You might call Chin Injeti a master of music.
On any given day, he may be producing a GRAMMY award-winning single with the likes of P!nk or Eminem. He co-founded the 90s band with the catchy riffs, Bass is Base and continues to craft the lyrics that forever seem to live in our neural pathways.
When not living as the adult any kid would easily define as cool, Chin enjoys the quiet scenery of his home base of Vancouver. Soon, he’ll be speaking at TEDx Vancouver for the second time, taking to the stage with his constant companion – gratitude.
Listening to him speak could convince anyone that gratitude truly is powerful.
It is so great to speak with you, Chin! Your lyrics have been in our heads for years.
Thank you very much!
What day is your TEDxVancouver talk going to happen?
The 14th of November.
How do you feel about doing these types of talks? Is it in your comfort zone?
I’m excited about it. Honestly, it isn’t in my comfort zone but it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone.
True. Was it your idea?
They approached me to do it. I feel very grateful.
Any sneak peeks as to what you will be talking about…?
(laugh) I can’t give it away!
We had to try. On another note, you wear a lot of other hats. Musician. Producer. Father. Is there a role you prefer or do you like the mixed bag of a day?
I like a little bit of everything. It’s interesting how [my career] has evolved. It is all music to me. It is a blessing.
How do you keep the creative energy buzzing?
Music is a language and a mindset. Sometimes I read. Sometimes I listen. We don’t listen enough. I feel blessed to do what I do and with the people that I respect. Talking and teaching: it all comes together.
Even though you’ve found these cohesive threads in your work, you do have a lot on your plate. How do you keep grounded?
I get grounded by simply thinking about what happened and being grateful for it. Living in it but also being grateful.
Does living in Vancouver help?
I keep it pretty humble. I’m pretty approachable. There is no paparazzi madness.
Could you tell us more about your relationship with Music Therapy?
I’m a recipient of it. It’s a great organization. They believe in it. It’s a good thing for me to be a part of it. I have been healed through music.
When I was younger, I had polio and music therapy is one of the reasons I can walk. Holding instruments helps with dexterity. Music helps with strength. It is a healing tool.
Last question: what project are you the most excited about in the coming months?
I am really excited about working with TEDxVancouver.
We couldn’t find any examples of Chin using the hashtag #blessed on his Twitter profile. But we’re pretty sure he sprinkles enough gratitude on his off-screen life to need it.
We’ll be listening, Chin!
Find out more about Chin’s amazing musical journey on his website here.
2015 TEDxVancouver’s conference takes place this November 14th. Learn more about the event and the other speakers here.