Other than Shivamani and Louis Banks, Manoj George is the only Indian musician to endorse the Roland Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic musical instruments and music gear. He is promoting the GR 55 Guitar Synthesizer, and not the one he regularly plays. “They select only a few artistes and as I had once used their product, they are gifting me a violin worth `1.5 lakh,” says the musician.
Manoj, who was born in Olarikkara in Thrissur district, did his basic studies till his graduation in Kerala. Later he moved out of the state to Bangalore. He has then steadily climbed the ladder of success as a composer, performer and a collaborator in the past two decades. He has performed widely in India and across the world in US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Far East and Middle East, China and Colombo. Not just this, he has performed with various bands and shared the stage with renowned musicians like violin maestro Dr L Subramaniam, Shivamani, Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Trilok Gurtu, Lucky Ali, and many more.
It was in 2001, he began his musical journey by forming a band Antaragini with Raghu Dikshit and for the next five years, played in all campuses and cities.
“It was one of the best bands and we were invited to Canada. However, I left the band in 2005 as I wanted to go solo. From 2005, my career as a solo artiste began and I toured 14 cities as part of a contemporary dance group with artistes hailing from US, Russia, Sri Lanka and India. It was two months of intense playing, a fusion of music and dance, and it was an extraordinary experience,” he reminisces.
The multitude of influences on Manoj George’s musical character has given birth to ManojGeorge4strings, a World-Fusion band he has formed with four other artistes.
Manoj has also composed music for Malyalam and Kannada films like Kharaksharangal, Vaadhyaar, Aathmeeya and has also launched a solo album Lost For Words which fuses various genres of music.
He and his wife have also set up a music academy, the New Wave Music Centre and are striving to create a new generation of musicians.
He aims to spread his music to different parts of the world, among different people and give back to the world of music as much as he believes he has received from it.
Manoj is a sessions artiste in great demand, and works at studios across south India. This latest honour is sure to make him famous elsewhere too.