How music connects us all
In an emotional musical talk, Chin Injeti describes how music transcends culture, region and identity. But more so, melody, rhythm, and the proper cadence of a lyric takes us all from our shell. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.
Chin Injeti barely has enough fingers to place in the various stylistic musical pies he’s juggling, including his latest solo record entitled, The Reverb. Named after a long defunct Toronto nightclub club that offered a wide palate of musical diverse in its weekly programming, the 14 funky and euphoric tracks of delightful groove-a-lusciousness that comprise The Reverb reveal Injeti’s adaptability as a musical chameleon.
You’ll find a little bit of everything in the 40+minute opus: a smattering of trip-hop during “Around The Outside;” rock exuberance to “Throwback;” a touch of floating ambience to the dreamy “I Don’t Know Where We Are” and some gritty funkiness to “On the Run.” Basically, Injeti is a walking encyclopedia of musical knowledge, and he’s constantly tapping into his own brain to source it.
“I do what I do for everybody,” Injeti explains. “But I work with higher level artists more than up-and-comers. It’s incredible! I facilitate ideas and whatever visions people have, but with those kinds of artists, I have a sound that they like. I have a sound with Khalil that’s kind of organic rock, hip-hop, but it’s not really one genre. It just feels natural the way it happens, and I feel very blessed.“
Injeti’s humility and optimism come naturally, partially due to taking nothing in life for granted, and partially through staging an amazing recovery from a crippling disease. Born Pranam Injeti in India, Chin contracted polio at an early age and was wheelchair-bound for most of his young life, moving to Canada at the age of 5 because of the country’s acclaimed national health system.
Thanks to his devoted mother Ellen, who refused to accept the hand the disease dealt her son, and treatment from some of the best medical professionals in Canada, Injeti eventually walked again.
“Music is a universal language” says Injeti. “Everyone speaks it. Everyone feels something from it.” Truly, this notion has helped to guide the talented Canadian record producer along his life’s journey from surviving polio as a young boy to winning Juno and Grammy Awards for his work producing international superstars like Eminem, Pink, and Drake.