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West End Drummers Part 4 – Tim Goodyer (Shrek)

West End Drummers Part 4 – Tim Goodyer – ‘Shrek The Musical’

Tim Goodyer is the drummer for ‘Shrek, The Musical’, which opened in London’s Theatre Royal on 14th June 2011. Prior to Shrek, Tim held the chair for ‘Dirty Dancing’, which had the highest number of pre-sale tickets in the West End’s history and ran for five years.

In this interview Tim talks about what is involved in working on a show from it’s opening and the importance of experience for musicians in the West End.

When did you start drumming and how did you get into the West End?

I started when I was about 11 and my mum signed me up for percussion lessons just to get me out of the house! I really liked it from the beginning so I practised a lot and I went to a local music centre where I played in orchestras and the county big band; that kind of thing. I’d go and sit in at NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) and I met Ian Thomas there. I used to watch him play and I asked him who he’d had lessons with. He put me onto Bob Armstrong, who was really good for my general technical development; I still rely on a lot of that stuff that he taught me. In terms of tuition I didn’t go to college or anything like that. I left school at 18 and did any crap gig I could get; some awful pubs, working men’s clubs and the East End pub scene, which was still going at the time. I did local shows…anything like that cos I could read. That’s how I started out.



James Hester (Cars On Fire,Malachai)

James Hester

James Hester interview

James Hester was one of the clinicians who played at the Jordan Terris Memorial Drum Festival at the end of February and he treated the crowd to some excerpts from his new book, ‘Mind Over Meter’. As well as being a great technical player and educator (James is Head Of Drums at Bristol’s BIMM), he is the Technical Editor of Drummer magazine and has an impressive amount of band work under his belt, including Malakai (now renamed Malachai) and current project, Cars On Fire.

Tell us about your background as a drummer

When I was a kid, my brother was in bands playing keyboards and I started playing the trumpet. My mum was in the Royal Ballet and my dad was in the Royal Marines so I was always around music but my brother told me once that I didn’t have any sense of rhythm so I decided that that was probably a good reason to get into playing a bit. Also, when I was playing trumpet, it always seemed to me that the percussionists behind me were having much more fun so that was the starting point. There was a band in my home town who didn’t have a drummer and they had a gig coming up so I got a kit, learned what I could and did my first gig in three weeks flat. Then I had some lessons with a local teacher and in about ’93 I went on a drum course with Neal Wilkinson, Gregg Bissonette and Steve White. I then hooked up with Steve as a teacher and that’s when it got serious. Steve really is my mentor and ‘Sensai’! I’ve also been lucky enough to spend time picking the awesome minds of Pete Riley and Stanton Moore over the last 10 years.