Wednesday 21 December 2016

Irish Drummers; Jay, when did you start playing drums?
I started playing drums at the age of 7 when I joined the Artane Boys Band. It was here that I learned to read music, and also studied xylophone. There was also a strong emphasis on rudimental drumming which has stayed with me to this day.
Irish Drummers; Where else did you study drumming?
 I also studied with Dan Breen at the Royal Irish Academy of Music for 3 years and then one year with Johnny Wadham. More recently I attended a one day intensive masterclass with Dave Weckl. I’m currently in my 5th year teaching at BIMM Dublin.
Irish Drummers; Jay, what artists have you played / performed with?
Over the years’ I have played with many artists on TV, Radio, In Studio or live including…Rob Strong, Laura Izibor, Don Baker, Sharon Corr, Brian Kennedy,Picturehouse, Royseven, Delorentos, Luan Parle, Glen Baker, Jet Harris, Stano, White Chocolate, Claudine Day, Mickey Rooney, Whole Lotta Zepp, Gotcha, Mal O’Brian Band, The Beau Motives, Aoife Underwater.This year I toured with Andrew Strong and hope to hit the road with him again in 2017.
Irish Drummers; What are your other plans for 2017?
Next year will see the launch of a new project that I’m involved in called The Livestrong Band who play a mix of blues influenced Americana. I’m also a founding member of Dublin electronic band Liquid Wheel, who have new material, also to be released in 2017.
Irish Drummers; What drum gear do you prefer?
My current kit is a Brady Jarrah ply, Craviotto snare, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Evans heads.
Irish Drummers: Who are your drumming influences?
My drumming influences are Buddy Rich, Jojo Mayer, Phil Collins,Simon Phillips, Keith Moon and Ian Paice.