Over the next 6 weeks I am filling in for my good friend Dave Smith with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. It is a total honour and I am having a lot of fun with the guys. We have just done a couple of gigs in the UK and next month head to the States for a month long tour. Very excited to be visiting some new places and playing some great music with phenomenal musicians. Hope to see you at a show!
Honoured to have been taken on by Gretsch as an artist. I’ve always admired their drums and many of my idols such as Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Lewis and Elvin Jones all played Gretsch. I grew up marvelling at their sound, still do! When I moved to London I saved up and bought a 30’s round-badge snare drum with “stick-chopper” hoops I’d fallen in love with on Denmark Street. Gretsch drums have always had a sound, feel and identity. I’m proud to be playing these wonderful instruments.
I am playing a Gretsch Broadkaster in Black Glass with various snares. They sound MEGA!! Check out my profile :
I have just completed a month’s tour of the UK, Dublin and Paris with Seal. The set consisted of the big hits such as Kiss From A Rose, Killer and Crazy along with songs from his latest release, Standards. This is all classic big band and strings repertoire, so for me, was a joy to meld all these styles in one show. The band was top notch and I’m honoured to have been included. The show received rave reviews with The Express citing the drum break on Crazy as the “highlight of the show” – I’ll take that!! Our next stop is Australia with hopefully more dates to be added throughout the year.
Whilst on tour with Seal this month I talked to Drum Quest about drums, life, music and other things!! Have a listen here :
Played drums on this banger… CHUFFED about it!! ENJOY, Happy New Year X
2017 has seen a great deal of action with the Pete Tong “Ibiza Classics” project. I’ve been playing both drums and percussion on the show at various gigs including a run of UK festivals, Pacha in Ibiza, dates in Australia, a UK Arena tour and the Hollywood Bowl!!
It really has been a blast. We also recorded a second album which is currently in the top 20 album chart, and had TV appearances on X Factor, The One Show and Graham Norton. The laser and light budget has obviously been increased by a 1000000% so please enjoy a little photo blog of the shows here, Dec 2018 shows already on sale so see ya there!! Theres a video of me jamming the last tune out at the 02 and here’s a link to the full second London 02 show – http://www.be-at.tv/-M8IAA.frame
I’ve recently completed a short UK tour with arguably one of the most influential figures in British electronic music – Goldie. Ive worked with Goldie for around 4 years now and this tour marked the release of “The Journeyman”, an album in which Adam Betts and I recorded the drums. It was an interesting process “re-learning” our drumming after it had gone through Goldie’s production. Cant stress enough how much of an honour it is to play with the “godfather” of this genre. Always a learning curve, challenge and, above all, insanely good fun. Bring on another tour!!