Dave Baksh

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Dave Baksh
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Baksh in 2015 With Sum 41
Background information
Birth name David Nizam Baksh
Also known as Hot Chocolate, Brownsound, Pleasure, Holmes
Born (1980-07-26) July 26, 1980 (age 35)
Ajax, Ontario
Origin Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, punk rock, pop punk, melodic hardcore, rapcore, reggae, alternative metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Aquarius, Island, Universal
Associated acts Organ Thieves, Brown Brigade, Sum 41, Blackjacket, Black Cat Attack

David Nizam "Brownsound" Baksh (born July 26, 1980) is a Canadian musician, singer and producer best known as the co-lead guitarist of punk rock band Sum 41. Baksh left the band for nine years, but returned in 2015. After leaving Sum 41, he became a singer and guitarist in his own heavy metal/reggae project Brown Brigade. He also plays guitar for Organ Thieves, with two of his fellow Brown Brigade members[1] and the Canadian death punk four-piece Black Cat Attack.

Early years[edit]

Born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, Baksh was heavily influenced by the bands Anthrax, Megadeth and Metallica, which motivated him to play music. Baksh met his future band members, Deryck Whibley and Steve Jocz, at high school, but he later dropped out shortly before graduation under the persuasion of Deryck Whibley that the band was becoming successful.

Personal life[edit]

Baksh was born and raised in Ajax, Ontario, along with fellow Sum 41 bandmates Cone McCaslin, and Steve Jocz. His ancestry is Indo-Guyanese.[2] He works with his cousin Vaughn Lal in his heavy metal band Brown Brigade.

Professional career[edit]

Sum 41 (1998–2006; 2015–present)[edit]

Main article: Sum 41

Baksh joined Sum 41 as the third member in January 1998, after Deryck Whibley and Steve Jocz formed the band in the summer of 1996. In addition to being the lead guitarist, Baksh also provided back-up vocals. Baksh went by the name Pleasure in Sum 41's alter-ego band, Pain for Pleasure. Baksh also goes by the name Dave Brownsound Baksh, or also "Hot Chocolate", probably playing off of both his Indian heritage and brown sound, the name Eddie Van Halen coined for his own guitar tone. He has stated his favorite Sum 41 songs are "Mr. Amsterdam," "Machine Gun," "Pain for Pleasure," and "The Bitter End", and his least favorite to play with the band is "Pieces".

Baksh joined Sum 41 once again on March 27, 2008, at their show at the Kool Haus in Toronto, surprising all the band members while going on stage for the final encore "Pain for Pleasure".

Return to Sum 41[edit]

On July 23, 2015, Sum 41 played their comeback show at the Alternate Press Music Awards, which featured Dave as a guest.[3] On August 14, 2015, Sum 41 announced via Alternative press that Dave had officially returned to the band, and will appear on their upcoming album.

Brown Brigade (2006–present)[edit]

On May 11, 2006, Baksh announced in a statement through his management company that he was leaving Sum 41 for personal reasons. He explained that he could not keep trying to express himself through guitar skills without being a pain to the band. During the post-Chuck hiatus, he decided it was time to move on from Sum 41 and to focus on his side project "Brown Brigade", his new band that he founded with his cousin Vaughn and with which he currently plays lead guitar.

Brown Brigade's debut album Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness was released September 18, 2007 in Canada and Japan only and became critically successful, even though it was not released widely in the US and have not brought the band any outside attention, the band still continues to tour Canada in support of the album.

Baksh stated that the band is currently working on new and experimental songs to be released for free on the band's website. The new songs, unlike the band's traditional music, would feature varied music such as punk rock, funk and reggae and not metal like the debut album.

In a show that took place on March 27, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Baksh joined Sum 41 to play "Pain for Pleasure" at the end of the show. Some thought this might be a hint of him coming back, however, Deryck Whibley said in a YouTube video[dubious ] that Baksh would continue with Brown Brigade. Whibley said that "Brownsound is not rejoining the band. He is happy doing his own thing."[citation needed]

On September 12, 2008, Baksh announced on the band's Myspace page that he would quit singing for the band, but would remain as the lead guitarist. The band was looking for a new lead singer to work on new material. On November 27, 2009, Baksh announced that due to his cousin Vaughn Lal's involvement in his business, they intended to keep Brown Brigade strictly a studio act, releasing single songs and collaborating in the studio with many different artists, with a small chance of playing live. Baksh's main focus will be The Organ Thieves and Vaughn's main focus will be his new business.

The Organ Thieves (2008–present)[edit]

In mid-2008, Baksh started recording and producing his fellow Brown Brigade member Chuck Coles' new project The Organ Thieves. By November 2008, Coles has asked Baksh to join the band for a few live shows, resulting in Baksh joining as a full-time member. He recorded the band's first EP God's Favorite Sons in January 2009. The EP was released for free on the band's Myspace page and was later released into physical copies in March 2009. On the same month, Baksh also joined Canadian hardcore punk outfit Blackjacket for a short UK tour.

In October 2009, Organ Thieves began pre-production for their first full-length studio album, with former longtime Sum 41 producer/manager Greig Nori. Organ Thieves has since become Baksh's main focus as he intends to keep Brown Brigade strictly a studio act.

On April 24, 2012, their first full-length studio album, Somewhere Between Free Men and Slaves, was released through MapleMusic Recordings.


He generally plays a Paul Reed Smith McCarty Double Cut Solid body, but he also plays Paul Reed Smith Single Cuts and Gibson Les Pauls and also a Gibson Explorer Studio (Alpine White). He uses Dean Markley strings. For his pedals, he uses MXR Effects, a Digitech Whammy, and Dunlop wah Pedals. He uses Marshall Amplification.[4]


Sum 41[edit]

For a full discography, see Sum 41 discography

Year Album details Chart peaks Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2000 Half Hour of Power[A]
  • Released: June 27, 2000
  • Label: Aquarius, Big Rig
2001 All Killer No Filler
  • Released: May 8, 2001
  • Label: Aquarius, Island
9 33 19 25 69 16 39 7 13
2002 Does This Look Infected?
  • Released: November 26, 2002
  • Label: Aquarius, Island
8 56 49 28 41 17 39 32
2004 Chuck
  • Released: October 12, 2004
  • Label: Aquarius, Island
2 13 35 9 14 59 10
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
A^ Some sources consider Half Hour of Power to be a studio album and others extended plays.[21][22]

Brown Brigade[edit]

Release date Title Record label
November 2006 Appetizer for Destruction (EP) Aquarius Records
September 18, 2007 Into the Mouth of Badd(d)ness Aquarius Records

Organ Thieves[edit]

Release date Title Record label
March 2009 God's Favorite Sons (EP) Self-released
April 24, 2012 Somewhere Between Free Men and Slaves MapleMusic Recordings


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  19. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – December 2002". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – October 2005". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  21. ^ "Sum 41 unleash their power (ready to release 2 albums).". Canadian Musician. July 1, 2000. Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  22. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (February 21, 2002). "Sum 41 Plan DVD, Live B-Sides, Monthlong Tour". MTV. Retrieved March 14, 2009. 

External links[edit]

Guitarist for Sum 41
1998–2006; 2015–present