Music producer and bass player Colin D'Cruz got into music professionally in the late seventies performing on hotel residences. Ten years of six nights a week performances set the foundations for a career spanning over four decades now. Even though jazz has always been his first love Colin has experienced many other genres of music performing all kinds of music with all kinds of musicians from across India and around the world. Besides performing, Colin also hosted a radio show on a premier international radio station and produced a music show for television. He set up an organisation called Jazz Goa that offers local artists a free audio/video production facility and also gives them a place on a global stage through the Jazz Goa app, the first western music app from India. Colin's earliest childhood memories revolve around experiencing live music at events his parents took him, the memory of the magic taking place onstage stage stayed in his sub conscious and turned out to be the deciding factor in his career choice later in life. Jazz turned out to be his first love simply because he felt it was a form of music that embraces all other sounds of music and allows an artist complete freedom of expression. Born and bought up in Mumbai, helped him shape a professional attitude and gave him exposure to many different forms of music including bollywood having performed with the likes of Asha Bhosle, Sonu Nigam and Shubha Mudgal to name a few. Colin moved to Goa in 2008 and went about setting up a studio and producing music both audio and video. Today music is heard on apps most of the time, so the Jazz Goa app was launched in 2018 with over three hundred artists featured and continuously updated with new entries. Local artists found a world-wide audience with the Jazz Goa app and many of them have been discovered internationally thanks to the app. Jazz Goa's music is also aired on the world's number one radio station Jazz FM91. Besides hosting the International Jazz Day event every year in Goa, Jazz Goa has also ventured into hosting events at prestigious international jazz venues like the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. Future plans include inviting international jazz virtuosos to Goa to collaborate and perform with local artists. All this would not have been possible without the support of his wife Diana who manages Colin's many different bands besides handling photography and videography for all Jazz Goa events. Today's kids are tuned to DJ's and EDM, Colin often wonders why anyone would want to pay a small fortune to watch someone press play on a laptop. But to each their own, as far as he is concerned he may be out of sync with today's popular music but he is totally in sync with his soul when he is out there playing his heart out to a few people who still enjoy live music.
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.