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Meinl Drum Festival 2012

I’ve just settled back into normal life after experiencing Meinl Drum Festival at the weekend in Gutenstetten, Germany. It was amazing! It was my first time at the festival and the only way I can describe it is by saying it was like being in a parallel universe where everyone is a drummer, everyone is positive and kind and everything runs smoothly.

Mike Dolbear and I met at Munich airport and had a big natter while we were driven to the Meinl factory in this

As soon as I got there I knew it was going to be brilliant because I found these on my hotel bed…Meinl Lindt chocolate hearts!

Then when I got given these I got the feeling the people at Meinl knew me too well…

But I wasn’t there just to stuff my face, I was there to work for in covering the event. I did 5 interviews over the weekend from the comfort of Mr Meinl’s office. It’s the first time in my life that I’ve had an office job and any others would just be a disappointment now

The weekend had masterclasses, drum performances and percussion demos. There was something for everyone and the masterclasses ranged from Symphonic Percussion to Progressive concepts for technical metal drumming to Groove design (by Benny Greb).

The variety of styles played by the artists was incredible – there was just no chance of anyone being bored! I met some fantastic drummers from the USA; JP Bouvet (winner of the guitar centre drum off contest 2011), Mike Johnston of mikes and Matt Halpern from Periphery (who has a brilliant website called band where people can book to get lessons from musicians who are on tour). I also had a great time watching and learning from Benny Greb, Jost Nickel, Onkel, Hannes Grossman, Milos Meier, Juan Carlos Melian and Giovanni Imparato. Somehow I found some time to take part in the drum circle, which was led by Charly Broeck

Everyone enjoyed it so much that they queued out in the rain to wait for the signing session so they could meet all the guys who had played

Meinl have been really helpful to me over the last few years in my own playing and it was great to get the chance to do their factory tour and see how everything works.

Thank you to Mike Dolbear for sending me out to work at the event, to Norbert Saemann and the Meinl team for looking after us so well and for organising something so good. Also thank you to Ian, Sam and Rich from iDrum magazine who befriended me when busy Mr Dolbear had to head back to the UK! The drum industry is full of cool people and it’s great getting to know them at events like this.

My full report on the weekend will be up at on the 1st July 2012


Single release and Zildjian Day

April started well for me with Zildjian’s artist day and I was fortunate enough to go along to check out their new products as well as having the chance to meet old friends and make some new ones. I also did an interview (which I am very excited about and working on right now but it’s a surprise….ssshhhh!) and organised some others for a new feature that I’m going to be writing for

Weirdest moment of the day was meeting my drum teacher who taught me when I was 12! He has moved to South Africa, started a family and moved back to the UK over the years and I have changed a fair bit too so it was great to have a catch up.

Last week Danimal Kingdom’s single was released on itunes and at Rough Trade – it’s a double A side called ‘Vinyl skipping ever backward/ Through the ice’ and there’s a 3rd track called ‘Amputee Spirit’. I’m playing drums on ‘Vinyl’ and here it is in all it’s actual vinyl glory…

you can buy it here for real….orĀ here in digital form


At the start of the month my interview with Bob Knight (drummer for Alison Moyet and Rumer, amongst others) went up here at

That’s about it for now…