from Niki Stokes
Have you ever played on a vintage 30's kit with temple
blocks/woodblocks etc? Would love to see you do a series on
the 'The History of Drumming''.
I’ve used blocks and cowbells etc but not in that fashion,
would be lovely to do more TV.
from Stephen Eyers
Firstly, let me add another endorsement for 'The Art of
Drumming' - a most enjoyable series and insight into the
art, even for a non-drummer like myself.
However (and you must have know this would happen -
obviously it was not possible to include many excellent
drummers), I cannot understand why there was no mention made
of the great Jon Hiseman - sadly no longer with us and
greatly missed. I have followed Jonn's career through from
the start of Colosseum , through Barbara Thompson's
Paraphernalia until the end with JCM and have always
regarded him as one of the greats and certainly one of the
pioneers of fusing jazz, blues and rock drumming. I'm not
sure when the series was made - before or after the brain
tumour sadly took him from us, but even if he wasn't
available to participate, some mention of this great man
would have been appreciated.
At least there are plenty of examples of his superb skills
to be appreciated on YouTube.
Who was left out was the biggest issue of the whole
production. With just 4 hours of air time we couldn’t even
engage with jazz! So no Tony Williams, Art, Philly, Papa Joe
or Elvin. We had a story to tell in a very finite amount of
time and time was of the essence. Incidentally Jon went to
the same Primary school as I, Deansfield in Eltham and I’ve
raised the subject with Greenwich Council as to why
(alongside Ginger Baker) he isn’t honoured with a
commemorative bench in our high street as a lot of local
celebrities are. Maybe you can join that campaign?
from Martin Wickers
Hi Steve, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed The Art
of Drumming. I play a bit of bass and have been listening to
music for over 40 years. I saw you with The Style Council in
85 at the Albert Hall.
Thanks for all the music.
PS Perhaps you could do a similar series on bass - Jaco
Pastorius, Paul McCartney, James Jamerson etc
Very kind Martin,
Thank you so much. I think Sky may have other docs planned
but not sure I will be involved.
from Andrew Smith
I must make sure I thank you for the Art of Drumming. It's
been absolutely fantastic. I don't play and maybe never will
but have always loved listening to the drummer above
anything else. The series was superb to watch and a real
education; I think I can hear the 'swing' now!
Thank you Andrew, truly appreciated
Question from Charlie Beech
It was refreshing to see a programme dedicated to
drumming on the TV. I found the show educational in a way
that I had not expected and I enjoyed your narration.
Clearly a lot of effort went into making the series.
I understand that it is extremely difficult to include every
major drummer in such a show, however, I was amazed by two
huge exclusions; Stewart Copeland and Phil Collins. Now, I
get that Phil has become a laughing stock with his Tamla
Motown fills, his gated reverb snare and an inability to
write a good song since Face Value. Notwithstanding, before
Phil settled into mediocrity, he was a phenomenally good
drummer. Please, have a listen to the drumming towards the
end of 'Twilight Alehouse' and, as a contrast, the beautiful
snare/hi-hat work at the beginning of the instrumental part
of 'The Cinema Show'.
As for Stewart Copeland. Well, I can't think of a good
reason for leaving him out. He's got good cred, too!
If you don't want to make your comments about Phil Collins
known to the public, you can email me directly ;-)
Anyway, thanks Steve.
Both drummers were approached for interviews and declined.
Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your Sky series,
The Art of Drumming.
It is fascinating, informative, well written and inclusive.
It also carries the kind of detail that I think
non-musicians would find engaging, particularly the history,
the players, the fashions that shape the way the instrument
is played and how drumming itself has evolved over time. In
short, an excellent documentary!
I was Morrissey's drummer on his first three solo albums in
the late 80's and early 90's - before that I was one of the
session elves for Buck's Fizz, Classix Nouveau and others. I
still play and regard myself as a permanent student of
percussion - so thanks for such an inspiring programme
Andrew Paresi (McGibbon)
Thank you Andrew
That really means a lot , all the best
The Art of Drumming is truly insightful and inspiring, I
have been a big music fan since i was a kid, liking most
genres and always interested in listening to new types of
music, however I have never learned to play an instrument
myself, after watching the first three episodes i have
noticed that i am listening to music differently, and in
particular being aware of what the drummer is actually
playing and not just hearing a back beat, I can't wait to
see the final episode and have decided to have a go at
learning how to drum, hopefully i haven't left it too late
as I am now 51 years old, congratulations on a great series,
I will be checking the website for your future projects.
Thank you Mike that’s truly
from Niki Stokes
Really appreciated hearing you play and talk about
practice skills last weekend at Rhythm Hub Gloucester.
My question is - the track up on YouTube of Trio Valore at
The Duke Whitstable, what is it called and is it on a
recording? Love it.
Thank you kindly for the kind words, the track I believe is
called 'Aah English' and it’s by a band I was in with Damon
and Mick Talbot called The Players and can be found on the
album 'Clear The Decks'
from Mark Lay
Just wanted to let you know I have discovered you just a
little while ago and love your drumming, I've been playing
professionally for over 30 years in the states, thanks for
keeping the CLASS in drumming
Thank you very much Mark , much
Regarding lessons in 2018
I've tried to reply to you but your email isn't working.
Hope all is well.
Are there any plans to have the 2 Players albums on Spotify
by any chance? Great LP's
And is there a Family Silver trip to Ireland?
No plans but maybe I can look into it. No plans sadly re
from Steve Gumtow
Hi Steve, I was reading the article (from Twitter link)
in the Daily Record. I still cross my fingers for the day
you might make it over to the states for some shows (was
lucky enough to catch you many times with PW and also with
Oasis/Black Crowes tour).
The article mentions you wrote 2 drum books. I was thinking
that it was books on drumming but I think they are drum tab
books for Trio Valore and the Family Silver. Are these the
books they mean or do you have anything else?
Yes they are play along books but I'm hoping to make some
announcements re education soon.
from Rick Baker
A big fan of your drumming.
Couple questions: what bass drum beaters do you use any
thoughts about the felt vs plastic and height of beaters.
Have you any plans on gigs or clinics Cornwall or Devon?
Thank you, I tend to use the beaters that come with the
Yamaha chain drive pedals, quite simple felt and hard
plastic combo with the felt being favoured. I love the West
Country but no plans currently.
Hi Steve I'm a fan of a lot of years, can you tell me if
you are in this old photo taken on stage in 1990, during a
show with James Taylor quartet?
Thank you very much, regards
Antonio Ronzitti. VASTO (CH) ITALY .
That is not me I'm afraid .
from Edward Pearce
Saw you many times with Paul Weller but one particular
occasion sticks out was Crawley Leisure Centre in 1997 on
the Heavy Soul tour. The drums to the track Brushed were
amazing as was the whole gig.
Kind regards ED
Many thanks Ed.
Saw you back in 1985 at the De Monford Hall Leicester with
the style council...best concert i ever went to...have a
great Christmas mate
Very kind Karl,
I see the Family Silver are playing the 229 Venue in March
next year, Have you got an idea who the support act will be,
Alex Lipinski was brilliant.
from James Gorgon
Don't think we know yet re a support, hope to see you there.
Hello Steve thank you so much for taking the time to
chat about the importance of a good rudiment foundation at
the drum show last weekend. I have seen you live 3 times in
Scotland over the years at clinics from early Murray Seatons
to dD drums and you never fail to deliver an awesome
performance each time. Love your sticks I bought and hope to
see you in action again when you are back in Scotland.
Thank you so much
James, always a pleasure to talk rudiments!
from Thomas Magnuson
thank you so much for taking the time to visit with me today
at the drum show. your clinic was so magnificent that I
immediately went home and practised Joe Morello's table of
time for about an hour and a half. It helps!
I loved your reference to the old jazzers. When I was
younger I studied w Alan Dawson and Fred Buda in Boston and
I still use their methods in my daily practise.
You're a true inspiration, and I hope to see you again as I
get back into the music business. Wishing you all the best
Thank you so much Thomas, much
from David Purcell
Congratulations on your nominations, Steve - that's
Thank you David much appreciated.
from Anthony Healy
There used to be a practise sheet available on this site, I
got from you in person at a clinic about ten years ago too.
I've mislaid it, where can I download it now?
All my material is being collated for a new book and will be
Do you have a date for the lessons in Manchester please?
Hoping to be latish September, I will announce on FB and
here on the website.
I see you have another gig coming up at Under The Bridge, We
really enjoyed the last one, who will be supporting, Alex
was brilliant last time, hope he will be back.
Not 100 percent decided yet, but I think Alex is in the
Question from David
Many thanks for the opportunity to see you in action in
Guildford last night - truly entertaining and the best fiver
I've spent since a pint was 48p!
Also thanks for saying 'Hi' to my son Harry and giving him
the sticks - he's chuffed to say the least.
Finally you mentioned a couple of books, good for practice,
and I'd be appreciative if you could name them again?
All the best,
David & Harry
It was master studies by Joe Morello and Stick control by GL
from Gavin Raphael
Good morning Steve,
I attended your Romford clinic last night and thought it was
very inspiring. You are such a great musical drummer and you
make it look fun!
I just wanted to find out what Remo Tom heads you use?as
they sounded lovely. I spoke to the yamaha guy about your
bass drum head but forgot to ask about your toms.
Hello Gavin thank you for the kind
words the tom heads were all vintage coated A Remo
Just a quick line to say many thanks for the clinic last
night in Manchester.
I've never seen you play live that close before & I was
pretty blown away to say the least.
