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Ajay Mathur (Musician)[edit | edit source]

Ajay Mathur
Ajay Mathur
Background information
Birth nameAjay Mathur
Born (1954-05-03) May 3, 1954 (age 65)
Years active1970–present
  • Montana Plus
  • Disctrade
  • Innovative Communication
  • F1-Team
  • Aktiy
  • Yakketeeyak Music
Associated acts
  • Phil Carmen
  • Carmen and Thompson
  • Mainstreet
  • Nuance
  • Gurk Sauer Lobby
  • Richard Koechli

Ajay Mathur (/'eɪ:dʒaɪ/; born 3 May 1954) is a Swiss singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer with Indian roots. Ajay has released six albums between 1981 and 1993 with his band Mainstreet and four albums as a solo artist [1]. Music critics describe Ajay's eclectic music style as a mixture of “Americana, pop, rock, and psychedelic rock”[1]. Ajay left India in December 1974 to live in Switzerland.

Early Life and early music career[edit | edit source]

Ajay was born in Amritsar, IndiaIndia. Ajay lost both his parents, father Dhuru Chand Mathur and mother Vidya Vati Mathur at an early age and was raised in the guardianship of his mother’s eldest brother Prem Lall Mathur. Ajay has no siblings. Ajay finished his primary and secondary school education at Modern School Modern School (New Delhi), Delhi and got his BA degree in English literature from St. Stephens College St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Delhi in 1974. In December of 1974, Ajay moved to Switzerland Switzerland.

Ajay grew up in a family of musicians. Ajay’s first cousin Shanti Mathur was a Bollywood playback singer (Son of India Son of India (1962 film)) and also his uncle Mukesh (singer) Mukesh (singer). His interest during most of his school years was painting. In the final years of school, around 1969 Ajay started playing the guitar and singing. During these final school years and throughout the years at the university, Ajay played in various music groups, including The Afro Beats, a group formed by exchange students from African and Caribbean countries and Ajay’s own trio called The Earth. Ajay started writing songs during these years in India, but his bands focused on playing cover versions of popular rock and pop songs.

Early music career in Switzerland[edit | edit source]

Between 1979 and 1980, Ajay worked and toured with Phil Carmen Phil Carmen as a guitarist for Carmen and Thompson Band.

Ajay Mathur’s band Mainstreet performing at Atlantis in Basel, Switzerland in 1980
Ajay Mathur’s band Mainstreet in concert in Basel 1980

In 1980 Ajay founded Mainstreet to play as an opening act for Carmen & Thompson tour. Mainstreet went on to record their first album “Kick” [2]. In 1981 Mainstreet signed up with the record label Disctrade and went on to record and release three more albums and a best-of compilation album that was released in Germany only [3]. On 11 April 1982, Mainstreet’s single Hollywood 26 25 24 from their second album “No Time To Lose” appeared on Swiss Radio Top 15 chart and ranked for 5 weeks [2]. Mainstreet broke up in 1986. During the years 1981 till 1986, Ajay also worked as a recording engineer and producer [4] at Soundville Recording Studio in Lucerne where all Mainstreet albums were recorded. Ajay also worked on a number albums by artists and bands, notably with Vera Kaa [5], Span [6], Gurk Sauer Lobby [7], Joe Malinga & South African Force [8] and Hanery Amman [9]

Ajay Mathur during a recording session with Linkmen in Soundville Recording Studio in Lucerne in July 1984
Ajay Mathur at a recording session in 1984

.After his departure from Soundville Studion and Mainstreet in 1986, Ajay continued to work with Phil Carmen Phil Carmen at Phil Carmen’s Picar Studio for the next three years as a freelance recording engineer, working on Phil Carmen’s album “City Walls” [10] and “Wise Monkeys” [11], where he got to work with Brian Auger Brian Auger, Colin Hodgkinson [12] and Dick Morrissey Dick Morrissey during the recording sessions. Ajay got the Swiss citizenship in February 1990.

Ajay revived Mainstreet band with a new musician’s lineup and live concerts in 1990. He released a remixed ‘best-of’ compilation of Mainstreet songs on a CD called “Biograph”. Unfortunately, the new Mainstreet did not manage to replicate the successes of the original lineup in the eighties. Ajay conclusively disbanded Mainstreet in 1995. Thereafter, Ajay focused on writing and recording songs in his own studio, as well as on playing live with his guitarist friend and roots-musician Richard Koechli [13] until 2001.

