I'm very excited to announce that I have joined the Remo Artist roster! I've spent the majority of my career using Remo heads so it's an incredible honour to be part of the team.
After going to their UK base and trying their vast ranges, I settled on the P77 snare head, coated emperors for the toms and a P4 for the kick drum, although there are so many different models I'm bound to use different ones in different situations.
The UK Drum Show. 23rd/24th September
|Meeting Thomas Lang!|
A lot of big shoutouts, but just a few include; Chris and Alex @ Amedia, Gary @ Remo, Simon @ Pearl, Gareth @ Highwood, Tim @ Provenance Drums, Stu @ British Drum Company, Dion @ The Dube, Nick Hopkin Drums, Low Boy Beaters, Rusty Drums, Mike Dolbear, Chris Young Drums.
You can check me chatting about some of the Amedia Cymbals here.
Ducking Punches - Alamort
I left Manchester Drum Show and headed straight to Leeds to begin tracking drums for our latest album. Bob Cooper is one of my favourite producers and this would be my first time working alongside him, which was super exciting. The first day was a blur of trying different combinations of kit, snares, heads and cymbals. In the end my North Bubinga kit, North Beech Snare drum and various Amedias were selected. We kept with Remo Coated Emperors (toms) and Coated Ambassadors (snare) plus a P4 for the kick.
Once sounds were chosen and cemented and levels and everything adjusted, we were all good to go by the afternoon. Bob was a master to work with, pushing me hard to make sure I achieved the best possible takes, but all with a gentle and friendly nudge. He was also incredibly meticulous with his tuning; coming in after each take and checking with both his ears and a tune-bot. It took until halfway through the third day to get all 11 tracks down, but I was incredibly proud of the results.
Over the next week and a half we could then hear the songs really come alive. Recording is my favourite experience, especially when you have a bunch of songs that you feel proud about.
You can watch some of the footage we took on this tour video.
Since recording it's been mastered by the ever amazing Mass from Sonic Iguana studios (who's recorded and mastered a lot of my favourite albums) and is availble to pre-order from Xtra Mile, with a release date of 16th Feb 2018. You can pre-order Alamort via this link.
We have also just confirmed two album release shows, one in Norwich, one in London. Our good buddies Nervus and Grieving will be playing both shows as well.
After the fun of recording was over, it was time to turn our attention to heading back stateside for the third year in a row. We had only covered the East Coast before, this time we were going to work our way down the West Coast, starting in Seattle and going all the way down to San Diego, before an internal flight to finish at FEST in Gainesville, Florida. As usual, it always takes so much planning for these kind of trips and they inevitably end up zipping by way too quickly. Luckily a lot of the equipment and transport logistics were being covered by a band from LA called Spanish Love Songs who we were going to co-tour with. First up, they deserve the biggest shout out, not only are they a group of lovely people, but they are one of the best bands I've heard in a long time. Not only did they lend us every single piece of equipment, but they arranged all the drives, places to stay and even took us on some wonderful sight seeing tours. There is so much to talk about, but here are some tour highlights; Star Trek exhibition at MPop Seattle, playing Death By Stereos' skateboard shop, getting tattooed at Scapegoat in Portland, gambling in Las Vegas, vegan punk rock doughnuts in LA, Patrick Stewarts' Hollywood star, 39 degrees heatwave, FEST!