You've been really influential in the way I've played the
drums for the last 20 odd years
& I look back to your playing on the Wildwood album,
especially songs like Sunflower & Has my fire really gone
as a point at which it made me start to play the drums
Thank you kindly Neil
Quick question: I noticed on The Family Silver song "Peace
and Love", you were playing matched grip. I thought that you
were mainly a traditional grip player? So the question is;
what would you recommend for a young person learning the
drums to use? My son is 11 and I want him to start working
on the rudiments, but would prefer to get him learning on a
grip that will serve him best long-term.
All the best and congratulations on the new album!
The reason I use trad grip is because that's how I was first
taught, starting out on drums now I would advise a student
to play Match grip for kit playing.
from Philip Isaacs
Not a question but just to say thank on behalf of my son
Lewis. He was at Purcell this week and spent some time with
you. He had a great week but said the time with you the
highlight of the week. Spent Friday night going through
Style Council videos with him and lots of your YouTube
stuff! Many thanks
fabulous Phil really glad he had a good time.
What was the snare/ride sticking you used for 'Sunflower'
Many thanks and the greatest respect,
SkadeKat - Kent
It's a really simple paradiddle variation that goes
R L R R L R R L
The right hand is on floor Tom and then moves to ride
Just to let you know that last nites gig at Under The Bridge
was an excellent night, We enjoyed it very much, Great band
& great support act, Looking forward to it again hopefully
you will be playing more gigs around London very soon,
Thank you so Much Jason , hope to
announce more dates soon.
Question from Andy Jones
First up, congratulations on a wonderful show at Under the
Bridge. I'm sure it's been said already but it's the best
thing ever to happen at Stamford Bridge.
It was an absolute masterclass of a drummer playing for the
song but dear lord what a band. Massively familiar with each
members back catalogue but together you truly are something
Was comforting to see you too have the occasional hardware
Yamaha set sounding beautiful too - as as I was practically
on the stage with you boys (and girl) I think I got the
'naked' sound more than via the PA.
Two things - What was the thing on the front of your bass
drum. What is it's purpose?
Also (and forgive me), how can my band support your lot when
you next play in London!?
Thanks again for a fine, fine show of 'real' music played by
the UK's finest musicians. Looking forward to the next
thank you so much for the kind words and so glad you had a
great time last night ( as did we ) keep an eye out for
further dates from the band and then let us have a sound
cloud link ? as for the from of the bass drum , it is a
Yamaha sub kick , a device that enhances all the ow end of
the drum kit and gives it that extra nice fat sound, a tasty
bit of kit.
Congratulations on your Ambassador work with Music for
All - they are lucky to have you!
Thank you David
Will you be visiting ACM Guildford anytime in the near
future? Would be great to see you there :)
No plans at the minute.
from Billy K.
After doing some research on my beloved teacher George
Scott, I came across your name. I'm Billy the American
student of George's, 85-88. I seem to remember you and
George speaking of you. Congratulations! It is so wonderful
to see the fruits of George's students, and their success.
He was a 2nd father to me, and Peggy was my best friend in
England. My set then were Hayman's that I bought from Lou at
Supreme Drums in Walthamstow.
Seeing your site, along with your success, makes me very,
very, proud of George.
Wow , that's Wonderful
from Wayne Roberts
Really enjoyed the clinic in Stoke on Saturday. I didn't get
the chance to ask you on the day but if you've got an hour a
day to practice then how would you break that hour down ?
I've just come back to drumming after a lengthy break and
want to learn how to do it properly this time instead of
blagging my way through it !!
Thanks for coming, if you have come back after a break I
would try to dedicate some of your practice to rudiments, to
rebuild strength and stamina and work on playing along or
developing techniques that relate to the kind of music you
Looking forward to the gig at Under The Bridge in March,
Will you be selling The Family Silver cd on the night? If so
could you please sign my copy, Will your brother Alan be
making an appearance.
Thanks a lot .
More than happy to sign a CD, I'm really not sure if Alan
will be there.
from Trevor Street
What drum stool/throne would you recommend?
please help had a cheap one. It snapped whilst I was
practicing don't want to risk that happening twice.
Honoured to even ask you a question.
I'm using a round top Yamaha, which is very sturdy.
Question from Neil Lowe
I hope you're well Whitey, it's been a while since I wrote
in-congrats on the Yamaha move, brilliant.
Steve, I have been working hard on my playing, and have
managed to bag 2 small tours on the continent in the new
year, it'll be with a Roy Orbison tribute act. Although some
may look down their nose at this, I am both excited and
proud to have been asked to do it. The shows will be theatre
What I wanted to ask Steve, are there any specific tips you
could give me about
a) touring overseas, and b) theatre gigs?
Anything from your experience will be a great help. All the
best Whitey, thanks mate. Up the Addicks!!!
Congratulations to you, finding any kind of work that pays
in the world of music these days is an achievement and if
you are young to have a good time playing music you like
Not much to worry about, generally theatres may ask for a
decrease in volume, but probably discuss with the MD, I did
a theatre show in Aug and just used a 20 12 14 kit with some
12 cymbals and and 18 inch ride, it worked perfectly and as
for any other tips have a great time and just make sure your
travel insurance is up to date.
Family Silver is more than impressive!!
Have you heard of the up and coming Eltham beat combo 'Decks
Many thanks, no I
have not heard them.
from Derek Hamilton
just want to congratulate you, Matt & Damon on The Family
Silver album. fantastic tunes and a great groove. "For Free"
is a blinding tune.
Hopefully in the future there will be a live date "North of
Best of Luck with the venture and hope the success you guys
deserve comes your way.
Thank you sir, much appreciated.
from John Bufton
I was just wondering after seeing the pic of your new
teaching kit is there any info available on where, when and
how much a lesson would be with your good self?
Also do u teach complete novices like myself ?
I'm afraid my sessions are for teachers and pros sir , sorry
about that .
Question from David Purcell
Congratulations on the Yahama endorsement: that's great
Thank you David much appreciated
Not really a question but i fell over your signature Stick
at my drum store accidentally and fell totally in Love with
it Great Balance great respond Now i was Reading somewhere
you work on a new model? How is it gonna be and when can we
Greetings from Speyer Germany
Is it the the Vic Firth Model? if so that's hopefully here
to stay for a while, I am not working on a new model at the
Thank you for the kind words.
from Ger Maher
Just after watching Paul Weller's As is now film.
You can make any old song sound great!
I thank you!
I love so much the sound of your snare on heliocentric
album. Which heads did you use? How did you tune the bottom
and the top heads?
Thanks, and I hope to see you soon in Italy!
The drum on that album was mainly a Slingerland Radio King,
the heads were Ambassadors by Remo and Pure Sound snares.
from Ger Maher
20 years after Morning Glory, How is Alan? Has he recovered
from all the Britpop era?!
Does he still play?
Loved your drumming on Paul's "Sunflower" and also on
Oasis's 2001 tour.
Alan is doing great thank you , not playing professionally
but still keeps a hand in
from Bob Huffman from Chicago
Are you still playing with Paul Weller? I have loved
your work with him since The Style Council!
It will be a decade next year since I held the drum seat
with Paul Weller
Question from David Purcell
I hope that all is well.
Not a question - but, a congratulations on the excellent The
Family Silver debut. Great job to you all - great record!!
Thank You David, much appreciated
from Lee Dugdale
Hi Steve I noticed your tweet about playing the Epstein
theatre for the LIMF. Is this a gig or a clinic? If so what
time are you on and can you pay on the door?
It's a show about the roots of Pop in Liverpool part of the
Liverpool International Music Festival, open to the public.
from Liam Sinnott
Hi Steve. Best of luck with The Family Silver album.
Look forward to it. A question you probably get a bit tired
of but I have to ask, is there any likelihood of Alan
playing drums again? I read from one of your previous talk
backs that he has his energies devoted to business
activities. He was a massive influence on my playing, as he
and yours also remains. I hope the pull of drumming and
music finds it's way back to him again... Sorry to ask a
question you may have to answer time and again. Please pass
on the best wishes from another drummer.
Thank you for your good wishes, while Alan does play
regularly for his own pleasure at the moment there isn't any
public performances planned.
from Gary Doswell
Just wanted to thanks for the great music over the years. I
have been inspired by your drumming since I was a 17 year
old mod when the Style Council first started. I have played
drums since the age of 11 and I'm 50 now! Not quite to your
standard though. Just wanted to show some appreciation.
Cheers mate and keep it up.
That is really appreciated, thank
you very kindly
Question from Fran
Just wondering if your liable to do any clinics/121's in
Hertfordshire at all any time??
Also I'm looking for a new kit. Always been a premier fan
and played xpk's, ginesta's and recently a signia maple.
Currently on an old school resonator. I stumbled across a
kit on eBay (listing no 271895959154) which appears to have
once been connected with you. Can you confirm this at all?
It's a series kit in Keith moon red glitter lacquer
22/13/16/18 & matching snare.....
Many thanks, Fran
No plans at moment, doing 1/2/1 in South London, couldn't
find the listing so can't say if it's real.
Is there any chance the new band will be touring this year??
Last time I saw you was at Stafford gatehouse, had a great
night. Would be great to see the new stuff live soon. Keep
on keeping on, hope you can get out on the road with it.
Maybe some select live shows this year but probably not
touring till next year.
Loved your playing for years!!....Watching Weller on R2
replay, Where are you?....Have I missed something?
9 years ago Tim
from Zoe Pay
I love you!!!
Have been listening to you for years....just wondering if
you'll be playing with Weller @ the Brighton Centre this
No Zoe, thank you for your
continued support x
from Johnny Harris
Ayup Steve hope you're okay just to let ya know my Mrs
has treated me to the studio pledge can't wait hope you got
See ya soon
Nice one Johnny thanks for the
from John Downie
I don't have a question
Got a Chromecast for crimbo and I'm watching you bang it out
with TSC a long time ago.
