Lewis Pragasam's Eco-Drums
Drumming To A Green Environment
by Wy Yee Chan
A critically acclaimed drummer and percussionist with strong individuality and style, Lewis Pragasam sure is one rare specimen. He contributes to new trends in the music world by breaking new grounds through playing, inspiring and mentoring a new generation of drummers. Not to mention, he is also revolutionizing drums.
Embarked on a quest to divulge his passion for drumming, Pragasam has devoted his time to create a series of eco-drums. ‘Eco’ because he is also an advocate of a green environment and yearns to preserve our mother earth. He first had the vision of eco drums from the laments of other drummers who crave for new sounds, shapes or even possibilities. He then merged it with an eco-friendly initiative and that’s how the eco-drum series was invented.
The inspiration behind the eco-drum series came from the observations of Pragasam where he noticed that people in general lack interest with culture, arts and tradition. Hence, he had the idea to turn drums, which he is so passionate about, to something that is more relatable, lighter and cheaper in order to make them more accessible to the masses and aligned to current musical trend.
You must be wondering how the drums are environmentally friendly when they are made of wood. Well the eco-drum series are instruments with shells (bodies) made entirely of composite recycled materials with cosmetic changes to the designs of the drums. Instead of the standard appearance that we see in drums, the eco-drum series has embellishments like hoops, rims, brackets and others. To top that off, it can be customised to suit any individual’s taste or requirements and also fulfils the standard (universal) drum industry protocol.
Pragasam hopes that the growing popularity of eco-drum series will be able to propagate the awareness of environmental issues; mainly on recycling, and reusing. With the rise of eco-drums replacing traditional drums, one thing is for sure and that is; less trees will be cut down to make drums and percussion instruments.