JOEL (Shyamak Mukherjee) Releases "The Beginning" - A Remarkable Contemporary Bangla & English Songs Album

Joel - The Beginning (Purple Music) - Sample Pack

Joel (Shyamak Mukherjee)Kolkata, June 4, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shyamak Mukherjee or JOEL as we know him is a versatile young singer, song writer, composer and music arranger coming up with world-class music from Calcutta.

Joel's journey started when he had just graduated from school. While his friends were busy getting admitted to colleges for  prospective careers, Joel was busy listening to the likes of Bach, Schubert, Sting and John Mayer and imagining himself making music that would define an era just like his idols had done before.

Thus the journey began as he took the guitar to be his companion for life. Having completed grade 8 in Classical guitar he wanted to move on to more contemporary forms of music and therefore started writing, composing and singing his own music. However, after watching his father, he decided to try his hand at arranging music as well.

After initializing with such rudimentary software as Fruity Loops and Cool Edit, Joel got through the nuances of digital music production soon enough. It was then that he decided that he wanted to make an album where everything would be done by him.

Joel performing with the Guildhall Folk Ensembleand at Barbican Theater in London, UK
Joel performing with the Guildhall Folk Ensemble at Barbican Theater in London, UK

In this album - "The Beginning" - Joel composed, played, arranged, sang and wrote the songs, except for a few songs which are written by friends. It's an effort which took him 3 years to finalize and complete.

Music Video: Ayenar Obhab, from "The Beginning"

The album contains one Rabindrasangeet and a popular Bengali song by poet Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah. The reason for the inclusion of these two songs is that both the songs have had an impact on Joel's life at various stages and he wanted to acknowledge that by giving them a shape through his musical visualizations.

Joel - The Beginning - Purple Music, 2012

We know listeners will appreciate and enjoy what a young musician of Joel's caliber has to offer. Having been born in a family where music was just as indispensable as oxygen or food, the inclination towards the arts for Joel was quite natural. Furthermore, having studied in Patha Bhavan, Kolkata for twelve years, the nurturing was just about perfect for him to enter the realm of music.

Originally trained in Western Classical guitar (Grade-8), which he believes to have paved the way for his outlook towards music and his acceptance of the diverse musical genres in the future. Though performing from a very early age, it was only after his Graduation, (Eng Hons.) from Maulana Azad College, Kolkata that he realized his true calling. However he decided not to be confined to just guitar playing but broaden the field and in no time he was writing songs, singing, composing, arranging them and also took a keen interest into the technicalities of music production.

Counting his influences, which are as diverse as Johann Sebastian Bach, Sting, Dream Theatre, The Beatles, John Denver, Porcupine Tree, Norah Jones, John Mayer and many more. He believes it’s important to be influenced as we know so little but to have a signature style of one’s own.

At a very young age, he has already worked with some of the stalwarts of the music industry. Having access to a professional state of the art digital recording studio obviously helped, as he found just the right tools to exercise these means. Songs like "Angels", "I Believe", "I Keep Walking" are a few samples of the world class music this versatile young musician and composer has created. The song "Conversation", features the vocal talents of his mother Himika Mukherjee, a vocalist trained in Indian Classical who specializes in such diverse genres as Ghazals to Nazrulgeeti, RabindraSangeet and also composing and writing her own songs.

His credits include:

  • Arranging and composing for Babul Supriyo’s Pop album UNTITLED from Universal
  • Arranging and composing the title song for the yet to be released film "A Story of the Red Hills" by Remo (Choreographer)
  • Composing the title theme for NABC 2008,Toronto
  • Arrangement and composing for various city based bands and artists
  • A key member for the Leadership in Music project ‘Connect’ organised jointly by the Guildhall School of Music, London and the British Council, Kolkata
  • Performed live with the Guildhall Folk Ensemble at Barbican Theater in London, UK