Wanna say that you are brilliant.
Thanks for all you've brought into my life. I really do
appreciate what and who you are.
That's really kind John, thank you
for taking the time to write
from Paul Harris
Hi Steve, not so much a question but a compliment...
I've followed your career for many years and just wanted to
say thank you for all the great music... as a bass player, I
especially appreciate what you do! Love your energy and your
playing... keep it up mate!
Thank you Paul that's very kind and
I am a music student in the states, but I am thinking about
studying abroad in London next fall. Will you be teaching
drum lessons at Goldsmith then? If not, what other colleges
would you recommend to check out for good music performance
Thanks for the help,
The three colleges I have experience of are Goldsmiths,
Trinity at Greenwich and LCCM, London College of
Contemporary Music, these are the establishments I have most
recent experience of and really can only say that all of the
students at all three are really enjoying their education.
Question from Stephane Booroff
What's your experience of single flanged hoops and the sound
they produce pls?
I really like the single flange hoops we use on the Modern
Classic, generally they open the sound a bit up for me , but
its also important what they are made from, brass I feel
gives a little more tone , steel a little more cut , I also
really like the look, especially on snare drums like there
from Warren Bassett
Thanks for your reply to my previous question about internal
miking. I'm interested to know which Shure mic's you are
using on your current Premier MC Concert Master 22 kit? Are
you using a Shure Beta52 on your bass drum?
I've recently bought a Premier Extreme HR drum kit which
sounds excellent, but I'm also looking into getting a Modern
Classic 22, as well as a Pearl Masters Premium in either a
22 x 18 or a 22 x 16, I think the Pearl is a really
beautiful sounding drum kit, which of those two depths do
you think would sound better with a 22 bass drum?
at the moment on the bass drum i am currently using an EV
bass drum mike as this model seems to work really well with
the BC Butt Kicker i use , the sound guy can take a clean
signal from the butt kicker for out front , all works
perfectly . I have never bee a fan of overly deep bass drums
so for me it would be the 22 x 16 , i actually prefer my 22
x 14 in the Modern Classic as a personal choice
Question from Chi Lee
First of all, thank you for your years of inspiration and
superb playing; it's always a treat to see and hear you play
and long may you continue.
In regards to your outstanding performance with Steve at
last Sunday's Zildjian Day, how long did it take it to
create that piece and how did it take to rehearse? It was
very inspiring and educational, and thanks again!
Best wishes, Chi
Thank you so much for your kind words the actual project
took about four months to put together the filming was quite
a task that I think Steve did a fantastic job glad you agree
from Vincent Pearson
Will you be doing any teaching in Stockport, or the North
West at all ?
Not got the immediate future but maybe next year.
Want to know what kit and sizes did you use on Weller
Stanley road album?
It was a Pearl Masters kit 22 12 13 15 and various vintage
snare drums like Radio Kings by Slingerland
from David Purcell
Great news on Zildjian day! And on the Modern Classic set -
I voted! Do you know if this set is going to be readily
available in the U.S.?
Yes David it will be on 2015
some examples should be at the NAMM show January in LA
from Keith Fletcher
Hi Steve, do you know if Ronnie Verrell is still
playing. Remember playing along with mums knitting needles
to the Ted Heath band. Such an inspiration. Not enough
written about British drummers. See you at Southampton.
Great birthday present my one to one with you. Continue to
play music you enjoy. Cheers Keith Fletcher
Ronnie Verrell died about ten years ago sadly.
Can you let us know if you are at the London drum show with
Premier and what day
I am their on the Sunday be good to talk again
Ian from hull
I don't know if Premier will be at the show to be honest. I
may try and pop along if I'm not working.
Hope you're well?
Hope your well, I was just wondering if you are attending
the London drum show in November. Would be great if you are
Asbo from Hull
Not 100 per cent sure Ian but
hoping to be there with Premier.
It's Olivier from Paris, we met a couple of times in the
I have now by own Project called Popincourt, really inspired
by the TSC: I would be honored if you could listen to it,
feedback much appreciated.
Working on the album now with great musicians to reach the
Thanks for the music,
Olivier aka Popincourt
Will definitely have a listen
from Johnny Harris
It was great to see you and sally yesterday
Hope your both well I had just took my boys for some lunch
at pizza hut are you living back up here or still
down in London. will there be any gigs coming up in the
near future. and my son has still got the stixs that you
gave to him at the wedding party in hale seems like years
all the best Steve
Cheers Johnny Harris.
Just visiting , not so much in the way of conventional gigs
but lots of interesting stuff going on in the world of drums
from Alen Doley
hello sir... i just wanted to the name of the box shaped
drum part which looks like a square box... and i saw many
new drummers using it.. it produces a clicking sound.. just
like the clicking sound that can be produced on hitting on
the frame of snare drum.... as much as i know that box
shaped drum part is used as an alternative of snare
clicking... so please sir i wanted 2 know the name for that
drum part and also how much does that cost's...
I think you might mean a Cajon?
from Paul Playll
I normally play with matched grip but I am learning to play
with trad grip now. Any good tips on how to get better at
this? I can play with trad grip up to a certain speed on
fills and rudiments but even with practice I find that I am
not progressing beyond that speed. I find that the left hand
stick starts to bounce around a bit when I speed up and I
start to lose control over it. Overall, do you think there
is much to be gained at being proficient in both styles of
grip, or should I concentrate on the one that comes easier?
To me, (logically or not) it somehow feels important that a
proficiency in trad grip is good to have
its like everything it takes practice, the left hand trad is
going to feel a lot less comfortable than the the left hand
match, I would suggest slowing things down with a metronome
and not trying to hard to increase the speed but concentrate
more on the control, work with a metronome and try some of
the classic drum books like Joe Morellos Master Studies or
Stick Control by GL Stone, all great stuff!!
Hope you don't mind me emailing you as I'm sure you get
inundated but I would
love your advice and tips on a new kit I'm looking to buy.
Basically you are without doubt the drummer I most admire
and I've followed your
career from style council, galliano, weller and now trio
I've just turned 40 and after a few years out started
drumming again. I've also
put together after months of hard work and practice put
together a real, funky
soul band with percussionist and brass section playing
mostly early-mid 60's
funky soul tunes / sister funk sound (ann sexton, Marva
Whitney, Barbara Lynn,
Jackson sisters etc). This has been a little dream of mine
and we're about to
start gigging soon.
I'm a very tight soulful uncomplicated drummer with good
groove, but I'm not
very technical and I like a simple drum kit layout. I don't
magazines so don't have much kit knowledge!
This is why I would like your advice not just because of
your style but from
checking YouTube clips of you have quite a simple kit
This would be the kit of my lifetime! So I would like to buy
new, budget around
My Layout would be 1 rack tom, 1 floor tom, 2 crash cymbals
and a ride (which I
use a lot)
Would you have any suggestions for the following stuff
Decent quality cymbals (sizes & makes)
A funky/crisp snare (my current one is modern classic
premier maple edition)
Floor tom, rack tom (what size do you use?) and bass drum
Pedal Cowbell ( what's
the size you tend to use which is attached to your bass
Sorry for the long email but I would greatly appreciate any
help you could give
If you're ever in brighton and need somewhere to stay I've
got a great little
B&b so look us up!
Best wishes and thanks in advance
There are so many factors in getting a certain sound, for
example a Standard Yamaha 9000 could be a rock kit, a jazz
kit or a funk kit, it comes down to choice of heads, tuning,
dampening and most importantly the drummer.
Pretty much every company now makes great quality drums and
with the right combination of heads and tuning you can get a
"funky" sound. I would speak to an expert such as Andy at
Drum Shop in Gateshead and get a feel for whats out there,
but I would definitely check out the new Premier Modern
Classic series, or the new Gretsch or Ludwig ranges, you may
want to consider a vintage kit for real authenticity.
I think its fair to say that Vintage kits tended to have
thinner shells, I would recommend Mark at Rusty Drums or
Nick at Nick Hopkin Drums for vintage advice, also there are
some fantastic bargains to be had second hand, a real winner
is an original UK made Premier Genista that go for very low
money but are fabulous birch drums that sound great, enjoy
the research and don't be afraid to ask questions.
Hi just wondering if their was anyway of getting hold of
Alan whites autograph. Been a massive fan of his drumming
ever since the oasis days, i cant find anything online about
how to contact him. I did read that he is also in trio
valore but i don't think this is the case. Would be most
greatful if you could help me.
Ps. Any drum jobs going gimme a nod
Alan has retired from music, so unless you meet him out for
a pint probably little chance of an autograph.
from Warren Bassett
A lot of information to impart, sod I'm doing it paragraph
at a time.
I have a question about internal verses external miking, so
I hope you don't
mind me contacting you for your advice. Rick (Buckler) has
internal miking since around 1981, mainly C-ducer microphone
tape in his
bass drum, toms and snare, but I note that most drummers
opt to use external miking. When I last spoke with Rick
about this a year or
so ago, he said that he felt that internal miking using
microphone tape gave
a more natural drum sound helping to express the natural
wood more, with out
virtually any feedback.
