Sonny Miler Greaves Aaron Key­lock

The blues is in the blood for young Brit rock­ers

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

Mu­sic ev­i­dently runs in the fam­ily for Sonny Miller Greaves as his fa­ther, Den­nis Greaves, is the front­man for rhythm and blues vet­er­ans Nine Be­low Zero. Now the torch has been passed to Sonny who’s fly­ing the flag for the next gen­er­a­tion of Bri­tish blues-rock, tour­ing with teenage gui­tar prodigy Aaron Key­lock.

How did you learn to play?

“My dad’s a mu­si­cian, so I was brought up with it. My brother got a drum kit for his 10th birth­day and I must have been about two at the time. Ap­par­ently, as soon as my brother got it, I was the first one on the kit. I’ve never had a drum les­son.I love watch­ing drum­mers, be­cause that’s how I learned. I used to watch my dad’s drum­mers from side-stage and just take in what they were do­ing by ear. I could never read it off a piece of pa­per. I find it takes the fun out of it.”

How did you meet Aaron Key­lock?

“Aaron went to one of my dad’s shows when he was 12 years old. My dad does jams round where I live near Green­wich in south east Lon­don. He said, ‘You should come to this jam,’ soI met him when I was 12 or 13. We were still in school and from that time on, we were just wait­ing to get out of school.I knew I wanted to be in a band and just live the dream like my dad.”

Were there any chal­lenges gig­ging with Aaron when you were so young?

“His dad used to take us ev­ery­where. We were play­ing bike rally shows back in the day, pubs. When we played th­ese bike ral­lies there were some Hell’s An­gels, th­ese big, huge guys, re­ally in­tim­i­dat­ing, but they’re ab­so­lutely lovely. We used to chill out with the Hell’s An­gels. They’re nuts but they al­ways used to help us out car­ry­ing gear. They’d have my traps case on top of their head, S’aright,‘ I’ve got this.’”

What are your drums of choice?

“What I’m us­ing at the mo­ment is a 1975 Sonor kit that I bought from Drumshack for some­thing like £200. It’s nine-ply beech wood. It’s in­cred­i­ble and I’ve never re­ally seen one be­fore. I think it was just sit­ting in some­one’s loft for years and it didn’t re­ally have any sound to it. When we started play­ing a lot, it re­ally got its sound back. I learned drums on a 1980s Premier kit, which we have up in the loft. That’s the only place I prac­tise. It’s loud, the neigh­bours hate us!”

Has it been easy for you to ad­just to life on the road?

“My dad used to take me on the road from a re­ally young age. He used to take me out of school and say, ‘If you want to learn how life re­ally is, come on the road.’ I used to be his lit­tle roadie, I used to carry ev­ery­body’s gear, set up the drums.It’s great be­cause I just wanted to be a mu­si­cian ever since.”

Sonny Miller Greaves (right), with blues gui­tar prodigy Aaron Key­lock (cen­tre)

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