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DRUMMING

A little info about my drumming history...

 

Coming from a musical family spanning back at least 3 generations, one Instrument that has stayed prominent within my family tree is the Drum Kit.

From a grandfather who played jazz & swing all of his life in big-bands, to an uncle who performed in pop and Jazz bands on cruise ships traveling the world from the 1960's on-wards. I too have gained the "drumming bug" and started learning to play at the age of 13.
 

At the age of 14 I performed my first ever live gig in a social nightclub and from that moment I have never stopped playing!

Since I first began playing drums, I have now become quite versatile as a drummer and pride myself on my abilities with great listening skills, a vast vocabulary of fills and an array of musical styles that I proudly feel competent to play.

Over the years that I have been playing I have also had many private lessons in the professional teachings of tutors such as Ralph Rolle (Drummer for CHIC & Nile Rodgers) as well as Bob Armstrong (the UK's number 1 Drum tutor up until his passing in 2017).
These lessons have really helped me by honing my skills and improving my technique and overall playing ability.

I have also had some luck throughout my musical career playing alongside very talented people such as the great Brian Bath & Del Palmer (original Kate Bush band musicians), John Baker (original keyboard player of the Troggs & Wild Angels) and I believe that the experience gained has truly improved my game!

Over time, I started adding backing & lead vocals to the mix whilst drumming and since singing professionally solo (from 2009 onwards),  I am now fully capable of giving powerful backing vocal harmonies whilst playing.

 

I have had many musical influences over the years but a few of my favourite influences  from international Pro-Drummers are:

Stewart Copeland - "The Police"  /  Scott Underwood - "Train"   /   Carter Beauford – “Dave Mathews Band"

Travis Barker - "Blink182"  / Zachary Wayne Farro - "Paramore"  /  Stanton Moore  /  Ralph Rolle  &  Steve Gadd

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VIDEO

Please see my current promotional videos below (Studio & Live) to see my playing in action!

Songs featured in the "studio" promotional video:

  • Superstition - Stevie Wonder

  • Message In A Bottle - The Police

  • Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars

  • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars

  • I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown

  • Long Train Running - The Doobie Brothers

  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers

  • Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon

  • Hey Laura - Gregory Porter

Songs featured in the "live" promotional video:

  • Treasure - Bruno Mars

  • Ready To Go  - Republica

  • I Wish - Stevie Wonder

  • Brick House -  The Commodores

  • Swing-Jazz - (Unknown)

  • Jammin' - Bob Marley

  • Steamy Windows  - Tina Turner

  • Get Down Tonight -  KC & The Sunshine Band  Jolene - Dolly Parton

  • Live 'N' Let Die - Paul McCartney

  • Let's Dance - David Bowie (Feat: Chase Aitch on Vocals)

  • Slow Blues - (Unknown)

  • Walking In The Sand - Jeff Beck

  • Get Lucky - Daft Punk

GALLERY

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MULTI-MEDIA

Various video montages, clips and audio recordings

GEAR

TAMA

2020 Charcoal Onyx TAMA Star Classic

Standard kit for everyday gigs.

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  • 22” Bass Drum.

  • 10”, 12” Mounted Toms 16” Floor Tom.

  • 14x5” Stewart Copeland Signature Snare Drum.

  • DW Hardware.

  • DW5000 Turbo Double Pedals.

  • 20” Sabian Pro Ride.

  • 13” Istanbul Mehmet Series Hi-Hats.

  • 8” Istanbul Alchemy Series Splash.

  • 16" & 18" Istanbul"Alchemy" Series. Crashes.

  • 17" Istanbul"Alchemy" Series China.

"Vic Firth" Sticks (5A Hickory Wooden Tipped American Classics)

"Hardcase", "Ahead Armour Cases” & “Warwick” cases for all items

DW

DRUM WORKSHOP

DW Collectors Series in Maple with Broken Glass Wrap

 

Kit for small function gigs.​

(Larger variation of this kit further below)

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  • ​22" Bass Drum with integrated D112 Bass-drum Microphone.

  • 10x8", 12x9" Mounted Toms & 16x14" Floor Tom.