Both options have advantages
and disadvantages, if Rick has been miking up like this for
as long as you say he has then if it aint broke it don't
need fixing!! The great Simon Phillips has internal
microphones and gets some of the sweetest sounding drums you
could imagine, the other aspect to Simon though is that he
is a damn good engineer and this is a factor in any drum
sound.. The tuning of the drums, the quality of the
microphone and also the ear and training of the engineer
getting the drum sound, all of these factors are all equally
I have used seducers in the past on bass drum and always
found the need for another mic to capture the attack. The
other advantage of internal miking is isolation, so as I say
advantages and disadvantages some of the disadvantages are
simply practical, if a mike goes down during a gig and it
does happen, you are somewhat inconvenienced re changing
over and also you would pretty much have to carry a
personalised rig to take full advantage of the internal
system and that isn't practical.
I have always loved both Rick's live drum sound as well
as yours, you both
seem to achieve a really powerful and full sounding live
drum sound. The
natural unmiked sound of Rick's 24" x 16" Ludwig Maple
Classic bass drum
before sounds checks, always sounded really powerful, I
can't comment on
your old red sparkle Premier Elite series or Mapex drum
kits, as I've not
had the luxury or hearing either drum kit pre sound check,
definitely love to hear the tonal properties of your new
Classic drum kit in comparison. I think I have always
preferred the sound of
birch and bubinga drum kits over maple though, and think the
vertical grain birch kits, would leave the late 70's and
early 80's elite,
soundwave and projector kits, dead in the water, with a far
Have you ever tried internal miking on any of your drum
kits, and what do
you feel are the advantages of external miking as opposed to
I have been trying to persuade Rick to go back to using a
Premier drum kit,
as I know he's never been completely happy with the Ludwig.
contacted Premier back in 2004 about getting a new drum kit
for The Gift,
but unfortunately no one ever got back to him, hence the
reason for him
getting a Ludwig drum kit as he used to used the Ludwig
black beauty and
supraphonic snare drums, as I'm sure you know.
I did go as far as to contacting Karen at Premier last year
about looking into an Extreme HR drum kit in an oiled white
of the black finish, as Rick loves his white drum kits, but
Karen came back to me and said that as the Extreme HR series
was still very
new, they didn't want to make any changes to the line or add
options as yet. I have now gone back to her to enquire about
a custom order
One Series kit for both Rick and myself, one in the current
drum sizes Rick
loves (24" x 16", 12" x 10", 13" x 12", 14" x 14", 16" x
16"), but with a
birch core and a white birdseye maple outer veneer finish
instead of any
white oiled or white gloss finish, and one for myself
similar in kit size as
his 1982 custom Premier kit, but with a 24" bass drum
instead of a 26", and
with the same size 13" x 12" and 14" x 12 toms, as well as a
16" x 16" and
18" x 16" floor toms. Do you see any disadvantages in sound
with the larger
drum sizes as opposed to using smaller ones, in terms of
I'm also planning to buy one of the new birch/mahogany
modern classic kits
like yours, with the 22" bass drum option. I know you used
to use a 24" bass
drum with Paul before you left, but have gone back to a 22",
what was the
reason for this?
I used a 24 for simple power
factor , the 22 is by far my favourite kick drum and the
modern Classics are 22 x 14 which i find even more appealing
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read my long
All the best
Good afternoon sir
Well done on a Charlton return to the Premier (-:
Any update on the release of your back catalogue round up at
Hope family are good
Love Meds and Raq x
It's proving quite a challenge, may end up loading it all
onto website anyway.
Hope you're well
from Derek Hamilton
Richard Jupp, just how good is this man, drummer,
percussionist, instrumentalist, like your good self he just
blows me away with his talent.
A fine chap and a great drummer
I write you 'cause I'd like to ask you a special favour. My
big friend Luca will marry his beautiful girlfriend next
19th of July here in Italy and since he's one of the best
drummers I know and also the biggest Oasis fan in Turin city
I have ever met, I would like to give him a special present.
Can you and you brother Alan register a short "wishes clip"
I know it sounds like a quite uncommon request and maybe
both of you have got a lot of more important stuffs to do
than register a video but it could be great to receive it,
if you have time.
Well, the greatest thing for him could be come in UK to meet
you both but I know that I cannot ask you that. :)
Thanks for your time on reading my message.
I wish you a very good day and all the best.
(me and my friend have the same name but we're not the same
person, of course)
I can ask Luca but Alan generally
doesn't do much for requests such as this.
Any dates to look forward to in small intimate surroundings
in the midlands this year?
Hope all is well
fraid not sir, looks like we will
be concentrating our efforts abroad for 2014.
from Rob McCormack
Just wanted to say love your laid back style on "One Way
Road". A great cover and brilliant live recording. I live in
Australia but will be visiting the UK this year and wondered
if you were doing any gigs in October.
Cheers mate and keep on drumming.
Thanks Rob, I like that track too,
as for October I know I am going to be very busy with
various projects so keep an eye out for updates, best wishes
from Steve Cook
You are the No.1 drummer !
Just heard Kate Bush playing 15 nights at Hammersmith - will
you be on the drums?
Also when can we hear Tokyo Hi!
Hopefully this year re Tokyo Hi and
sadly don't think it will be me on drums.
from Danny Rose
Well done in the drummers poll mate!! x
Ah! Cheers Dan
from Wayne Roberts
How often do you teach at RAW studios?
About 3 times a year, should be back soon
from Tim Scott
Been working on the stuff you gave me from the lesson at RAW
studios last month, seems to be paying off! Looking forward
to seeing you at Buxton tonight and with the last minute
addition of my youngest (14 yr old) who heard one of the
Trio tracks this afternoon, decided it sounded "so cool" and
has asked if she can tag along! Have a good one!
Just got this, hope you enjoyed the gig?
Will you & Alan be attending Boneheads gig on Wednesday
night, I have tickets & really looking forward to it.
I won't as am away for half term, Alan has been invited but
can't guarantee he will be there.
Always been a fan of your drumming (even before I knew your
name, if that makes sense). I've been following some of your
tuition on utube as well, great stuff.
Just a thing, I found a 'top ten' of your favourite
drummers. And you list Little Richards 'keep a knockin', and
the drummer as Earl Palmer. I don't think Earl Palmer played
on that track, I think it was Charles Connor. Earl did play
on the Eddie Cochran hit 'something else' which featured the
Anyways, best of luck in the future.
Wow Kevin, I was always under the
impression it was Earl, thanks for the heads up !
from Derek Hamilton
saw the "comments" on that page, unbelievable, that person
really needs to open his ears and appreciate good music,
keep up the good work sir.
No worries "that" person has an agenda, I have no problem at
all re people liking or not liking my music, that wasn't
what it was about. Thank you for your support but I can't
get too upset about someone that has spent their entire life
on the basis of hoping Paul Weller will notice them one day.
Great night on sat really enjoyed it. I,ll keep looking for
The asbo from hull lol
Ps thanks for the sticks Steve
No worries mate, great to meet you.
from Ian Jones
Coming down from hull to see you and the lads at Shoreham
next week really looking forward to it
Your probably right bout tribute bands nothing like the real
Got a Mapex horizon in my garage and an hasbo to go with it
b*****d neighbours had to go buy a TD 8 lol
See you sat
Ps can I have your stick when your done ha ha
Nice one Ian, see you there
Coming to Shoreham gig in February
Do trio have plans for any more gigs this year
Been a strange one to be honest, our most consistent market
has been Italy, good well attended shows, a nice mix of
people, we have at least 2 trips planned this year plus
Croatia and Spain. The UK is very hot and cold, to be honest
people would seem to rather watch a shit Paul Weller tribute
than musicians at the height of their powers but that's the
UK's loss and Italy's gain I guess?
from David Purcell
I hope that your 2014 is off to a good start.
Quick question - am really enjoying the "Put Em Down" Rehab,
B-Side. Can you please let me know who mixed/produced that
(and/or if it was the Trio.)
It was produced by none other than Damon Minchella
Just to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Beatastic
new year. Congrats on the wedding, was great seeing you
again live in Stafford. Hope to see you live again in 2014.
Glad to see you still have a sense of humour amongst all the
shitty stuff that goes with being a musician. Keep on
keeping on matey. Best wishes.
Thank you very much and all
the best to you.
alright steve, you probly wont remember me, but I had a
few lessons with you through stuie at NSCM darlington, but
was just wondering about a blue premier Gen X kit I have
bought recently, and was told by the seller it was one of
your old kits, were there any other blue sparkle gen x kits
of that model?, or was it a one off for your set up, that's
if it was your kit, would be great if you could let me know,
The kit certainly wasn't a one off , it was a fairly
standard colour, I used a Gen X for a few shows but tended
to use Red Sparkle classic series drums
from Greg Wagner
I've just heard that Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (not that
I'm a fan) has released a drum samples pack and thought I'd
ask my all time favourite drummer if he had any thoughts
about this? It would be fantastic to jam to some of your
beats like the drumming on Hopes and Fears from Off The
Beaten Track, what a cool idea. Here's Hope-ing! All the
best, and keep up the good work, Greg.
No plans at the minute. I may re-release my 'Break Beats CD'
I did many years ago as a freebie.
Hello Steve how are you? what is your favourite Paul
I have very fond memories of the first solo album, Wildwood
and Stanley road, hard to pick a one time favourite.
hi Steve, any chance the trio will be playing Dublin?
really enjoying their sound it's brill.
No plans at moment, would love the
chance to get over
from Derek Hamilton
is there any possibility of a gig in Glasgow in the not too
distant future, i realise Edinburgh is scheduled for
January, but just wondered if there may be at some point?
Only if a promoter shows interest I'm afraid
Question from Ian Jones
Can you let me know if and when you are doing any drum
clinics in or around hull/East Yorkshire
Nothing planned till next year. Playing in Bolton at the
Albert Halls though full list is here;
Trio Valore gigs - Please
from Mucho Marcha
Question from John Mulholland
Just to say we really enjoyed the gig (stafford)
tonight. Brilliant playing by three brilliant musicians.
