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Drum roll please…

11-year-old Pritish A R (Australia) is officially the world’s fastest drummer!

He has broken the record for the most drumbeats in a minute using drumsticks, with a total of 2,370 – that’s 39.5 beats per second.

This achievement is another big step in Pritish’s drumming journey, one year after he became one of the youngest people ever to pass the highest level (Grade 8) drums exam at Trinity College London.

@guinnessworldrecords Most drumbeats in a minute using drumsticks 🥁 2,370 by Pritish A R 🇦🇺 #drummer♬ Relentless - BLVKSHP

Drumming has been Pritish’s passion since before he even had a drum kit.

"I used to always make sounds with my toys when I was little," he said in an interview with The Indian Sun.

At age five, Pritish had his first experience playing on a real drum kit and never looked back.

"The loudness of the toms and the use of all my limbs connected me with the kit, I don’t like to keep my limbs idle and that’s the start of my music journey with drums."

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Pritish’s parents soon enrolled him in private lessons, where he has since blossomed into one of his generation’s most talented drummers.

Wanting to take his skills to the next level after passing the Grade 8 drums exam, Pritish set his sights on breaking a world record.

He started working on his fast drumming technique in April 2021 and practised daily for nearly seven months in order to improve his speed.

setting up drumometer for Pritish

Confident he could beat the previous record of 2,109 drumbeats in a minute, set in 2017 by Siddharth Nagarajan (India), Pritish sat down for his official attempt on 16 December 2021.

"On the day of the attempt, seeing the setup and taking my throne to start the attempt, the butterflies tickled through my stomach." – Pritish

At the end of the longest minute of his life, Pritish was delighted to hear he’d got 2,370 and smashed the previous record.

The drumbeats were measured using a drumomoter. They were also recorded using  a pressure sensitive microphone and counted by experienced sound engineers to corroborate the drumometer’s reading. 

The world’s fastest drummer expertly covers a variety of songs on his YouTube channel A R Pritish

However, in the future, Pritish wants to be known as more than just a drummer. He would like to master other percussion instruments, such as the bongo and the mridangam, which is often depicted in ancient Hindu art as the instrument of choice for several deities.

Pritish also plans to enter world-renowned talent shows, release his own music, and learn fire drumming!

We get the feeling that Pritish’s first Guinness World Records title won’t be his last…

Pritish with family