I first picked up a pair of drumsticks at the age of 12 and began to bash about on an old kit we just happened to have in our spare bedroom. What began as a moment of boredom quickly developed into a passion for drumming. I started to practice at every spare moment I had, playing along to the bands that I was into at the time, to the point that the neighbours complained and I got 'shut down' by the local council! Undeterred I simply switched to an electric kit. I also began having lessons and taking graded examinations, achieving my Grade 8 whilst at college studying for a music technology BTEC. Now whilst it's impossible to determine just how much of an influence these lessons have had on my drumming, one thing I can be certain of is that particular style of learning wasn't for me. I'm convinced that you learn quicker and practice harder when you play along to music that appeals to you.
Following a few fruitless attempts at putting together a band whilst at school, I helped form Breeze, a four-piece indie rock band, and over the next couple of years we recorded and released two eps, recorded two live sessions for BBC Introducing Humberside, received airplay on Radio 1 and from Steve Lamacq on 6Music, played all the local festivals (Humber Street, Trinity & Freedom) and gigged up and down the country, supporting the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Drowners & Skaters.
Following the demise of Breeze, I joined The Black Delta Movement as second drummer and percussionist, my first gig being a headline slot at the Freedom Festival in 2015. Further festival appearances included Trinity, Humber Street Sesh, Cosmosis & Party in the Pines, the majority being headline slots. We gigged regularly throughout England and Scotland during which time we supported bands such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Stranglers, and in early 2017 we undertook a European Tour which saw us playing in countries such as France, Italy and Switzerland. We even performed on a cross-channel ferry during a very choppy crossing of the North Sea as part of a Made In Hull-themed mini-cruise. Recordings included an ep produced by Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, The Sherlocks) and an album recorded at Lovebuzz studios, London, during the autumn of 2017. Radio airplay included Radio 2 & 6Music in the UK and KROQ in the USA.
Other drumming work has included live performances with Dead Hormones, Fronteers, Fire (The Unstoppable Force) and Young Jack, often at very short notice, and recordings for The Mick Ronson Foundation, Martin Hines (The Paddingtons) & Emily Moulton/Embrs. I have also recorded at the world-famous Sun Studio in Memphis, USA. I have made regular appearances at the Freak Scene nights at the Polar Bear, Hull, performing alongside numerous other local musicians where we give our own interpretations of artists such as Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Oasis.
I have worked as a drum tech for The Paddingtons on their Reunion Tour 2017, including their gig with The Libertines at Hull Arena.
I've just finished a BA Hons Music Performance Degree at Hull College and now permanent drummer with Dead Hormones. I'm also currently working on a new project with members formerly of the band Fronteers.
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