An experimental improvisational drum solo using ambient music as the inspiration. An idea I have had for a while now finally comes to life, many thanks to Wild Stag Studio for filming, George at Small Pond for recording and Jack for supply the wonderful ambient landscape.
Been experimenting in my new drum studio-shed with a few favourite rudiments.
The Paradiddle-diddle is a great rudiment and here I have switched the 2nd diddle to the beginning of the rudiment, so the sticking is then led with the left hand. LLRLRR Instead of RLRRLL. Put between the hats and the snare drum its quite a tasty groove.
Also was an experiment with recording the drums through addictive drums and layering over the video, which I think works well!
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. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/michigan-ep/id974174842
Music video for new single from Skinny Lister ‘Trouble on Oxford Street’. Catch us live on tour across the UK in 2015, and new album release on Xtra Mile Recordings ‘Down on Deptford Broadway’ in April ’15. More info at www.skinnylister.com
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.
Including shows at major US festivals Summerfest & Bonaroo. As well as visiting, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati and many others!
Then straight home to the UK and directly to Glastonbury, where I played my biggest show to date on the Avalon stage!
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
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!
I have a brand new section of my website, dedicated to my current set of drum students and showcasing videos of their talents behind the kit. Just click on the section above entitled ‘Students’ for the full list of videos and students, or just click this link: http://thommillsdrums.co.uk/students/
A preview video of the forthcoming Holy Vessels album, to be released later this year. Features track ‘Golden Hair’ from the LP entitled ‘Last Orders At The Marshall Arms’. Check out www.holyvessels.co.uk for more info.
I have now started to do Skype drum lessons, so you can now learn to play the drums from anywhere in the world! If you are interested you can contact me here or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. My Skype username is thommillsdrums, take a look at the video I did for www.gigsido.com to see into my drumming window…
I have just demoed 3 drum cover videos, tracks by Mars Volta, (above) Beyonce and Foreign Beggars. There will be more to come, with higher quality sound, visuals and exciting extras, so watch this space!