I perform & record with amazing artists in a wide range of musical styles
By the time I was 11 years old I was heavily into rock & metal– I wanted to rock out like Lars Ulrich of Metallica, but my teacher wouldn’t have it. I’d go into my lesson, excited to show my teacher what I’d been working on over the week, he’d watch politely and then just put the grade book on the music stand. I was so frustrated! 5 years of conflict followed– teacher wanting me to take exams, me just wanting to rock out. I just wanted to play music– being told that this wasn’t okay led to a lot of doubt and confusion.
you can achieve almost anything if you’re curious
I remember my first performance like it was yesterday: me and some other kids my age on stage in the massive school hall with around 200 kids, parents & teachers attending. I think I visited the bathroom 7 or 8 times before we went on! With sweaty palms I took up my sticks. The tune was ‘How You Remind Me’ by Nickelback. Guitar riff… Vocals… Then I played something that sounded like a wardrobe falling down a flight of stairs! I totally messed up my big moment… But I got back on track and made it through the tune.
I failed, then I got better, failed, got better. I studied the great drummers of the world and figured out what made them great. I brought these qualities into my own playing. Eventually, people started telling me I was pretty good. I got gigs with bigger artists, started recording for people. Whilst I succeeded, I also continued to fail, and so I continued to learn.
Now I’m one of the lucky few who can say that I love my job. I perform & record with amazing artists in a wide range of musical styles and I’ve shared these experiences with over a thousand aspiring drummers of all ages and backgrounds.
I’m continuing to develop not only my drumming skills but also my understanding of the body and mind. I’m training to teach Alexander Technique with the Interactive Teaching Method and I enjoy a fruitful mindfulness practice.
Something I’ve come to realise over the years I’ve spent teaching others to succeed is that you can achieve almost anything if you’re curious, you get inspired and you enjoy the process. These 3 things are what got me to where I’m at, and there’s good news: I can show you how to use them to fuel your own musical journey.
So if you have any small amount of curiosity about the drums and music, don’t wait. Don’t tell yourself it’s too soon or it’s too late or you don’t have what it takes. You can create what it takes, and I’m here to show you how.
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