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 36)
Kollam, Kerala, India
GenresAlternative rock, alternative metal
Occupation(s)guitarist, producer, composer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboard, synthesizer, ukulele
Websitewww.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.[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 work 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 a phenomenal hit.[4] "Nam Onnaayi' from the same film also was a hit. After that Rex went on to do the background score for 'Picket 43'. He returned after a break with Parava in 2017. Later in the year he composed music for Aashiq Abu's Mayaanadhi which was a sensational hit and Rex's work was appreciated well[5][6]. His latest works are Sudani from Nigeria and Thamaasha, which were also widely acclaimed.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2009 Kerala Cafe Anwar Rasheed Segment: Bridge
2011 Chappa Kurishu Sameer Thahir
2012 22 Female Kottayam Aashiq Abu
Second Show Srinath Rajendran Background Score
Friday Lijin Jose Background score
2013 English: An Autumn in London Shyamaprasad
Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi Sameer Thahir
North 24 Kaatham Anil Radhakrishnan Menon Title Song
2014 Sapthamashree Thaskaraha Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
2015 Picket 43 Major Ravi Background score
Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi Anil Radhakrishnan Menon
2017 Parava Soubin Shahir
Mayaanadhi Aashiq Abu
2018 Sudani from Nigeria Zakariya Mohammed
2019 Thamaasha Ashraf Hamza
Valiya Perunnal[7] Dimal Dennis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oh brother!". The Hindu. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Two Becomes One". The New Indian Express. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ "The King of six strings". The Hindu. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Rex Vijayan for Sapthamasree". The IndiaGlitz. 20 August 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.timesofindia.com/entertainment/malayalam/music/shahabaz-aman-and-i-composed-mayaanadhi-tunes-like-band-members-rex-vijayan/articleshow/62297278.cms.
  6. ^ https://www.cinemaexpress.com/stories/interviews/2018/jan/02/rex-vijayans-soulful-and-nostalgic-music-3866.html
  7. ^ https://www.timesofindia.com/entertainment/malayalam/movies/news/valiyaperunnal-hey-features-shane-nigam-in-an-intense-avatar/articleshow/71152572.cms