Afrika Green

Pet Shop Boys, High Con­trast, Becky Hill

Rhythm - - BEAT! - www.afrik­a­green.com

I would de­scribe my drum­ming style as…

“Heav­ily in­flu­enced by the ’80s funk era mixed with per­cus­sive flavours from Latin Amer­ica.”

I use…

“Mapex drums, a mix ofSabian and Is­tan­bul cym­bals, a mix of Pearl andMapex hard­ware, Roland SPD-SX, KT10 Kick Trig­ger, FD9 Hat Trig­ger, Na­tive In­stru­ments Mas­chine Stu­dio. I am en­dorsed by Roland, Vater, Ul­ti­mate Ears, Na­tive in­stru­ments.”

The se­cret to play­ing drums well is…

“Be open and will­ing to take on new ex­pe­ri­ences and chal­lenges. Don’t cat­e­gorise your play­ing and abil­i­ties. Be for­ever build­ing a stronger and richer re­la­tion­ship with your drums. Strive to chan­nel your in­ner voice through your in­stru­ment.”

As­sum­ing Bon­ham is a given, my favourite drum­mers ever are…

“Damien Sch­mitt and Jojo Mayer.”

Self-taught or lessons?

“Both, I used to sneak into the mu­sic room in mid­dle school dur­ing lunch times and recre­ate beats from the mu­sic that I was lis­ten­ing to on my CD Walk­man. By the time I got caught by the teacher I could al­ready play and the school en­cour­aged me to get lessons.I did so with mul­ti­ple teach­ers, right un­til I grad­u­ated uni, then I went it alone again.I find I now learn not only from other drum­mers but other mu­si­cians and ex­pe­ri­ences.”

My first drum­set was…

“CB drums in a leop­ard print wrap with an ex­tra 8" tom. I felt like Carmine Ap­pice with­out the ’tache!”

The best drum­ming ad­vice I’ve ever been given is…

“‘It’s about en­joy­ing the jour­ney not fo­cus­ing on ar­riv­ing at the des­ti­na­tion,’ said to me by a univer­sity lec­turer at a time whenI was so hun­gry to be the best drum­mer I could be, but for­get­ting to en­joy the jour­ney of learn­ing.”

What I’m up to right now is…

“Cur­rently I’m fin­ish­ing my me­moir then next year I’m back drum­ming for the Pet Shop Boys, Becky Hill and High Con­trast.”

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