How Dhol Has Become an Important Part of DJ Services
The Dhol drums history can be traced back to the 15th century where it was initially used in times of war by Sikhs, before moving on to become an instrument of celebration. In Punjab, the Dhol was used as a motivational tool to help farmers keep going as they tended their crops, and then as a celebration of another successful harvest once the work was complete. Now, as we move through the 21st century, the instrument has become an integral part of Bhangra music and is used widely at celebratory events, especially Indian Weddings, often in conjunction with a DJ.
What makes a Dhol sound so good?
A traditional Dhol would have been made from a wooden barrel that had animal hide stretched over both ends of the double-sided drum. The interwoven ropes that are frequently seen on a Dhol are not there purely for decoration; they are also used to tune the drum. Subtle adjustments made to the hide can alter the Dhols pitch and create a different sound depending on whether it has been tightened or loosened by the alteration. Two different types of hide are used for either end of the drum – a thick skin and a thin one. The thicker of the skins produces a bass heavy sound, while the thinner of the two creates a much higher pitch. Modern drums tend to have synthetic skins, but it is said that a properly tuned drum that is made with animal hide has an unbeatable and unmistakeable sound.
In order to make use of the different sounds that each end of the Dhol produces, the drum is played with two wooden sticks. These too have their differences, both in name and appearance. A dagga is a thick, bent piece of wood that is used for the bass side of the drum. The stick used for the other end is much thinner and more whip like and is known as a tihli. Its construction is perfect for creating the higher notes that accompany the bass sounds made by the dagga on the opposing end of the Dhol.
Traditional mixed with contemporary
It is this versatility that has given the Dhol its prominence in today’s culture. Being able to create sounds that can fit even the most modern music has led to the instrument being used as an accompaniment to many DJ’s sets. Often used with other Punjabi instruments, such as the Dafli and the Tumbi, the Dhol replicates and enhances the beats being played by the DJ. As with the Afro-Cuban bongos, the Dhol provides the backbone to a musical ensemble that can be built upon by a great DJ and provide the listener with an almost irresistible urge to move with the music.
Perfect for mass gatherings, such as Indian weddings, where the driving force of the drum can dictate the way that the crowd behaves and responds, it is the Dhol players that often steal the show. The dhol has become a focal and a must have at all events and at Massacre Sounds we have professional Dhol players who can create that all most important atmosphere.
From the grand entrance through to the celebratory dancing, the Dhol is the king.