Tom Shrimp­ton

Let’s Swim, Get Swim­ming; as the sun sleeps, co­nan mac, ol­lie wade

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

I would de­scribe my drum­ming style as...

“Dy­namic, el­e­gant, heavy-hit­ting and en­gag­ing. I be­lieve dy­nam­ics are a huge part of a song in terms of how a song/story should be told.No­body con­stantly shouts, they also speak, whis­per and enun­ci­ate.”

The se­cret of play­ing drums well is…

“Prac­tise. Ev­ery­body knows it, but un­for­tu­nately I find it very bor­ing. From the start, I’ve been play­ing in bands, and that has been my prac­tise. Get­ting in a room with some­one and thrash­ing out new ideas, and for me that has de­vel­oped dif­fer­ent types of stick­ing, group­ings and pat­terns. But you can’t beat sit­ting down with a prac­tice pad and a click track, just make sure you have fun too.”

My first drum set was…

“A CB drums kit with­So­lar cymbals. I got it forChrist­mas 12 years ago and I still have it at home.”

My favourite drum­mers ever to date are… (let’s as­sume Bon­ham is a given!)

“James Trood, Craig Reynolds and Blake Mostyn. James Trood has been my favourite player for a very long time, play­ing for Tan­gled Hair. His stick con­trol and use of rudi­ments are every­thing I want to be as a drum­mer. The same with Craig Reynolds with his group­ings. Blake Mostyn plays for Delta Sleep and his pat­tern ideas are mind blow­ing.”

Self-taught or lessons?

“I had lessons from a school teacher for a year or two, just to get a cou­ple grades. But as soon asmy band took off, I was com­pletely self taught.”

What’s the best drum­ming ad­vice you’ve ever been given?

“Go slower! (ha ha). This is one thing I strug­gle to com­ply with when told.Who wants to prac­tise slow? But yes, prac­tise slow.”

What are you cur­rently up to?

“It’s been such a busy year al­ready with Let’s Swim, Get Swim­ming get­ting signed to Sun­bird Records in Fe­bru­ary and head­ing out on their first head­line tour in May. As The Sun Sleeps, Co­nan Mac and Ol­lie Wade have all just re­leased their new sin­gles. So, yes, a very busy year so far!

I use...

“Natal Drums (Bub­inga); 14" snare, 12", 16", 18"; toms, 22" kick; Zildjian cymbals: Sweet rides 21" and 23" (used as crashes) and a 20" Pro­jec­tion ride

@TomShrim­pDrums; @letss­wimgetswim­ming; @as­the­sun­sleeps; @Co­nanMacMu­sic; @Ol­lieWadeMu­sic

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