Playing For The Room
Gadd seems to be at home whatever the size of the venue, whether he’s playing an intimate jazz club like Ronnie Scott’s with his own band or performing before a huge festival crowd with James Taylor in Hyde Park. “I enjoy it all,” he says. “They’re two completely different things and it takes a while to get comfortable in each one. I’m still working on that. You go from playing an arena where you hit the bass drum and it booms all over the place to playing outside for a large number of people where you hit the bass drum and you’d expect it to be huge, but it doesn’t sound as big. You’re constantly making transitions about the sound in those big places, but it’s all exciting and it’s challenging in other ways.
“The small clubs have their challenges too. Every room is different. You’re not travelling with your same sound system all the time, so you’re constantly making adjustments. I’m still trying to learn how to play in each one to the point where I really can’t think about which is my favourite because I’m putting all my energy just into doing whatever I’m doing. I like playing them both.”