I'm very proud to announce that I am now a British Drum Company artist.
I have been keenly following BDC since they arrived on the scene in 2015.
Set up by the legendary drum-maker Keith Keough, Ian Matthews of Kasabian and the comedian/drummer Al Murray, the rise of and excitment surrounding BDC has been a joy to watch. In those 3 short years they have risen to the status of innovators and creators of a wealth of 'future classic' drums, the stunning Bluebird snare being just one of them.
I had met up and chatted with them a few times before being invited up to Manchester for a tour of their factory. The passion, love and expertise is there for all to see.
The kit that I settle on was a 22x16, 12x8 and 16x16 Legend Series in Kensington Knight with a 14x6 Bluebird snare. Once it was ready for me I headed up again to collect it in person, turns out they christened him Bruno for me. He is a beauty. Check out the video below made by the ever brilliant Charlie Wallis. Thanks again one more time to Keith, Mel and everyone else at BDC. Love you.
You can find out more about BDC and what they have to offer here.
Ducking Punches. Summer Tour dates.
Really excited to announce a couple of tour dates over the next two months. First we'll be heading out to play a handful of shows around Mighty Sounds Festival that happens in Prague on 14th July. The line-up includes some of my favourites including Anti-Flag, Sick Of It All, A Wilhelm Scream and The Heptones. Next up I'll be doing double drum duties for a Ducking Punches/I Said Goodbye run in August which will include my first time at the outstanding looking Punk Rock Holiday in Slovenia. Again, it's such a strong line-up and I can't wait to get out there. Also coming up in August will be a few other festivals, one of these being Beautiful Days in Devon. This is a festival run by The Levellers and we'll be playing the main stage along-side Manic Street Preachers, The Hives, Feeder, The Wildhearts and Gogol Bordello. On a side note, I've just added a live dates tab along the top!
The Compound test recordings.
Carrying on from last months post; I am now fully set up and able to record at my home studio which I've christened The Compound. My first project is tracking drums for the Summer Now album which will happen over the next few weeks around my touring schedule. Using only a pack of Shure DMK6 drum mics and using my Zoom R16 as my Audio Interface, I am really very happy with the first test recordings I have done. I guess having a great sounding kit and a decent room means that half the battle has been fought. This is a massive learning curve for me, but I've enjoyed the challenge and all the research I've done has definitely made me use my ears a lot more than in the past. There is something hugely satisfying about recording yourself in your own space. The final tracks will be done by the end of August and the album should be out late 2018 or early 2019.
New BDC snare drum arrives!
As mentioned above I am now happily using and endorsing British Drum Company drums. I was so bowled over by my gear that I just had to order another snare drum. I wanted to add their Merlin snare to my collection so that I had a wooden snare to sit beside my brass Bluebird snare. The Merlin is a hefty 20 ply mix of maple and birch, finished with a tulip outer veneer and double inlay of maple. The beauty of this snare is obvious and it's a hugely versatile drum, responsive, warm, yet cutting and powerful. Once again they added my name around the air-vent. This is one very special drum.