So this week has been a grand one, aside from getting over half jetlag from being in Canada last week. Had the best gig I’ve ever had with Peter&Kerry at the Hoxton Bar and Grill that I’m trying to find video footage from, very unsuccessfully. We were supporting the lovely Kyla La Grange and showcased some new and awesome songs! This week we’re gonna do some pre production in the studio for their next album which will be a laugh I’m sure. As I can’t locate the footage from the awesome gig, here’s one of my favourite songs of theirs, just brilliant songwriting from the duo makes it such a joy to play with them
Yesterday saw a yearly (when possible) of going to the London Drum show. Have been going to this show (in its various forms over the years) for the last 10 years with my partner in time Cherisse.
Over the years we’ve met so many brilliant people some of which I am so proud to now call my friends. One thing that I love about the drumming community and seldom find within any other musicians community is the friendliness and sense of family. At least I feel that. The amount I have been helped by the wisdom of such lovely people is astounding, humbling and makes me feel so lucky. I hope one day I can pass on some valuable information to someone too.
The show was an absolute mental day chatting to people and catching up, consequently I we only made it to 2 clinics. One was the awesome Dave Elitch who played with the Mars Volta and was awesome, a very powerful player indeed and very musical. The second was Neal Wilkinson and Ash Soan‘s ‘Pocket Club’ clininc which is possibly the most useful, information filled and relevant clinic to working drummers. As much as people love to see chops and all that I gotta hand it to them in having the guts to really lay out what being a drummer is truly about and why we’re all here. To play music! The best thing in the world! They did some phenomenal playing with some of the most disgustingly beautiful grooves right from the first hit!
Needless to say the second I awoke this morning I was straight into the studio playing to John Mayer’s Continuum (and my hats I worked out are slightly behind where Steve Jordan‘s are which is interesting….to me anyway) and The Band’s Greatest Hits album, and I noticed how noticeable it was that I had clearly been listening to their stuff and Levon Helm‘s playing for the past 3 years pretty much constantly since my placement is (on the whole) dead on with his. I am very VERY proud of this, as you would be!
Finally a picture that has been long overdue. Me, my sister and my 3rd Daddy (techincally Cherisse’s Daddy is my 2nd). So lucky to have found these people in my life.
Also don’t watch ‘The Notebook’ tis a waste, and life is a much better option.