Saturday 1 August 2020

What type of drum kit do you use?

I play a DW set predominantly, with an all maple Gretsch snare with wooden hoops. Zildjian K Constantinople ride and hi hats and various bits of bells and shells, laid around the kit to keep me entertained. 

Who are your favourite players?

There are so many to mention, but probably the drummers that have had the biggest influence on my sound would be Brian Blade, Mark Guiliana, Marcus Gilmore, Roy Haynes, Stewart Copeland and Danny Carey. Tigran Hamasyan is a jazz pianist that has probably left the biggest mark on how I approach rhythm. 

What are your favourite songs / albums?

 Again, it's hard for me to pick a few but some that I always come back to are Jeff Buckley: 'Grace', Pearl Jam: 'Vitalogy', Tigran Hamasyan: 'Mockroot' and 'Shadow Theatre', John Coltrane: 'A Love Supreme', Charles Mingus: 'Ah Um' and Bon Iver's self titled album.

Can you tell us some of the artists that you have played / recorded with?

Basciville, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Ailbhe Reddy, Bill Whelan, The Man Whom, Sacred Animals and The Ocelots. 

What advice would you give someone wanting to play drums?

Listen to as much as you can, and whenever you hear something you like try to learn how to play it. Also, listen to what the other instruments are playing and make sure you understand the context of everything you're playing. 

How did you cope during the COVID-19 lockdown?

I was lucky that I felt inspired to practice a lot during the lockdown. I think this was probably due to the slew of videos of amazing drummers shredding in their homes. I'm very grateful to have my own space where I can focus on improving my playing, and to keep me distracted from the apocalypse.