First of all a huge thank you to every single person that came down to my first ever clinic. I was incredibly nervous as it was something that was completely out of my comfort zone, but I think I got through it unscathed! I decided to chat about how to come up with new fill-ins using different groupings of semiquavers; eg; 5+5+6 = 16, 4+3+5+4 = 16 etc. If anyone wants to have the exercises or videos of me demonstrating them then just give me a message and I can sort that out. An especially big thank you to Joe at PMT and Dave Major for all your support and for Al Watts for letting me use one of his songs to demonstrate (see clip below)
New Ducking Punches video out/American Tour
We've just released the music video for the song Greedy Bones. It was an eventful day which sadly ended with our singer Dan breaking his leg, for the full story read here.
On a much brighter note though, at the end of October we are heading out to America for the the second year running to play some shows on the East Coast.
We begin on the 24th October in Orlando, before playing Tallahasse, Ybor and then THE FEST in Gainesville. I am planning on a road trip to New Orleans at the end of tour with the intent of seeing some old school jazz at Preservation Hall!
New North Custom Drums kit!
Thank you to Andrew and the rest of the crew at North Custom Drums for building me another incredible kit. I had spoken to them on the phone a few times with some ideas of what sounds/sizes/finish etc that I was after and after some discussion we decided on 10 ply mahogany shells in 20x14, 12x8 and 14x14 (with a 10" tom to follow) with single beaver tail lugs, a maple outer and black diamond inlay. It took about three months for them to build this for me, but they have nailed it. Not only does it look perfect, it sounds absolutely incredible.
I Said Goodbye
The first weekend in October I headed to Wongs studio in Nottingham to record an album with my new band I Said Goodbye. I recorded back here around 5 years ago with Jamie Ward and was so happy with how that (Bad Ideas - Murder Of Gods album) came out that I was very excited to get back there. We were recording drums and bass together using guide tracks that Alan (guitar/vocals) had previously tracked at home, so it was a pretty quick and easy job to get the 10 songs down over the two days. My kit and cymbals sounded incredible, I'll put up more details once the album is completed. We have just confirmed out first show which will be at The Waterfront in Norwich on the 18th September.
In my last post I mentioned about a new hearing protection scheme that has been set up by Help Musicians UK, well today I just received my custom molded ACS ear plugs! Through this scheme I managed to get these made up for £30 which is an incredible price. You can apply to the scheme and find out more information through their website.