talent – so where better to shoot than our local neighbourhood! We regularly host our rehearsals in Hayes (at home or in a studio) and we also really wanted to feature The Old Vinyl Factory in our video. When we combine the retro 80/90's hip hop vibe of our song with the backdrop of what was a hugely influential Vinyl factory of the era, which produced HMV's greatest hits for major artists such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, how could we not want to feature this stunning part of art deco "home" in our debut release.  

What should renters look out for when choosing an area to live?

If it was me, I’d be considering things like the neighbourhood, local services, travel into and out of London, etc. With Hayes, the investment seen in places such as The Old Vinyl Factory and nearby links to London Heathrow as well as the upcoming Crossrail, you should certainly welcome the notion of renting within Hayes. This combined with a nice tight-knit, local and diverse community, only adds more to that argument. 


Why should people move to Hayes?

For those who like to stay connected, the transport services to and from Hayes is next to none. There are great connections into central London, we’re soon going to have Crossrail and it’s super close to Heathrow airport. There’s also a diverse community. We think it’s the best of both worlds to be honest, residents can enjoy the busy city life by day and then come back to their humble abode in Hayes to rest up and do it all over again tomorrow!


Golden Roots is a Sikh dharmik (religious) band known to connect with their audiences by providing great energy and debate, whether it's through their recordings or during their shows in prominent venues such as Trafalgar Square.


Their debut release “Baba Tera Nankana” is a Punjabi folk song with a soulful hip hop vibe and a strong message.


See if you can recognise our Fizzy Hayes development in the official music video! Check it out on YouTube.

You can also listen to Golden Roots on Spotify.


To keep up to date with all Golden Roots news, you can follow the group on Instagram (golden_roots_band) and Facebook (@GoldenRootsBand).


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