We stand by Psalms 87:7 that says “All my springs are in you.” Our Vision is onward and upward bound where we acknowledge that God is the source of all life and we will honour God with it. We believe that all the singers and the musicians will know and declare that their gifts, talents and skillsets come directly from God.
Partnered with our vision is our mission to “Sing to Him a new song and play skilfully with a shout of joy” in accordance with Psalm 33:3. MuzikGarage believes that every musician and singer should pursue the road of Excellence, always eager to fine tune and better their craft. Dedicated practice coupled with spiritual integrity will help each individual to metamorphose into agents of change for His Glory.
Ebenezer Premkumar is the founder of MuzikGarage, the school of Music and Design. He is also a professional guitarist, a worship leader, a recording session artist and a live artist. Ebenezer is married to Rebecca, who is a Psychologist and ardent supporter and co-partner of his Vision. They currently reside in Bangalore and are blessed with two wonderful children- Suzanne and Jaden.
Ebenezer fondly known as Eby, is an IT Engineer by profession. He started his own web development firm called Ebyz Garage IT solutions in 2007. Presently it is a sister concern under the umbrella of MuzikGarage, with a campaign that promotes music with a mission. It was his passion for music and design consultancy that enabled him to start and head his own company. It yielded fruit as over 2500 students have gone out of the portals of MuzikGarage.
“One of the biggest gifts you can give anyone is sharing the musical knowledge you have. I’ve learnt that the more I teach, the more I learn and as a musician I never stop learning” reveals Ebenezer when asked what spurns his passion and dedication. His independent music teaching venture kicked off with the vision to selflessly equip musicians to thrive in the music field. Now MuzikGarage also holds regular workshops and crash courses to encourage musicians to build themselves up and get onto a platform that may otherwise not be possible.
Also equipping his students on chord techniques and genre differentiation, Ebenezer focuses his lessons on acoustic and electric guitars as well as bass guitars. When asked for his best advice, he says “There is no shortcut to learning music and nothing beats working hard and practising to become a good musician.”
Born in Tamil Nadu and raised in Gujarat, Ebenezer recalls his younger days when nobody around him understood western music since they were more exposed to Indian cinema and Bollywood music. “My mother (Mrs.Jayanthi Balachandaran) always played the guitar. She was the one who inspired me to pick up the stringed instrument and taught me my first three chords in standard 3. From a small age, I had a passion to become a good guitarist and be a blessing to others.”
It was only during a holiday visit to Chennai that Ebenezer’s zeal for music became a reality. “An uncle of mine (Mr.CM.Rajendran) taught me how to pluck and connect chords. I was fascinated by his way of playing. I went back to Gujarat, started listening to songs on the radio and one song that really gripped me was Eric Clapton’s ‘Tears in Heaven’. I was astonished by the variations played on the solo guitar with a chord, a melody, a rhythm and a bass playing on the top – all this from one guitar. That’s where I further developed my ear for music and worked out something called chord voicing (finger style playing).”
During a brief period in his college days, he deviated and explored different genres like rock and metal with his electric guitar. “That’s the teenage fantasy trip all musicians go through when they are young and I was no exception. It was only in my 2nd semester of college that I realised something was truly missing in my music. I realised I was playing depressing and de-motivating songs and had only become an entertainer. I stepped back and decided to take a stand to return to my original calling. That day I realised that I was designed for a higher purpose and my transformation took place.”
This fervour burned so bright that, he began training people as soon as he finished college in 2007. “My vision is not just to make people musicians, but also to make them better human beings, I focus a lot on character building and encourage my students to be confident. Character plays a major role in a musician’s life. Me and my other workshop conductors like Jason Kishander, Keba Jeremiah, Naveen Thomas make sure we touch on character building during our lessons.”
Ebenezer points out that the one thing he teaches his students in his workshops is to be humble. “The middle letter of pride is ‘I’, the opposite is true with humility where the ‘U’ comes before the ‘I’. Therefore when you humble yourself as a musician and put others before yourself, you put a smile in their lives and change them forever. Humility as a musician takes you to a different level altogether.”
Ebenezer has also been a worship leader and mentor since 2007, mainly among the teenagers and the youth of this generation. He is devoted to teaching them the word and helping them use their talent in reverence to God. His testimony has changed many young lives and motivated youngsters to abandon their tainted lifestyles and pursue a journey of purpose and wholeness. He has also mentored various young singers and students who have formed an integral part of the MuzikGarage choir. There is an annual MuzikGarage concert where the musicians and vocal students can showcase their learning and talents
Appealing to fellow musicians, he sums up: “Be an inspiration. A lot of people are discouraged by senior musicians. Instead, invest time in their lives. Help upcoming musicians. I tell all those who come to me to keep their passion going, no matter what. If you have other dreams go for them. Keep music as your passion even while you pursue your career. I’m like that. I love music, I’m a musician. But, I’m also an IT Engineer because that’s what I studied. Music and Career can be balanced. No matter what you do, make sure you remain a blessing to others and share what you learn.”