Crown The Brown: Musician Tesher
Crown The Brown: Tesher. Music has a way of evoking a world of emotions but Tesher surely knows how to bring two worlds together! Tesher is known for creating remixes that combine all sorts of genres from Latin American, Hip Hop, RnB, Bollywood and more.
Tesher‘s talent is undeniable and he knows exactly how to create a playlist worth replaying! His latest two tracks Tesher Slide (Toosie Slide remix) and Young Shahrukh has made waves on TikTok, as well as his Old Town Road vs. Ramta Jogi remix! We were curious to know more about his journey! Here is what Tesher shared with us.
How would you describe yourself and your sound in 3 words?
Chak. De. Phattey.
At what age did you find your passion for music and what inspired you to start making music?
I’ve been passionate about music ever since I was a kid. I think I made my first “remix” when I was 6!
My family has always been very into music and we’d always be listening/dancing to Bollywood and Bhangra music in the house when I was young. Making music was just a natural thing as a result.
You have made so many amazing tracks, including my personal favourite Young Shahrukh. What inspired that song specifically and how long does it usually take you to make a track?
On average I’d say it takes me about a week and a half. That being said, some tracks take me 10 minutes, others take 10 weeks – it’s honestly different every time. Just the other day I started working on a track I abandoned in 2010, so that’ll be 10 years in the making!
People know you for creating the most innovative remixes and merging tracks together to create such epic bangers! Many enjoy the fact that you are able to take English songs and incorporate Bollywood tracks or even just Eastern beats into it. How did that idea come about?
My music reflects who I am, and who I am is a Canadian-born Indian who’s managed to balance the Western culture I grew up in with my South Asian heritage.
I am the blend of two cultures, and so is my music. If I didn’t incorporate sounds and influences from both sides of the world, it wouldn’t be me.
Your lyrics are always so powerful and relatable. Do you use your own experiences when spitting bars or how do you really get into the writing zone?
I primarily draw on my own experiences and emotions for my lyrics, but I also like to drop in a couple of lines that just sound good. For example, just about every line on Young Shahrukh references a moment from my life – I really did have $500 in cash in case they didn’t accept AMEX.
I really did have a couple brown girls (Ranis) with me in the back of an Uber Black on our way to King St. while our Punjabi driver had the bass so loud it shook the Khanda hanging on his rear view mirror. I did not, however, have 20,000 fans on my lawn (but with the love I’ve been receiving on the track it sure feels like it!)
Have you ever experienced writer’s block or a sense of being overwhelmed by it all? What coping mechanisms do you use during those times?
All the time! Honestly I feel like I have writer’s block more often than not. Sometimes I’ll get so caught up in figuring out what the best melody or best bar would be that I can’t settle or think of anything at all.
In those moments, I either step back and take a break, or I just turn on the mic and freestyle about literally anything. Both methods can lead to ideas that bring me back on track.
We love that your music unites people and enables others to feel represented by the manner in which you create music.
You have not only incorporated Bollywood but have also had some latin remixes as well. Why do you think it is so important to be inclusive and diverse when it comes to music?
There’s nothing I love more than bringing influences together that people would have never expected to work, let alone sound good. By doing that I not only end up with a dope record, but I end up creating something that shows people how incredible the results can be when we blend and mesh our cultures together.
Including a variety of cultures in my music opens people up to listening to stuff they never thought they’d actually enjoy and it also makes the music more accessible for a larger audience, which is always a good thing!
Which musicians inspire most of the work that you do and why?
There’s so many, but 3 of them are Anitta, Drake, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Drake is a big inspiration for so many reasons, from how he’s blended melody with bars to make incredible music to how he made it big coming from Canada.
Anitta has consistently been dropping top-tier bangers since I discovered her music a few years ago. I’m literally always listening to her music and trying to learn from it.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan inspires me a lot because he’s able to invoke this incredibly strong feeling of euphoria with his music. He puts you closer to God than anyone else I’ve ever heard. Now I’m no Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – far from it really.
I try to emulate a bit of that euphoria in every song I make. There’s been a handful of times where people have commented on my stuff saying they’ve almost cried listening to it, and one way I know I’ve succeeded.
I want you to feel overcome with energy when you hear my music, no matter if it’s a Hindu bhajan recorded over a trap beat or a bhangra remix of the Avengers theme.
One of your songs (Old Town Road vs Ramta Jogi) recently went viral on TikTok, what was that experience like? How has the recognition impacted on your music and platform?
It was wild, especially because of the fact that it went viral because of a milk drinking challenge! That experience taught me to put more faith in the audience. I almost didn’t put that mix out to begin with because I didn’t think it was good enough.
Now it’s become the reason why so many people have discovered me and my music. I might not have gotten the opportunity to even do this interview if it wasn’t for the exposure that track gave me, so I’m super thankful and happy it happened!
What are some of the challenges you have experienced as a musician? How do you think the industry can improve in terms of celebrating artists?
I don’t even know where to start. Long nights being stuck on lyrics, difficulty mastering the record properly, people stealing my songs and posting them as their own and then blowing up, the list goes on.
As far as celebrating artists, people should know how great of an effect their compliments can have. For an emerging artist like me, I appreciate every comment I get and they keep me motivated.
For older artists, comments remind them people still care about them and love their music. I know artists like Babyface and Teddy Riley – even though they’re iconic legends – deeply appreciated all the love they received when they had their battle on Instagram live a few weeks ago
What projects can we expect from you in the future?
Definitely more original songs like Young Shahrukh. I’m having fun being on the mic instead of just being behind the boards.
What tips do you have for other musicians out there?
Don’t wait for somebody to come sign you or blow you up. You can make your own videos, you can make your own beats, you can write your own lyrics. When they eventually come for you, you’ll be ready!
Tesher is definitely a young Shahrukh Khan with his relatable bars and banging beats! He knows how to rock a room with his legendary remixes! Every single track tells a story and creates a narrative we can all relate towards.
Furthermore, Tesher has a way of uniting people by creating masterpieces using various genres of music in one playlist! Be sure to check out his work on youtube and instagram @tesherrrr .