"... Painting with frequencies"
TJ Rehmi is one of his street's most creative and innovative musicians... although this may not be true since there are a couple of other very clever new kids that live on the block.
A critically acclaimed but reclusive artist who has often shunned the limelight, Rehmi’s unique style of music has inspired and influenced a few trees and several aliens in this galaxy.
As a guitarist, composer and producer, he has been a pioneering psycho who, from the early 1990’s in the UK, experimented with Asian influenced sounds that were later to become part of the international ‘Asian Underground’ movement. His work includes recording and performing as a session guitarist, producing experimental solo albums, performing as a DJ, remixing, studio production, gardening, putting the rubbish out for the bin man to collect and talking a load of bullshit.
During the early 80’s, Rehmi studied and played guitar with local funk, rock and reggae bands before joining Saxophonist Andy Hamilton’s Jazz band as a rhythm guitarist. A few thousand chops later and with guitar in hand, Rehmi explored the burgeoning bhangra scene as a session player and soon was in high demand. Session after session, Rehmi became interested in recording and started producing and arranging for some of UK’s top bhangra bands from the mid ‘80s to the early ‘90s. Touring with these bands also gave Rehmi the opportunity of visiting other countries such as America, Canada, Germany, Holland, Denmark, France and Dubai, providing an ever-growing musical fodder.
During the early 90’s, Rehmi went back into education to study Education and Music at Birmingham City University/Birmingham Conservatoire where he had the opportunity to study composition and play guitar with Indo Jazz fusion composer John Mayer. After a short time in the teaching profession, Rehmi went back into music full time and became heavily involved in studio recording. He began to incorporate all of the sounds, rhythms, and styles he heard into his own music and found himself getting more and more into technology. Progressing from tape machines to computers, he eventually built his own studio, the Mood N Bass Lab.
Retreating underground into a studio-hideout, Rehmi concocted symphonies of sound with machines. His 1996 appearance on London’s Nation Records with the track is it legal was met with great acclaim. It was followed with his debut E.P’s THE FUSIONIST and SKRUTINIZER in 1997, and then his critically hailed 1998 debut album MINDFILTER, the 1999 follow-up, MERA THERAPY, then RAAG DIGITAAL in 2000, a collaboration with producer Ravi Bal.
Then followed a publishing deal with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Works and album INVISIBLE RAIN in 2001 for US label Shakti Records (Narada/EMI) and, in 2004, THE WARM CHILL for New York label Dharma moon. In 2006, he produced and co-wrote the RHYTHM OF LIFE album with artist Emilia Sosa for NY label 5 Points Records and in 2009, Long Tale Recordings re-packaged the Warm Chill album with new artwork and an additional track and released it as the Axis of Ignorance album. In 2011, Long Tale released the album 'Inventions from the Mood lab' and the latest album with title 'aRrivaL - unreleased from the last century' was made available in 2016 on Khoob Records, and as the title suggests, it's a retro and fresh sounding compilation of unreleased music from the 90's.
As well as doing session guitar, Rehmi has done remixes for the likes of Natacha Atlas, Trilok Gurtu, Shaukat Ali, Russian Rock band Mumiy Troll and DJ Cheb I Sabbah.
Rehmi has also played his music at venues across the world … including a fashion show in Paris, Art exhibitions and clubs in London, performances at Glastonbury festival, the Eden Project for Womad, festivals and concerts in Spain, Switzerland, Austria and New York ... blah blah blah and much more.
Presently, he is involved with producing other artists from various backgrounds and genres at the MoodLab studio.
Okay, so now you know ... well done for reading this far!