This time I thought I’d just pick a few of my favourite moments from the year.
Playing with Holiday Oscar at Bestival in September was a real highlight. Everything came together for this show – the vibe was super relaxed and fun, the band gelled together with minimal rehearsal and the crowd responded really well, singing along by the end of the set. I loved recreating Charlie’s songs live and choosing which kit/percussion parts to play. I ended up with different implements in each hand for every song, using a mixture of sticks, brushes, mallets, tambourines and a shaker as in the above track.
In May I went on a short European run with LOOP supporting Jonas Blue, hitting Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris and London. As well as playing drums, I edited the above tour video. It was amazing to play in new countries and some great venues, my favourite probably being Luxor. We sustained a few technical issues, but these were all overcome and the shows went great. Tickets for LOOP’s first headline show on 17th January available here.
I recorded drums for Lucio & Dina Santana’s album Amor/Love in July. We tracked 11 songs in an 8 hour session (including setup), which is the most I’ve ever done. With the exception of one song I hadn’t heard any of the tunes before, so it was a case of listening to the demos, briefly discussing parts, doing 2 or 3 passes then moving on. Despite the time constraints it was a really rewarding session and I’m pleased with how the record came out. Stylistically it ranges from CCM pop/rock to more acoustic songs and even bossa nova on one track. My ’70s Ludwig kit sounded perfect in the room we used, and it was great to work with Marc James again, this time in the role of producer.
I’ve also done more remote session work this year – get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about recording drums for your project.
Thanks to everyone I worked with in 2017, looking forward to more next year.
I’ve been playing these instruments for the past couple of years and it’s an honour to join some of my favourite drummers in representing them officially. In my opinion Agop are producing the most versatile and musical cymbals out there. Many thanks to the guys at BR Distribution.
See my Gear List for details of the models I currently play.
Ludwig 1970 Super Classic (22×14/13×9/16×16)
Beverley 1960s New Standard (20×14/12×8/16×16)
Yamaha Oak Custom (22×17/10×8/12×9/14×12/16×16)
Ludwig 1965 Acrolite (14×5)
Ludwig Acrolite (14×6.5)
Ludwig Supraphonic 402 (14×6.5)
C&C Copper Over Brass (14×6.5)
Eames 1981 Rosewood (13×3)
DW Design Maple (14×5)
Leedy & Ludwig 1954 ‘The Reliance’ (14×6.5)
Ludwig 1968 Legionnaire Parade Drum (14×10)
Premier 1960s/70s marching bass drum (28×10)
Istanbul Agop 10″ Xist Ion Splash
Istanbul Agop 10″ Xist Dry Dark Hi Hats
Istanbul Agop 15″ Traditional Medium Hi Hats
Istanbul Agop 16″ 30th Anniversary Hi Hats
Istanbul Agop 18″ Traditional Dark Crash
Istanbul Agop 20″ Traditional Dark Crash
Istanbul Agop 20″ Xist Crash
Istanbul Agop 20″ Signature Ride
Istanbul Agop 22″ Traditional Medium Crash
Istanbul Agop 22″ 30th Anniversary Ride
Istanbul Agop 22″ Mel Lewis Ride
Istanbul Agop 23″ Matt Chamberlain Ride
Zildjian 14″ 1960s A Hi Hats
Vic Firth 55A sticks
Remo Heads (Coated Vintage Ambassador or coated Controlled Sound on snare, coated Vintage Ambassador on toms and clear or coated Powerstroke 3 on bass drum)
DW Hardware (3000, 6000 and 9000)
Snareweight M1 and M80
Big Fat Snare Drum mutes
Roots EQ mutes
Various Keplinger, Tackle Instrument, Index Drums and Upcycled Percussion accessories
Roland KT10, RT-30HR & RT-30K triggers
Cymatic Audio LP-16
Sony A6300 camera (Sigma 16mm f1.4, Sony 35mm f1.8, Samyang 12mm f2.0)
Adobe Premiere Pro CC