Drummer & Entrepreneur
I am first and foremost a drummer with a passion for both performing and teaching. Performing since 2003 and teaching full time since 2008, I draw much of my inspiration and techniques from some of my past UK mentors as Mal Garrett and Andy Edwards.
My performing credits include Midas, a charting indie/electro band that parted ways in 2008, my current funk/hiphop outfit Cantaloop and most notably Mr Hudson.
In 2008 I collaborated with my mentor Andy to set up what is now one of Birmingham’s most prolific drum schools; the Midland Academy of Drumming. We accomplished this with no loans or debts and 3 years later in 2011 it was making me quite a comfortable living.
In this year, I invested a large portion of my teaching income to set up my second project, the Drummer’s Database; a social network designed to unite drummers and drum businesses worldwide.
Drummers 4 fsid
January 2012 – Present
I am responsible for all online involvement with the charity project Drummers 4 fsid. this includes web development, graphic design, social media, lead generation etc.
February 2011 – Present
I founded the Drummer’s Database in early 2011. At the time of writing this it has well over 70,000 drummers worldwide. I am currently responsible for all aspects of the business including recruitment, graphic design, branding, awareness, social media and other general management.
Teacher & Co-Founder
Midland Academy of Drumming
November 2008 – Present. Birmingham, UK
I founded MAD with my mentor Andy Edwards back in ’08. In addition to my role as a fully time drum teacher I was responsible for the naming, branding and development of the business, website and premises.
I now work closely with Andy putting on drum clinics, masterclasses, events and other projects such as Drummers 4 FSID, a project aimed at raising money and awareness for the cot death charity FSID.
January 2008 – Present
I am available for session work & gigs, although I choose my work based on enjoyment / artistic value rather than pay.
Listed below are what I would consider some of my most valuable skills.
- Graphic Design
- Website Development
- Branding & Identity
- Social Media
- Strategic Planning
- Gigs / Live Performance
- Video Production
- Selling Skills