ROSHAN Chandrasekhar Nair, a member of 2004 Blast Off champions K-Town Clan (KTC), once said “at the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we shared.”
Schoolmates Roshan, 26, Vidya–sager Panchasaram, 26, and Ganesh Kumar K. Karunagharan, 28, from Kajang, shared a passion for music.
Roshan, an only child, was born to an Indian-Filipino couple in Saudi Arabia and moved to Malaysia when he was seven.
He believes his love for music comes from his music-loving parents.
Roshan met Vidya in Kajang High School (KHS) at the age of 13 and discovered they shared the same interests and passion.
Vidya, who is currently pursuing accountancy, is the youngest at home and used to sing at many of his family gatherings and events.
Ganesh, 28, was also drawn to music, thanks to his brother Sashi Kumar K. Karunagharan, who is better known as Flipside. Flipside performed with Malaysian hip hop stars Poetic Ammo for the song Evils Of Man.
The trio shared a passion for music from the moment they met and would sit and talk until the wee hours of the night as they discussed their future.
“We don’t know why our parents never said anything about us hanging out till late at night, those days,” said Vidya.
In 2004, the boys heard about the Blast Off competition and signed up and emerged as the winner.
During the auditions at the Orange Club in Jalan Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur, the boys felt a little challenged as some of the other contestants were already involved in the music field.
They performed Lil John’s Get Low and impressed the judges with their performance.
“We had a tough time during this period, as we had to travel using public transport and we didn’t have enough time to practise because we were also studying,” Roshan said.
After walking away with RM10,000 and a trip to London as the winners, KTC released its first single, Come Get Some, which made it on to a local radio station’s top 10.
The boys were fairly busy for the following two years and eventually decided to take a break.
After a long break, KTC got together for the International College Of Music’s (ICOM) hip hop contest 2011, where they once again reached the top.
The boys then released their second single Give Em The Ughh and also released their first album, Playground, on Sept 24.
“The name Playground is dedicated to the spot where our journey started. Remembering the good old times we had talking about our plans in the playground near our housing area everyday,” Roshan said.
The album launch was held in Wisma Bentley Music Hall, Mutiara Damansara with approximately 400 guests.
KTC’s Playground is available at all Rock Corners, Laguna Music and all online music stores for only RM27.
Over the years, KTC have performed at many events including the Astro F1 Concert in Sepang (2005), Asian’s X-Games (2006), MAYA in Limkokwing University (2010) and the ICOM Night Out in KLPAC (2011).
KTC has more than 6,000 fans on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/ktcworldwide.