Long before they met, the South Asian DJ was a fan of the season 5 finalist.
There was a connection between an EDM artist from Southeast Asia and an Idol from America even before they met to team up on the new single “Obvi.”
Sanjoy, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and now living in San Jose, Calif., tells Billboard it all dates back to the first time he kissed a girl at a high school “Sadie Hawkins” dance. “Elliott Yamin’s ‘Wait for You’ was the song playing at the dance. I was a huge fan, so for him to be involved in this new single is crazy and surreal because the lyrics express a similar story. Stephen Rezza and I wrote the song about falling in love at first sight. We were both going through it at the time and needed to channel our feelings into a record, because those are the moments in life one can never forget and we felt that everyone could connect to the song instantly.”
Sanjoy was introduced to American Idol season 5 alum Yamin by a mutual friend, Russell Ali. “Russell and I have been friends for the better part of 10 years,” Yamin explains. “He played guitar in my touring band for the first four years of my post-Idol career. He asked me to come to his studio to meet Sanjoy and vibe with some of his tracks. I loved his energy and his music, and instantly fell in love with the demo version of ‘Obvi,’ obviously!”