About (English)


Japanese drummer/percussionist Soopy
photo by Maiko Hara
special thanks to Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

Tomohisa "Soopy" Suzuki

Multi-Percussionist, Composer

Soopy is from Kobe, Japan.
He was learning piano when he was a little child, but converted to drums at age 10.
After that, he also started other percussion.
He has experienced various genres, for example, rock, jazz, marching and classic, since his student days.
At the age of 16, he appeared in the drum instruction DVD of Kozo Suganuma who is the representative drummer of Japan, as a guest.
He moved his own activity base to near Tokyo, and started his career as a professional when he was around 20 years old.

In 2010, Soopy won second place in PAS International drumset competition (R&B, Funk, Gospel category) of PASIC 2010 (in Indianapolis, IN, USA).
After returning to his hometown Kobe at the end of 2015, he continues to get involved actively in his own way, such as releasing an album nationwide from his own project, taking part in TV commercial songs on his other project, and touring internationally.
His first solo drum work "10,000 days" released on the web in 2018 was also spread by the official SNS accounts of the global drum magazine "Modern Drummer", and brought great response.

Soopy's drum school, the drum clinic (seminars) and workshops he runs at times receive a good reputation.
He also gives lectures to the professionals.
He is an official endorser of Pearl Drums/Percussion/Drumsticks, SABIAN Cymbals and REMO Drumheads.

Soopy performed with:
Steve Allee(pf / ex. Buddy Rich Orchestra), Jérôme Fouquet(tp), David Matthews(pf / Manhattan Jazz Orchestra) etc.
Makoto Kuriya(pf), Daisuke Kurosawa/96(g / ex. Konami Digital Entertainment), Ai Kuwabara(pf), Risa Minami(hca), Shimon Mukai(sax / Osaka Monaurail), Motoharu(sax / ex. SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS) etc.

Tomohisa "Soopy" Suzuki on the Reference series drums by Pearl