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john307268
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ABOUT

Age 63, feeling like I'm 33 (in my head, at least), but with a few post-gig aches and pains, I can still play a decent length set without a break. I gigged regularly for a variety of bands when younger, but more recently, I was the regular drummer for a pub/club band, and the "dep" drummer for Quiet Wish - their music was progressive alt-rock/ambient "sound-scaping", - quite ballsy in places. Sadly, QW had to call time on their music-making - at least for a while, but there is still some on Spotify, if you want to check it out. Until CV19 stuck its oar in, I also kept my hand in playing for the Surrey Jazz Jam, who got together regularly to play a wide range of stuff from the jazz repertoire, and also with a jazz quintet - Gang of Five. Now, with my permanent move to the Isle of Man, I'm practicing hard to resurrect any technique I might have had, and hope to get involved in Manx music-making - especially (but by no means limited to) "Blue Note" Jazz, and Blues. Regardless of "genre", I'm happy to listen to, and learn from anything if there's musicianship involved. Ticking just 4 categories is too difficult - I like too much!
I'm a fairly quick learner (but don't really sight read), and have had some click-track experience. I can also count up to 3, 5, 7, 9 etc. So if you live on the Isle of Man, and need a drummer sympathetic to what's going on around him, and who's just as happy to play at "1 or 2", rather than just Spinal Tap's "11".... do get in touch.

Screen name:
john307268
Member since:
Nov 26 2015
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week

Influences

I don't think it's a good idea to state musical influences ... it tends to give a false impression of what might be expected from a musician. I'll happily listen to and enjoy everything from the Ambient Jazz Ensemble to Led Zep, and will have a go at anything (except thrash metal!). I will own up to my limitations too, if I feel that I'm not able to achieve what you're after.
If it helps, I regularly listen to Shubh Saran, Jacob Collier, Adam Neely, Carola Baer, everything ever recorded on the Blue Note or Verve record labels, Snarky Puppy, Portico Quartet, Kiasmos, Binkbeats, Vulfpeck, Esbjorn Svensson, Mammal Hands, Go-Go Penguin, Simple Acoustic Trio and the like..... and a lot of Blues too - SRV's output in particular.

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

A Brazilian Odery Eyedentity kit - 10"/12"/14"/20" maple shells, Tama Sound Lab Project 14" maple snare, all with Evans G1 heads, and a variety of Sabian cymbals. Gibraltar hardware, a DW5000 kick pedal, and will acquire electronic drum/sample pads if required. I have my own transport, and all my own teeth! For rock gigs, however, I will have to borrow some hair!