TORONTO -- A musician from Regina, Sask. has landed himself a new record deal with Sony Music India thanks to a hit TikTok song that remixed the Hindi track “Ramta Jogi” from the famous Bollywood film “Taal.”

In April 2019, Hitesh Sharma – who goes by the stage name Tesher – began working on a remix of rapper Lil Nas X’s song “Old Town Road,” which features country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. The remix, which sampled music and lyrics from “Ramta Jogi,” quickly became a hit on TikTok and on Tesher’s YouTube page, where he has been uploading his own mashups since 2009.

“In the beginning of the pandemic, one of my songs, the "Old Town Road" remix [...] it just started to randomly pick up steam on TikTok,” Tesher explained in an interview with CTV News Channel on Wednesday. “Before you know it there was like 500,000 videos of people doing this crazy challenge to [the song].”

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