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Sanjeev Philip Thomas
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Background information
Born (1980-09-08) 8 September 1980 (age 38)
Occupation(s)Producer, Composer, Singer, Guitarist, Performer
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active2001-present
Websitewww.sanjeevt.com

Sanjeev Philip Thomas (born 8 September 1980[citation needed]) is an Indian music producer, composer, singer, guitarist, and performer.[1] Sanjeev’s music is an amalgamation of indie, rock, reggae, fusion, and jazz sounds. Currently, he is an independent artist and also the founder and chief mentor at Rainbow Bridge – a music school and production studio in Bangalore.[2] He is most known for his work as a lead guitarist with A.R. Rahman (2005 – 2015) and played for movies like Rockstar, Delhi-6, Vinnaithandi Varuvaya, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Blue, and more. He also worked with Bollywood music directors Pritam and Anu Malik.[3] Apart from his work in the movie industry, he has officially released two albums, Freewill (2012) and Epic Shit (2013).[4]

Sanjeev has played and worked with musicians in India and globally including John Beasley, Taku Hirano, Oscar Seaton, Sivamani, Hariharan, Leslie Lewis and Rabbi Shergil, and is currently working on releasing a new album in 2018.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Sanjeev was born and raised in Kuwait and completed his schooling from Carmel Convent. He subsequently attended Alpha College, Chennai and then graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce (2001) from Madras University, Chennai and then moved to Bangalore in 2014.

Career[edit]

Sanjeev’s musical journey began at an early age, and owing to a supportive family he was able to pursue his passion and began singing and playing the guitar when he was eight. His college years were instrumental in his decision to take up music as a career and after his graduation, he founded and performed with bands, Buddha’s Babies and Buddha Blown in Chennai.[6] In 2004, Sanjeev established Rainbow Bridge in Chennai – a production studio, to further his love for music and his passion to contribute to the music scene in India. In 2005, Sanjeev joined A.R. Rahman as a lead guitarist and toured with him across the globe for the next decade, working on many blockbusters with the Oscar and Grammy winning maestro.[7] During this time, he also released two albums of his own, Freewill (2012) and Epic Shit (2013). Sanjeev also founded and led bands Rainbow Bridge (2005-2015), Kashmir with Baiju Dharmajan, and his collaborative act The Sanjeev T Collective (active) has featured musicians like Naresh Iyer, Grammy winner Dr. Prakash Sontakke, and Baiju Dharmajan.[8]

Springr[edit]

From 2012 to 2014, Sanjeev was involved with independent music platform and record label Springr in Kochi, Kerala. Both of his albums, Epic Shit and Freewill are under the Springr record label.[9]

Rainbow Bridge[edit]

Rainbow Bridge was originally set up in Chennai as a studio by Sanjeev in 2004, but he also toured and performed with a band under the same name, featuring artists Benny Dayal, Keba Jeramiah, and Jeremaya Abraham John between 2005 and 2015. Soon after, he set up Rainbow Bridge in Bangalore to be a music school, production studio, and jam pad, which currently has more than 100 students and a dedicated crew of 10 musicians.[6][10]

Awards[edit]

Sanjeev was one of the five individuals nominated by the British Council of India in 2009 for the Young Entrepreneur in Music Award for his work with Rainbow Bridge. He was also named the Most Inventive, Innovative and Creative Indie Act in Asia at the prestigious AVIMA Awards in 2010 and also received an award in the Best Genre-bending Music category at the Indiego Awards in 2012 for his album Freewill.[11] His album Epic Shit won Best Guitarist and Best Vocalist at the Jack Daniel’s & Rolling Stone Music Awards in 2013.[12] Sanjeev was one of the first artists to be featured in MTV Unplugged and in the MTV Coke Studio series.[13]

Discography[edit]

Guitarist[edit]

Year Movie Language Music Director
2007

2007

Sivaji

Azhagiya Thamizh Magan

Tamil AR Rahman
2008

2008

2008

Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na

Ada... A Way of Life

Ghajini

Hindi AR Rahman
2009

2009

Delhi-6

Blue

Hindi AR Rahman
2010 Ye Maaya Chesave Telugu AR Rahman
2010 Tournament Malayalam Deepak Dev
2010

2010

2010

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

Raavanan

Enthiran

Tamil AR Rahman
2010

2010

2010

Raavan

Robot

Jhootha Hi Sahi

Hindi AR Rahman
2011

2011

2011

Christian Brothers

Urumi

Teja Bhai & Family

Malayalam Deepak Dev
2011 Rockstar Hindi AR Rahman
2012 Ekk Deewana Tha Hindi AR Rahman
2012 Grandmaster Malayalam Deepak Dev
2015 I Hindi AR Rahman
2015 I Tamil AR Rahman
2015 I Telugu AR Rahman

Singer[edit]

Year Song Movie Language
2010 Jessie’s Driving Me Crazy Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Tamil
2012

2012

2012

Pathiye Pathiye

Nenjin Ullil

Title Track

Grandmaster

Diamond Necklace

Thaapaana

Malayalam
2012 Jessie’s Driving Me Crazy Ekk Deewana Tha Hindi
2013 Machi David Tamil
2013 Kaka David Telugu

Music Composer/ Background Score[edit]

Year Movie Language
2009 Bhagwan (Background Score only) Malayalam
2017 Vilakkumaram Malayalam
2018 Morjim (upcoming) Hindi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WATCH: Two musicians use actual heartbeats to compose a song". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  2. ^ S, Priyadershini (2013-05-26). "ROCK, roll, and soul". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. ^ "Sanjeev Thomas on a roll - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  4. ^ a b "Sanjeev Thomas On Rahman, Music and Epic Shit | The Plunge Daily". mybigplunge.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ "Leslie Lewis is like a father figure: Sanjeev Thomas - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  6. ^ a b "An interview with Sanjeev Thomas | Music Aloud". www.musicaloud.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ "AR Rahman's lead guitarist wants to guide a new generation of musicians". The News Minute. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. ^ "'A R Rahman found Chekele supercool!'". Rediff. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. ^ "Music by the sea awakens a new artistic spring". The Financial Express. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. ^ "Deccan Chronicle". www.deccanchronicle.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. ^ "Not Found". www.oklisten.com. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  12. ^ "Sky Rabbit Take Home Top Honors At The 9th Jack Daniel's Annual Rock Awards -". Rolling Stone India. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  13. ^ Sandhu, Veenu (2012-01-21). "A hollow sound". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-04-06.