Profile – Sonesh

When and why did you start drumming?
I started drumming when I was 4 years old on pots and pans with wooden spoons. I did it because I enjoyed the rhythm, vibration, and making others smile.

Do you sing or play other instruments?
Yes, I have a wide collection of percussive instruments from every continent of the world. My favourite choices are the Drum Kit and East Indian drums: Tabla.

What’s your favourite memory of drumming?
Drumming for 10 hours straight in 2010 at the CIBC Lounge at York University with my friend Sasha Ramsay. R.I.P. Sasha (1989-2015).

What inspired you to join Tdot Batu?
Billy Sonier invited me to play. I was also inspired by power, for this style of drumming requires lots of energy and POWER.

What advice would you give to beginners?
Find a good teacher or guru to learn from and stick with them, have commitment. Make it your goal to get better and better slowly and steadily. Understand that drumming can be competitive so don’t let others bring you down, kindly accept constructive criticism and give thanks to the drum.

What are you listening to lately?
Strickly roots reggae dancehall and dub. sweet reggae music, I could never refuse it.

What’s your favorite place in the Tdot?
One Love Vegetarian – 854 Bathurst St. Drummers need lots of energy and the food they eat has to be healthy and pure so that they can perform well. 1Love.