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ABOUT BAIJU Commanding an unparalleled fan base across India, Baiju Dharmajan is one of the best guitar players to have surfaced in the country in the last decade. His unique ability to infuse a mighty distinctiveness while giving life to hardhitting distorted grooves as well as mellifluous clean tone melodic rhythms is the reason why he has emerged today a most wanted guitar instructor. Voted twice as the best guitarist at the Jack Daniel’s Awards, There are elements in Baiju’s guitar playing that satisfies every one among the followers of Metal, Hard Rock, Fusion, Progressive, Blues or highly technical variants of rock music. The effortlessness displayed while making his guitar weep through the soul stirring patterns has enabled him to etch a stature that has resulted him getting more occupied that ever before. Post the Motherjane era, Baiju Dharmajan is today more focused on his solo album which is due to release later this year. Baiju is part of multiple musical projects with different musicians as well as concentrating on music production for the upcoming bands. Currently he is part of ‘Kashmir’ cofounded with Sanjeev Thomas and other initiatives with prolific players such as John Antony of the jazz fusion experimental band ‘Karnatriix’ and ‘Bluefire’ –a brainchild of classical violinist Harikumar Sivan.

With an experience of producing two epic rock albums with Motherjane, Baiju is today lending his expertise in being a music producer with new bands like Kaav. This exponent of a new mode of guitar playing named ‘Carnatic Shredding’ is in the threshold of creating more challenging never before tried musical synthesis.


CAREER BIOGRAPHY Starting his professional guitar playing career in the year 1980 at Kollam district, Baiju Dharmajan first came into the public domain and proved his prominence through various famous live eastern music troupes throughout the state of Kerala. Baiju’s first serious association with rock music bands happened after he shifted his base to his home town in Cochin. Starting off with bands like Instincts, B Positive, Wrenz and Aatma, Baiju soared into the limelight like never before as the spine and the centre of attraction of Motherjane- the biggest live act in the country today. ‘Insane Biography’ and ‘Maktub’ composed by Baiju Dharmajan is considered as the two most matured and musically inspiring records to have born in the Indian rock music Industry. During his stint in Motherjane he became the creator of carnatic progressive technical shredding in guitar playing. Baiju Dharmajan proved that blending the ragas of traditional south Indian classical music with the vigour and groove of pure rock compositions is indeed possible. He also showed that the process of conceiving this new style is perfectly feasible to execute without allowing the heaviness of rock music to wane away.


SOLO CAREER July, 2010 saw the flag off of an ambitious project that can be rightly addressed as a dream of thousands among the die-hard followers of Baiju Dharmajan. This desire of his followers is soon going to become a reality. Baiju has finally made up his mind to conceive a musical project where his guitar will be the centre of attraction. For the Indian rock scenario, this solo project of the guitar maestro is going to significantly contribute to fire up the passions of several emerging artists who look up to Baiju as an artist who has the right range to break into the international stages as a solo guitar player. The creative process to come up with a gripping sound design for his first solo album for which he plans to enter the studio by the end of 2011 has already started.

‘ guitar guru ’ For several years now, Baiju Dharmajan has been a mentor and a guide to several young guitar players across south India who comes to him in search for increasing their skill levels as well as to understand the concept of a band in a deeper way.

Baiju has now finalised a route map through which the knowledge he has gained through his long experience can be imparted to several more among the budding guitarists from across India and even from other countries. This decision to diversify his passion for teaching is solely due to the frequent enquires that Baiju has been getting. The coming months will see the finalising of a master plan to be executed in a pre-decided time period. The tasks in this plan schedule includes finalising the venues for conducting ‘Guitar Clinics’ around India, an ‘Guitar Instructional Video’ designed for emerging guitar players and designing a web pad through which online guitar lessons could be instructed.


MUSIC PRODUCER With his expertise in producing two full length hugely acclaimed albums for Motherjane, Baiju Dharmajan is now concentrating more on helping young bands produce music records.

• The official website of Baiju’s band Motherjane (www.

His first project was for the Kochi based new Instrumental act Kaav. The band’s debut EP consisting of three songs produced by Baiju was rated as the best EP to have released in Indian during 2010 by the music web portal Indiecision. com.

the most checked out Indian rock music videos online and has more than 1,50,000 hits.

Presently he is amid the process of guiding Kaav again as the music producer for the band’s debut album of eight songs as well as in talks with several other bands across the country to take charge of their sound production.

FAn base Baiju Dharmajan has an ever expanding fan base across India and rest of Asia. • More than five fan pages in various prominent social

networking sites such as Facebook and Orkut with more than 5,000 followers and 50,000 hits since 2009.

motherjane.in) has more than 1.2 million hits during 2009-10.

• Motherjane’s videos posted on youtube are among

• More than 50,000 album downloads from the official

site of Motherjane since 2008.


Discography ( Production and Composing )

Album

-   Insane Biography

Album

-   Maktub

Album

-   By the Moon Light

Band

-   Motherjane

Band

-   Motherjane

Band

-   Wrenz United

Released

-   2003

Released

-   2008

Released

-   2011

Production

-   Baiju

Production

-   Baiju

Production

-   Baiju

Recoring & Mixing

-   Didier Weisz

Recoring & Mixing

-   Gopi

Recoring & Mixing

-   Nikhil

Label

-   Kan & Will Records

Label

-   Aum-i Artistes

Label

-   Indie

Production Discography

Album

-   Kaav E.P

Band

-   KAAV

Released

-   2010

Production

-   Baiju

Recoring & Mixing

-   Nikhil & Dan Jose

Label

-   Indie


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Press Baiju Dharmajan. Easily the star of the show. From the opening song of the album ‘Maktub’ Chasing the Sun Baiju makes an artistic statement, echoed by the rest of the band and sets them apart from the pack. He creates a unique sound, dropping slinky raga-influenced licks into the songs and solos with absolutely gorgeous guitar tone to boot ”. 

Sputnoc Music

“ Baiju sleekly swims from one ocean of music to another . Lead guitarist Baiju’s heavily Indianised guitar work has become an integral part of the Motherjane sound, keeping the Indian connection constant throughout the band’s music rather than just throwing the odd Sitar and Tabla piece”. 

Chordvine

“ Baiju with his lead solo is certainly the highlight and anyone interested in Carnatic music will appreciate the blending of two distinct worlds. Baiju’s solo (Karmic Steps:) is a challenge for any guitar player and demands a lot of skill to even cover this song”. 

Headbangers.in

“ The lead guitar is where the real magic is. The lead guitarist, Baiju, has really excelled in the leads in songs such as Chasing the Sun, Broken, and Maktub. What is most astonishing to me is how easily he is able to blend Carnatic-sounding pieces into rock-sounding leads and make the whole package sound so GOOD”. 

MarquisdeSade


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