Giles Raymond Goveas born on August 31, 1985 in Karachi, Pakistan. Giles is a rich, mix seasoned, gifted and a versatile Drummer. He has performed for a number of memorable musical concerts, private parties, entertainment clubs, weddings, Consulates, hotels, Embassies, corporate events and for diplomatic dignitaries all over Pakistan for the last 12 years.
He is also currently the drummer of the elite Diva “Zoe Viccaji”, and also part of the band “Club 777” headed by Captain Akeel Akhtar where Giles has exhibited his musicianship skills ranging from rock, funk, pop, blues and ballads from the 60s, 70s, 80s right up until the modern day contemporary classics.
Having been a drummer for the last 14 years, Giles has shared the stage with some of the industry’s biggest acts. Recognizing his musical talent, Giles’ parents inducted Giles into the well established St. Dominic Savio Choir led by his father Allan Goveas, a choir he had led over the last 35 years at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Karachi. It was here that Giles honed his drumming skills and he served at the choir for more than 12 years. He continues to help out by directing and producing concerts at the PACC (Pakistan American Culture Center) for the last 7 years.
Giles then became a part of the underground band circuit where he quickly made a reputation as a powerful and flamboyant drummer. He played with the bands Kashish (1999 – 2007) and Qarar (1996 – 2006). The bands were popular for their covers and made a name for themselves by playing at many gigs, weddings, community shows and religious events.
In 2009, Giles got his big break when he joined the enormously popular mainstream band Aunty Disco Project (ADP). In 2009, ADP was nominated in the category of Best New Artist at the MTV Music Awards. ADP was invited then to join the Season 3 line-up of the highly prestigious and massively successful Coke Studio, with Giles as their drummer. It was one of the biggest and most successful projects in Pakistan.
Giles Goveas has played with a number of artists which include Aunty Disco Project, Kiran Chaudhary, Komal Rizvi, Sarah Haider, Tee-M, Rachel Viccaji, Intime band, Maha Kazmi Club 777 etc. He has also done many other projects on huge platforms which include the musical theatrical plays Jesus Christ Super Star, Sister Act produced by Gratian & Dianna Goveas and Chicago, Mama Mia in Pakistan (Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad) produced by Nida Butt.
Giles is currently the drummer for the elite diva Zoe Viccaji who is the biggest successful female artist in Pakistan. He is also the drummer for the upcoming artist Alycia Dias who has recently featured in Coke Studio Season 8.
Look for some drummers this may be a difficult question to answer as everyone tries to be diplomatically modest. “But here’s the deal, I enjoy drumming. It’s my high. I don’t care where I am on the charts. If there are better people than me (and there are) I am here to learn from them. I’m not aiming to reach in the top 10. That’s for the audience to decide. But yes, I want to be loved for the drummer and person I am. I love drumming for the love of music that’s it!!!”
“I think you should always take the base of a song which are about to drum on and add your own flavors, colors and touches to it. That’s what makes it you playing. Yes!! Stay focus while making music, you should feel whatever your playing, be yourself, believe in yourself and what you’re doing, work from your heart it’s like a job, if you’re doing it then do it well otherwise don’t do it, don’t be compressed, think out of the box, be versatile, allow yourself to make mistakes and then learn from them, that’s the only way you’re going to make it, don’t compare yourself to any instead think that your good enough for yourself that’s all.”
“Get all your basics and roots right at first and then expand and grow, start of slow and steady and then pick up your pace when you feel your confident in yourself, we have been given the right to choose so make your own destiny and choose the right thing for yourself. I know it’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice. Have a good attitude towards people and music and be true to yourself and you will succeed. Also always remember we are all good and perfect in our own way because God made no mistakes.”
While talking about the bands that inspire him, he named, “ Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Scorpion, Led Zepen, Rolling Stones, Police, Kiss, Van Halen, Queen, Iron Maiden, Beatles, Deep Purple, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams and Dave Matthews.” He added, “Tico Torres, Stewart Copeland, Steve Smith, Ian Paice, Alex Van Halen, Tony Royster, Carter Beauford and Dave Weckl are the drummers that inspire me.”
Giles continues to look for opportunities to expand his musical education. Having played with so many different artists, Giles is one of the music industry’s most versatile drummers and he has become known for his precise drumming in studio work and his powerful, explosive live performances.
“As a musician I am living my dreams and have accomplished my goals but there’s always more room to learn and grow from. I would like to thank my parents, brothers and my wife for their continued love and support.”