National Television Awards 2015
As a freelance session musician, I have been involved with a variety of projects and performances with solo artists, alongside my work with bands and ensembles. One of these artists includes X Factor winner, Ben Haenow, performing his Christmas 2014 No.1 hit single Something I Need live on ITV and on stage at the National Television Awards 2015 at the O2 Arena in London. I played the drum kit for this rendition of the track.
I was fortunate to join Nathan and a cast of fantastic musical friends for his Kiss Me Quick shoot in April 2015. This line of work is truly enjoyable and a great way to gain first-hand experience of how global artists, such as Nathan, perform on set and create a visual dialogue for their music.
I have played several gigs with Hayley McKay, a Country/ Pop singer from the North-East of England. Hayley is a graduate of the renowned musical academy, BIMM, and has gone from strength to strength each year. It is always a pleasure to share the stage with Hayley and her band, and in April 2018, I was fortunately asked to be part of both the album launch show and star in her video for Chance To Chance; the lead track from said album.
I have been lucky enough to perform with rising acoustic and country artist, Chloe Chadwick. Though based in the North-East of England, Chloe has made a huge impression on the global country scene with "her own formidable sound and style." She has been hotly-tipped by Amazing Radio's, Baylen Leonard, and BBC Radio 2's country representative and veteran, Bob Harris. Keep an eye out for her!
I played the drum kit on several occasions for rising South-London based artist, Rian Peters. We played a number of shows together in and around the UK during late 2014 and early 2015 before Rian headed out to LA to record tracks for his upcoming LP. Emulating more mainstream genres, Rian brands his music as Industrial/ New Wave/ Pop. In a live context, his ensemble is rather small with a guitar, bass, drum set-up, while the remaining instrumentation is provided via a backing track.
James Lavelle's Meltdown 2014 - Nick Zinner's 41 Strings & IIII, Royal Festival Hall, London
As a drummer and percussionist, I was fortunate enough to be part of James Lavelle's Meltdown 2014 - Nick Zinner's 41 Strings & IIII, a performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London, alongside some of the worlds most renowned musicians including Nick Zinner and Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Romy Madley-Croft (The XX) and Romeo Stodart (Magic Numbers), along with many others.
The Chapman Family
I was a member of The Chapman Family between 2011 - 2013. During this period I performed live, co-wrote material and produced several records with the band, including This One's For Love (2013) and the Cruel Britannia EP (2012). We performed at a variety of arts festivals around the UK such as Bestival, Kendal Calling and Tramlines, to name a few, along with several tours around the UK and Europe.
I played drum kit and percussion briefly, as a session musician, for solo artist Oliver Catt (AKA Fantasy Rainbow) between 2011 - 2012. While Oliver wrote the guitar lines for FR's compositions, I was left to compose my own drum parts. We recorded and co-produced the No Hope. Not Ever EP (2012) on campus at Manchester Metropolitan University while I was working towards my final year as an undergraduate. We embarked on several UK tours with friends Playlounge, Joanna Gruesome and Dolfinz.
Perles is the only ensemble that I have performed with whereby I did not play drum kit or percussion. I co-wrote material with the band, and recorded and produced all of our music; including instrumental tracks that were used for live performances. As our music was predominantly electronic and Pop-orientated, we felt it was necessary to reproduce our compositions as closely as possible in a live context to our sound on record. Our stage set-up consequently consisted of two guitars, three vocals and myself on live electronics/ mixing, sample launching and keyboards.
Russell & The Wolves
I was with garage-rockers Russell & The Wolves for two years (2009 - 2011). Though the band never quite received the attention that future band The Chapman Family did, we embarked upon a number of small tours around the UK and played with an abundance of artists who we admired and shared a similar fanbase, such as Thee Oh Sees, The Jim Jones Revue and Bob Log III; to name a few.