[Interview] MC Sai, the leading UK-based Tamil rapper

MC Sai

UK-based Tamil rapper, MC Sai, has been drawing attention lately, with his much awaited debut album about to be released. This Tamil rapper is an emerging talent to be on the lookout for in the coming year. MC Sai first exploded in the music scene for his passionate lyrics and timing skills with Pulihalikea Savalaa. Upon the release of Pulihalikea Savalaa, MC Sai has gone from strength to strength while gaining a cult following from the UK and Canada. His album, Simmasanam: The Throne, is a cumulative effort of four years from this young rapper. He has worked with Steve Cliff from Canada extensively on this album. Thus, we at DailyMMNews, were lucky enough to get this upcoming star for a brief interview as he is busy preparing the final stages of his album launch.

The Interview with MC Sai

Congrats on the upcoming release of Simmasanam, your debut music album. It must have been a great journey knowing you took four hard years to actually from building yourself up to getting to this point. So, let’s get this interview started:

DailyMMNews: MC SAI is quite a household name in the UK and also in Canada. How does that make you feel?

MC Sai: It feels great to be part of everyone’s history. I realized the fight for fame is really only the fight to stay in the memories of everyone, for a long lasting time. As far as being a household name, it’s a feeling that cannot be described but it gives me the confidence to pursue my dreams.  

DailyMMNews: How do you define your music and what is your breakthrough track?

MC Sai: I try not to define my music as much as I can. I do not like restricting myself to just one genre. Music is an art and you should let your pen write whatever your mind speaks and seeks. Let the inspiration decide what type of music you produce. However, if I had to define what I do, I would say I try to mix anything and everything to make it sound good. As for my breakthrough track, I would say it Pulihalikea Savalaa, where Gaji of GJ Arts did the music. 

DailyMMNews: There was a time in your career you decided to quit music for good. However, many people were reluctant to let you go, particularly Anukshan Jeyarajah of JR Mediaworks. So, why did you decided to quit music in the first place?

MC Sai: It came down to a stage where I was not able to deal with the workload betwee work, studies and music. Besides, the scene was highly political. I did not want to be part of all the backstabbers that where playing games then. And worst of all, I began to lose things which were close to me one by one due to music. It was becoming hard and complicated. Nonetheless, thanks to everyone at that moment as they stood by me and kept me going. If not for them, today I would not here and Simmasam would never have materialized.

DailyMMNews: What do you expect from Simmasanam?

MC Sai: I hope everyone will purchase the CD, listen to each and every song, understand the research, hard work and thoughts gone behind them. And maybe even a break to higher grounds. I would love to expose what I have in store to a bigger mass through established media platforms. 

DailyMMNews: The first Malaysian artist you worked with was Stylomannavan, how was that experience?

MC Sai: Stylomannavan was a great chap, he was not arrogant, had no ego when we spoke. He was very down-to-earth. I love his passion for music and the things he do for music. I first came across him in Dr. Burn’s album and later got in contact with him through social media. I decided to work with him as he provided the variation I was looking for in the song ‘Sirruki’. He was great to work with, got me back all the vocal files within days of me sending it. Indeed, he is a dedicated artists whom I saw a mirror image of me. I would say we instantly clicked and overall it was great to enter another market, apart from Europe.

DailyMMNews: Any plans to release this album in Malaysia?

MC Sai: Of course, there are plans. What is the use of releasing a Tamil rap album without releasing it in Malaysia, the birth place of Tamil hip hop! Currently, I am in talks with a handful of distributors and we will get it to Malaysia by the 26th of September, fingers crossed! If not, I assure you it will come through to Malaysia but on a later date.     

MC Sai

DailyMMNews: How is the Tamil music scene in the UK and Europe?

MC Sai: It is very different to what it is in Malaysia (laughs). We have not got even half the amount of musicians in the scene like Malaysia does. People of Europe and North America are still getting used to the fact of a new genre of Tamil music, which is rap with the elements of Hip Hop. Nevertheless, it would not be long before the market becomes as big as it is in Malaysia. To add on, hats off to Malaysian supporters, I feel the vibe all the way from here in London.

DailyMMNews: After Simmasanam, what are your plans in your music career?

MC Sai: A holiday for sure (laughs). This album has taken me 4 years to put together. From working up to create a fan base all the way into producing the album. If this becomes successful I will continue to pursue my dreams in music. However, if it does not go to plan, I have no choice but to go back into life and deal with making one for myself.

Rebelstar Records

DailyMMNews: Rebelstar Records have been your pillar of strength. Would you like to convey any message to them?

MC Sai: Yes, Rebelstar Records was born with me. It has been a part of me from day one and it will always remain in my heart like a tattoo. Everyone in Rebelstar Records work as a family and that is why I love the company.

DailyMMNews: Any final words?

MC Sai: Kill piracy and Malaysia, I am coming to you, I want to see life there with my own two eyes and I can’t wait!  

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