"... Painting with frequencies"
TJ Rehmi is a critically acclaimed artist known for his creative and innovative approach to composition and production work.
His unique style of music has inspired and influenced countless listeners and artists from around the world.
As a guitarist, composer and producer, he has been a pioneering figure 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 working as a session guitarist, producing experimental solo albums, performing as a DJ, remixing & studio production... and also making good tea & doing the gardening!
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, he explored the burgeoning bhangra scene as a session player and soon was in high demand.
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.
In 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 designed and built his own studio space which developed into a music production hub.
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.
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 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Natacha Atlas, Trilok Gurtu, Shaukat Ali, Russian Rock band Mumiy Troll and DJ Cheb I Sabbah.
And 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 in creating new works and with producing other artists of various backgrounds and genres as
Moodlab Music Production. www.moodlabmusic.com