Career as a solo artist[edit | edit source]

In September 2011 Ajay released his debut album as a solo artist “A Matter Of Time” [14] . Richard Koechli and the Jazz drummer Fausto Medici [15] contributed to album. In March 2013, Ajay released an EP “Come See Conquer” [16]. “Come See Conquer” started attracting media attention to Ajay’s Americana style of songwriting [3].

Ajay Mathur’s band live in Stadtkeller, Lucerne on 29 January 2014 with (l to r) Fausto Medici (drums), Christian Winiker (guitar) and Ajay Mathur (guitar)
Ajay Mathur’s band live in Lucerne in 2014 with (l to r) Fausto Medici (drums), Christian Winiker (guitar), Ajay Mathur (guitar)

In May 2015, Ajay released his third album ‘9 to 3’ [17]. With ‘9 to 3’ began Ajay’s collaboration with the jazz guitarist Christian Winiker. ‘9 to 3’ has been widely acknowledged in the international media, among others by Buzzfeed [4], calling ‘9 to 3’ “A beautiful alchemy in music”, Huffington Post [5], The Big Takeover Ajay Mathur's "9 to 3" is a straight-ahead homage to the greats of classic rock.” , AXS AXS (company) “9 to 3 is a master-class on consummate songwriting” [6], Contact Music Contactmusic.com “'9 to 3' is like fine dining at a hoity-toity restaurant” [7]. Louder Than War magazine Louder Than War (website) took “the opportunity to ask Mathur a bunch of questions relating to his unique sense of music, his diverse combination of worldly topics, and his future brand of creativity” [8] and Contact Music Contactmusic.com asked Ajay about his song writing process . On 2 March 2018, Ajay released his fourth album ‘Little Boat’ [18] “blending Americana with psychedelic rock” [9] and has received accolades from a number of music and lifestyle magazines and blogs [10] [11] [12]. The underlying theme of the album is “resilience” [13], ‘Little Boat’ has been acclaimed [14] as Mathur’s lyrically and musically most creative and mature work [15] [16]. On ‘Little Boat’, Mathur blends typical rock instruments with unlikely sounds including mouth harp and Indian Tablas, Sitar, Sarãngi, Oud and Tambura along with blues harp and Cajon accordion, creating “his most richly developed set of studio music yet”. [17]

Ajay Mathur band playing live at ‘Little Boat’ album release party in Bar59 Club, Lucerne with (l to r) Christian Winiker (guitar), Ajay Mathur (guitar), Fausto Medici (drums) and Mars Lustenberger (saxophone) on 1 March 2018
Ajay Mathur band live in Bar59 Club, Lucerne with (l to r) Christian Winiker (guitar), Ajay Mathur (guitar), Fausto Medici (drums) and Mara Lustenberger (saxophone) on 1 Marc 2018

Chart rankings[edit | edit source]

Song Album Swiss Radio Single Chart[18] AMA Radio Single Chart [19] European Indie Music Top200 [20] DRT National Airplay Top50 Rock [21] DRT National Airplay Top50 AC [22] DRT National Airplay Top80 Independent [23] DRT National Airplay Top200[24]
Hollywood 26 25 24 No Time To Lose 11
Come See Conquer Come See Conquer 35
Walking On The Water 9 to 3 14 178
My World (SOS To The Universe) 9 to 3 4 6 9 149
View From The Top 9 to 3 15 1 22 15 136
Nothing Really Matters 9 to 3 6 5 27 12 151
Forget About Yesterday Little Boat 1 9 8 38 101

Discography[edit | edit source]

Mainstreet albums[edit | edit source]

  • Kick! (LP) (1980)
  • No Time To Lose ‎(LP) (1981)
  • No Way To Heaven ‎(LP) (1982)
  • Hollywood 262524 ‎(LP) compilation album (1983)
  • All Change Now ‎(LP) (1983)
  • Biograph (CD) best-of Mainstreet compilation album (1993)

Mainstreet singles[edit | edit source]

  • Nasty Lady ‎(7") (1981)
  • Hollywood 26 25 24 (7") (1982)
  • I'm Clean ‎(7") (1982)
  • Angelina(7") (1983)

Ajay Mathur Albums[edit | edit source]

  • A Matter of Time (CD album, download, streaming) (2011)
  • Come See Conquer (EP, download, streaming) (2013)
  • 9 to 3 (CD album, download, streaming) (2015)
  • Little Boat (LP, CD album, download, streaming) (2018)

