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Genesis Ian / Bio

Circumstance... it is what informs our paths... what propels us, what hinders us. It is the cornerstone of what makes us. Whether of fortune or not, it is the groundwork for everything that follows. Including expression. And it is in that expression where an artist is defined.

Born and raised from the entertainment capital Philippines, Genesis Ian was bred thru his father's (Ramon Tzunakous aka Chunaco) foot steps in Olongapo City. Ramone was one of the highest paid singer / entertainers in the city. From age five to seven years old, Genesis was already playing the piano and accordion, dancing to James Brown and Jackson Five records which became dance routines for all of his family gatherings. Then by night time, he was on stage with his father at dive bars, smokey rock 'n roll night clubs that had naked go-go dancers on stage with him. It was an American navy transient under world at the time where you can pretty much do anything you wanted.

At age nine Genesis relocated to the middle east to be with his mother and step dad. Saudie Arabia was his first culture shock. Then to Kuwait, to France, and eventually San Francisco, Wilmington, DE, and Philadelphia, PA. Learning multi-instruments over those years, he was destined to be a complete musician. Genesis Ian is the embodiment of diversity and cultural richness... not just of person, but of sound. A singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist/percussionist/producer, Genesis brings an array of talent to a variety of genres and styles, including Hip-Hop, Rock, Punk, New Wave, and Reggae. Genesis has been surrounded by extraordinary musical talent his entire life and career, having even work with such musicians as Wilby Flethcher (drummer for Harry Belafonte), Dexter Koonts (guitarist for Miles Davis), The Roots, Incubus, Busta Rhymes, Seal, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, and Redman. Genesis Ian is currently part of the production group "The Lab Ratz" which have already gone on to produce for Busta Rhymes, Rah Digga, Ty James (daughter of Rick James), and Spliff Star.

"I write from the heart and real life experiences."

While Hip-Hop has become notorious and perhaps even synonymous with controversy through profanity as a means of expression, Genesis Ian as a songwriter has made it a point not to sell an artificial image or facade of edge, but rather reality and soulful truth. One of Genesis Ian's most poignant songs is "Rise", an ode to the hardships of his nomadic childhood. The track "No Harm" expresses Genesis' trust in the world.

As a musician, it is the essence of live music which Genesis Ian most wants to bring back. It is in the expression of passionate truth and raw energy which defines who Genesis is as an artist - an artist whose diversity and richness, cultivated over years of experiences, brings with him a wonderfully unique and vibrant sound to an ever evolving musical landscape.

General Info

Artist Name
Genesis Ian
Home Page
Singer Songwriter

Contact Info

Los Angeles, CA
Ian Tzounakos

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