Hip Hop. Pop.
Born to Sri Lankan immigrants and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Gehan grew up immersed in reggae music. “if you’re in Flatbush and you go a half-hour outside without having a car pass by blasting reggae or dancehall loudly…..you’re not in Flatbush." This environment, combined with listening to his father’s old Bob Marley and Dennis Brown records, formed the basis of his reggae-flavored sound, which has always been his main musical liking and influence.
As race and ethnicity were prominent issues in his neighborhood, Gehan experienced the ‘neither here nor there’ phenomenon whereas being Sri Lankan means being neither black or white, and often mistaken for Indian or Latino. In this, he felt the need to remain positive and unifying.
Gehan wasted no time in taking up every opportunity he could in order to enhance his creativity- since childhood he has invested in poetry, piano lessons, (and eventually self-taught guitar), learning to read music, song-writing and recording. Thanks to a friend’s encouragement in junior high school, Gehan worked on his own beats and songs which eventually led to his first self-produced album, as he also took it upon himself to learn the engineering side of music making. Self-taught, self-disciplined, he spent all of his free time throughout high school learning the craft. Versed in both musical instruments and synths, musician/producer Gehan writes all his songs, plays nearly every instrument on them and does his own mixing.
As well as his artistic devotion to reggae, he also has a fondness and appreciation for the pop songs during his childhood-growing up in the 90s. His infectious feel-good vibes and heartfelt lyrics bring messages of hope, and address everyday concerns. Gehan effortlessly bridges the gap between mainstream pop and reggae/dancehall creating a universal appeal.