NEW Loreena Mckennitt album ‘Lost Souls’ is out NOW!

The new album by Loreena McKennitt is now available to buy and stream from all the regular online stores and sites. I worked on the album ‘Lost Souls’ back in August last year and it was real pleasure to spend time with Loreena and her amazing band of musicians. They made me very welcome and the sessions at Real World Studios in Box went very well. The style of music was one that I had never really ventured into before, but Stuart Bruce the producer recommended me and it couldn’t have been a more pleasurable experience.

The kit I used for the sessions was my DW Collectors kit, I took all the sizes down to the studio so I had the pick of any particular combination. In the pictures below you’ll see the various set ups and vibes that I went for on the tracks that I played. I also got a chance to play shakers and some other bells and hand percussion on the album too, always good to stretch out and play other forms of percussion over the top of your own drum parts. Loreena & the band were a pleasure to work with and I am very proud of the music that was made on this record.

 

 

NEW Laura Pausini album NOW available!!

The new album ‘Fatti Sentire’ by Italian sensation Laura Pausini is now available from all the usual online stores. I played drums and percussion on some of the tracks which were produced by the amazing Rik Simpson (Coldplay, Jay Z, PJ Harvey.) 

The last record we made went Triple Platinum and was up for a Grammy Award in 2016, so we have high hopes for this new one!

Here are some kit pics from the recording session which was recorded at Riverside Studios near Bath, UK 2017. In the band we had the excellent Charlie Jones on bass, David Rhodes on guitar and Angie Pollock on keyboards/piano. 

 

 

 

New Laura Pausini song online now!

Last night a new track I recorded with the Italian superstar Laura Pausini was released online, check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/track/4ApVIbmjdoUchkdOG7WXin

The new album will be available on March the 16th 2018 and is called ‘Fetti sentire’  and will be available at all the usual online stores.

We recorded the songs at Riverside Studios in Batheaston last year with: Charlie Jones on bass – David Rhodes on Guitar – Angie Pollock on Keyboards.

The producer on our tracks was the amazing Rik Simpson whose worked with Coldplay, Jay-Z, PJ Harvey, Kasabian. He was a real pleasure to work with and loved my ‘Dooosh!’ snare drum sound that I had sorted for the session. The drum was my DW collectors 14″ x 7″ wood shell snare drum with various dampening techniques, stuff I’ve been working on and trying to perfect for quite awhile. For the studio recently I’ve have been looking into various options other than MoonGel and so on and I think I am starting to get some really interesting quick, in studio, snare drum sounds and effects. If you have been to one of my recent drum clinics you will have seen exactly what I am talking about and how I do it etc. 

The hi-hats were two of my 16″ Bosphorus XT Edition crash’s and they sounded awesome too! 

In total we played on 4 tracks which are on the album and I am looking forward to hearing it very soon. I am hoping that this album will be as successful as the last one which went triple platinum and was up for a Grammy in 2016, fingers crossed! 

 

Palace Drum Clinic – Redditch.

BIG thanks to all who came along on Friday night to my Palace Drum Clinic in Redditch. It was a great night and we had a room full of eager drummers all up for a full on evening of drumming!! Thanks go to Matthew Green for organising the event and also for playing a great first set. The ace Craig Fenney from Cympad International was there promoting their great products and Mr. Phillip Beazer was on hand helping with the drum set up, and providing awesome company throughout the day. I look forward to returning to the Palace Drum Club again at some point, it’s a great vibe and provides drummers with a valuable learning experience. I hope to return there again at some point and I look forward to it! 

Here are some clips from my performance: 

NEW Cympad Endorsement

I’m very happy to say that I am now a fully fledged endorser of Cympad products. This company have taken the basic cymbal dampener and taken it to a whole new level, with various sizes for crashes and rides that really control and aid the sound of my cymbals in a ‘live’ & studio environment. 

I am using:

* Cympad Chromatics pack White 40/15mm 

*Cympad Moderator Set/pack 90x15mm 

*Cympad Optimizer – Starter Pack 

They are really helping my cymbals in the recording studio, the moderator’s on my ride cymbal are really centring the sound nicely. That along with the Bopworks sticks I use means I am really getting that Tony Williams style sound when I need it. On the crashes they are really controlling the sound and I’m experimenting between the Chromatics and the Optimizers, and I am only just scratching the surface of all the possibilities that they can offer!

A great product and something that all drummers should check out if they are serious about their sound. 

 

 

 

*Skype drum lessons available for 2018*

I’m now set up to start giving online Skype drum lessons in 2018!!

