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Some Drumming Videos

Saturday 20th September, 2014

Been concentrating on updating the site to include contact links for hiring me as a session drummer. But over the summer I did a couple of shows with my old pals in the Genesis tribute band Los Endos. Here's a couple of drum views of songs from those shows, with some commentary by me below:


Firth Of Fifth

Playing with a tribute band is kind of a funny thing. I know that it is retrogressive, but at the same time it is enormous fun recreating challenging music that I was an enormous fan of when young (and to this day). The keyboard solo of this song is a case in point. I consider it an amazing piece of writing. It's instantly melodic and recognisable, but when you try and figure out what is going on it's mental. I still have no idea what time signature you would write it in. It seems to be a random collection of bars of 8, 9, 11 and 12. This version of it is probably the best I've ever done, particularly the middle section, which always slightly stumps me. And it's followed by imho the most beautiful guitar solo ever recorded, so playing behind that is naturally a pleasure.


Apocalypse in 9/8 from Supper's Ready

This is one of the most difficult things I've found to play. Not that it is particularly involved technically, but musically it's a mind-bender. The rhythm section is playing a straightforward riff in 9/8 (nine beats in a bar) while the keyboardist ignores all that faff and plays in 4/4. On the album version Phil Collins sticks with the rhythm section (he's said in interviews more than once he was baffled by what on earth keyboardist Tony Banks was doing), but in later live versions, once they'd played it hundreds of times, he started diverting from the 9/8 riff to punctuate and support various parts of the organ solo. Mostly my inspiration for this version was the awe-inspiring Seconds Out version from '77. I don't do it as well as him (of course, given that at that time he was among the very best drummers in the entire known world), but I satisfied myself that I got to within a few short miles of it. Man, it's fun to do. And don't tell anyone, but I think this is the only time me and Los Endos got it absolutely spot on in all the shows I played with them.



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