Percussionist : BEATS, by HAND

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Creatively producing solid backbeats and grooves with hand drums and percussion is my passion. Thinking outside the box to add some extra magic to your art. My specialty is percussion grooves, in an acoustic (but not limited to), singer songwriter settings.

Every artist has different requirements and are in different situations. I want to contribute the best i possibly can to your song. Let's discuss terms to ensure you will be 100% happy. Send me a track and as much information about the music (and if you're not sure what you need that's ok too. We can work it out!) and what you may require so that i can provide a quote.

Check out my website for work that I have been involved with, and music/beats that I make.

Youtube and Spotify links in NEWS.

My influences draw from the street beats of my Malaysian childhood days, sub-continent roots, love of the blues, and quality conservatorium grounding. I love playing laid back solid groove/back beat stuff, and colouring over the top with cool percussion sounds.

I have toured, written songs and gigged with some amazing musicians like West Australian country roots staple Blue Shaddy and award winning Aussie songwriter and blues guitar slinger Lloyd Spiegel, amongst many other Aussie talents. I have also worked live and in the studio with Marc De Clive Lowe, Jeff Martin from the Tea Party, The Black Sorrows, Dave Mann, Bobby Alu, Gina Williams and Guy Ghousse, Black Swan Theatre Company and Clint Bracknell to name a few.

If you hear something you dig and would like to work with me please hit me up!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Chris M.

    Arunachala went above and beyond my expectations. Very clear communication, quick responses and excellent musicianship. A pleasure to work with!

  2. Review by InspireStudios

    Working with Arunachala was awesome!! he was very prompt in his communication and his work is exemplary ! he was very knowledgeable in his art and gave me exactly the required sound. If you are looking for a brilliant rhythm percussionist then he is the Man! I would highly recommend Arunachala.

Interview with Arunachala

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: Great tone and groove is at the source. Not in the mics or the preamps or converters. Get a good drum and a great player.

  3. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  4. A: Whatever the song needs. And sometimes that may mean, not a lot. A little sprinkle here and there, to a carefully crafted hand drum part, or a full on percussion ensemble attack.

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: I listen carefully to your song. I gather ideas. I send you an mp3 or a draft of the parts. We discuss and then i go back to execute and bounce the tracks. Clear and frequent conversation to stay on course along the way.

  7. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  8. A: I get hired by Singer-Songwriters a lot. Artists that want a bit of a beat, a bit of accompaniment, some shakers or a cajon groove maybe. Also, composers that are wanting percussive, groove based soundscapes.

  9. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  10. A: I've been in the business for 20 years now. Started off playing percussion with my uncles Funk/RnB band, then in big bands around town during college, fusion latin bands, made my way to clubs playing with DJ's, toured with blues bands and did every other session i could pick up in between. Did sound for bands, mixed bands, produced bands, worked in venues, bars......the usual.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: UA preamps , ApolloX interface, some high quality mics........and percussion instruments with fantastic tones.

  13. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  14. A: If you are not happy....i am not happy. We are in this together!

  15. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  16. A: I get to be happy making other people happy.

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: Playing shakers or bongos is easy. said no percussionist.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Start a conversation. I am about bringing some added magic to your art....with my art..No rules.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Americana, Pop, World music, Indian music.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Improvising.


Terms Of Service

Every artist has different requirements and are in different situations. I want to contribute the best i possibly can to your song. Happy to discuss terms to ensure you will be 100% happy.

Gear Highlights
  • Drum Kit
  • Cajon
  • Bongos
  • Congas
  • Shakers
  • Tambourines
  • Folk drums (India)
  • Anything that makes a sound!
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  • Recorded work by ArunachalaOct 06, 2021

    Click on the link --> Recorded work 

    Spotify playlist of some artists i have recorded with.

  • Youtube ChannelMar 18, 2021

    Click on the link here -> Youtube Channel to watch videos of my playing and studio work. This may provide you with more insight into my style and vibe.