Posted: 22 June 2018

We talk tour prep and opening for The Police with an extraordinary percussionist. 

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How did you get into being a session musician?

I fell into session work after being in Mr Hudson and The Library. It seemed to be the natural thing to do.

What is a typical day like for you?

I actually spend most days when I’m not sessioning chipping away at my own projects. I’ve just recently finished working on a podcast which I produced the music for. I also have my own band, Black Gold Buffalo. Our debut album dropped on April 6th. I feel like every day is a creative and productive day.

Which artists have you worked with?

Jessie Ware, Mika, PlanningToRock, Duke Dumont, Kyla La Grange, CocknBullKid, Elliot Sumner, New Build Band and Mr Hudson.

What’s the most memorable recording session you’ve had so far in your career and why? 

I had open surgery a few years back, my most memorable recording session was not long after this. It made me appreciate and value my abdominals a whole lot. Memorable for all the wrong reasons but still the only one I remember the most!

What about a memorable live show?

We had the pleasure of opening for The Police on their reunion tour some years back. That’s defo up there as a top gig. Also, Stuart Copeland was kind enough to let us explore his rig. That was incredible!

How do prepare for touring and studio work?

I usually train quite a bit before a tour just to increase my stamina. It sounds a little cheesy but I find it really helpful. If it’s a brand new set and it also involves singing I’ll lock myself away until I’m comfortable.

Is it hard to adapt your drumming style to different artists or genres?

I’ve never found it to be an issue. I feel like I can jump in and get involved whatever the brief may be.

How do you find work?

I’ve been extremely lucky in regards to work, I normally get an email or a text from someone making an enquiry. Auditioning is quite alien to me—I’ve experienced two. 

When it’s quiet I improve my skills in other areas such as production and writing. I feel like natural progression will lead me into a less hectic touring life.

What advice would you give to young people wanting to work as a session musician?

I would say stay present. Continue to learn as much as you can and be involved with as many different projects as possible. That’s how you gain experience.