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Dave started playing the drums quite late in life, around 17 years old, almost by accident really. He was the singer in a band at school and had a very unreliable drummer who kept ‘forgetting’ to come to rehearsals. One day, faced with yet another drummerless rehearsal, he decided to jump behind the kit himself and heʼs never looked back!
He spent the next 10 years playing in many different bands in the Glasgow and Edinburgh (Scotland) music scenes as well as several function bands, gradually honing his skills. In 2003, he decided he wanted to try and make a proper career for himself within the music industry. So he sold everything he owned and moved to London to study at Drumtech Drum & Percussion School (now known as Tech Music School).
He had an amazing year at Drumtech, met some fantastic people and learned from some of the best player/teachers in the UK including Tom Meadows (Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud), Justin Scott (Amit Chaterjee), Erik Stams (Stu Hamm) and Bosco De Oliveira (Terry Callier, Hamish Stewart, Sade) to name but a few. He graduated from Drumtech’s 1 year Diploma course in 2004 with a merit pass and was also awarded the Best Live Performer Prize for his year.
After graduating, he got involved with many different original artists and bands in London, playing live, writing and recording with them. The work heʼs most proud is for singer-songwriter (and his partner) Weisan, London singer-songwriter Ben Williams and successful function band, End of The Century, which he co-founded nearly 10 years ago.
Since moving to HK three years ago, he has played shows with his partner, Weisan in various venues around the city (Backstage, Fringe Club, etc.), and in August 2014 his musical, groove-based playing was noticed by local Rock/Pop Duo, Soler. He is now recording and playing live shows regularly with the duo.
He has been teaching drums for 10 years and his main goal has always been to help people become musicians – not just drummers. Nearly everyone who wants to learn drums also wants to get involved in playing music with other people. So he centres his teaching around grooves and fills so that, in just a few months, you’ll be confident enough to play in a band – if you want to! After that, it’s all about building on that solid, musical foundation to develop a good sound, good feel and a wide vocabulary.
He teaches students from beginner to intermediate level and from aged 8 onwards. He is familiar with the Rockschool and Trinity Music programs and is happy to coach students through the different grades. If you would like to book a drumming lesson with Dave, you can get in touch with us.