Echo by Armaan Malik and Eric Nam with KSHMR

Jubby Kumar (Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh), Riya Choudhary (New Delhi), Smriti Lakra (Guna, Madhya Pradesh)

From topping Indian charts with K-pop songs to interacting with K-pop idols on live streams, from spamming VH1 India to sending questions to radio stations, Hallyu fans in India have always shown their immense love and support for K-pop. Since a long time, the K-pop fans in India have been looking forward to a collaboration between an Indian and a Korean musician that could be remembered as a cultural reset. Much to their delight and anticipation, this expectation was fulfilled when popular Indian singer, record-producer, and performer Armaan Malik, American–Korean singer, song-writer, and television host Nam Beom-jin famously known as Eric Nam and Indian-American producer and DJ, Niles Hollowell-Dhar, also known as KSHMR joined together to bring the first ever K-Pop and Indian Pop collaboration song called Echo, celebrating the AAPI Heritage month. The month of May celebrates and recognises the contribution and influence of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the history, culture and achievements of the United States.

Picture Credits: Spotify

In the present day, the youth across the country are enthusiastically consuming the Korean content. The K-Pop wave in India now has thousands competing for the K-Pop India Contest which is organized by the Korean Culture Centre India every year. The Hallyu fans in India are playing their streaming game hard, smashing records is just a part of it. Nowadays, fans are more active on social networking platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. They are showing their keen interest and love by making K-pop song covers, dance covers, K-beauty challenges, and much more.

Not much long before, when fans of Armaan Malik and Eric Nam were delighted to see an interaction between both during an Instagram Live and they started speculating a possible collaboration in the future. Echo co-written by Armaan Malik, Eric Nam and KSHMR is an EDM with some parts falling in the K-Pop, ballad (Eric’s part) and Indian pop genre, and was released on 21st May 2021. It highlights the feeling of love, longing and indecisiveness in a relationship. In Echo, a glimpse of diverse music styles of India, Korea and America can be seen. The song was produced and released by KSHMR’s own record label Dharma Worldwide.

Who could have thought that EDM, Indian POP and K-pop can be blended together?

Well KSHMR has done miracles!!!

He has meticulously blended these genres and produced something unique, a one of a kind music which is the result of the amalgamation of these three music industries. Listening to Echo, while you are lost in the smooth and angelic vocals of Armaan Malik and Eric Nam, you will enjoy the elements of EDM too which will make you swoon. These  three multi-lingual artists through their song “Echo” have connected the hearts of the people of different countries, and continents, proving that  love and music know no boundaries. Together Armaan Malik, Eric Nam and DJ KSHMR have represented Asia and the Asian music at a global level.

Echo is truly a global collaboration in which Armaan Malik recorded his parts at his home studio in Mumbai, Eric added his vocals from Korea and KSHMR pieced it all together in LA. The song performed well all around the world, marking 2 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours of release and recently crossed 10 million views in 10 days. The song was also advertised on Times New Square by YouTube Music. Twitter also released custom hashtags – #LikeAnEcho #एक्को  #에코 to commemorate the single. Armaan Malik hinted the collaboration on Twitter using the word “AEKOCHE” which was later revealed to be the combination of the initials of the 3 artists and the song’s title.

Tell me what we’re fighting for

And is it really worth the battles?

We’ve been going back and forth

Like an echo echo, echo echo

(Echo)

This collaboration was highly anticipated as Armaan Malik had constantly shown interest in K-pop since a long time. He regularly listens to K-pop songs and is a big fan of Shinhwa, EXO and BTS. Even last year, Armaan Malik covered Chen’s (EXO) Beautiful Goodbye and BTS’ Dynamite on his Instagram account. Echo being the first Indian-Korean collaboration, opened the doors of future collaboration from diverse cultures and perspectives. For us fans, it’s a pleasure to have Armaan represent India on an international scale. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for artists and fans after this echoing collab. As the song says, We have been going back and forth.. Like an echo echo.. echo echo, we are also going back and forth with this song.

Upon asking Armaan Malik, how he felt regarding the whole experience of collaborating with Eric Nam and KSHMR, he stated that it was an awesome experience, and it was great vibe working along these artists. When he was informed that the K-Pop fans are well-receiving this international collaboration, he reverted with thanking and appreciating all the love.

Video Credits: Armaan Malik

Have you heard this song yet? What do you think of this collaboration, tell us in the comments.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. This article is so detailed🔥 I love this song so much❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  2. saumya7897 says:

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐👻proud to be an indian💜🌷

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anishanath says:

    This article is so well written and I loved reading the article,I got to know many other details which I didn’t know. I loved the song very much ❤️❤️

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  4. Firstly, I didn’t about that AAPI heritage month, so thank you for that information. And the article wow the way it covers almost everything 💜💜🤧 I was waiting for this article to be posted 💜💜I enjoyed reading it 💜💜💜

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  5. Alisha Kumar says:

    Really beautiful song and the article is awesome ❤️❤️✨

    Liked by 2 people

  6. ojashreya27 says:

    This article was wholesome….. I’m grooving to the beats of this song. A fabulous collaboration and an amazing article written💜💜💜Well done💜😍

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Omg.. I so wanted someone from India to collaborate with a Kpop artist. The song is amazing and thankyou for compiling everything together in a precise manner💜

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  8. The collab and the article is 🔥

    Liked by 1 person

  9. abhilasha_rawat says:

    We love wholesome collabs!💞

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Woww this is one of the best collaborations!😍😍

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  11. RUPALI says:

    ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  12. The much anticipated collab we all waited for! Everything about the song is amazing!! The vocals, lyrics and everything is perfect! This article explains everything very well! Looking forward to see more articles

    Like

  13. SHEFALI SINGH says:

    Both the song and the article are lit 🔥✨

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Haarini Balasubramaniam says:

    I’m so happy this collab has finally happened.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. kylemyoxin78 says:

    So well written. Loved the way you all summarised it.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. teecee0506 says:

    I love listening to Arman and Eric and this song is just amazing, The article expressed everything that I felt💜

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Anjali says:

    Beautifully written ! The song itself spreads so much of positivity.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Mailmeonkhushi says:

    Loved this💜

    Liked by 2 people

  19. smitiyer says:

    Echo is in my favourites after hearing this song. The way you have written this article so perfectly and how it conveys each and every message. Loved reading it❣❣

    Liked by 2 people

  20. This song is really so fascinating and an obvious dream come true collab fans ever wanted . 😊❤️

    Liked by 2 people

  21. ThatMoleGirl says:

    Looking forward to more such collaborations…well written article and loved reading it. 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Smriti. L says:

    I am glad the article came out well and is receiving lots of appreciation
    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Like

  23. amilakaur says:

    Superb..Collab & aritcle also..

    Like

  24. Piyush Mandal says:

    This was amazing song. My younger sister doesn’t listen to Hollywood or other language songs but she really like Echo song and started to involving in k-world🤭
    Hope to see many more collaborations with Indian and korean artists in future. :))

    Liked by 1 person

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