What’s the most memorable recording session you’ve had so far in your career and why? What about a memorable live show?
I got called in to record drums at the Legendary Rak Studios for an artist called “Birdy”. A lot of great albums have been recorded there so that was a great pleasure for me. One of my favourite live shows was playing the main stage at Wireless Festival in 2013 in front of 50,000 people, the energy was crazy and I made some great connections at that festival.
How do you prepare for touring and studio work?
When I get called for a tour, the main thing I try to do is prepare mentally. I’m aware that I will be travelling for a period of time and also that much will be required from me. So I put my focus in getting my gear sorted out and learning the songs. Preparation is KEY. How I prepare for studio work varies. Sometimes they want my personality, which means they want me to play how I feel etc and other times the producers want you to re-create the idea they had in place.
Is it hard to adapt your drumming style to different artists or genres?
I wouldn't necessarily say it’s hard but it just means you have to take time in the practise room and study different genres. It’s about being versatile, I've done jazz/fusion residencies, played with hip-hop artists, and I play Gospel music at church. I’m blessed to have been around such a variety of music because it's helped me in the professional world. In terms of working with artists, it’s always nice to work with someone who connects well with the band, it has a positive effect on the performances as a unit.