US Tour & European Festivals

June has been an incredible month, completed my first ever tour of the USA and played at Glastonbury festival, both in my top 3 musical career achievements!
The tour was predominately on the east coast of the US, and took in 15 shows over 3 weeks.

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Including shows at major US festivals Summerfest & Bonaroo.
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Then straight home to the UK and directly to Glastonbury, where I played my biggest show to date on the Avalon stage!

Next up is more European festivals over the Summer, visiting Germany, Spain & Scotland plus many more. Keep up to date with all Skinny Lister news here: http://skinnylister.com

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Brighton Drum Lessons

Every drum lesson taught is tailored around the individual student’s musical taste, needs and ability. This way the student is motivated and focused throughout the lesson. I cater for all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners to advanced drummers wanting to improve their technique. My experience enables me to break drum teaching into 4 key areas:

  • Sight Reading / Aural Perception – From basic notation and values to advanced chart reading, transcription, studying genres of music, drum grooves, pieces and performance, & Trinity Guildhall Grades 1-8.
  • Technical Development – To achieve a perfect technique, study of Moeller system, Drop and snap technique, sticking, posture, breathing and all aspects of drumming technique.
  • Drum Grooves & Fills - Study of specific grooves relating to individual genres, these include; Rock, Pop, Funk, Metal, Country, Afro-Cuban, Drum & Bass plus many more. Also study the relative drum fills used within these genres to help to form an understanding of how to write the perfect drum part.
  • Session Drummers & Live Performance - Studying a vast selection of drummers and genres. Learning key performance techniques and songs to be performed live and along to tracks.

Additional Subjects:

  • Drum Tuning – How to make you sound great behind a kit, as you can learn all the greatest techniques, but if your drum kit doesn’t sound good this will have less impact. Also cover drum-kit care how to look after your gear and the internal workings of your drums.
  • Music Industry - Learn the basics of how the industry works and how to get the best out of your career as a musician and own musical project.

My lessons are taught from my own written syllabus with aspects of other workbooks, exercises and patterns to improve your drumming skill and achieve the ultimate technique and musical brain.

I have my own drum studio based in Brighton where I teach drum lessons from, I also provide mobile drum lessons in the Sussex area where I travel to the student and teach on their own kit and also offer interactive Skype drum lessons for students based further a field.

Thom Mills Drums – Brighton Drum Lessons:

  • CRB checked.
  • Musicians Union Member.
  • Public Liability Insured.

Rates – £27 per hour / £15 per half hour.
Free 30 min consultation / introductory lesson available.

To enquire about drum lessons in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex please feel free to contact me here:

Skinny Lister US Tour & Glastonbury

June is an exciting & busy month as I will be heading off on my first US tour with new band Skinny Lister. Its a headline tour taking in Chicago, New York, Boston & Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester to name just a few, full list of dates are below.

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Then to top it all off we’re straight off to Glastonbury to play the Avalon stage on Sat 28th June.

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Louis Romégoux Milou EP Stream

Extremely proud to present the brand new ‘Milou’ EP stream by Louis Romégoux. I am very proud of this record, and huge thanks to Reg Regler, Louis, Charlie McClean, Paul Riley and the rest of the gang for making this record happen, enjoy…

P.S: If you like it you can help support new music and musicians by purchasing the record here for a mere £5! http://louisromegoux.bandcamp.com/album/milou-ep

Milou EP

Next week see’s the release of ‘Milou’ EP featuring Austrian based Sheffield songwriter Louis Romégoux, myself on drums and Paul Riley from ETCHES on bass.

Recorded at the end of last year at Blue Barn Studio in Cambridge and produced by Charlie McClean, ‘Milou’ is a combination of Louis’ folk inspired songwriting and a furious and fast paced band set up spawning what can only be described as ‘garage folk’. 

Here is the first single from the EP, ‘Ballad’ which is out May 5th on Lonely Mountain Music.

1st Drum Lesson for Free

Currently I am offering a free introductory / consultation drum lesson of 30 minutes, so all those people who are toying with idea of taking drumming lessons can have a go and see if it is for them!

This is open to all levels of player from complete beginners to advanced drummers who want to focus on particular problem areas or subjects of interest. The lesson will aim to pin down where and how we can improve as well as giving a brief oversight of the fantastical world of drums!

Just click on my contact page above to send me a message if your interested.

