Folk Tamil Music Gets A Fresh New Sound In All Mixedup

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Music is a family affair for the artists behind All Mixedup; one that goes generations deep for brothers Rocky Jeyam, Question416 and their cousin Geerthanan (Geeth). And beyond the influence of their loved ones, each of these artists has a wide range of experiences that has led to the formation of AMU.

Between 2007 to 2009 Rocky, through his collective Meditating Minds Entertainment, produced the albums The Beginning, The Harmony and Project Freedom. His younger brother and burgeoning emcee, Question became one of MME’s flagship artists and got his first tastes of rapping and performing during this time.

Geeth, meanwhile, had always had an aptitude for the arts, training in percussion, completing his arangetram, and then touring around the world performing.

For well over a decade they’ve been working on their individual art forms, and supporting one another; but it was in February while Geeth and Question were on a trip in Europe, that inspiration struck for AMU.

Wasting no time when they got back to Toronto, they recorded 3 songs in their home studio and shared them with Rocky, for whom music had taken a bit of a backseat. Now a full-time Marketing Manager, and new dad, his time was wrapped up in other commitments. But the moment he heard the songs Question and Geeth had worked on he was ready to go all in again.

Insisting that they put the best they had into launching AMU, he got Question and Geeth into a professional studio to record.

Their days soon transformed into heading into the studio, after full days of work. Driven by their passion to create music that’s universal and unique (think folk Tamil, meets the beats and sounds of Toronto) days, weeks and months melted into one another. And for the ability to be this dedicated to their music, Rocky credits the support of their families.

The payoff has been the mixing and mastering of some incredible new music, bringing together Question’s creative and intricate wordplay and Geeth’s melodic voice.

If you’re in Toronto this weekend you’ll get to hear All Mixedup perform live at the 10th annual desiFest at Yonge and Dundas Square!

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Asked what lies ahead for AMU, beyond their live debut at desiFEST, Rocky shared that they’ll be finishing and sharing new songs, continuing to connect with labels about opportunities, and looking to tour through Europe and Asia.

Thinking about their experiences in music so far, Rocky shared that it can be an exhausting pursuit—one that demands incredible investments of time and resources, in addition to the proof that you can hold your own with the heavy hitters. But the fulfillment that comes with creating something that brings your vision to life is worth everything.

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Nivethika Thambithurai

Nivethika Thambithurai

Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Nive is a dreamer and writer who loves exploring how Tamil culture varies around the world in fashion, food, films and music.

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