His songs are deeply philosophical and blend ancient, Punjabi phrases into far more recent Indian rock music.
His father was a Sikh preacher. His mother is a college principal and a Punjabi poet. The combination of their backgrounds (Sikhism and verse) led him to his career in music.
His most famous song "Bulla Ki Jaana" was written by the 18th-century poet Bulle Shah. It was released in his first album (eponymously titled "Rabbi") and made the top of the charts all through 2005.
His first name "Rabbi" means "God-facing" and originates from the Punjabi word "Rabb" (God), which originally came from the Arabic word "Rubb" which means "Lord/Master/Creator/Who sustains and develops.".
The influences on his music are rock music, hard rock, Punjabi folk music and Sufi music.
Personal Quotes (5)
About singing in Punjabi: Why not? We Jat Sikhs are very proud people. I could never get it out of me. To start thinking in any other language would mean acknowledging its superiority. I would become a poor version of a Western rocker, a wannabe. I can't forget who I am.
About his background: I was very, very influenced by Sikh literature. I grew up reading Gyani Gyan Singh, Kabir's dohas, Shiv Bata... We would have long discussions on poetry. I was listening to rock music and Punjabi spiritual music. It all combusts, man. It's the great reality of urban India.
Inspiration is a big word. For me, it's the need to write. Solitude is what I require. I get stoned when I go to a new city. It somehow all falls together.
About his music career: I do this because I love this. I don't do this because I really need to become busy, or prove a point. I have to prove no point. What I really want to do is figure out if there are enough songs that I want to put out there. It has to come from within. I need to take my time, I need to do things that I enjoy because that's what gives me my music. I am only as good as the experiences I've had and I want to have real experiences.
About his new album "Avengi Ja Nahin": Because the album is just so random, it talks about different things. Even my last album was all over the place. I don't like to have a unifying thread. Tomorrow I might say that I want to do a rock opera so that might be different. But right now, I don't feel the need to have a unifying theme. So the only unifying theme is this peripatetic quality, this thing that I do. Randomness. There's not a single song I could pick out to represent the entire album but if I really had to then I would say "Challa." It sets the tone.