In Episode 9 – I talk to the always sensational, Troy Miller. Troy has worked as a drummer with artists such as Laura Mvula, Mark Ronson, George Benson and the late great Amy Winehouse, but is also an extremely established producer in his own right. You can listen here –
In Episode 8 of the UK Drummer Podcast we talk with the incredibly inspirational Ian Palmer. In addition to speaking about what it was like growing up with famous family members that were already established drummers (Carl and Steve Palmer), Ian also explains to me how he juggles he’s time between arranging events like ‘The Worlds Greatest Drummer Concert’ each year, flies aeroplanes for Virgin Atlantic, and still manages to practice everyday. Amazing.
This week I talk to British session drumming legend ‘Clem Cattini’. Who, during the course of his career played on over forty four #1 singles and was part of a group called ‘The Tornados’ who were the first British group to ever achieve a #1 in the US with their single ‘Telstar’. He was also on a shortlist of drummers considered by Jimmy Page to potentially be a member of Led Zeppelin before the group officially launched. Say what !!!
Some Random Thoughts – March Blog 2016.
I thought I’d get a bit more personal with this months blog by sharing a few things that I’ve learned in my life/career so far. These are the gems that I feel apply to being a musician particularly well. So I hope that they are of some use to you all. Here goes…
1. Unfortunately, you really can’t (and won’t) please everyone, and trying to do so usually backfires.
2. If people can’t accept you for who you are, or don’t wanna be friends with you after you’ve made an effort to try to be, then you’re probably better off without them in your life.
3. Life can get pretty crazy sometimes, so if possible try to take a little time to do the things that make you happy – even if it’s just for a few minutes each day.
4. When in doubt, just go with it. Don’t try change situations that you have absolutely no control over (so unless you’re hurting yourself, or others in the process), just enjoy the moment. They’re not going to last forever.
5. Develop a hard skin. Successful people want to stay on top forever and might not always give you the turn that you might feel you deserve. Likewise, often people on their own way up might feel threatened or self entitled to something that you’re also after and hurtful things can be said or done that might discourage you along your journey, (who knows you might even be the one to say or do them). Regardless having a hard skin can help you shake the negativity off – especially within the entertainment industry.
6. Trust your gut !!! Pretty self explanatory really, but your instincts are usually correct.
7. Be nice to others, even if you think they’re unkind or inconsiderate towards you. You never know who’s help you might need one day, or who might need help from you.
8. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and help build you up. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve by doing this, even if it means that you might have to hear the ‘cold’ occasional truth about yourself every once in a while.
9. Stop complaining all the time. Unfortunately, this is much harder than I’d like to admit, but negativity breeds negativity (you would’ve heard me say that on the UK Drummer Podcast a few times).
10. Don’t fake it – just make it… You don’t have to be a fake individual to survive in this world. As mentioned earlier, you’re probably make a couple frenemies along the way but being true to yourself is worth its weight in gold so don’t let anyone take that away from you.
Until next time, practise hard, work hard and I’ll see you around.
In todays episode we talk with British jazz drumming legend, ‘Pete Cater who, in addition to being one of the UK’s most in demand drum tutors has also performed at clinics alongside Steve White, Ian Palmer and Steve Gadd (among others). We also talk about how Pete filled in for Harvey Mason at last years London Drum Show event and how he has rubbed shoulders with both Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich over the years.