Posts Tagged ‘Day’

Go for it!

I bought this card the other day and I keep it by my bed so it’s the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning

The caravan puts a few people off. It’s as much about the journey though, right?!

 

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 www.mikedolbear.com.

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….or here in digital form

MAGIC!

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

That’s about it for now…

 

Laura Conway (NightBus)

At MikeDolbear.com we like to be one step ahead, which is why this month”s Female Drummers feature is on Laura Conway from Island Records” Hackney/LA signing, ”NightBus”. The band have already been tipped for success by being chosen as a ”New Band Of The Day” by The Guardian in April this year and their debut single, ”I Wanna Be You” is out next month.


Tell us your drumming story so far.

Using pots, pans, tabletops and cutlery grew very old, very quickly when I was growing up, so I was lucky to get my first kit when I was 11 years old. I remember seeing Phil Collins drumming on TV and then spent the next year begging for my own drum kit. I have very clear memories of our family day out to Southend-on-Sea to get my 5-piece white “Thunder” kit.

Bands – I guess it’s always pretty much been either dirty rock’n”roll or wicked pop ridden stuff. I’m a sucker for a driving drum beat (e.g. I joined a 3 piece rock ’n’ roll band whilst on holiday in Los Angeles because I fell in love with the two members and their music!)

And so its been quite a journey from Westlife at The Brits, weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s, USA technology TV shows, UK and US festivals, live and studio work with “development deal” pop bands, two near misses with record deals as a member back in LA, rhythm workshops in London and now I”m over the moon to have my first record deal with NightBus.

Who have been the biggest influences on your playing?

I’ve never been set on any particular drummer as an influence. I’d say it’s more the sound of bands/artists like Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Calexico, Wham, Genesis and Burt Bacharach that has influenced my playing. It’s the overall feel and sound that makes my heart jump with excitement.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE AT WWW.MIKEDOLBEAR.COM