Drums, in my opinion, are the most fascinating things ever made… period. I’ve loved them since I was about 3 years old. After seeing a band on TV, I immediately fashioned a kit from a biscuit tin and some old ice cream tubs. From that moment I was hooked. I knew that this was the thing I was going to spend my life doing. I’d sit for hours listening to mum and dad’s old records. If a friend bought a new album I had to hear it. Ian Paice, Mitch Mitchell, Bonham, Ginger baker, Bernard Purdie, Jamie Oldaker, Keltner, Roger Taylor… Every drummer I heard made me want to play drums even more.
Christmas ’89 – Dad bought me my first proper drum kit. A black, Diamond, 5-piece kit… I loved it. During the duration of my school years it went everywhere with me. 4-5 gigs a week, no cases, just straight in the back of my dad’s Ford Capri… I remember having to do a separate trip with the PA!
After school I attended music college – more drums – more gigs.
Around this this time we found management for our band “In My Skin”. We booked shows at every conceivable live music venue in and around London (and the rest of the UK), studio time to self produce 3 or 4 ep’s, and travelled to the U.S. for a few small tours.
“Music is my life, but you can’t live the dream with out money.”
In 1997/8, myself and a few great friends formed a party band called “The Allstars”. It soon took off and a couple of times a week we’d get in our “big green fun bus” and travel up and down the country playing party tunes and having a great time. London, Leeds, Sheffield, Cumbria, Brighton, Cambridge, Cornwall, Wales.. you name it, we’ve been there. We also secured a regular spot at Isle of Wight’s long standing “Cowes Week” which led to many worthy charity events including Help For Heroes and the RNLI.
2001. More meetings were setup for “In My Skin” around London, one being at the famous RAK studios with Mickie Most. He suggested a change of band name to “SuxBoo” and then signed us to his publishing company. Mickie was, and still is, one of the most inspirational men I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. What he didn’t know about writing songs and music production isn’t worth worrying about. It was an honour to have spent so much time with him and his family, and the knowledge and wisdom that he has passed on is priceless.
“I’ve always loved soul and “Proper Blues”. I was raised on a fine diet of it from a young age, and early jams were always blues based.”
Around 2002, Myself, Simon Johnson and Simon “Billy” Inchley started a band called “Diesel”. Mostly for fun, we rehearsed a handful of old blues tracks (and the majority of Eric Clapton’s “From The Cradle” album) and booked ourselves in to local bars, clubs and festivals. After a few gigs, our good friend Lee Maycock joined us on keys. After a couple of years of jamming in bars, we bought a day in the studio and recorded a 12-track album.
The sound of Diesel was re-vamped in 2003 by Kevin Caine on bass and local blues guitar hero Joe Dunwoody. The band became a little more “rootsy” mostly due to Joe’s passion for Freddie King and Peter Green. Being the only singer in Diesel (fronting the band from behind the drums), and being the MD and roadie eventually became exhausting. More time was spent organising than playing. It stopped being fun, and after all, that’s why we started the band.
Around 2004, I took a short break from drumming and focused attention to an acoustic project “Sam & Craig”. It wasn’t too long before Sam and I put together a party band “Mirrorball” with a few close friends. This morphed into “Lensflare” until the realisation that organising big bands wasn’t too fulfilling. Something more organic was required… a trio maybe.
BB3 is my current drumming privilage and I enjoy every minute of it! It remains polished yet fresh, and reassures me why I started playing drums.
“No matter what event – bars, clubs, large arenas, corporate events, weddings.. with BB3, it always feels like a party!”
I still love drums – old and new. my collection however, is temporarily on hold due to the inconvenience of space – I still love playing, and I still enjoy learning and studying my idols. My passion to become Buddy Rich will never stop growing.