  • 13x7" DW Snare Drum

  • DW9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedals.

  • LP Cowbell.

  • 22" Paiste Stewart Copeland Signature Blue Bell Ride.

  • 14" Paiste Rythmatist Signature Hi-Hats.

  • 8" Paiste Sinature Splash.

  • 16" & 18" Paiste Signature Fast Crashes.

  • 18" Paiste Signature China.

"Vic Firth" Sticks (5A Hickory Wooden Tipped American Classics)

"Hardcase"(s) for all items

Roland

Roland TD50-K V-Drums

Electric kit for Practice & Home Recording.

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  • Roland TD50 Drum Module.

  • KD-120BK Bass Drum.

  • PD-140DS DIGITAL Snare.

  • PDX-100 V-Pad (x3) - Toms.

  • VH-11V-​Hi-Hat.

  • CY-18DR ​DIGITAL Ride.

  • CY-12C & CY-13R Crash V-Cymbals.

  • Roland & DW Hardware.

  • DW9000 Bass Drum Pedal.

  • ROLAND PM-10 Personal Monitor Amplifier.

  • "Vic Firth" Sticks (5A Hickory Wooden Tipped American Classics).

Pearl

Mid-Late 1990’s Piano Black Pearl Export

Kit for small gigs and open mic sessions.

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  • 22” Bass Drum.

  • 10”, 12”, 13" Mounted Toms & 16” Floor Tom.

  • 14x5” ​Brass Sensitone Snare Drum.

  • Pearl & Premier Hardware.

  • DW5000 Turbo Double Pedals.

  • 20” Zildjian K Ride.

  • 14” Zildjian A-Custom Hi-Hats.

  • 8” Zildjian Splash.

  • 16" & 17" Istanbul "Alchemy" Series Crashes.

"Vic Firth" Sticks (5A Hickory Wooden Tipped American Classics)

"Tama Bags", “Pulse”, “Protection Racket” & “Leblond” cases for all items

Premier

Mid-Late 1960’s Red Glass Sparkle Premier Kit

Tiny kit for vintage gigs.

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  • 22” Bass Drum.

  • 14” Mounted Tom, 16” Floor Tom.

  • 14x5” ​Sensitone Brass Snare Drum.

  • Premier & Pearl Hardware.

  • DW5000 Bass Drum Pedal.

  • "Vic Firth" Sticks (5A Hickory Wooden Tipped American Classics).

  • 20” Zildjian K Ride.

  • 14” Zildjian A-Custom Hi-Hats.

  • 16" Istanbul "Alchemy" Series Crashes.

DW

DRUM WORKSHOP

DW Collectors Series in Maple with Broken Glass Wrap

 

For shows, recording and bigger function gigs*

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  • ​22" Bass Drum with integrated D112 Bass drum Microphone.

  • 8x7", 10x8", 12x9", 14x11" Mounted Toms & 16x14" Floor Tom.

  • 13x7" DW Snare Drum.

  • DW9000 Series Hardware and Double Pedals.

  • LP Cowbell.

  • 22" Paiste Stewart Copeland Signature Blue Bell Ride.

  • 14" Paiste Rythmatist Signature Hi-Hats.

  • 6" Paiste 2002 Bell.

  • 6" & 8" Paiste Signature Splashes.

  • 14", 16" & 18" Paiste Signature Fast Crashes.

  • 18" Paiste Signature China.

  • 20" Paiste Signature Full Crash.

"Vic Firth" Sticks (5A Hickory Wooden Tipped American Classics)

"Hardcase"(s) for all items

*Not all of this equipment is used at every show or recording. Only what is needed for that particular job will be used.

 

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SOME OF THE BANDS I HAVE GIGGED LONG TERM WITH OR DEPPED FOR:
(SOME OF THESE HAVE LINKS TO ADDITIONAL CONTENT. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO BROWSE)

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  • Creative Covers
     

  • Back To The Fray
     

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  • The Chain
     

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  • Jon Blackburn Band
     

  • The Short & Curlies
     

  • High Society
     

  • DeannaZire