Name: Vinay Mepani

Occupation: Construction

Playing dhol since: 2001

Favourite TV Show(s): Lie To Me, Power, Breaking Bad, The Grand Tour (anything action/crime based)

Least favourite food: Anything green

Other Hobbies/How do you recharge?
I have 2 hobbies, 1 of them is being a DJ. The other is producing music and making remixes of a wide variety of songs.

Pet Peeves: People eating with their mouths open

Favourite Childhood Cartoon(s): Tom and Jerry

Favourite bits of being part of Rhythm ‘N’ Bass:
Being able to perform at some of the finest venues in the UK.

One of the best memories you have from a performance:
To date it has to be when we went on a UK and Europe tour with the one and only Shreya Ghoshal.

Worst thing you did as a kid: Left a chilli powder sprinkler lid loose and waited for the next person to use it.

How did you get into playing the dhol?
It all started when I was 7 years old, when my school just started to teach tabla. I thought it would be a good idea to learn and so i learnt classical tabla for 4 years at the school. Later, a friend introduced me to dhol and showed me a few beats. I had a go and from the first instance, I loved it, and I have been playing the dhol ever since. I now also teach at Dhol2Dhol.

What has been your best dhol gig to date?
It is difficult to point out a specific gig as my favourite, as I enjoy every event I go to, and seeing people smile when they hear the instrument is priceless.

Most Memorable Event(s):
I can remember almost all the events and venues I have had the opportunity to perform at, including: Holdenby House (Northampton), Selsdon Park Hotel (Croydon), Copthorne Hotel (Effingham), Addington Palace (Croydon) and Sezincote House (Gloucestershire). These are just a few of the venues that I have been privileged to perform at.

Playing Dhol Since

I was 11 years old when I picked up my first dhol, and have been playing ever since

Music Inspiration

Bhangra, R&B, Hip Hop and Bollywood

Favourite Venue

Wembley Arena and the Europe tour with Shreya Ghoshal

The Team