I started playing along to my fathers Buddy Holly albums on cardboard boxes at the age of 7 before graduating to a small real kit aged 8. This was the early 80s so even starter kits were very expensive! I could always hear the drum part and be able to play it back straight away. From there I played in school bands, county orchestras, brass bands, National jazz orchestras, musicals etc. After graduating from university I played in several bands with major record deals before becoming a drum and guitar teacher in the early 2000s. I still freelance as a studio drummer and gig with my duo The Sun Dogs.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
I’m completely self taught but I owe a lot of debt drumming wise to Simon Phillips, Virgil Donati, Mike Mangini, Will Calhoun and of course Neil Peart. Musically I’m a huge Toto, King’s X, Living Colour, Jellyfish and Rush fan amongst many others!
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
You have to love what you do. Listen to other musicians, play as many different styles as you can and practice hard!
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
As a drummer I’m pretty versatile so I’m comfortable in pretty much any setting from jazz to folk to prog metal. I’m also a guitar and bass teacher too which is unusual for a drummer ;)
Any new gigs or albums in the future? There’s a new Sun Dogs E.P out soon and I’m hoping to finish my third solo album ‘Black Hills Pioneer vol3’ this year. Plenty of gigs lined up this summer too!