The ABCs is a YouTube channel for artists, books, and cafes. In the previous episodes, we brought to you interviews of Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury and Nandita Bose . For the next episode, we had the opportunity to catch up with Mumbai-based drummer Ishan Jadwani over a cup of coffee at the Eddy's Cafe, in Indiranagar, Bengaluru.
The conversation with the young and promising musician revealed many interesting aspects of his life, including his childhood, musical inspirations, and experience of working with the likes of Aditi Ramesh and Ram Sampath. We bring you some of the excerpts from the interview.
Interviewer: At what age did you start?
Ishan: I started playing at the age of four. And then, I took it seriously when I was eleven or twelve. I took training for the next 7-8 years, and did my grades. I studied, and then I started playing onstage.
Ishan: When did you think that you wanted to take up drumming as a profession?
Interviewer: Since my childhood. When I was a kid, I always used to get fascinated when I used to see the Baaraat guys, who used to play at weddings. I always told my mom that I want play those drums. And she was like, "no, you can't play in the Baaraat."
Interviewer: Was it always the drums that attracted you? Or did you also look at some other musical instruments?
Ishan: No no no no... It was always about drums.
Interviewer: And who are your inspirations?
Ishan: Many. Ranjit Barot, Sivamani, Gregg Bissonette, Thomas Lang, Buddy Rich, and many more.
As the conversation flowed, we got to know more about what drives Ishan and what inspires him. Do watch his interview below.