Posts Tagged ‘moment of the day’

X Factor Live Show 3

I was really excited to be part of the X Factor’s Rock Week show yesterday! It was my first time playing on the show and it was an immense experience. I thoroughly enjoyed rocking out on double drum kits with fellow drummer Holly Hardy to Marcus’ ‘Are you gonna go my way’ and Frankie’s ‘Get your rocks off’. For Janet’s performance of ‘Sweet child of mine’ we played two marching bass drums, which gave my arms and abs a much needed work out!

I was surprised how small the actual studio is in real life and really impressed by the smooth running of everything; the people who work behind the scenes were fantastic. My favourite moment of the day was air drumming one of the songs as a rehearsal with Holly, one headphone for each of us from the ipod, while two hairdressers worked around us, frantically spraying us with hair products and giving us the biggest rock hair they could. We just kept right on air drumming…

Also shared a dressing room with Penni, a fire eating performer who happens to do the voices of Drum and Panzee from Zingzillas! And as if the day couldn’t get any better than that, Holly and I ran into this guy in the hallway….

Spent a really fun day with some great people in the name of work. Here are the girls – Holly, me, Kat, Tiffy and Camilla

Loved it!

 

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…