Model and television personality Jasmin Walia took a marvellous musical turn this year with two tracks including her new solo release Girl Like Me.
The songs showed off her singing abilities and laid the foundation for what will potentially be a successful career in music. With a number of avenues open to her and armed with a big singing voice along with dynamite sex appeal, the British bombshell is looking forward to showing off her musical range and working with big names in the industry.
Eastern Eye caught up with Jasmin to talk about music, future plans and more.
Was pursuing a music career always a part of the plan?
Yes, it has always been my original plan. I loved music from before I did any TV and have always had a great passion for it. Doing television was a great platform to hopefully get me closer to achieving my goals. (Laughs) It’s hard work, but I don’t give up easily. I believe if you want something, work your hardest to get there and that is exactly what I am doing with music.
What made you finally take that leap into music?
I have been planning my music for a while, like I said. I had been in the studio while I was doing my TV work. I think releasing (my debut song) Dum Dee Dum was the leap into music. I just felt it was the right time for me. Obviously I left the TV show I was doing to also pursue music.
What has the experience of releasing the two singles been like?
(Smiles) It has been very exciting, but nerve-racking at the same time. But it’s a great feeling when you see people enjoying your music and that brings me so much happiness. I feel like a lot of people think that just because I have done TV, I’ve literally just decided to sing, which is so far from the truth. I had planned what I wanted to do musically even before I started television. I have had a lot of support already from the first two releases, which I am very grateful for and I just want to keep it going.
How did you decide on the kind of sound you wanted to opt for?
I didn’t plan on any particular sound. If I like the song, I just go with my heart. Like recently, I am loving the Era Istrefi song Bonbon and I don’t even understand what she’s saying. Music nowadays is very open-minded and eclectic.
What has been the highlight of your musical journey so far?
The highlight so far was releasing Dum Dee Dum and the success of the single. I also loved performing on BBC Asian Network live at Hammersmith Apollo.
Who is the most interesting person in music you have met so far?
It has to be Zack Knight, who has supported me as a musician, but most importantly, as a friend. He is one of the most hardworking artists I know and to see his journey from the inside was insightful and inspiring.
What is the musical master plan going forward for you?
The master plan is to make music my full-time job. Being in the studio and performing in shows around the world is a lot of fun and rewarding at the same time.
Which of your unreleased songs would you say you are most excited about?
I am working with some great people so I am excited about all the music we are creating. But if I had to choose one, it would be the song Temple.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
There are so many great artists around the world who I would like to work with. I also think that a collaboration with a Bollywood playback singer would be interesting.
Can you see yourself singing in Hindi in the future?
Music offers up endless possibilities, so yes, who knows. If it is interesting and I think I can do justice to it, then I am open to singing in any language.
Which track do you love dancing to?
(Laughs) I love dancing so I can give you a whole playlist if you want. Work by Rihanna is definitely one of my favourites to dance to.
Which is your karaoke song of choice?
It would be Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande. I just love that song.
What else do you have on the way away from music?
I have just filmed an exciting new ITV show that should be out soon. I am looking forward to that. There are other projects, but I will talk about them when the time is right.
You always look incredible. What is your secret?
(Smiles) Thanks for the lovely compliment. I look after myself a lot. I have been meaning to do a YouTube video about some of the products I use and fitness regimes. I need to do one quickly.
Are you currently single and what does a guy need to do to impress you?
Yes, I am single. He needs to stand out, be unique and have the same drive and passion as me, for us to work.
What are your some of your big non-music passions?
I have a huge passion for style and fashion, and I really want to create my own beauty line.
Finally, why do you love music?
I love music because I get to tell my own story and inspire others at the same time. That is why my new song Girl Like Me is all about girl power.