Ajay, born in India, rocked through the music clubs of New Delhi and Mumbai in the 70s when he was a student of English literature. Rock musicians from the West, including Jimmy Page and Don Cherry, who were on tour in India or looking for enlightenment, joined Ajay on the stage for almost endless sessions that lasted through the night. In the 80s and 90s, Ajay celebrated success in his European home of Switzerland with his rock group 'Mainstreet'. The group had an impressive four singles and two albums in the top 20 Swiss radio charts, month-long club power play in Tokyo's Hard Rock Cafe and on various European radio stations all following on the heels of sold-out tours across Europe.
With 'A Matter of Time' – his first album since his days with Mainstreet – Ajay has created a collection of visionary songs that are a tribute to his talent as a singer/ songwriter and musician. The album is a culmination of many years of songwriting and the dedication of several masterful musicians – including Ajay's close friend and renowned blues guitarist Richard Koechli – who have each added their own unique touch to the music.
Whether it's 'Granted' a statement about neglect in relationships, 'Making a Fool Out of Me' a bash at the inability to commit, 'Taking the Night Away' a piece of hope in times of political struggle against social injustice and isolation, 'Communicate' a love song about getting closer, 'Rise and Shine' a tribute to the confusion and difficulty of growing up or the title song 'A Matter of Time' which combines Ajay's Indian background with his European roots, it is difficult to pick a favorite. Together, the album's songs tell stories that listeners can relate to – they are about the everyday life of an adult, about living on the edge, about love and scorn, about friendship and betrayal. Individually, each song stands out on its own.
“[Ajay's] music is as exciting as the light at the end of a tunnel and unforgettable as a lost winning lottery ticket".
– Lionel Vescom, bass player
"Ajay's songs, a tantalizing mix between edgy, earthy and easy, are refreshingly different, absolutely unique."
– Mary Lou, published author and poet
Singer/Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, Rock, Pop
Easy - semi-finalist status for Unsigned Only 2012 international music competition
Granted – Song of the year 2011 competition runner up
Communicate – Show Me the Music 2011 songwriting contest finalist
Rise and Shine, Restless Fool, Mister - U.K. Songwriting Contest 2011 Commended Entry in the Adult Contemporary category
Electric, acoustic, Spanish, slide guitar solos played by Richard Koechli.
Fausto Medici played drums and percussion.
Ajay Mathur performed vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass.
Alap* on A MATTER OF TIME was performed by Shanti Mathur.
Charlie Weibel played congas and percussion on WINE AND THE TIME OF A MAN.
David Zopfi played bass on HOW HIGH CAN YOU FLY, RISE AND SHINE, PENNIES TO GOLD, RESTLESS FOOL.
Angel voices on RISE AND SHINE came from Adriana Husy and Patrizia Scarnato.
Raymond Stirnemann played harpsichord on PENNIES TO GOLD and piano on GRANTED, EASY.
Lionel Vescom added bass on GOOD FRIDAY, TAKING THE NIGHT AWAY.
Tablas on A MATTER OF TIME, GOOD FRIDAY,
STILL ON MY MIND, TURN AROUND played by Rupak Pandit.
Dieter Derendinger played bass on GRANTED.
Ruedi Bieri blew soprano sax on TURN AROUND, baritone sax on GRANTED, WINE AND THE TIME OF A MAN.
Poetry on HOW HIGH CAN YOU FLY, RISE AND SHINE, PENNIES TO GOLD, RESTLESS FOOL, GOOD FRIDAY by Mary Lou von Wyl.
Recorded and mixed by Ajay Mathur. Mastered by Marco Jencarelli.
Photography by Feren von Wyl.