The Band Series
The next member of Bryden-Parth we’d like to tell you about is Bangalore music royalty, Willy Demoz.
Willy has been a part of some of the most iconic bands of the country, and is widely regarded as one of the most versatile drummers in the scene.
And although he started playing the drums all the way in school, he almost didn’t too!
A Mechanical Engineer by qualification, Willy did his engineering from 2000-2004 and during that time, till about 2006 when he moved to the United States, played for bands that were hero-worshipped by every aspiring, starry-eyed wannabe-musician.
Mixed Fruit Jam, Millikan’s Oil Drop, Cryptic, Imbalance (his first band with best friend and later constant bandmate, Tony Das) and Bhoomi were just the bands he played for in Bangalore. Each of them being multi-genre behemoths.
He then moved to Chennai for a short while, where he played with Garage Monsters Inc. and the legendary Moksha, till he left for Phoenix, Arizona.
In the U.S., Willy worked for almost two years as a software engineer, until he had the epiphany that the only thing he really wanted to do for the rest of his life was music. Phew!
But in the short time he was working in America, he played with Jim Whittaker and also had the opportunity to get drumming lessons from Dom Moio.
When he returned to India in 2009, after a few months of back and forth travel while serving notice, he began playing for Vasundhara Das, soon after which he was called to play for The Raghu Dixit Project
While we’d been fanboys of Willy right from his early days, this is where the two of us got to share stage and work with the legend. And what a journey it was all of us, both personally and professionally.
Willy left TRDP in 2013, and went on to become co-founder of Peepal Tree, a band he currently plays with, along with Tony Das, Sujay Harthi and Praveen Biligiri. (Their latest entrant, Siddhart Kamath, is also a member of Bryden-Parth, but more on him later.)
A Zildjian endorsee himself, Willy’s feel for the instrument is unparalleled. But when he decided to join us, it just strengthened our belief in what we were doing.
Because that’s what happens when a longtime hero decides to put his faith in your dream.
And we’ve been forging forward ever since, knowing that we have the best of the best defining our rhythm for us.