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  • by Neil Hudson
 

Busker Gurdev Raja - Gee Raj to those who know him - has come ‘top of the (local) pops’ with a song he wrote about Leeds.

The 58-year-old busker and father of two penned the rock anthem ‘Leeds Life’ after watching pubgoers stagger through the city centre.

Now his lively lyrics have landed him a top slot on Reverbnation, a website for musicians which lists popular pages by area and the number of hits.

A fortnight ago, Gee stormed up the charts, rising from number 96 to take the top slot, where he remained until last week, when his position slipped to number three.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “It was great to get the number one ranking, it’s slipped a little now to number three or four but to say I came from about 96 on the list, it’s amazing.

“The song is about Leeds, my home city, which I love and I wrote it a few years ago after I was busking one night in the city centre, watching people come out of nightclubs.

“I do have other songs on there in different styles including jazz and eastern.”

Gee, who busks regularly in the city, records most of his songs at home using his home computer - www.reverbnation.com/geesunray - they are available online or through Jumbo Records or his myspace page under ‘djsunray’.

Gee first became interested in music when, aged 16, he got a job as a roadie for a local band called Silence. The following year, his sister bought him a guitar.

In addition to song writing, Gee is an accomplished runner, something he took up in his teens, at one point representing Bradford’s Thornbury Middle School at a regional event, although nowadays he contents himself with running the occasional half marathon.

In August last year Gee took part in the UK’s largest busking festival, BuskFest, York and if you want to catch him in Leeds, his usual spot is outside Mill Hill Chapel in City Square.

DJ SAYS: ‘TAKE IT EASY CHEESY’

The track ‘Leeds Life’ is taken from his latest CD, ‘Take It Easy Cheesey’, which contains four other songs: ‘Take It Easy Cheesey’, ‘23rd Dimension’, ‘Dying in the Desert’ and ‘ELO: My Favourite Band’.

He said: “I came up with the name, ‘Take It Easy Cheesey’ because people are always saying ‘take it easy’ and I like cheese. A lot of my friends have a nickname for me which is Cheesey Quaver, but that’s another story, but it inspired the name of the CD.

“I get my inspiration from all over the place. My influences include U2, Status Quo, The Beatles and my favourite band, ELO.

“I can normally be found busking in Leeds on a weekend, or during the week if I get time.”

 

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