Drum kit sounded awesome, was blown away by the music
tonight. God bless ya, hope to see you again 2014. Keep on
keeping on Chief Whitey!!! Love and loads of respect.
That's really kind thank you x
I´ve seen an old Hayman kit for sale on
thedrumshop.co.uk which claims to have been yours!! I just
wondered if that´s really the case...and if so, would love
to know what you think of Hayman Vibrasonics. I´ve got one
that my dad bought me as my first kit when I was 12 and was
thinking of selling it to invest in a decent brand new kit
(maybe a gretsch). However I´ve been reading a little bit
about Haymans and a lot of people seem to think they´re
great. Also, if you played them...how could I sell the brand
played by the drummer I most admire?!
Maybe I should hang in to them?
All the best, John
Yes that is one of my old kits that I sold to my good friend
Andy at drum shop, no doubt Hayman are good drums , I just
never got into them personally, my friend Darrin Mooney from
the Primal scream loves them, they are loud and that was the
original appeal, personally if your dad gave it to you I
wouldn't sell it, you'll regret it.
from Dave Purcell
from Jeff Hewitt
I hope that all is well.
Just a quick question regarding Trio Valore - do you know
where the November Milan gig will be held? Although, I don't
think that I can make it, I am trying to get a posse of my
Italian friends there.
There you go
Thursday November the 28th
@ Loggia Dè Banchi_La Spezia
Friday November the 29th
@ Sin City Live Club_Negrar (VR)
Saturday November the 30th
@ Arci Biko_Milano
Hi Steve, Just like to ask if you think there is any
chance that you would be playing with Paul Weller again on a
permanent basis if ever asked again. I've followed Weller
right through from The Jam to the Present Day and have
always thought of you as a very competent Drummer and would
be good to see you Hitting the Skins behind the Great man
I met up with Paul last week which was great, but no plans
to work or play together at the minute
from Phil Betesta
Can you lot get together and record Liberation? Great
end to a superb show in Melbourne last night.
Hi Phil we already did its on the
Players album "From the Four Corners"
From the Four Corners
Question from Kevin Galvin
Just seen an ad in the local paper?
You will be appearing at raw studios old lane halifax? Is it
true and what is the criteria??
If the best drummer around is coming to town, any chance of
a snap and a signature?
Doing lessons. Keep an eye on
website and pop down.
Hi ya Steve as i followed the style council around
brought every single e.p. demo every thing i could get when
every bit of material was released from 83 till the last
unreleased album which i now own, everyday i play the style
council, you all are still a massive part of my life
memories and musical future and my 8 children all have been
brought up with the style council, THE QUESTION IS DO YOU
THINK YOU WELLER MICK DEE WILL EVER GET THE STYLE COUNCIL
BACK TOGETHER FOR SOME ONE OFF SHOWS, its sad to think no.
ALL the love respect in the world mate.
Thanks for the enquiry and your support over the years, my
simple answer is in all probability no. So much water has
gone under the bridge, I'm not even sure what Mick and Dee
are doing musically. Paul can play council tunes in his live
set when he chooses though the Jam seem more popular with
the fans so I really can't see it. happening
Heard your interview on Radio Derby today, gutted i can't
make it to Melbourne. When are you next playing in the Derby
I don't know Speno, we are doing
Doncaster soon which isn't to0 far. For a full list of gigs
please click the link below.
Trio Valore gigs - Please
Question from Paul
Was just wondering who the best musician is you worked with
under the Weller groups?
and also what was Mick Talbot like as a person?
BTW - got chatting to a pal of yours (Mark?) in an indian
restuarant a few weeks ago. I think you give lessons at his
drum school (southampton area).
We were lucky to work with some great musicians, Damon,
Yolanda, Matt Deighton, Guy Barker, even Gil Evans and he
worked with Miles Davis so hard to figure out just one.
Mick is a nice guy, very good sense of humour, not seen him
for a while.
from Roger Sanderson
The 46th London Boys Brigade Company !!!! So you knew
the McCarthy Brothers then? Very good band master the eldest
one. I was in the 100th London @ Croften Park Baptist
Church, us & the 46th were band rivals in the Lewisham
Batallion for a number of years up to the mid 70s, after
that I think the rivals to the 46th were the 61st who had
joined up with the 105th.
Were you involved in the attempt to break the record for the
largest band when it was held @ Avery Hill?
Yes I seem to remember the name, it was a great band, my
playing was more at the 22nd West Kent, I do remember the
world record attempt but sadly didn't take part.
from Roger Sanderson
Which Boys Brigade Company were you a member of?
I was originally in the 46th London
based in St Margaret's church Lee and then the 22nd West
Kent in Eltham.
from Mucho Marcha
Hello Steve hope you and yours are well. Me brother and
I are coming to see you in Stafford. Bin a while since we
last saw you live so we both really looking forward to
witness your powerhouse drumming again. Will you be playing
tracks off the 'Clear the Decks' lp? Really miss your input
on the Weller material since you're not on the tracks
anymore! Anyway looking forward to a well funky night at the
Hi ya and yes we do a few tunes from Players days and the
set is evolving all the time, you'll enjoy it.
Hey, first off I've always been a big fan of your drumming!
You have such a nice feel and groove! Secondly, I was
wondering how you choose your support acts on clinic tours?
Is it an audition process?
All the best,
from Kieran Doherty
Generally I don't have a say in support artists, the
promoter usually lines it up pretty much same with clinics.
Just been watching an episode of River Monsters and
remembered I needed to send you an email to say thank you
for a great Mapex/Andertons evening the other night in
Guildford. Inspirational stuff! I've come away with a few
new ideas and a couple of licks that I am going to steal off
you! Was also great to see Alan out watching too!
I think you're doing a few clinics with my former drum tutor
Colin next month. Hope they go well, Colin's a great teacher
Off now to ponder Ferguson's retirement and Moyes'
Thanks so much Kieran, I'm really
glad you had a good night, wasn't the EP with the Glyphis
shark was it?
One more thing Steve,i live and breath mr ever changing
moods man, but is it true you never drink or have done any
mind propelling stimulants, as i heard mr Weller say in
times gone bye, no need to answer back, the smile on your
face on this web site says it all.
I love a glass of vino, nothing
illegal has ever been my thing.
Steve hello mate, I was a massive style council fan
still am, followed tsc all over the place all England
Amsterdam i even meet you Paul Mick at Birmingham odeon new
street our fav shop tour 85, your drumming I've always
compared every body to your high standards, sadly they fail
lol so when you playing, were and who with as were both the
same age and i love to get back to listening to class again
and following all the best star Alfie Elphick.
Thanks for the kind words Alfie
All the best
from Mike Deme
Not a question, just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed
your work with Paul Weller. I'm a big Weller fan in the U.S.
(weird in itself, oddly) but one of the reasons is your
incredible drumming with that band. Love Trio Valore too.
Best wishes and I hope to hear your drumming well into the
Very kind Mike, thank you
Just a quick note - I saw a post/tweet of yours regarding
Madison Wisconsin - just wanted to say that I hope you had a
good time there (if not, I apologize insofar as much as I
can for it..!)
It's a lovely town/city - which I have personal and
sentimental attachment too, but it also has a really
interesting legacy of progressive
politics and social policy.
It also has an interesting group of musicians/music scene,
and is the home drum legend, Clyde Stubblefield (I've seen
him play there countless time) - and he even played at my
wedding last fall.
Next time you're there - you should give him a ring.
I hope that all is well.
Only a fleeting visit seemed like a lovely place and the
fact that Clyde Stubblefield resides there is even better.
So many great memories from so many great gigs
Steve...both with the Council and the Weller solo years....I
even remember getting a live in Japan vhs for xmas one year
and there you were dropping bombs on the white-house with
your mad head scarf on...brilliant! Looking back, have you
got a top 3 of stand out songs from those years that you
couldn't wait to get to in the set?
Would be so hard to pick three, the posts I've been making
which number probably nearly 100 are all great songs to me,
the first song I played on Paris Match has a sentimental
attachment because it was the first, Sunflower was very good
to me as a drummer and the list goes on ....
from Jimmy Hagan
hi steve i wonder could you point me in the right
direction of the snare drum tuning on 70's hammond funk
tracks. i'm just trying to find that distinctive sound. many
thanks for inspiring me to learn every day.
Interesting question, I think you can be fairly assured that
it would have been one of the classic American companies on
records in the early 70s Gretsch, Ludwig, Slingerlands, the
Japanese influence was later in the 70s. Most drummers would
have probably used the classic 22 13 16 and 14 x 5 snare
drum (poss a 20 kick) but the key really is in the way these
records were recorded, the engineers would probably have had
to record the band live in the same room and contend with
all the aspects of spillage that would occur, the fact that
the musicians were in the same room would also mean the
drummer would have played a lot lighter so as not to over
power the band, on top of that some lovely analogue
compression would give you that sound, so in short, lots of
factors, hope that helps a bit?
from Gordon Watson
Test of memory Steve, going back to 1982.Can you
remember playing a gig at the marquee club in Soho, with a
band called Flat 19,supporting the Truth.
Yes,I remember it well.
Said hello to you on Saturday at Roadhouse, Manchester.
Thought Sam Gray and the band were excellent.
