Born to a great musical family, Billy started his journey in music at a very early age. Billy’s father, Tennyson Fernando, a veteran musician, was also one of the best known musical instrument manufacturers as well as a performer and teacher of music.
Billy absorbed the music he grew up with and enhanced it with his talent and knowledge, achieving a very high standard of musical ability. His musical talents were tried, tested and proven from the very young age of 7.
Billy continued to excel in his music. He also began to nurture a growing interest in Music composition.
At the young age of 7, Billy performed as the drummer for his Alma Mater, St Peter’s College, Colombo. He was a trumpeter and was later the Leader of the College Western Band. At the age of 11, Billy performed with the Sri Lanka Philharmonic orchestra as a percussionist. Billy is the youngest musician the orchestra has had to date.
Billy’s first experience in a band was with his very own brothers and family, who also performed for most of their school functions and events. He was the Music Director for events organized by many schools while still being a student.
Billy is a highly talented individual who has the unmatched status of having mastered many musical instruments to a professional standard. As Billy says, he could get a decent sound from any instrument, as soon as he figures out a scale on it. “That’s all I do” says Billy.
Billy began exploring his musical abilities to its highest, when he formed ‘Ezra’ –The pioneers of Gospel Rock. He then composed and performed many of his own music. He also led Ezra to win the TNL onstage competition in 2002, while Billy himself won the award for ‘Best Musician TNL onstage 2002’. He also started a commercial rock band ‘Acid-Rain’, which performed at various commercial functions, concerts and consequently became the backup band for popular Sri Lankan duo ‘Bathiya & Santhush’. Billy eventually joined B&S as their official drummer/guitarist/singer while he toured around the globe.
Billy is currently running his own Recording Studio, ‘Studio7’. While producing music albums and tracks for various artists at the studio, he is also a Producer of soundtracks for Movies, Radio and TV commercials.
Billy’s latest product is his new commercial band “2FORTy2”, it’s a band determined to make a change in the entertainment industry in Sri Lanka, using Acoustic instruments together with Electronic drums and synthesizers. Billy has successfully created a new sound and look to entertainment, which has lead to the demand of his band at numerous events around the Island.
Billy says “My goal is to produce music of very high standards and do my best to enhance and improve the local music industry while composing and producing music to the best of my ability”.