I am interested in hearing from you if you would like a lesson, write to me at: robert.brian70@gmail.com

I teach from NAM Studios which has had the likes of Royal Blood, Siouxsie Sioux, Van Morrison, The Magic Numbers, KT Tunstall, The Mission, Robert Plant, Charlie Jones, Innes Sibun rehearsing or recording there. 

Please contact me for more details.

New Album – The Gary Bamford Trio.

I am very excited for the release of the new Gary Bamford Trio CD, it was recorded last year and is ready for release on December the 18th 2017.

Its available from: https://garybamford.bandcamp.com/album/god-love-and-other-myths

The album was recorded at J&J Studio in Bristol with the ever amazing Jim Barr at the helm. Gary is a good friend and an amazing writer and keyboard player, we have been friends for many years and this new CD is definitely the best thing we have ever recorded together. The trio became complete when the brilliant Al Swainger joined us playing bass about a year and a half ago, and what a superb bass player he is. Together we recorded this album over 3 days and then returned to master it a few months later, it has taken quite awhile to get the finished product out there but we are proud to say its ready for the world to hear!

I am particularly proud of my playing on this album, I feel the material has allowed me to play the style and vibe that is really ME, if that makes sense. If you fancy hearing that, then please go to the website and check it out.

Here are a few pics from the recordings, I changed many snares, cymbals and effects and so on to get the perfect drum sound and vibe for each track. Getting inside the music like that brings your performance alive and gives the music the respect it deserves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘More Than That’ the new charity EP!

It’s been a real pleasure working with some very close musical friends to record this great new song by Sam Eason & Simon Allen.
I’m proud of Helen Brian who has worked very hard with the charities & musicians to bring this project together and I feel that together we have all made something rather magical.
Being a drummer and performer for the last 38 years I have had issues at times with anxiety and performance related stress, and to be able to be involved in something that brings awareness to that is personally very important to me. It’s crucial for anyone suffering with mental health issues to know that they have a support system should they need it, and these charities are working constantly to be there for them. So please buy the song and indeed the whole EP, you’ll not be disappointed and you’ll be doing a great thing for the charities at the same time! ❤️ XxxxX

https://musicinmind.bandcamp.com/album/more-than-that-ep

Also, come see Littlemen and Sam Eason perform this song at a charity gig in Bath on October the 13th, get your tickets here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3064448

I appeared on BBC Wiltshire with Helen Brian and Stuart Bruce to promote the single on Thursday the 5th October, listen here from 1:08:33 for our interview:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05fqt8b

The amazing people involved in this project:
Sam Eason, Simon Allen, Stuart Bruce, Nick Allen, James Taylor, littlemen, Andrew Maggs, Alaina Herbert, Joe Bradford, Jon Buckett, Phil Andrews, Music In Mind 2017, Doug Wells, Josh Fish, Jennifer Crook, Paul Hartshorn, also the beautiful choir at the end of the song who were totally FAB! 😍 XxxX

'More Than That' – the Music In Mind 2017 Charity Single… Co…

'More Than That' – the Music In Mind 2017 Charity single, downloadable soon from https://musicinmind.bandcamp.com/releasesCheck out our 'behind the scenes' teaser video put together by the amazing James Taylor…. and don't forget Sam Eason & Littlemen – Music In Mind 2017 – THE big gig, tickets available NOW from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3064448

Posted by Music In Mind 2017 on Sunday, 24 September 2017

 

 

 

 

NEW Goldfrapp single – ‘Everything is never Enough’

I am totally delighted that the guys have chosen this track as their new video single, as it’s the one that I played on!

I’ve already written at length about the experience I had working with Will & Alison and how much I enjoyed it, but I am still chuffed to say that this is their new single! 🙂

Check the wonderful video out here:

 

Filming finished on ‘Technique & Musicality Volume 2!’

Well, I am very happy to say that we have completed the filming for this new teaching adventure!

It took us 4 days to complete and all the crew involved were excellent and made the experience a real pleasure. My nephew James Taylor who filmed it and Pete Hewington & Jon Buckett who captured the audio were all absolute legends. We have many hours of drumming and comedy outtakes to edit through, but I am sure it’ll be a giggle working through it all…..If only for me! Lol 

To let you know about distribution and so on, I have been in contact with Don Lombardi at the Drum Channel at DW Drums in America, and they are interested to see what I have covered in the lessons. So, its possible that I may sort something out with them, or it may just be available through my website as separate chapter downloads. Either way it’ll be available before Christmas and I cannot wait for you guys to check it out! 

Here is a little insight into the filming sessions: Technique & Musicality Volume 2