Bally SagooBaljit Singh "Bally" Sagoo (born 19 May 1964) is a British-Indian record producer. Born in Delhi, India, Sagoo was raised in Birmingham, England. He entered the recording and entertainment industries in 1989. He remains a force in the music industry and is the figurehead of the UK/Belgium based entertainment company, Fresh Dope Industries.
Early lifeSagoo grew up in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. In the 1970s, his father Saminder Sagoo ran his own retail music outlet, after playing in The Musafirs in the late 1960s.
In his teens Sagoo developed a taste for reggae, soul and disco. He spent his college years producing mix-tapes for friends and dee-jaying at local events. These home-made creations demonstrated his skill at fusing Western dance and hip hop with Indian music.
CareerIn 1989 Oriental Star Agencies, a local Indian record label, gave him the opportunity to remix a Punjabi track called "Hey Jamalo". The single became a hit and Sagoo joined OSA as their full-time in-house producer. Through this relationship, he released his first album, Wham Bam, which became a success and spawned a sequel, Wham Bam 2. Other material during this period included Star Crazy and Sagoo's 1991 collaboration with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on Magic Touch.
1990sIn 1994, Sagoo signed with Sony Records to produce Bollywood Flashback. He became the first Indian artist to reach national mainstream radio when the album track "Chura Liya" (a re-working of Asha Bhosle's song) was played on BBC Radio 1. This was followed in 1996 by his first, all-original work Rising from the East, which included "Dil Cheez" and "Tum Bin Jiya". Subsequently, he featured in the album Dance Attack and composed another remix hit music video, Mera Laung Gawacha. Starring Deepti Bhatnagar and Jas Arora, the video was directed by Polygram Multimedia, and became a hit in the UK. Sagoo made it into Top of the Pops. He toured India with Michael Jackson on the "HIStory Tour", produced the Aby Baby album with Amitabh Bachchan and was invited to New Delhi to meet then Indian President, Shankar Dayal Sharma.
2000sIn 1999, Sagoo launched his own UK music label, Ishq Records. Their first output was his album, Dub of Asia. Ishq followed this with the release of other Sagoo titles including Anything But Silent, Hanji and the technical Sag Loops series. The label also managed and showcased other new talents and delivered tracks such as "Noorie" on Sagoo's 2000 release, Bollywood Flashback 2.
In 2003 at the UK Asian Awards, the Spice Girls presented him with the inaugural trophy for Outstanding Achievement.
That decade Sagoo's music supported Gurinder Chadha's hit Bend It Like Beckham, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding (2001), the Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott drama The Mistress of Spices and It's a Wonderful Afterlife. Sagoo also starred in and composed the music for the 2006 Punjabi film, Sajna ve Sajna. He appeared in television programs throughout the decade, including the UK Lottery show, the Asian reality show Bollywood Star and celebrity magazine formats such as Tinseltown TV. Sagoo's album Cafe Punjab released in 2015.