As an enthusiastic bass player & guitarist I love learning
by playing along with bands master tracks which I've found
available on download. Do you know of any Style Council/
Weller original master tracks available anywhere to 'jam'
I honestly don't know Neil,
maybe someone reading this has an answer as I'm certainly
not aware of any play alongs.
from Keith Fletcher
See a lot of questions from young drummers asking how to
make a living from drums. I had a very successful five years
playing on cruise ships. Frowned upon by some guys but where
else can you see the world and play with some of the
greatest musicians around. The standard is high but you play
all genres of music. Fabulous learning curve and good
Absolutely mate, good career
from Tim Vickery
First I want to say cheers for the work done over the years
- especially the Style Council stuff which meant so much to
me at the time and still does - nearly 30 years on the long
hot summer still hasn't passed me by!
I always had the impression in the Council that the four of
you (plus others involved) were bouncing off each other in
such interesting ways, each opening up doors for the others
to explore. Only the truly blessed can connect with the
amount of people you did at the level you did.
My question is about the 'infamous' last Council gig at the
Albert Hall in the long hot summer of 89. Like so much of
the Council, I've always thought that the history of that
gig has been re-written, and not very accurately. It is
always portrayed as a disaster, fans ripping up their
programmes in protest, etc.
It's not the way I remember it at all. True, some were
bemused. It was part of the Capital Music festival and the
greatest hits LP had just come out - some were obviously
expecting a greatest hits type show, and were bemused by the
But many loved it. I certainly did. I was lucky enough to
see the Council many times - that gig is one of the stand
outs. My question is as follows; what are your memories of
that gig? - and also a 'what if' - how might things have
developed differently had Polydor released the album?
I'm sure in the mists of time many a legend has developed
over the notorious last gig, I know it was very experimental
and heavily dance based, all I can say is the concept of
special guests, DJ's on stage is now standard fare at most
shows, so maybe Paul was a little ahead of the game?
Thing is, it's hard for me to comment as I wasn't drumming!
It was a guy called Richie Stephens, there was no mad
reason, I was busy and the band were very quiet in the
preceding year, I was just really busy and when Paul agreed
to do the short run of shows including Japan I couldn't just
jack in the work I had a come back, for me it was pretty
much over, there was no animosity and Paul had already asked
me to do the final TV show and then come and work on demos
that culminated in the "solo years"
Hi Steve would be grateful for a little help if
possible. I have a drum skin signed by your good self your
brother Alan, Damon Minchella, I think Seamus Beaghan but
stuck on two others, could you possibly have a look and see
if you recognise who the other two are.
One of them is Duncan Ross the guitarist who played with the
Trio, not sure who the other one is, could be Jacko Peake or
Kelly who sang with us
Hi, mate. Just watched Jools Holland celebratory show
and it had Sunflower on it. Looked like you enjoyed every
minute, man. Brilliant stuff.
I have no question as such, just wished to let you know that
the rendition of sunflower made a pub-free Friday evening
Nice one mate, can't believe its
nearly 20 years now!
from Jim Konig
Congratulations on the accolade of being included in the
100 Drum Heroes. Rightly deserved not only for your prowess,
but also the influence you have on so many.
Very kind Jim, I was very honoured, hope you're well?
from Rob Avery
Hi Steve , Just wanted to pass on my thanks to yourself,
craig and all who were involved in the great day out at
Plymouth drum tuition and evening event. I can't recommend
these types of courses highly enough to anyone hoping to
take their drumming further.
Thanks Rob that's very kind.
Question from Brad
I just wanted to say how much of an influence you are to me,
I've listened to your playing from very young, The Style
Council through to Weller, For over 13 years now. Ever since
my mum came back from a Weller concert with a t-shirt for me
years and years ago Ive always come back to listening to
I often listen to Heavy Soul back to front, every track is
incredible. The track Amongst Butterflies means so much to
me I had it tattooed on me to remind me of the age when
music was great.
You inspired me so much I picked up the drums a decade ago,
and taught myself but listening to your playing. My mum had
a pair of sticks signed by you last christmas for me, thank
you so much I think its great you keep in contact with your
fans, to many musicians these don't have time for the people
who truly look up to them. Every time I loose track of
things I put on your playing with Weller and everything
I just want to say thanks, You truly are one of the best
musicians of this generation.
If there is any chance you have some time to personally give
me a lesson or just grab a beer please get in contact.
Very kind words Brad and much
appreciated , if your interested in lessons drop me a line
Hi Steve can you tell me how I can contact Paul Wellers
management direct pls?
No idea, I've not worked with
Paul for 6 years.
from jack wade
hi steve iv'e seen you in clinic countless times and
have also had a masterclass lesson with you when you visited
(andys) thedrumshop uk in washington newcastle. i am now 20
and ready to study drums further and peruse a career.
i was wondering if you could help me out with what course
you studied at berklee because i really want to make sure i
apply for the right one.
any other advice would be gratefully appreciated.
Although awarded a scholarship to Berklee and PIT I couldn't
get the funds together to go, I'm sure the courses are
excellent, I know there are some great teachers there.
Question from Susie
You were a VERY big part of my life in the early 80"s in
Just wanted to say "thank you" and hope to see you in the
Thank you Susie
Hope to be back in some form soon.
Question from Andre
Hi Steve, I'm Andre and live in Sao Paulo, Brazil and had a
true privilege of watching you playing here. Never heard of
you before but your performance was really inspiring that
day. I have seen your "paradiddle advanced" video on YouTube
and I wondering if you have an instructional DVD or
something like that. Anyway, thank you very much and to see
you again in Brazil in the near future. All the best. Andre.
Sadly no DVD but there are a number of lessons on line for
Mapex, I hope to do some more soon, thank you and kind
regards to you and the wonderful Brazil!
Question from Mark Foreman
Hi Steve its Mark Foreman here, I came to see you at
Colchester eve. Thank you for a great evening of inspiring
playing and invaluable advise and for making me fall in love
with the Paradiddle again. My wife is delighted. Ha! Also
love the Trio Valore and Sam Gray cd’s. I also thought the
Roland sampler was amazing. Thank you for all the great
music you’ve brought us over the years and for remaining a
real and down to earth guy.
Many, many thanks,
Thanks Mark for the kind words
Question from Laurence
hi steve-just got back from your drum clinic in poole-first
one i have been to, both me and my daughter enjoyed watching
you (her comment afterwards "he makes it look so easy!!")
some of your words of wisdom really struck a chord and have
given me a boost to continue getting my gear together and
have some lessons-even though im 47 its nice to know its
never too late ! anyway thanks for a great night - it was a
pleasure to see and meet you...loz (the brummie) p.s.nearly
forgot can you tell me the name of the aretha franklin and
bill withers tracks you used ? thanks steve and all the
Great to meet you and glad you and your daughter enjoyed it.
The Aretha Franklin track was called "Rock Steady" and the
Bill Withers song "Use Me", great stuff.
Question from Stuart Quinn-Harvie
Hi Steve, I just got back from your Manchester clinic
tonight and I have to say it was the best drum event I have
ever been to. I have been to Drum Academy a few times, loved
it and knew what to expect, but I took my girlfriend a a
couple of mates with me, and they all had a brilliant time,
and one of them now wants to return to drumming. Mary ( my
partner) was smiling all night.
great info, lessons, wisdom and inspiration, as always.
Thanks for a great night :-)
That's so kind Stuart, thank you so
much for the kind words, much appreciated.
Question from Mark Foreman
Coming to see you in Colchester in July, question is,
how do I contain myself until then? I cant wait!!! This will
be my first clinic. What a gift! See you then Steve. All the
Ha ha, look forward to it.
Question from Luke Selby
Hey Steve, it's Luke Selby, I had a couple of lessons
with you years ago at Poole Percussion when I was about 13.
I'm 18 now, just finished school and am now pursuing a
career as a professional drummer, i've worked very hard and
have come a long way since you last played with me, if you
remember. I was wondering if you could give me any advice,
direction or if you could help in anyway on how I can get my
starting career to the level of yours. Thank you for your
Practice, be focused on what you want to achieve and put
your self out to make as many contacts as possible, its the
tried and tested route.
Question from Dave Rennie
Hi Steve, I doubt you remember me but myself and a base
playing friend of mine did you you a favour back in the late
90's and played guitar for you at your drum school in
Eastleigh, above the pub with Mark Ford. Any way my band is
looking for a drummer.
Can you help?
You could ask Glenn Clarke, the teacher that put on the
clinic, I'm sure he would be able to recommend someone?
Question from Harry
I'm a year ten student in New Zealand, moved from the UK
about eight years ago, my drum teacher recommended watching
you with Paul Weller, have you got any plans to make it to
the southern hemisphere?
Would love to, no plans at minute but you never know what's
round the corner.
Question from Karl D'Mello
Glad to see your career has progressed and flourished so
well - I am very happy for you.
It was a long time ago we met briefly, as school boys, for 3
days with the Graham Collier sextet in SE London. It was a
taxing time for me as I did not (and still don't) have your
talent. We talked over many things, including Graham Lears
drumming on "Moonflower", I don't live far from him now - we
both live in Canada - he at Niagara-on-the-Lake, and I in
Oakville. Although I've never met him, it is my intention to
do so one of these days!
I haven't played in many, many years, though I still have my
All the best Steve, I continue to enjoy your career.
Good to hear from you. And if you ever meet Mr Lear give him
my very best.
Question from Peter McCamley
Hi Steve, things seem busy with you, waitin for you to pop
up on hollyokes.. Anyway down to the question, any sign of
you comin over to Dublin this year a while since you,ve been
Sadly not at the minute, the best thing re a clinic is to
put in a request at your local Mapex dealer and see what
Question from Chris Rogers
Hiya Steve, how you doing ? I hope all the family are
well. I bet it's been cheery in the White / Lindsay
household recently with both your teams finishing as
champions. It was touch and go for a while whether our two
teams we going to meet next season, gloomy times at Villa
Park, but as long as they're picking up their 70 grand a
week or however much it is .... Anyway, we hope you have a
very Happy Birthday mate and we hope to see you soon.
