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Leeds: Musical kids drum to dad Pav’s dance beat

From left, the percussion family Kami, Pav, Romi and DJ Habbo Foxx.  PIC: Tony Johnson.

From left, the percussion family Kami, Pav, Romi and DJ Habbo Foxx. PIC: Tony Johnson.

  • by Debbie Miller
 

The family that plays together stays together and that’s certainly the case for this musical clan from Leeds.

Renowned dance music drummer Pav Percussion – real name Pavinder Chana – has teamed up with his three children for a major festival appearance.

Pav – who has played with some of the world’s best DJs at superclubs across the globe – was joined at this weekend’s Made in Leeds music and culture festival by his daughter Romi, 22, and son Kami, 21, who have followed him into percussion. His son Habbo, 19, who DJs under the name Habbo Foxx, completed the funky family quartet.

The group was asked to perform together in the VIP area of the festival, which was held at The Tetley, on the site of the old Tetley brewery. The family were representing city centre bar Fibre, where the kids play the Beach House on Fridays and Sundays.

Pav’s children, who live with him in Morley, have also performed at other Leeds venues including Bewleys Hotel and Oracle, as well as at gigs around the UK.

Pav himself was launched as an artist when he was spotted busking outside a pub in Leeds in 1999 by the bosses of Ibiza-based superclub Manumission. He became a household name on the clubbing circuit in the UK and Europe and has played with David Morales, Rob Tissera, Judge Jules and Fat Boy Slim.

On his children following in his musical footsteps, Pav said: “When they were younger they came with me, and they’ve grown up on stage. It’s good to be able to encourage them. I said to them ‘If you’re going to do it, do it properly and just go for it’.”

Romi added: “It just happened organically really. We didn’t plan it – we just went along to events as we were growing up and people started asking for us to play.”

 

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