Rhythm is a primal element of my childhood, internalizing the tapping of the feet of my mother. I later picked up the drum set as my secondary instrument, coming from a traditional hand-drum background. Thus, I took lessons in drum rudiments and music theory to get grounded. Eventually, I got busy with professional music, recording and performing with different artists, such as Carolyn Malachi, Femi Kuti, Vieux Farka Toure, Spyro Gyra, Arturo O'Farrell, and many others from pop to heavy metal, classic rock to bebop. Laying solid groove behind a band's composition is a thing of passion for me.
Tosin Aribisala Trio. Independent
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceIn terms of really unlocking my creative charms, PASIC 2016 gave me the chance to fully express my Drum Monologue concept to a very receptive and diverse audience.
What Drives Your Creativity?First of all, working with musicians that I connect with on a deeper creative level can be very inspiring. Then the kinds of music I am listening to at a time, some everyday realities, and teaching others.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?I was touring some years ago and needed consistency in my playing through the sticks (size&feel). I went through different options from different companies, but Vic Firth eventually gave me the consistency I needed for all styles.