I have only just got around to claiming my Grammy Certificates for playing tracks on the Laura Pausini records, ‘Similli’ and ‘Fatti Sentire’ – Both records were a very enjoyable experience, recording with friends and colleagues at Seb Pecchia’s ‘Riverside Studios’ in Batheaston, UK.
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I’m happy to see that this album is now available!
I have good memories of tracking drums with the amazing Stuart Bruce at his studio in Batheaston, over a course of 5 late night sessions. The tracks were fun to work on as they are a little quirky and we did some really interesting things in the way that we tracked them. I used a combination of my DW kit and vintage snare drums to get different characterful drum sounds. We tracked the drum parts in a very experimental way by running ideas and recording everything, then sitting back and composing the drum tracks through the many ideas that I tried. This is not the usual way to track of course but it helped us to come up with some interesting parts that I then had to orchestrate and write out and reproduce as solid takes! LOL
It worked though and I love these kind of challenges, it’s just so creative and I love being challenged in this way.
Check out the record I think it’s a great album!
I have been working on some music over the past 3 years, secretly beavering away writing stuff on my laptop between tours, sessions and life!
These ideas and songs are finally seeing the light of day and I’ve started putting ‘live’ drums down and running sessions with various friends coming in to play on tracks. I am thoroughly enjoying the process which I’m doing here & there in-between everything else that I’m involved with.
I am hoping an EP will be available over the next few months, so watch this space and I look forward to sharing it with you.
Whilst on tour in Italy last year with Canadian world music artist Loreena McKennitt, I was interviewed by the wonderful Patrizio and Viola for the Italian drum magazine Drum Club. The article is in this months copy of the magazine which is now available to buy or order online: www.drumclubmagazine.com
It’s my first feature in a non-UK or USA drum magazine and I hope to have more dealings with the magazine in the future.
(I even got top billing over Mike Portnoy!)
Proud to say that the new album from Loreena McKennitt is now available to buy at all the usual online and high street retailers.
We recorded the album earlier this year when we performed at the majestic Royal Albert Hall in London. It was a landmark gig for me and I felt so proud to play there, to have it documented forever on CD is just perfect.
The band sounded fabulous and I got to play with some wonderful musicians including the superb Ben Grossman and the late great Hossam Ramzy, what an experience!
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.
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.
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!
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.