Rex Vijayan

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Rex Vijayan
റെക്സ് വിജയൻ
Live on stage at The Celebrate Keralam Festival (photographed by Anand Menon) 2014-07-05 11-34.jpg
At The Celebrate Keralam Festival (Photographed by Anand Menon)
Background information
Born (1983-04-26) 26 April 1983 (age 34)
Kollam, Kerala, India
Genres Alternative rock, alternative metal
Occupation(s) guitarist, producer, composer
Instruments Guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, ukulele
Website www.facebook.com/RexVijayan

Rex Vijayan (Malayalam: റെക്സ് വിജയൻ ; born 26 April 1983) is a guitarist, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Kerala, India. He is the lead guitarist for the alternative Malayali rock band Avial. He started out his career as a composer in the Malayalam film industry through Kerala Cafe by giving the score to Anwar Rasheed's segment 'Bridge'.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Albert Vijayan, a music director in Malayalam films. He self-learnt to play various instruments at a very young age and began his musical career by mastering cover versions.[1] He married Chintoo Rex on March 14, 2008 at Kollam.[2]

Motherjane[edit]

He was part of the popular Kochi based band Motherjane, as the rhythm guitarist from 2000 to 2003 Motherjane[3]

Avial[edit]

He is the music composer, lead guitarist and synthesizer of the Trivandrum based Malayalam alternative rock band "Avial" since 2003 Avial (band)

Other Collaborations[edit]

He was part of an amateur German hip-hop band "Intensive Erfrischung" (Intensive Refreshment), which was based in Munich. He is also actively involved with Daksha Seth’s Dance Company, which is concerned with performing on stage contemporary dance. Gibson Guitar Corporation, USA offered him to be their endorsee for their latest high end series guitar "Gibson Les Paul Classic".

Film Composing[edit]

Rex debuted into film music direction with Anwar Rasheed’s 'Bridge', a segment of the portmanteau film 'Kerala Café'.Kerala Cafe He then did the composing of ‘Chaappa Kurishu’ directed by Sameer Thahir, ‘22 Female Kottayam’, by Aashiq Abu, helped with the background score of films 'Second Show' and 'Friday' and did music for Shyamaprasad's movie 'English' in which he collaborated with American clarinet player and music composer Shankar Tucker in the song 'Aakashame' featuring Rohan Kymal on vocals. He then did the title track for Anil Radhakrishnan Menon's debut movie 'North 24 Kaatham' starring Fahadh Faasil. Rex Vijayan, the composer, turned playback singer with ‘Enthanu Bhai' in Aashiq Abu’s film 'Da Thadiya'. His latest work was for Sameer Thahir's second movie 'Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi' (after his directorial debut, a path breaking movie 'Chaappa Kurishu') in which along with five beautiful songs Rex has also sung the title track 'Neelakasham' where it received a substantial number of hits on Soundcloud within hours. This movie, and Rex's music in it, has a cult following even today.

"Saptamasree Taskaraha' was Rex's next film, in which the song 'Thaane Pookum' was widely acclaimed and appreciated.[4] "Nam Onnaayi' from the same film also was a hit. Rex went on to do the background score for 'Picket 43' and is currently working on a couple of projects - 'Naaley' and Director Anil Radhakrishnan's next, while actively touring and performing to packed audiences with 'Avial'.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Language Notes
2009 Kerala Cafe Malayalam Segment: Bridge
2011 Chappa Kurishu Malayalam
2012 22 Female Kottayam Malayalam
Second Show Malayalam 3 Songs and background score
Friday Malayalam Background score
2013 English Malayalam
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Malayalam
North 24 Kaatham Malayalam Title Song
2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Malayalam
2015 Picket 43 Malayalam Background score
Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Malayalam
2017 Mayanadhi Malayalam

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oh brother!". The Hindu. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Two Becomes One". The New Indian Express. 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  3. ^ "The King of six strings". The Hindu. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Rex Vijayan for Sapthamasree". The IndiaGlitz. 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2015-10-12.