All good here, catch up at the Academy
Question from Dale Clemente
Hope your well? I know this is gonna sound really strange
but was wondering if you could help and my best mate Omar.
We are both huge huge huge OASIS fans and two years ago, we
set ourselves a challenge to meet every member of OASIS and
have our photo taken with them. In those two years we
managed to track down every member (Liam, Noel, Guigsy,
Bonehead, Gem, Andy and even Tony McCarroll) Our adventure
has mainly been based in London but has also taken us all
the way to Manchester and back in the same day, as Tony
McCarroll was doing his one and only book signing. Bit crazy
I know. So I wondering if there was any chance you could
have a word with your brother Alan for us, as we would
absolutely love to meet him and have our photo taken with
him. We could meet him any place any time and be also
willing to make a donation for his charity for taking the
time to make two Oasis fans day. Hope this doesn't sound too
All I can do is pass on your request, can't really do
anymore as Alan isn't really interested in the past I'm
Question from Tommy Alexander
Hi Steve! I was catching up with an old drummer mate of
mine recently and we were discussing the epic day we had way
back in the 90's at your masterclass and clinic at the Minto
Hotel in Edinburgh .I recall it was Murray Seatons Drumstore
who organised it. My mate Roy was so impressed he ordered an
identical Pearl Masters kit to yours that day. I remember
you telling us you had lost a box of records in a taxi that
day .Did you ever get them back? Anyway thank you very much
for the lessons and for being a genuinely top bloke!
Remember it well, used to love coming to Edinburgh, remember
that on the last occasion we did the Minto we had over 500
people in, yes the records turned up.
Question from Johnny Harris
hope your all well watchin jooles Holland and noticed mick
is now Playin with Dexys Have you got anything live goin on
for the Jubilee Iam still tryin to find some video footage
of the royal weddin gig in Hale any Ideas Mate wat a good
day that was are you still in the shop teaching see ya soon
Johnny and IKEE
No nothing planned mate, Sam's new single is going to radio
and I've got a drum clinic tour coming up in July, date in
Question from Carl Scutt
Steve hi. A couple of questions:
I was at tunbridge wells on Thursday and absolutely loved
the evening. Huge fan of style council!
I'm 45 started drumming again after the 20 year brake!!
Anyway, wished I'd asked while I was there 'do you play
traditional grip because it gives you something extra when
you play?' I never seem to get the power playing this way
and it feels awkward when doing fills:(
Also they said DVDs would be available could u forward email
address for purchase please.
Many thanks for the kind words , to be honest re trad grip
its just simply what I grew up with , I don't think it gives
you any advantage over match grip , its all about the amount
you can actually practice , as for the DVDs I don't really
know to much about that as it will be subject to approval
and also overcoming any copy right issues with samples etc
Question from John
I'm sure the answer is "no", since it's a damn long way to
travel. But any plans to play the States or N. America in
general? Went to listen to PW's live stuff in Seattle, April
2009. No disrespect to what he was doing then, or creating
now. But I sure wish you had been sittin' on the drum stool!
And, 'What's Your Problem?' is fantastic! Is that you on it?
I'd love to get back to the States, hopefully with singer
songwriter Sam Gray who I'm working with, really good new
single for August.
And yes that's me on 'What's your Problem'.
Question from Ross
alright steve how you doing? planning anything new with
weller at all? what's your younger brother alan been upto?
when was the last time you talked to the gallagher brothers?
No plans with Weller, Alan is a property developer now, and
not spoke to the Gallaghers since they changed their numbers
and got their manager to tell Alan his services were no
longer required, not sure what they are up to these days.
Question from Tobias
thank you for solving this issue for me.
And yes, it's Paul ... and I don't even like RoboCop. Could
anything be more embarrassing?
No worries Tobias
Question from Tobias Koplin
I am from Munich, Germany, I admire your work and being a
drummer myself I listen closely to how you play certain
things. I especially love your drum work on Peter Wellers
"Wild Wood" and I REALLY love the way you play the ride
cymbal on "5th season". Ever since I tried to find out what
exact ride you might have used (K Zildjian Dry Ride?) -
could you help me with that information?
Best regards, Tobias
The cymbal in question was either an original 80s K Heavy
ride or an original 20 inch K Constantinople 20 inch from
the 1950s this was a really unusual cymbal as it was
exceptionally heavy and dry
It was Paul Weller not Peter he was Robo cop I think.
Question from Grant Tunbridge
RED ARMY! Happy Days. Hope all is good. I'm hoping to come
to your drum clinic in Tunbridge Wells with some of my bass
students. A couple of questions; Would you like a bass
student to play a Blues with you,to demo how the drums work
with a bassline? Or do you have backing tracks to
support?Some of my younger students are girls and they are
really getting good, this would really help there playing
and understanding of how a rhythm section can work if they
could play with you,it would certainly give them a boost!
Did a gig with Vic Hyland last night, he sends his best to
you. May catch you at the Valley next week. All the
I've actually got backing tracks to play too , and with four
drummers I'm not sure if we will have time , look forward to
Question from joe
re starclub...is your brother the band's
drummer?...where can i email him? thanks
He was the drummer in Star Club, you can send email requests
to me and I'll pass them on.
Question from STEVE ADAMS
hi steve thanks for signing ians card he was beaming all
day by the way the album was pure un cluttered un
complicated quality did send you a tweet about this dont
know if you saw it so thats why im dropping you a line once
again thanks alot and your a topman.
cheers all the best steve
Cheers mate, glad it was
Question from STEVE ADAMS
hi steve the last time i saw you was at drumfest 2010 in
brentwood essex i thought your band was excellent my son ian
is a drummer following in my footsteps i am wondering if you
can pass on any tips or can sujest any excersises for
keeping his wrists supple is there any possabillity ian can
get an autograph or a picture cheers all the best steve
I've got some videos on in the education section that may
help, other wise its just simple measured daily practice
with a metronome that really makes the difference
Question from Rob
steve what ever happened between weller & hewitt as they
seemed to be great mates one time?
Check out the current Mojo, pretty
much all in there
Question from Julian Appleyard
Interesting to see Mighty Mick Talbot is heavily involved
with the new Dexy's record by co-producing it. Have you
heard any of it? And have you heard any of Sonik Kicks?
I've not heard any of the new Dexys but I'm really pleased
Mick is so busy with it, I've heard Pauls new record and I'm
really pleased for his current success, hope you're well?
Question from Andrew Skerry
Hello again Steve, You may know me from the annoying
tweets you receive from time to time.
Very interested in the drumming tuition sessions you have
planned, if you can let me know more details as and when
that would be great.
By the way looks like Pompey may not be playing Charlton
next year as we are bone arsed broke! Unless you have a few
I'm teaching in Stockport until July and also doing the
Freddie Gee summer drum academy in Winchester in Aug if your
Question from Joe
Hope you are doing well and what is the best band you have
drummed for,also i was wondering if i can get your autograph
I've had a lot of great times throughout me career and would
be really hard to single out one
Question from Andy Hyams
Hi Steve hope you and the family are well. With ref to
"New for 2012 the Craig Blundell and Steve White drum
experience" will you doing days in the Manchester/Lancashire
Starting next week
Question from Pete Walsh
I recall reading that you have a large collection of snares,
what are the top 3 snares you've played.
Hello Pete, I'm very lucky, I've
distilled my faves down quite a bit, I really love my wood
shell Dynasonics, only ply shells but just beautiful drums,
also my Radio Kings, the solid shells, are fat and woody and
great studio drums, on top of that I love the work of Johnny
Craviotto, I just think he is an artist, that's not to say
that my current live snare the Mapex Retrosonic isn't an
amazing drum, I'm a big fan of the Black Panther range.
Finally I have to give a mention to Keith Keough of KD drums
and now Premier, I have 5 of his drums and love them.
Question from Glenn Daniels
Have you got any materclasses/clinics in the north west
Nothing in the book , hope that will change soon
Question from Mathew
Hi Steve its sticksman1 from twit hope your well...
Are you sams full time drummer now?
I'm producing, managing and playing on the recordings, I
don't really have time to play live.
Question from Samantha Collins:
I know this is a strange question but did your brother buy a
house in Albunuelas? If its true, I now live in it and love
Samantha. PS This was the only way I could contact someone
who may know the answer! Thank you.
I know Al had property in mainland Spain but I'm not sure he
lived there for any length of time, Mallorca was his choice,
anyway sounds like a great move, all the best
Question from Kevin Burke
What tips would you give to someone changing heads. In
particular, the tuning?
Seen loads of stuff on the Internet but nothing really earth
shattering. All very much 'suck it and see' Is this an item
you'd cover in your clinics? If so, any ideas if you're
doing one in Manchester soon? Or, can you recommend a good
tech to give me some pointers.
Without seeming like a cop out tuning really is a
subjective subject, there are also many factors involved to,
the kind of heads you use, the kind of wood you use for your
drums, how thick the shells are, the rooms acoustics, and
that's not even talking about the microphones and sound guy.
Generally, I try to keep things simple, I use single ply
heads like Ambassadors by Remo, I take the tuning rod down
to the bite point (where it starts to bear down on the hoop)
and then I tune in opposites, going diagonally across the
drum, the main thing for me is I try and keep the top and
bottom heads pretty much the same tension and try and make
sure the heads are tuned evenly, dampening is a personal
choice, but I find that if the drum is tuned properly less
damping is required.
