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