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Some of my musical influences
A drummer friend introduced me to Stanton Moore several years ago and I’ve remained a fan. He has a great way of describing what he is playing in a way that makes it accessible to everyone. He is a big exponent of Modern New Orleans drumming and plays in a loose relaxed style but still maintains lots of power.
Founder member of the band Galactic, he both tours with bands as well as running workshops / master classes all over the world.
I’m currently enjoying working through his book Groove Alchemy where he transcribes classic grooves from the funk era as well as suggestions for developing groove ideas. I’d highly recommend it.
American born and the founding member of the funk band The Meters. One of the most original drummers you’ll ever hear and is considered as one of the main innovators of modern funk and is cited as introducing New Orleans/Second Line grooves into mainstream popular music. His playing has often been used in hip hop tracks and Television and film soundtracks.
My favourite track has to be Cissy Strut, I never tire of listening to it.
He has a completely individual style and has remained an incredibly popular and influential drummer even in recent times.
Master session drummer.
He is reported to be the worlds most recorded drummer, and has played with the likes of Steely Dan, Miles Davis, James Brown, Jimmy Smith and BB King.
One of my favourite tracks of his contribution to the Aretha Franklin track Rocksteady from the 1972 album Young Gifted and Black when he lays down a killer groove.
He is also the inventor of the Purdie shuffle which incorporates triplets in a half time shuffle, which has been reborn many times by John Bonham (Fool In The Rain) and Jeff Porcaro (Rosanna).
Is a Rock drummer best known for being a member of the band Sleater Kinney, (recently reformed) as well as her contributions to Quasi and the Shins.
Her playing is forceful whilst still being dynamic and completely original. Her approach is refreshingly unconventional and she often makes patterns throughout a song which marry perfectly with the vocal and guitar lines she accompanies.
Listed as one of the top fifty greatest drummers by Stylus magazine she has become a very influential drummer.
Two great examples of her playing are One Beat and Far Away from the album One Beat (2002). Also check out their new album No Cities To Love from earlier this year.
I’ve been a long time fan of Steve Gadd ever since University where I learnt one of his paradiddle solos. His playing is effortless and grooves beautifully.
A highly regarded session player for many years, He is well known for playing with such artists as Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Chick Corea and James Taylor just to name a few.
Perhaps one of his most famous creations is his contribution to the song 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon, where he creates a memorable and original groove.
Originally from Germany.
Prolific drummer/ technician. Master of feel and highly creative. He comes up with ways of playing the kit that I’ve never seen before.
Check out his latest offering – The Art And Science Of Groove – a DVD designed to enhance your playing and feel.
He also recently appeared on Drumeo with a brilliant live lesson.
An Austrian born Hang player, percussionist/ composer.
He currently plays in Handmade, a versatile quartet incorporating both acoustic and electronic instruments.
I first discovered him playing in Bjork’s band on her 2013 Biophilia tour, where he masterfully played Hang drum, electronic vibes, kit and percussion.
His performance of his own piece Mono Desire was rated amongst the best rated 30 Music videos on YouTube.