Northeast India is a warehouse of musical talents, the bandwidth of talent ranges from guitarists, drummers, singers to producers and disc jockeys. Some of them have evolved into stars when given a chance. For producer/DJ, T-Jorus playing at Hardwell’s official after party with Ookay was the most ecstatic moment in his life. Taking inspiration from his grandfather who was a percussionist, T-Jorus was initially inclined towards singing and often participated in school shows. The response and support he got motivated him to perform in reality shows. His constant efforts secured him the semi-finalist position in ‘Golden Voice of North East’. He then formed a band and performed at various events in Shillong and Assam.
His love for the music and his passion to pursue it as a full time career led him to Bengaluru, where he worked in a MNC for almost a year. Being a natural music and sound enthusiast, he went through an intensive music production course and was introduced to the world of electronic music. On this path of discovering various forms of music, he became familiar with the work of a disc jockey and connected to it spontaneously. He has never looked back since.
‘My parents are my source of motivation. They have worked and are still working for our bread and butter. If ever I feel down or de-motivated, I think of them and I realize that I can’t give up. I need to make music and perform. I need to make them proud, give them a life they never dreamt of.’
He completed his music production course at ‘Resonance Studios & Academy’ under the mentorship of his guru DJ Pawas (German DJ and producer) who is signed to record labels like Spectral Sound, Fear of Flying, Squonk, Brut! and Night Drive Music. T-Jorus was also mentored by Djuma Soundsystem, Premik Jolly and Unnayanna in the academy.
With an experience of 4 years in the industry, he is currently the resident DJ for Watson’s Grub Pub chain, Bangalore and Puma Social Club, Bangalore. Previously, he was the resident DJ of Xtreme Sports Bar, 13th Floor and Murphy’s. ‘I think every artiste wants to perform for thousands of people but I prefer performing in a club because there is more interaction with the crowd, it’s more fun.’
He has had the privilege of performing in major venues and festivals across India. ‘There are now many platforms and events happening in India. It gives artistes a chance to showcase his/her musical talent. Social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook have made things much easier. Back then there wasn’t much for the independent artistes, it’s much easier now, if they make use of the resources they have.’
Skills and Aspirations
His competency lies in the way he has mastered various genres of music, blending in different songs and genres. He believes in taking his crowd on the best musical trips of their lives. ‘Art is not defined by any boundary or language and that is how I have trained myself to play and blend music across languages and cultures’.
A follower of Connor McGregor, his favourite sport is Wushu. He looks up to artistes like follow Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, LaidBack Luke, DJ Snake, Diplo, Dillon Francis and many more. ‘They all have a unique story of how they started and where they are now and what is most important is how they still deliver good shows and music.’
T-Jorus’s favourite Indian acts are Dualist Inquiry, Zokhuma, Kumail, Your chin and Aerate Sound. ‘I have seen so many new artistes with so much talent, it’s growing and I believe it’ll grow more. The scene has just been wonderful for the past few years. The supplementation that it requires is the support from the people, they need to support the local artistes.’
In the coming days, he wants to perform more and release some of his experimental music and remixes. ‘I see myself travelling, performing in different cities, taking my music to the people there, learning more about different music and helping out other aspiring musicians as well. We need support, that’s how we will grow; the music scene in India will grow’.
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By Mrinal Paul