Tejas Menon or Tejas is a singer-songwriter from Mumbai, India. He has a unique belief that a singer does not have to be defined by one particular genre of music, but instead by a variety of sounds and uses this to define his signature sounds. However, he is strongly rooted in pop-rock and it has a major influence on his original tracks. He has released two critically acclaimed albums; ‘Small Victories’ (2014) and ‘Make It Happen” (2017), with the latter hitting #1 on the India Pop Charts on iTunes upon its release.
His most recent album ‘Outlast’ released on June 3rd of this year which has been received well by fans and got great reviews so far. Tejas is known as one of the most prolific singer-songwriters to come out of India in the past few years. He turned 30 in 2019 and writes about all that he learnt in his twenties in his latest album. Tejas’ lyrics are inspired by events from his own life and stories from his journey to find his identity. Though he admits that he started off by writing about love and girls, he seems to have found his true spirit in writing about things that are more generic as well as deeply rooted in his own experiences. His unique music and sounds have taken him places.
Having lived in Dubai, Pune and finally Bombay his journey has been adventurous, leading him to develop great vocal delivery as well as interesting music taste. His journey began in Dubai at school where he learnt about the pop artists who eventually inspired him to write his first songs. Later when he moved to Pune he explored his love for music further and even performed in a few gigs, but Bombay is where he really blossomed as a musician as he spent most of his adult life in the city. In Bombay, he discovered his true identity.
He has traveled across the country to perform sold-out shows at major venues and music festivals like NH7 Weekender, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and VH1 Supersonic. He has opened for artists like Damien Rice and Lucy Rose. He also founded and runs Geek Fruit in 2015, which is a community for the Indian pop-culture geeks and enthusiasts. The podcast now has over 300 episodes and is one of the first-ever pop-culture podcasts to come from India. He now performs at Comic-Con across India and hosts events like ‘Super Scary Awesome’, their annual Halloween Party, along with co-founders Jishnu Guha and Dinkar Dwivediwhich.
RJ Rohit caught up with Tejas to talk about his new album and life during the lockdown. Click below to watch the full video!