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T. Chandy, Ottawa’s artistic swiss army knife

T. Chandy, Ottawa’s artistic swiss army knife

by Johnny Blaze

A month ago


Last week, the Down to the Beat dudes sat down with the artistic swiss army knife, T. Chandy. During the hour-long convo, they touched on the creator’s many diverse influences, from his family, his artistic abilities and the music industry’s evolving relationship with social media.
 
Chandy’s journey through the rap game had a humble beginning. Raised by immigrant parents, the strong family values that were instilled in him at a young age trickle into his music. This upbringing provides a grounded base from which Chandy, a sound-shifter of sorts, pairs his elite bars with intense tranquility, resulting in a unique twist on stoner rap.
 
Chandy credits his parents as the driving force behind the full-fledged artist we see today. From a young age, his mother was adamant about nurturing his talent for writing, giving him extra homework on top of what school required. His father’s drive for self made success in Ottawa foreshadowed Chandy’s ability to do everything for himself on a track.
 
His background developed Chandy into a creator with a unique drive for near total knowledge of his craft. Now, the 21-year-old is a multifaceted artist who can write and produce his own tracks, then turn around and edit the accompanying visuals, ensuring each project is a genuine product of his extensive imagination.
 
“Oh, no one at this school makes music, no one knows how to record. Ah fuck it, I’ll do it. Youtube is there.” he says when reflecting on how he honed his skills.
 
Producing came easily to him, and with the help of a roommate and an education at the Recording Arts Canada school, he quickly became a veteran beat maker in a short year and a half. He credits his video editing abilities to highschool projects that offered bonus marks for video components, something he became passionate about after graduation.
 
T. Chandy moves through the Ottawa music scene surrounded by an almost enigmatic aura, a fly on the wall of sorts as he watches the game unfold in front of him until he’s ready to make his move. That is until you get to know him, or even easier, check out his TikTok.
 
His sound is as flexible as his personality is mysterious, and Chandy claims that experimenting is his biggest love. Chandy’s catalog reflects this, as he pushes ephemeral sonic boundaries in every single or album he drops.
 
This, he attributes to the ever-shifting landscape of music. His Instagram has a strong “if Quasimodo was a rapper vibe” whereas his other booming social, TikTok, lets you know that T. Chandy is here for fun.
 
The disparity between his two online reflections shows just how important harnessing social media is in this day and age — something he feels is essential to his craft.
 
“I found that me just having fun and making myself laugh, like finding a funny sound, and making a video then sending it to my friends; that’s why I started doing this, bro,” he said.
 
Social media’s relationship with the music world is growing stronger and stronger, making it that much more essential for artists to create additional audio-visual content. Chandy stays true to this while staying true to himself, acknowledging the fact that anything could blow up at any time in today’s world.
 
And we know y’all’re just as addicted to your socials as we are, so there’s no good reason to miss what will undoubtedly be an even more prolific year for Chandy. He left us with promises of a new drop every coming month, a self-produced album, and multiple collaborations with the SURF collective. All we can say is, if this showcase left you wanting more Chandy, you’ll get more Chandy.
Written by:
John Balser
Instagram: @johnbalsohard