I’m a UK based drummer with over 25 years of playing experience. After extensive studies with renowned British drum tutor Bob Armstrong, I’ve continued forward to a successful career in music. Touring and recording in the USA, UK and Europe with various artistes, building my own drum tuition brand and releasing my own compositions.
Currently on tour with the Kris Barras Band, who have recently signed a multi album deal with Mascot Label Group, I’m regularly out playing all over the UK and Europe. Playing both headline shows and large festival stages such as Rawa Blues (Poland) and Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK). Our latest album hit no.1 on both the iTunes and Amazon blues charts and is receiving regular air play on Planet Rock radio.
Later this year I’m booked to play a couple of shows with rock icon Suzi Quatro in Austria and Slovakia. I regularly take on short term work with different artistes. Recently I was out on tour with USA X-Factor finalist Caitlin Koch, which lead to a performance at the annual “Country to Country” festival at London’s O2 arena.
I’m a diverse player who has worked in a range of genres. Playing hip/hop and DnB infused reggae with “Never Underestimate Musical Belief”, traditional blues with harmonica players Giles Robson and Aki Kumar, as well as Spanish & afro/cuban music with Javier Moreno. Plus I’ve played in numerous small jazz ensembles. One in particular lead to a featured recording on the cover of “Jazzwise” magazine in connection with a performance at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. I’m also regularly commissioned to record backing tracks for “Bassline Publishing”, run by Stuart Clayton.
Drum tuition is another passion of mine. With over 18 years of teaching experience, I have taught drums for the Academy of Music & Sound and Exeter University. I now run my own lesson site, “Will’s Drum Lessons”, offering video & pdf downloads, backing tracks, transcriptions and one to one lessons at my home studio.
In addition to drums and percussion I also play the bass, piano and guitar, which helps me become a more well-rounded musician. I write my own compositions, most often within the jazz fusion genre, and release full mixes along with play-along versions.
I play Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Evans drum heads. My Youtube demo videos for Pearl drums have amassed over 30,000 views each and helped to sell Decade Maple and Masters BCX kits all over the world.
I pride myself on being a reliable and musical drummer, with good, well maintained equipment. I read and write music, have experience playing to a click and love playing, studying and teaching many different musical genres. I’m constantly practising as I strive to further sharpen my skills.