Wednesday, 16 October 2013

September/October 2013 Updates!

The London Drum Show
Held at the Olympia in Kensington on the 12th and 13th October, the LDS featured some of the top drummers and companies from the drumming community. Here is my pick of some of the best:
Provenance Drums. This was the first time I had seen their beautiful snares in person. Each drum is unique and full of history as each shell has been crafted from a material that had once served another purpose in the past. For example one was crafted from a WWII spitfire, one from a 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. I personally fell in love with one made from a 1962 VW T2.
Highwood Drums are another great UK company producing some outstanding snares and kits at amazing prices. They also had their high-end Bass Drum pedal, the Malleus, on display, probably the only pedal that you would ever need.
 I was mostly excited about going to see the finest wares on the Tiki stand. Once again Preston and co didn't disappoint; until you see these snares in person it's hard to explain just how incredibly beautiful they are. Tiki also run snare and kit building courses down in Brighton, I signed up for a course in March to build my own Bubinga snare. I'm incredibly excited, March just seems a long way away right now.
There were a couple of other great UK companies there; one called Echo Drums and one called VK Drums who both specialise in metal drums and had some amazing looking and sounding kit there.
Any drummer reading this should go right to The Drummers Journal site. A new, fresh and independent UK online drum magazine. They have their first 4 issues up for free and are full of great interviews and articles; it just looks stunning. I also picked up a copy of the fantastic Tom Tom Magazine, which takes a look at females involved in the drumming community.
Aside from the gear that was at the show, there were numerous masterclasses and this year I got see to one of the drumming greats that is Dave Weckl, I had grown up studying his DVDs so to meet him in person and then get to watch him play was just mind blowing. I also caught Omar Hakim, Robin Guy, Chris Coleman and Aquiles Priester all of whom were a huge inspiration and got me in the mood to come home and practice my chops even more.

Elsewhere, my band Block Fort shot a music video (up soon) Bad Ideas played a mini-tour with the incredible Woahnowsand we played the first shows with the new full-band Ducking Punches line-up. 

Monday, 7 October 2013

July/August 2013 Updates!

As usual the Summer seemed to pass through incredibly quickly. This year I continued teaching all through the school break and was really lucky to have a couple of really great students sign up for lessons. I now have a great mixture of students of all ages and abillities which always makes for an interesting and varied week for me. 
I played numerous shows up and down the country, but mostly, all of my bands (Bad Ideas, Block Fort, Ducking Punches and Broken Window Effect) are in the same boat of writing new material. Going into the studio to work on new songs is one of the most fun things you can do. 
There will be a new Ducking Punches album by the end of the year and then a new Bad Ideas album sometime early 2014.
Finally; you can stream/download the new Block Fort EP at http://blockfort.bandcamp.com/album/s-t or get it on CD from http://music.real-records.co.uk/