Sabian Cymbals

Super privileged to announce that I am now an endorsee & part of the Sabian cymbal family! I took a trip up to their artist centre at Music Bank in London and picked out a brand new set of metals; 14″ Artisan Hi-hats, 21″ HHX Legacy Ride & 17″ Artisan Crash to go with my 19″ HHX X-Treme Crash. Huge thanks to Tom Winch at Sabian and Nigel from The Sleeping Souls for all their help.

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On Tour in the U.S. with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls!

It’s been 2 weeks now on tour in the U.S. with Skinny Lister. We spent our first week mainly doing our own headline shows and also taking in an awesome slot at Riot Fest in Chicago. Now we have joined up with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and will be supporting them around the USA for the next 5 weeks. We also have Beans on Toast on the bill every night, so its a full English breakfast, lunch and dinner for the Americans! Here are my 1st two weeks as a photo diary:

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Frank Turner US Tour

So festival season is now upon us and things are hotting up quickly. The last few months have been very busy, after my trip to SXSW and then touring with Chuck Ragan, I had 2 weeks off then straight into another month long UK tour. Now a few weeks into festival season having already enjoyed some great shows at Greenfield in Switzerland and looking forward to Reading & Leeds, and a number of festies across Europe, I now have some new exciting touring news. Skinny Lister will be supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls across the entire United States of America! Dates are over 2 months, September & October and we will be visiting both coasts, all the dates are below:


SXSW & Chuck Ragan European Tour

I have just arrived back from a 3 week intensive touring schedule (24 shows in 25 days) where I was lucky enough to attend South by South West or SXSW in Austin Texas. It’s the largest music industry festival event in the world, and is a bit like Glastonbury festival being dumped right in the middle of a huge city. What a fantastic festival with a wealth of fantastic bands from around the globe the only trouble is the musician is an after thought with record labels, management and anyone else important taking the limelight. However I had a brilliant time and my Skinny Lister schedule is below:

It was then straight onto a European tour after SXSW supporting Chuck Ragan & The Camaraderie. Beginning in Scotland we travelled all over Europe; UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. What a wonderful group of guys and a pleasure to support them around Europe! DSCF1474

‘Cathy’ Music Video, LA Showcase & ‘Michigan’ Single

‘Cathy’ is the new single from the forthcoming Skinny Lister album ‘Down on Deptford Broadway’. Released on 20th April through Xtra Mile Recordings here is the music video featuring a jellied eels eating competition, it was disgusting! Pre-order now:

This month I also managed to squeeze in 2 label showcases with Ed Prosek. The first a trip over to Los Angeles to perform at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and the second in London at the Notting Hill Arts Club. Both in support of new single ‘Michigan’ and EP ‘The Riverbed’ both available now on iTunes and Spotify.

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Skype Drum Lessons

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I am now offering drum lessons over Skype so you can now learn to play the drums even if you live on a remote island! (Providing you have a good internet connection…)
For more details on drum lessons please contact me directly through the below contact form. Also don’t forget I offer your 1st drum lesson completely FREE! Joy of joys!

Pictured is Ged who lives in France and we do weekly drum lessons over Skype and they rock!

Ed Prosek – ‘Riverbed’ EP


Hugely proud to announce the release of the new Ed Prosek EP ‘Riverbed’. The lovely people at The Line Of Best Fit are streaming the EP in full ahead of its release this Sunday at the launch show in Brighton at Bleach:

More info on the EP launch show at Bleach in Brighton, this Sunday 16th November:

Also you can pre-order the EP from iTunes now here for only £3.99!

To keep up with everything ED PROSEK visit ->

Japanese Tour

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Just completed my first ever tour of Japan last week and I had an absolute blast! 4 Shows over a week with Skinny Lister, taking in 3 Club Quattro’s in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya and finishing it with a bang at Asigiri Jam Festival beneath the slopes of Mount Fuji. Huge thanks to Uncle Owen for putting the record out and all the guys there for their help and hospitality.

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DrumOffTV Album & Film

Last year I took part and won August’s edition of DrumOffTV’s 30 second drum solo competition. Along with the other 9 winners from 2013 we recorded an album at Metropolis studios. A film has now been made documenting the recording day and finding out about all the drummers involved in the project, including an interview with yours truly! You can watch this here if you like…

Also the album is now available via rhythm section records:

I would like to give everyone at DrumOffTV my huge thanks, and good luck for next years competition!

Skinny Lister Signs to Xtra Mile Recordings

I am very pleased to announce that Skinny Lister have signed to Xtra Mile Recordings in preparation for a new album release in Spring 2015. We have a bunch of UK dates in October where the new album will be played in full, along with a slot at the legendary Reeperbahn Festival this week. UK dates are below, full story here:


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:


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.


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