Chin Injeti, multi-instrumentalist, producer, talented song-writer and co-founder of the pop/funk/soul group Bass is Base, has just released his debut solo album Day Dreaming. Since the split of Bass is Base in 1997, Chin has forged ahead, recording his new album and continuing to write and produce with, and for, a variety of top artists. Securing a publishing contract with EMI, Chin has written with the likes of Ben Mink (of KD Lang fame), David Frank (Christina Aguilera's Genie in a Bottle), and Christopher Ward (Alannah Myles). Chin has also written and recorded with Mike Mangini, Canadian rapper/singer Snow and recently remixed the track Pinch Me for The Barenaked Ladies.
Born in India, Chin's family moved to Canada when he was five, where he eventually attended the University of Toronto and earned a degree in music education. His musical influences began early on in his family, listening to his musician father sing traditional Telugu songs (A South Indian language).
"As far as I'm concerned, everything I know that matters in my craft is all from my father. My parents always encouraged me to play an instrument."
Diagnosed with polio as a child and wheelchair bound until a teenager, his earlier years were spent listening to everything from Stevie Wonder to Van Halen. Then Chin discovered his true passion -- hip hop -- when his brother became a DJ. "Since I couldn't break dance or mix records, I took up the bass and guitar. Then later on I learned to program the drums and keyboards". Chin spent the early 90s producing artists such as Maestro Fresh Wes, Kish, and Main Source, and was inspired by his friend Bob Powers, producer of Erykah Badu and A Tribe Called Quest. During this time, Chin began recording his own music and eventually released an independent house music single (I Promise on Hi Bias Records), which reached the Billboard charts and became a popular underground hit in Italy and England.
1994 saw the formation of Bass is Base. Labeled "United Colors of Benetton" for their ethnic diversity, ideas and unique music, the group went on to sell 30,000 copies of their debut album First Impressions For the Bottom Jigglers. Bass is Base earned a variety of awards including a Juno for best R&B album for Impressions ('95), and a MuchMusic video award for Funkmobile. Chin also received a SOCAN Songwriters Award for most played song, I Cry. As a member of Bass Is Base, Chin had the opportunity to tour with renowned artists such as the Fugees, Ziggy Marley, the Roots, Busta Rhymes, Jamiroquai and A Tribe Called Quest.
At thirty years of age, Chin's career has already seen him sell over 30,000 albums, co-write with great musical talent, and produce and share the stage with some of the biggest hip hop artists around. And to think, he's just getting started.