Play­ing For The Room

Rhythm - - INTERVIEW -

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.”

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