Played with one of the few Indian original music bands singing in English, in the late 80’s, the Les Boys and later Rock Machine (Indus Creed). These bands were the toast of the rock scene and besides performances at almost all major concert venues, Doordarshan made a special video featuring Maroo on drums and vocals on the song 21st century, which aired on the National network for 6 years consecutively.
In between numerous concerts and a graduation in Commerce, he also won a theatre acting award for the English adaptation of the Greek Sophocles “Antigone” from Mumbai University but turned down theatre offers for the pursuit of music.
In 1994 he joined forces with Divya, India’s premier Indo-Jazz fusion band with performances at major International Jazz festivals such as the 25th Tokyo Jazz festival, the Malaysian Jazz festival, The Jazz club Hong Kong etc. alongside Jazz greats such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Ernie Watts and Eric Marienthal. The group also recorded the highly acclaimed “Kumbha Mela” project. Composer and Keyboardist Dinshah Sanjana who Sanjay considers as his Musical Guru, headed the band and taught him the nuances of dynamics and time signatures that were a rarity at the time.
With the advent of MIDI, the technology of music changed forever and Sanjay went on to compose, produce and perform his own album, the highly acclaimed “Fountain of Love” in English which was the first Indian project to be given a top spot on the then number one internet music website Audionet.com.
Soon after a language change, followed the super hit Indi-Pop album, “Tu Hi Tu” that launched Sanjay Maroo into the big league.
The chart success of the album was followed by several live performances all over the country including the War of the DJ’s Tour, Independence Rock, The Channel V Roadshow and numerous T.V.appearances on several shows on Channel V, MTV, SonyTV, Star TV and also international channels such as CNN and BBC.
The tremendous success of Tu Hi Tu led him on to his next album titled “Maroo” where songs like Woh Aayegi which was shot entirely around the Bangkok skyline were highly ranked on the popularity charts and turned into hot favorites on the dance floors all over. Also on the same album was the ballad, Krishnaya Vasudevaya, a sublime ballad the video for which was directed by New York director producer Ben Rekhi who also produced the Hollywood film Waterfront.
Chaley Jaaon was the fourth solo album marking Maroo’s comeback with hard-hitting socially relevant songs such as Mujhse Banta Nahin Remix, which spoke out openly against the remix bandwagon, and pop hits such as Kya Karti Ho and Tum Hi To Ho. The sublime Hare Krishna performed in an acapella style, was the talk of the industry for the complex intertwined vocal arrangements.
This album, which took two years to complete, was the first of it’s kind from India to be legally released on the Internet for digital downloads with Rediff.com.
The album was also voted among the top five albums of the year by Rave and re-stated Maroo’s presence as a force to reckon with a following that had lasted over 10 years since his first solo project.
This was also followed by a special association with the living legend Asha Bhonsle where Sanjay was actively involved with the production of her album with Ghazal maestro Pandit Somesh Mathur, and in fact also performed drums for her in the chartbusting video “Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo.”
His next offering “Ajeeb” was a fully digital release with Artistaloud.com and also featured the Award winning track “ Heat in the moment of Love “ . Songs like Ajeeb and Mujh mein koi hai were sterling examples of contemporary Indian Rock with a classy touch evidencing the years of experience in performance and studio recordings.
On the drumming front, Sanjay Maroo also set a record for fastest double bass foot drumming @ 1106 beats per minute. This was a true test of endurance, accuracy and performance ability. A blazing speed of 18.433 beats per second was granted an entry in The Limca Book of records 2009 and was a new milestone in his career.
The 2013 project, “London Eye” with Presidents award recipient Hari Kumar Sivan and the BlueFire band, was an experiment that blew the minds of listeners and musicians alike. The video “Rainbow” was a unique example of how traditional and contemporary can be blended to create a compelling piece of artistry. The groups popularity gained them nominations to Fusion awards and a stint with Kappa Tv’s popular Music Mojo. The work was acclaimed to be among the best the industry had seen in the past few years.
The latest project Headspaces is now ready for release and promises to show a different side of the man usually associated with high energy drumming and compositions. The release is due shortly and as the artist refers to it : “My most mature and satisfying work to date”