 

FREE Drum Lessons

I am giving away 2, 1 hour drum lessons for free next month at my ‘drumming marathon’ charity gig. For your chance to win all you have to do is come along to the show on 27th March at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and take part in the extreme charity quiz. There will also be a whole host of other prizes including, a pair of cinema tickets to The Duke of York, Troll’s Pantry burger vouchers, GBK food vouchers, PizzaFace pizza vouchers, a bottle of Kraken rum plus many more exciting prizes. Plus I will be performing with 3 of my bands, Derelicts, Louis Romegoux & Millou, and SEERS, and all the proceeds go to HIV and sexual health charity The Terrence Higgins Trust aiding raising money for my London Marathon 2014 run.

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Charity Drumming Marathon Gig

In order to run the London Marathon for The Terrence Higgins Trust I need to raise £1,750. For this reason I have decided to put on a ‘Drumming Marathon’ gig. I will be behind the kit all evening performing with 3 of my original bands;

Derelicts + Louis Romégoux & Milou + SEERS.

In between the live bands there will be an EXTREME quiz with exciting prizes from Pizza Face, Duke of York’s cinema tickets, assorted t-shirts and many more prizes to be announced!
Entry is £5, quiz is £1 and ALL proceeds go to my charity.

If you would like to sponsor me directly you can do so through my virgin money giving page here:-
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thommills

Massive thanks in advance, Thom.x MarathonFundraisierSMFB27.03.14Poster

 

What Should Have Been Zane Lowe’s Hottest Records of 2013

After having read and listened to Zane Lowe’s list of the hottest records of 2013, it actually isn’t that at all in anyway. In fact it is quite the opposite, and should really be called Zane Lowe’s lukewarm records of the year, neither cold nor warm but somewhere in between where no-one wants to be at any point, in fact they would rather be cold or warm than lukewarm.

So I decided that I would make a list of the actual hottest records of 2013, without the constraints of being an annoying BBC radio 1 presenter and having to big up the toss that big record labels seem to throw money at these days.

So here it is:

Drum Kit Lessons, Drum Tuning Lessons & Band Updates.

Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned player wanting to improve on your technique I can help you achieve the goals you crave. My syllabus includes every aspect of learning to understand and play drum kit to a high level, be that working through the grades 1-8 or focusing on musicality and technique from my extensive workbook library and session genres. For a full list of workbooks and more detailed information on drum lessons visit my lessons page: http://thommillsdrums.co.uk/lessons/
Currently I have new availability in my teaching schedule for new drum students, so please feel free to contact me to secure a place.

Also currently offering drum tuning lessons, so if you are a drummer in need of better sounding drums or a producer / engineer looking to get that killer drum sound I can help you to get the sound you desire. You can contact me here directly for any lesson enquiries: 


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Bit of a personal band update, working with 7 original projects at the moment, Derelicts, an electro pop 4 piece, Ed Prosek, 8 piece acoustic singer songwriter, SEERS, 4 piece indie rock band, Louis Romegoux, solo singer songwriter, Holy Vessels, rock and roll outfit, Flash Gordons, psychedelic rock 2 piece and a double drumming as yet nameless project.

Debut Derelicts single release before the end of 2013, recording sessions for Ed Prosek, Louis Romegoux, SEERS and Holy Vessels for 2014 releases, and plenty of shows to keep me busy in the mean time. I will be updating the site with new releases as they come so keep them peeled!

 

Metropolis Drum Off Recording Day

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Travelled up to Metropolis studio in London on Sunday for the 2013 drum off tv winners recording day. It was a fantastic day, got to meet the wonderful guys and work in a legendary studio. The day included recording a track with the house band that will be released as an album on rhythm section records, recording my 30 second winning solo and doing a solo interview. I will posting up link when I have them so stay tuned. Thom.x

 

2014 London Marathon

I have confirmed a place on next years London Marathon running for HIV & sexual health charity The Terrence Higgins Trust! I am very excited and previlaged to be part of the event, and now have to raise a whooping £1,750 before April 2014.

To fundraise I am going to be asking friends, family and companies to sponsor me, as well as organising fundraising charity gigs, and even doing charity drum lessons.

Please help my cause by visiting my Virgin Money giving fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thommills  and donating whatever you can!

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August DrumOffTV Competition

I have been re-entered into August’s DrumOffTV competition after closely missing out on the top slot in July. Thanks to the guys over at DrumOffTV for having me back and please vote for me if you haven’t already as the prize is a days recording in top London studio Metropolis! Here is the link to vote: http://drumoff.tv/v/358/ and my video:

DrumOffTV Competition

I have been selected for June’s DrumOffTV drum solo competition. It involves creating a 30 second drum solo using only kick drum, snare drum and hi-hat and I am up against 5 other drummers for the top spot. The winner gets a day recording at Metropolis studio in London, so please watch my video below and go to the drumofftv website and vote for my entry, you can do this now right here: http://drumoff.tv/v/317/ many thanks!