For Vinoj, music and poetry has become a way to channel the purest and most honest form of himself, hence the creation of his stage name, Voice of Silence. Hailing from Scarborough with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Toronto and working as an artist educator at schools and community programs, Voice of Silence has performed at countless events, including UNITY Charity’s yearly showcases for five years and the third annual R.I.S.E. Edutainment ‘416RISE’ showcase.
He is seven-times published in various Canadian poetry collections, including Island Magic and The Tracery of Trees, and he has released his debut poetry/hip-hop album, Befriending Silence, in April 2017, showcasing the versatility and breadth of poetry and music he can offer. Vinoj also received the R.I.S.E. Edutainment Community Development Award in 2016 for his integration and support of the community through his music. He was part of the Scarborough Arts EAST Mixtape Challenge program in 2018, which allowed him to further develop his hip-hop craft through a collaborative mixtape titled Time Waits for No One.
With his new album, Roots in Fear and Love, coming in 2021, his style is constantly evolving, just like himself, and he enjoys twisting the way everyday life is perceived with simple yet profound imagery. His newfound approach to fuse musical elements from hip-hop and his South Asian background with his poetic raps creates an experience that cannot be found elsewhere. His passion to tap into his full potential and to connect souls one song at a time keeps the ink flowing and his pen moving.