The Asian Age

Progress to per­fec­tion

R& B singer Thom­son An­drews’ new sin­gle, Peo­ple Ain’t Things, is just a glimpse of greater things to come to­mor­row...

- SANCHITA DASH

His pro­fes­sional mu­sic ca­reer be­gan at the age of 17, and at 18, Thom­son An­drews was jug­gling singing, col­lege and work. To­day, the 26year- old has worked with the big­gest names in the mu­sic in­dus­try and the re­lease of his new sin­gle, Peo­ple Ain't Things, is just the be­gin­ning of what the artiste wants to fur­ther ac­com­plish.

The first R& B singer and song­writer from In­dia, Thom­son’s tryst with mu­sic started long ago, when he was only 10. Born and brought up in Mumbai, he was a part of his church choir and that brought him op­por­tu­ni­ties like TV shows and con­certs on his way.

“In 2010, I got my ma­jor mu­si­cal break. I got to per­form with none other than A. R. Rah­man at the IPL cer­e­mony. After that, I started get­ting of­fers to work with in­nu­mer­able mu­sic direc­tors,” he rec­ol­lects, trac­ing back. He kicked off with pro­vid­ing vo­cal ar­range­ments and then back­ground scores for many films.

One of his most ac­claimed col­lab­o­ra­tions was for the Os­car- nom­i­nated movie 127 Hours. “I had to give addi- tional vo­cals for the ti­tle track of the film. After that, I also worked on Su­per­heavy, an al­bum which fea­tured songs by the likes of Mick Jag­ger, Jass Stone, et al,” he says.

Since then, he has gone on to work with A- list Bol­ly­wood com­posers such as Vishal and Shekhar, Vishal Bharad­waj and oth­ers. For his up­com­ing R& B al­bum, the first sin­gle of which is Peo­ple Ain’t Things, he even had Grammy award win­ning en­gi­neers work­ing for him.

Thom­son, who can sing in 15 dif­fer­ent lan­guages, has made his de­but in Tol­ly­wood with the film Run Raja Run with mu­sic di­rec­tor M. Ghi­bran. “Be­cause of my work in B- town, I got wide­spread recog­ni­tion and that fetched me work from down South as well,” ac­knowl­edges the young­ster. “I ac­tu­ally have a few more projects lined up with M. Ghi­bran in Tamil and Tel­ugu,” he fur­ther di­vulges the dope.

“For the ini­tial four years, I worked for free. My aim was to gain as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble. Money was not my main pri­or­ity, which is why I was go­ing to the col­lege to con­tinue with my stud­ies, simultaneo­usly work­ing part- time and then con­cen­trat­ing on my mu­sic too,” he briefs his hum­ble begin­nings.

Learn­ing lessons from his own life, Thom­son dis­penses his ad­vice to to­day’s bud­ding mu­si­cians: “When I had joined a cor­po­rate house, I would toil nine hours a day and then go for four hours of mu­sic prac­tice. But fi­nally, I gave up my cor­po­rate life to whole­heart­edly pur­sue mu­sic. So my sug­ges­tion to avid as­pi­rants would be not to chase money. In­stead, follow your heart and go for that ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence to bring you a real taste of wealth worth of grat­i­fy­ing ac­co­lades.”

Don’t run after money. Rather follow your heart to live your dream which gleams like a light at the end of your strug­gle­tun­nel.

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