Five Questions With Chin Injeti

Multi-GRAMMY and JUNO Award-winning artist Chin Injeti has unveiled his new single, “Falling”.

Featuring Esthero on accompanying vocals and Delhi 2 Dublin’s Tarun Nayer on tabla, “‘Falling’ was a cathartic experience for me,” he says. “It was my way of dealing with my Father’s passing, and is a bird’s eye view of the whole experience — both good and bad.”

On reflection, harnessing the power of collaboration and healing power of music as part of processing grief is in line with Injeti’s inimitably successful lifelong path. Music has always been something of a balm for the now-Vancouver based artist; born in Hyderabad, India and having to survive polio from birth, music therapy treatments helped facilitate his motor skills, ultimately changing his life.

“My father was a classical vocalist who ensured the family was always surrounded by music,” he shares. “It ranged from classical to folk, ragas to Stevie Wonder, to my parents favourite, ABBA. At every turn there was a rhythm or melody that would draw me in — footsteps down the hall, heart monitors, the sound of passing cars… It was everywhere.

“Then, it was more than just something I heard day to day; it became a healing force that started to transform my body and help it realize its full capacity.

“With this embodied renewal came a clarity of purpose.”

With the onset of COVID-19, he found himself self-isolating in Toronto with his mother for three months, during which “Falling” came to be. “Tarun was on Gambier Island in British Columbia, and Esthero was in Los Angeles,” he explains. “The video is simple and authentic to the moment, just each of us in our respective locations recording our parts.

“This version of the song was such a pleasure and honour to record,” Injeti continues of the song’s acoustic version. “To have my friend Tarun bless the track with his tabla, and my favourite singer ever, Esthero, sing on it…

“For me, she brought it to a new place.”

Check out the acoustic version of “Falling” below and find out more about Chin Injeti via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My Name is Chin Injeti, raised in Toronto now live in Vancouver B.C.  Feel very grateful to be making music for myself,  people I love & am inspired by.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

My musical & writing style is what I call the “T.S.O.M” Toronto State Of Mind. I am influenced by my surroundings, Toronto is a melting pot of sound and culture. so  I’d say that my writing style and my musical influences come from all that.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I have one show at the end of October still trying to figure the whole live show experience with all that’s going on.  But my live performance is a pretty soulful, funky experience where everyone gets involved.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would say Falling feat. Esthero & Tarun Nayar because it’s my latest and closer to my mindset & heart right now.  Expression more than Impression 🙂

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Right now the list is pretty eclectic:

Adria Kain
Gord Downie’s latest
Teon Gibbs
Boslen
Ashleigh Ball
Deseree Dawson
Iamtheliving
Luca Fogale
Thaddeus Crooks
Leftfield Messiah
Saya Gray
Ezra Jordan
Phenray
& the list goes on

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