William Soovik

I was born in 1989, in a city south of Gothenburg called Mölndal. My father has been a professional musician during my whole life, and he inspired me to play music when I was young. I’ve seen photos of myself, as a small child, hitting my mothers pots and pans with wooden spoons in the kitchen, but it wasn’t until my father showed me a video tape of the legendary jazz-drummer Buddy Rich that I knew I wanted to play the drums. Despite my fascination with the drums, I was very ambivalent when I was about start music lessons and got to choose what instrument to play. I struggled, for quite some time, deciding between the saxophone and the drums. At last, I choose the drums, and I’ve had a sort of turbulent relationship with all kinds of percussion instruments ever since.

I spent most of my teenage years trying to learn how to play like John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, but I also played classical and melodic percussion instruments like marimba and vibraphone. Eventually my „inner John Bonham” defeated the disciplined classical musician within, and I fell in love with jazz and improvised music.

I’ve studied music, full time, for 9 years. I graduated from the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg in 2015 and has been freelancing since then.

When I’m not playing the drums or composing, I like to cook.