Posts Tagged ‘playing drums’

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….or 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…


Laura Fares (Sam Sparro)

This month’s feature is on Laura Fares, drummer for ‘Black and Gold’ singer Sam Sparro and a Zildjian/Pro Mark endorsee to boot. I met up with her in London to find out about life playing for a Grammy nominated artist and how she found her way into the music industry.

What age did you start playing drums?

I started really late – I was probably around the age of 17 or 18

You grew up in Argentina. Did you start playing the drums while you were there or when you moved over here?

Yeap, I started in Buenos Aires when I was at high school. I was just messing around with an all girl band, the typical teenage sort of band, just messing around and getting drumming books, reading and doing it on my own. I was self taught for a couple of years and it was a hobby, but then when I moved to the UK years later I thought ‘Ok, I’m going to actually study and follow it up’.

Did you move to the UK for drumming?

It was just life really. I wanted to travel for a bit – spent a bit of time in Spain and Italy and then I ended up in the UK. After a couple of years I just wanted to literally go to music school and do it properly, so I did.