Name: Hiren Patel
Playing dhol since: 2000
Currently: Working within a school as a data and personnel assistant.
How I got into playing dhol?
Attending weddings and other celebrations alike, I heard some people playing this loud, feet stomping instrument, so I decided to get myself one from India. Slowly practising at home, I decided to step it up a level and attend classes, and have been learning and improving ever since 2002.
Inspiration: All types of music and rhythms that I hear inspire me. They make me attempt to create ways of converting them on to the Dhol. Alongside these new urban beats, I am a huge fan of old traditional folk beats from India.
Best Gig: By far the best gig has to be the one you have enjoyed the most, and to be fair, there are just too many precious moments from each gig and with each member that I have done, for me to just pin point one.
Best Venue: Performing all these years provides you with a wealth of locations and venues which stay with you forever, and again it’s hard to pin it down to one, but here are a few and a reason as to why they’re the best.
- Wembley Arena – To stand on a stage and perform where many famous musicians have performed.
- Trafalgar Square – An iconic London location, recognised by many all over the world.
- The Painted Hall at Old Royal Naval College (Greenwich) – A beautifully decorated hall, with amazing acoustics.
- A boat along the River Thames – To play Dhol on a boat along the Thames, passing through the heart of London, an amazing city, absolutely beautiful.
Future Ambitions: Push Rhythm ‘N’ Bass to do bigger and better things, to ensure it grows as well as we do. Also help ensure that the future generations of Dhol players learn properly and show perseverance and dedication to an amazing skill.