Lasha Chapel is a Georgian refugee from Abchasia who grew up in Tbilisi. After ten years of playing rock ‘n’ roll, Lasha Chapel turned to electronic music in 2015. Having moved to Riga, he felt the lure of a world in which he could form and mould everything to his liking, and the importance of the quality and detail of the sound he created became clear to him. He began to play regularly at clubs, open airs and concerts in Riga and elsewhere.
Electronic music brought him to Berlin, where he faced the competition in this pulsing hub of electronic music. Making him focus more and more on his inner voice and own style. During this process he started performing in Berlin and Europe and to cooperate with other artists. He produced clips and released tracks with various labels. Lasha then signed a contract with a booking agency in Israel, and played a celebratory concert in Tel Aviv.
Lasha Chapel’s music has always incorporated elements that stem from his georgian roots, which he initially rejected and avoided. With time these elements became stronger, finally culminating in a separate project: TAMADA. Swirling between the worlds of electronic music and old georgian tradition. Tamada takes his name from the toast master and table host at any Georgian feast. Hand raised with a goblet of wine, stories, songs and toasts on his lips. Determining the atmosphere at a feast as surely as a DJ determines and creates the atmosphere on the dance floor.
His lyrics resemble toasts in ancient georgian, touching on current social issues and romantic sentiments. Tamada mixes many musical directions, acoustic as well as electronic and traditional georgian music. He christened this distinctive new style Deep Duqan. Tamada is still searching and experimenting, an ongoing process that is unlikely to end. His first album – in funk and disco style – is called Frühstück mit Tamada, and will be released at the end of August with Amselcom.
Tamada will launch at the Eso Fest in Tbilisi September 4th 2020. He is preparing future releases and is planning to film his first Tamada clip in September and will be touring in Europe, Israel and the Caucasian region.
Written by Pearl Von Herder
Khatuna Khutsishvili – Photography
Mikheil Nergadze : Creative Director
Ninia Sherpa – Styling & Props
Lexo Ratiani – Guitar Solo on Cru