Published: 13th March 2019
This Bengaluru-based 'Addams Family' pianist is all set to release his debut album
Rohan Jose, a Bengaluru-based musician talks about how he was mentored by prominent musicians from Brazil and how much they inspire him
For those of you who have watched La La Land and are so obsessed with Sebastian’s (Ryan Gosling) character and music makes you want to say ‘oh my jazz’, here is Rohan Jose, a Bengaluru-based musician who is going around the country rocking every stage with his jazz and classical music. Heard of The Addams Family musical that took place last year? Yes, Rohan was the pianist for the show that was trending for months together. Rohan and I go way back to college where I got to see how passionate he was about music. While in college he was all about studying and festing. Outside college, he was writing songs and posting original videos on YouTube
I remember those gruelling hours of practice that I had to put in ever since I started pursuing ABRSM and LCM in classical music and this was when I was only eight
Rohan Jose, Musician
Without further ado, here’s how Rohan would narrate his musical journey, “It all started when I was schooling in Somerville School in Noida, New Delhi. My teacher Tracy Fernandez inspired me and tirelessly gave me vocal and piano lessons for four whole years. I was actually forced to take piano lessons from my dad. Initially, I wasn’t really interested in learning an instrument. But now that I think of it, I couldn’t be happier about this skill that has been a part of me all along.”
Mentorship: Rohan’s mentors at SAM were Antonio Guerra and Gabriel Geszti, who are prominent musicians
from Brazil who taught him
I am sure most of us agree that passion and hard work go hand-in-hand and Rohan is just one of the many passionate musicians in the country who wants to give his passion all that it takes to get to where he wants to be. “I remember those gruelling hours of practice that I had to put in ever since I started pursuing ABRSM and LCM in classical music and this was when I only eight. As I progressed to grade 8 which was much later in life, I began singing and performing covers and simultaneously got into songwriting and singing as well. In my first year of undergrad studies at Kristu Jayanti College, I released my first single, Addicted and I felt pretty good about it,” he smiles and continues, “But it was only when I met Antonio Guerra that I learnt that there’s so much more that can be done with the song.”
Touring life: Rohan was part of The Addams Family Musical and the team that performed toured through three different cities which are Bengaluru, Mangluru and Kottayam
But what next? “I had to take a break from music due to my college education and when I say ‘break’, I don’t mean that I completely stopped the music, I mean to say that music was just not as prominent as it used to be. Post my college education I began working with a corporate firm. That only pushed me toward pursuing music even more and that is when I joined Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in Chennai and got my diploma in contemporary music (jazz and blues),” he said.
But what is more exciting is his upcoming album and he is ecstatic about it, “My album is going to consist of eight songs. I am still writing songs and I’m mid-way through composing music for the lyrics. It’s a task and it requires a lot of patience, hard work and commitment. The album is going to consist of eight tracks and I have composed four already. Music changed my life and it is a passion I didn’t want to ignore. I ran towards it as fast as I could. But I can only hope right now that my music has its reach. And here’s hoping that I make it big in the music industry,” he concludes.