Ravi Jakhotia (born 1968),[1] also known by his stage name DJ Ravidrums, is an electronic music artist DJ and drummer.[2] He was the music director and drummer on the 2009 NBC TV series Howie Do It and 2011 CBS TV series Live to Dance. He performed at the Oscars in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, at the Mariah Carey Infinity Las Vegas show as a special guest in 2015, and Super Bowl pre-game[citation needed] amongst numerous other shows.

DJ Ravidrums
Birth nameRavi Jakhotia
Born1968 (age 50–51)
New York City, New York, United States
GenresHouse, dance, funk, rock
Occupation(s)DJ, drummer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion, keyboards, turntables, vocals
Associated actsCrimson Glory
The Last Goodnight
Mariah Carey
Paula Abdul

Career detailsEdit

In 2002, he appeared in the Episode 5 of Dog Eat Dog hosted by Brooke Burns. He was not the top dog, but he and his teammates won the final trivia and split the total grand prize of $25,000.00.

As Ravi JakhotiaEdit

In 1991, Jakhotia replaced Dana Burnell as the drummer for the progressive metal band Crimson Glory.[3] Following the departure of vocalist Midnight, the remaining Crimson Glory members (Jakhotia, Jon Drenning and Jeff Lords) moved to Arizona in 1995, forming the band Crush with vocalist Billy Martinez and releasing one album under that moniker.[4] They later replaced Martinez with former Michael Schenker singer, David Van Landing (who also toured with Crimson Glory after Midnight left) and changed their name to Erotic Liquid Culture. ELC would release a self-titled album in 1996 on Quadra Records before disbanding.

In 2007, Jakhotia was drummer for the alternative rock band The Last Goodnight and appeared on the album Poison Kiss.[5]

As DJ RavidrumsEdit

Ravidrums was the first Indian American music director of an American TV series. Howie Mandel discovered Drums performing in the 2008 Super Bowl pregame show. Drums is also credited with inventing the process of live drum playing while re-mixing.

Drums has served as personal DJ for Hugh Hefner, appeared in a Gap commercial, and played a small role in The Matrix Reloaded.[6]

Ravidrums appeared on the Nintendo E3 2008 Press Conference where he performed on stage to promote the then-upcoming game, Wii Music.[7][8]

He performed at the 2009 Oscars when two nominated songs came from Slumdog Millionaire.[9] He has performed with Paula Abdul, Ricky Martin, Will Smith and The Black Eyed Peas.[10] Events where he appeared included the HBO Emmy after party, Fashion Week in New York City and Los Angeles, and a Michael Jordan party.[11] His musical styles include house, dance, funk, rock, Latin, Brazilian, reggae, Reggaeton, swing and hip-hop.[11][6]

One day before Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, Ravidrums performed at the Make America Great! Welcome Celebration concert at Lincoln Memorial on January 19, 2017.[8][12]

Personal lifeEdit

Jakhotia was born in New York City in 1968.[1] He is married and lives in Santa Ana, Orange County.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Ravi Jakhotia". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  2. ^ a b Hicks, Jerry (2009-01-01). "Ravi's rhythm". OCMetro. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  3. ^ "Crimson Glory". Encyclopedia Metallum. Retrieved 2009-01-26.
  4. ^ "Band bio: Crimson Glory". Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  5. ^ "The Last Goodnight - Poison Kiss". newbury-comics.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  6. ^ a b "Musical profile". Bravo Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  7. ^ McWhertor, Michael (July 17, 2008). "Miyamoto: Wii Music Is "More Interesting Than A Video Game"". Kotaku. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Sarkar, Samit (January 13, 2017). "Wii Music's biggest star participating in Trump inauguration". Polygon. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  9. ^ "NBC's "Howie Do It" Co-Star DJ Ravi Drums to Perform on the 2009 Academy Awards". Business Wire. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  10. ^ "NBC Taps First Indian-American Music Director for "Howie Do It" TV Show". India Journal. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2010-01-26.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ a b Dinaro, Joy (2009-10-07). "Drumming Up a Good Time". WMAQ-TV. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
  12. ^ Joyce, Colin (January 13, 2017). "Here's the DJ Who Agreed to Play Trump's Inauguration Concert". Thump. Retrieved January 13, 2017.

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