Manni Sandhu is a British music director, audio engineer, and record producer who has his roots in Punjab, India.
Amrinder Singh Sandhu aka Manni Sandhu was born on Tuesday, 26 September 1989 (age 32 years; as of 2021) in London, England. His zodiac sign is Libra. He was brought up in Southall, London.
Later, Manni and his family shifted to Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He was inclined towards music after watching his brother mixing a Punjabi song with a Hip Hop track. He followed his brother’s footsteps, and at the age of 13, he started making music by remixing Punjabi songs with different forms of music like hip hop, R&B, garage, and drum & bass. At the age of 14, he got an opportunity to work as a DJ at an event. His music was loved by the audience, and later, he was invited as a DJ at various parties and club events in his locality. He then did his training in music under Gurps Sandhar, a Wolverhampton based music producer.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown
He was born in a Sikh Jatt family.
Parents & Siblings
His parents owns a business in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. His elder brother, Jazz Sandhu, is a music producer too.
At the age of 16, he set up a small music studio in his room and released his first music project ‘The Demo’ which included the remix songs of the singers like Lembher Hussainpurri, Dippa Dosanjh, and Bhinda Aujla. He then collaborated with the Indian music producer JSL Singh for the song ‘Mutual Concept’ which was well received by the audience. At the age of 17, he started focusing more on making his own music rather than mixing songs. In March 2008, his first Punjabi single debut ‘Pawara’ was released. The song gained immense popularity and was playlisted on the BBC Asian Network and BBC 1XTRA. Later, he took a break from creating music, and to upgrade his music-making skills, he did his training under the music guru Ustaad Master Rashpal Singh. On 23 February 2012, he released his debut music album ‘My Time’ under the music label ‘Brown Boi Music.’
Some of the tracks released under the album were “Sona” with Bakshi Billa, “Door Ni Kulne” with Manak-E, and “Husna Di Sarkar” with Kaka Bhainiawala which were listed in the official UK Asian Music Download Chart. In January 2013, he released the Punjabi mixtape ‘Against All Odds’ in 2014, in collaboration with the Punjabi singer Prabh Gill.
Some of his other popular Punjabi tracks are “Friday” feat. Manjit Pappu (2014), “Makhaul” by Akhil (2015), and “Gani” by Akhil (2016).
In 2019, he was accused by the Punjabi singer Dilraj Grewal of stealing his song ‘Verified Jatt.’ Dilraj uploaded an old video of ‘Verified Jatt’ in which he was singing the song. As soon as the video was uploaded, his fans and management team started accusing Manni of using Dilraj’s song. Dilraj even sent a legal notice to Manni for copying his other songs as well. Later, Manni clarified the matter through an Instagram video in which he said,
The song is owned by Sangra Vibes who wrote it and recorded a guide vocal for the song over 2 years ago for which I still have the date stamped files. I had invested 20 lakhs in Dilraj which turned dead money since the legal notice was received. I recorded 3 songs with Dilraj, flew him to the UK, paid for studio time all of which is now gone down the drain. Once the legal notice had been sent, the song ‘Verified Jatt’ rolled back to the original owner – Sangra Vibes.”
- On 7 May 2012, he participated in the UK’s music festival Camden Crawl along with BBC Radio 1’s host Nihal.
- In 2013, the Indian actor Abhishek Bachchan performed Manni’s song “Bottle” at the TOIFA awards in Vancouver. Later, Abhishek tagged Manni in a tweet thanking him for allowing him to use his song.
- He is well versed in playing various musical instruments like harmonium, keyboard, and tumbi.
- He won the Brit Asia TV Music Awards twice, once for Best Single for the song “Gani” in 2017 and for the Best Music Producer in 2019.
- Manni owns the music label Collab Creations along with his brother Jazz Sandhu.
- Sandhu is an avid animal lover.
- He is often spotted drinking alcohol at various parties and events.