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Bally Sagoo On Travelling The World

Bally Sagoo On Travelling The World

Music producer, Bally Sagoo tells us about the importance of food, travel and music—not necessarily in that order.

Aarti Kapur Singh
July 17 , 2018
02 Min Read

OT: What does a holiday mean to you?
Bally Sagoo: For people like me who travel a lot, the difference between travelling for work and travelling for a holiday ceases to exist. So work is mostly a vacation for me. If only someone would take the pain of packing, airport queues and paperwork away!

OT: What are your favourite places in the world?
Bally Sagoo: I was born in Delhi, brought up in the UK, and my family spent years in Uganda before I was born. African music has always influenced me. Besides India, I love the whole of Africa. The variety is mind-boggling. I love African cuisine. For the same vibe of multiculturalism, I also love the Caribbean. I am fond of Hong Kong as well, not just because of its multicultural nature, but also since it is very clean. I won’t say these are my only favourite places. The world is huge. A lifetime isn’t enough to see every place properly. I love going to places I have not been to before.

OT: What do you do when you go to a place for the first time?
Bally Sagoo: Eat local, listen to local music and definitely meet up with locals.

OT: Where is home for you?
Bally Sagoo: I have a studio in Mumbai, my company has an office in Brussels and I have reps worldwide. So I live out of a suitcase. Home is where comfort is. Birmingham is comfort zone for me because I have grown up there. Still, they say you can take a Punjabi out of Punjab, but not Punjab out of a Punjabi. For us, everything boils down to food.

OT: What do you pack when you travel?
Bally Sagoo: My gear always goes in first. You never know where and when inspiration strikes.

OT: What do you bring back from your holidays?
Bally Sagoo: Memories. Masalas. Recipes. And audition tapes.

OT: As in?
Bally Sagoo: My company does projects like film production, TV shows, artist promotion and management, etc. I meet people all the time—in clubs, airports, hotels. I’ve had golgappa wallahs from Mumbai and kids from rural Punjab come up to me and sing, on the street! I bring a lot of that back.

OT: So which are the places you would like to visit?
Bally Sagoo: The South Americas and Tasmania. I also want to explore the southern and eastern states of India.


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