Ajay Mathur Singles[edit | edit source]

  • Taking The Night Away (2011)
  • Easy (2012)
  • A Matter of Time (2012)
  • Pennies To Gold (2013)
  • Surfing Girl (2013)
  • Come See Conquer (2013)
  • Walking on the Water (2015)
  • My World (SOS To The Universe) (2015)
  • View From The Top (2016)
  • Nothing Really Matters (2016)
  • Forget About Yesterday (2018)

Other Artists - Writing, Arrangement, Performance, Production, Technical[edit | edit source]

  • Carmen & Thompson - Time Moves On ‎(LP, Album) (1980)
  • Vera Kaa - Korrekt ‎(LP) (1982)
  • Heaven Street - Mr 48 / Metallic Brain ‎(7") (1982)
  • Sorry & TT's - I Can't Explain ‎(7", Single) (1982)
  • Various - FE ST IV AL 's Andere Lozärn ‎(Cass, Comp) (1983)
  • Tedel's Hot Dog - Frei Si / Rhythm Freak ‎(7") (1983)
  • Kai Horat - Still Hangin' Out In The Same Places ‎(LP, Album, Pri) (1983)
  • Gurk Sauer Lobby - Urgurk (1983)
  • Peter Landis, Mark Albisser - Zusammen Wachsen ‎(LP, Album) (1984)
  • Joe Malinga & Southern African Force - Sandile ‎(LP, Album) (1984)
  • Linkmen - Dancing Through The Winternight ‎(7", Single) (1984)
  • Gurk Sauer Lobby - Vollmond ‎(LP) (1984)
  • Nuance - I Wanna Buy You ‎(7", Single) (1985)
  • Phil Carmen - Wise Monkeys (LP) (1986)
  • Nuance - Miracle Man ‎(7", Single) (1986)
  • Nuance - Miracle Man ‎(12", EP) (1986)
  • Wendigo - Eyes On Your Heels ‎(CD, Album) (1999)
  • Phil Carmen - City Walls (LP) (1987)
  • Fredy Studer - Seven Songs (CD, Album) (1991)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ajay Mathur mixes stylish Americana, pop, rock, and psychedelic rock in for his eclectic new music". Buzzfeed.
  2. "'Swiss Radio Hitparade article'". Swiss Radio Hitparade.
  3. "Switzerland might be a strange place to birth an "Americana" artist". Skope Magazine.
  4. "Ajay Mathur's "9 to 3" is a straight-ahead homage to the greats of classic rock."". Huffington Post.
  5. "..a collection of psychedelic power pop"". The Big Takeover.
  6. "9 to 3 is a master-class on consummate songwriting". AXS.
  7. "'9 to 3' is like fine dining at a hoity-toity restaurant". Contact Music.
  8. "Louder Than War had the opportunity to ask Mathur a bunch of questions". Louder Than War.
  9. "Ajay Mathur blends Americana with psychedelic rock in 'Little Boat". Celibrity Café.
  10. "the album has a raw, homegrown quality which is superbly produced T". The Big Takeover.
  11. "Grammy Nominated Ajay Mathur Returns With The Defiant New Album ' Little Boat". Flavourmag.
  12. "Switzerland Rocker, Ajay Mathur, Releases New Album". Tattoo.
  13. "Resilience is the inspiration: Ajay Mathur showcases elasticity on new album: Little Boat". Grungecake.
  14. "Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, Mathur somehow tops the cake once again". Depression - The Journal of Roots Music.
  15. "It's an amazing album. Five stars for creativity and thoughtful lyrics". Sidestage magazine.
  16. "There's no questioning Mathur's musicianship or songwriting." Onstage Magazine". Onstage Magazine.
  17. "Without a doubt… this is his most richly developed set of studio music yet". For Folk’s Sake.
  18. "Swiss Radio Hitparade". Swiss Radio Hitparade .
  19. "Americana Music ranking". Americana Music Association website.
  20. "Euro Indie Music Top200 Ranking". Euro Indie Music.
  21. "Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay Charts". Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay.
  22. "Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay Charts". Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay.
  23. "Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay Charts". Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay.
  24. "Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay Charts". Digital Radio Tracker National Airplay.

External links[edit | edit source]

Ajay Mathur’s official website [19]

Ajay Mathur’s YouTube channel [20]

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