Posts Tagged ‘Zildjian’

Interview in Drummer Magazine

I feel very privileged to have been interviewed for the January issue of Drummer Magazine! In a joint Q & A with Emily Dolan Davies the magazine asked us about our work and tips for other drummers who’d like to get into session playing. It was a nice change to be interviewed instead of asking the questions and we had a great afternoon at Cato and Zildjian’s office.

I’ve been a reader of Drummer over many years so it was amazing to be asked to be included in an issue. Many thanks to Jules and the magazine for featuring the interview on us!

NB about drum gear – I’m an endorsee of Protection Racket Cases and have been very fortunate to have some drums and percussion provided for me by Yamaha and Meinl. I love my Zildjian cymbals though!


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…


Female Drummers Part 5 – Women in the industry

How would you like to help Mark Richardson prepare for his next tour? Assist top drummers in picking cymbals for their next album? Help out on clinic tours, tech for Terry Bozzio or prepare the rider for Aaron Spears? I spoke to three women who work hard behind the scenes in the drum industry and do all of these things as part of their everyday life – Tina Clarke from Zildjian, Felicity Gregory from Yamaha and Juels Thomas from DW.

Tell us about your job and what it typically involves

Tina - I am the International Artist Relations Manager for Zildjian. I am responsible for the Artist Roster in our international territories, which encompasses Europe/Asia-Pacific/Russia and Africa. I target and sign new Artists, provide product support to our current Artists, wherever they may be in the world, and see that we present our Artists in the appropriate manner, whether that be in advertising or by providing information for our website and Z Time magazine.
I attend Music and Trade shows and also assist on various Clinic Tours. In the UK, I have more of a direct hands-on approach with the Artists as I personally select and dispatch all Artist cymbals and work with the drummers in our dedicated Cymbal Selection Drum Room. That can be very gratifying, helping choose cymbals for their next album or tour.
It’s a lot of hard work, but when you love music and the Artists you are working with it’s a lot of fun too. Going to their gigs is the rewarding part. There is always plenty of office admin to be done, or a shipment to unpack, so it’s definitely not as glamorous as you might think!
Felicity –I’m the Artists Relations and Promotions Manager for Yamaha, the pro music division which is drums, guitars, music production, stage synths, all that sort of thing. The artist relation side is obviously looking after the musicians that endorse Yamaha products. The promotion is event organising. We do exhibitions, trade and consumer shows, supporting our dealers with point of sale. We also do the Yamaha Download, which is a monthly pod cast and the main content for that is artists, so I look after that with an external agency. We also do an E Newsletter for the whole company so I bring all the stories together and send it out to a huge database on a monthly basis.

Juels – My title is Education and Events Manager. Basically, I’m in charge of our clinic program and the trade shows, concerts, and artist days we produce, as well as handling our participation in festivals and events all over the world. With regards to the clinic side, that includes booking and road managing our tours, negotiating pricing, liaising with the host, making sure the clinician has everything he/she needs, coordinating the rider, teching, approving contributions for all other clinics that aren’t part of a tour, and reviewing applications for new clinicians. Managing trade shows and events involves everything from the carpet to the lights, including finding venues, designing the layout, sourcing vendors for custom displays, coordinating product, staffing, directing on-site set-up/tear-down, stage managing, etc. And, of course, the budgeting for all of the above.



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.