Question from mark
hi steve on a paul weller song " down in the seine "
years ago at the end of the song you played a sort of
fluttering affect with the brushes that i have never forgot
it was so good could you please tell me how you done it what
were you doing with the brushes to get that affect thanks so
Hi Mark, it's a side wards sweep
basically, you hold the tip against the skin and then just
swish it from side to side, that's an old track!!
Question from Steve Bowden
Sad to hear about Players/ Trio Valore saw both at Jazz
Cafe, brick lane and supporting From the Jam. Great great
musicians playing great tunes.
Just took my 6 year old to his first lesson so over the
years will be showing him all my olds TSC videos of the
greatest drummer around.
Keep The Faith
Nice one Steve. Who knows, there
may be some other projects to bring him along too?
Question from ivan
hello steve, can you tell me have you idea you will again
make record and play with players/trio valore
I think those projects have had their day, it was just
incredibly hard to make them financially viable, I hope to
be doing some new and exciting projects in the near future
and I will update on the site.
Question from pete walsh
Followed your playing for a long while now and just want to
say thanks for the educational stuff and mapex sessions they
are really inspirational. I just wish I had your talent, I
need to keep practicing.
Cheers Pete, glad you are enjoying them
Question from nick
Hi Steve, Just like to say ive admired your playing
since the early days of white chinos and blue blazers, and
the Players cds ive heard are top drawer. Just like to ask
if its true you were asked to replace Rick in From the Jam ?
Sure youve been asked this many times.
Many thanks for the kind words, I
was approached but politely declined.
Question from steve
hi ,just wondering when you are next doing a clinc in
the north west?
Not sure yet, waiting to hear what plans Mapex have for
Question from Graham Oliver
All right, Steve? Happy New Year, mate. Quick question,
if I may. I practised a lot over the Christmas period and as
a result my right knee has completely seized up. Absolutely
killing me. I've never had this before. Do you think maybe I
had the bass drum set up too far/too close (I play heel up),
or perhaps I was unbalanced on the stool? Or is it just
because I'm an old geezer and can't practise as much as I
Any advice, as always, is most appreciated.
Sounds like a strain of some sort , but probably worth a
visit to a reputable sports injury clinic to get an opinion,
if its swollen you could try icing but really needs checking
by a pro, hope alls OK?
Question from Stefano
Had a go you did indeed, and created a remarkable canon
of pop music in the process -- bravo! And better the cod
reggae wannabe should be dressed as a bee than wearing that
cod-piece loin cloth in the film "Dune." When are you next
I'm not sure, I'm hoping to visit
and play soon but got to find a vehicle to do it, hope Sam
Gray makes it out there.
Question from Calvin Day
steve, a colleague of myself requires some jazz drumming
tuition, could you please point in the right direction? he
is not a novice drummer but would like some advice/tuition
on techniques etc.
What part of the country are you in? And I'll help with some
Question from Stefano
Don't disagree with you at all re: the current state and
shape of politics. What prompted me to ask was the bit in
the Weller documentary that had Miles Copeland commenting on
the de facto leftist politics of the music industry and
referencing PW specifically. There's something about the
music of PW and Ray Davies that speaks of continuity and
preservation of culture that resounds with conservatives, I
think. At least it should. Regardless, you are a brilliant
drummer and I've enjoyed seeing you several times here in
the states. I missed you during the most recent gig in NYC a
year or so ago. Wish you could bring Trio Valore, or
Talbot/White vive stateside.
Yes Miles Copeland, I remember the
points he was referring to, and my point back would be that
at least we had a go, after all Mr Copeland was managing a
band with a cod reggae wannabee dressed as a bee that had
staged fights on stage to make it look a little more "punk"
... Still, it worked for them
Question from ScatMan (aka Stefano)
Big fan of yours from TSC on through Trio Valore ...and you
and Damon are the second-best rhythm section the Who ever
had! You know, there's damn few of us Council fans of
longstanding here in the states -- and to top it off, I'm on
the right side of the political spectrum! Which brings up my
question: how much were you into the politics expressed in
the Council days, Red Wedge and so forth? Did Mssr. Weller (
truly the Poet Laureate of later modernity) allow for any
dissent from the manifesto? Ciao, Stefano
Good question, I personally was very much into the causes we
supported, as regards Red Wedge, the original idea was that
we were simply going out to persuade young people to think
about politics and use their right to vote, even if that
meant for Maggie. There was no pressure to go on those
tours, in fact Paul did say if anyone doesn't want to do it
that's cool. The problem was, instead of using music to
comment and express views, ala Curtis Mayfield or even RATM,
we found ourselves actually embroiled in the political
machine and press rather than just commenting via our music,
big mistake. I personally was very committed to CND, at the
time I had visited the Eastern block and saw for myself how
much propaganda had gone into the so called Soviet threat. I
was also a strong supporter of trade union rights for young
workers, Anti- racist causes and anti- apartheid activity
and I'm very proud of the fact that as a band we did what we
did. Political comment is almost non-existent with bands now
and apathy and a lack of interest in issues does dismay me.
Saying that, I think 30 years on we have almost run the
course of old fashioned left and right party politics and
the world faces very different problems and agendas.
Question from Bazza
Who is the best band/artist you've ever worked with?
Probably for all round talent its got to be Paul Weller
Question from Rob
hi steve do you think you'll ever work with paul again?
Never say never, but I don't think
I'd be right for his current musical direction.
Question from Bevy Morris
Are you doing a tour next year? Please come to Portsmouth if
you do. I saw you a few years ago at the Wedgewood Rooms -
awsome. You need to get out on the road and inspire x
Not sure yet, at the moment I'm managing two artists, one
has an album out and the other is planning to record one,
I'm doing my online lessons for Mapex, I've got my Jam Track
central project which runs into next year as well as
teaching and some design work, so its all a pretty full
diary, plus at this point I don't actually have a band to
I recorded an album with Brendan Lynch aka Lynch Mob (the
producer on a lot of Paul's records) Max Heyes was
engineering and Damon Minchella played bass, a great young
singer called Jamie is on there too, really great tunes,
kind of Big beat meets Scott Walker, now that would be fun
to do some shows with.
Question from Juliet Hazard
Saw you play at The Warwick Arts Centre last week -
fantastic! I would like to buy my son (Herbie) a crash with
the 'fringe' of tingly bits on it (sorry to be so
un-technical - that's a clueless mum for you!) but I have no
idea what to ask for? Thought I'd ask the expert! Thanks in
advance. Best wishes and thanks for being such an
inspiration to an 11 year old boy!
What your describing is a china cymbal that has had rivets
fitted, you could try Ebay? The cymbal in question is by
Zildjian and is called a
"swish knocker" of all things, you could just buy a china
type cymbal by any company and have someone fit rivets to
it, maybe one of the specialist drum shops in Birmingham
could do that for you.
Question from Scott Pope
Hi Steve, went to the best drummer show in Warwick last week
with my 9 year old son Tom. We both loved it and it was
great to meet you and get the Trio valore cd signed at the
end. Tom is one year into learning the drums, he has an
excellent teacher (Dougie Wright, session drummer in the
sixties, seventies in London, he still has a real passion
for drums), anyway thanks for inspiring him a bit more and
we both look forward to watching you again.
All the best, scott
Great stuff Scott and good on you
for bringing him along and encouraging him.
Question from Tia
I was at your last clinic in portrush, northern ireland,
really good afternoon, so thanks for that! I was wondering
if you would have any tips for trying to get in to
professional work. I'm just finishing a degree (not in
music) but want to go on to do a diploma in drums once i'm
done, because that's where my heart is. I've done some
semi-professional stuff over my summers but want to get more
serious work, any tips?
Just meeting other musicians and gaining contacts is the
best way , you've got to focus on what you want to do , try
to work out what kind of music you want to do a be focused ,
being in a big city where there is a music scene helps and
then its just lots of tenacity
Question from Gatsy
Your articles are for when it asboltuley, positively,
needs to be understood overnight.
I thank you (I think)
Question from kevin galvin
come on you shaymen!
are you making the trip upto sunny halifax?
its in the bag! (only joking...but much needed funds for
if you are making the journey can i suggest you checkout the
piece hall (its a unique building) for may'be future
or the old post office pub (my mates the owner) that would
be a plug.
respect to you.
Depends on work, I'd like to make it and I'll keep in mind
Question from richard
sorry steve no question- just to say enjoyed your clinic
at blackpool on tuesday.....thank-you- i hope one day you'll
return...all the best for the coming
Thank you kindly Richard
Question from Andrea Jackson
I saw Sam at Preston recently and absolutely loved his voice
and soulful songs. I could have listened to him for much
I would just like to make an observation about the bass
player. He was very distracting due to his stance..at first
i wondered if he could not stand up straight but then after
the songs were finished he stood up correctly. He also has
some very strange/wacky head and body movements. After a
while instead of listening to Sam you become fixated with
the bass players movements. Could someone have a word with
him to curb his enthusiastic moves a little and consider who
the audience want to concentrate on.
The CD is fantastic and I cant wait to see how Sams music
Thanks for your kind words , I'll pass on your observations
Question from damian challis
ive been a drummer for the marching band scene for mast of
my life and im in the royal marines corps of drums based in
devon and i really want to get into learning kit stuff and
start playing in rock bands and i was wondering if you had
any good advice for me. im looking at starting a course part
time down here in exeter. I 34 years old now so im hoping
that im not getting too old but do you have any tips on what
to work on and any books or material i could read from as im
pretty novice at the moment cheers damian
I think you are doing the right thing and a good teacher
will do wonders, I don't know how far you are from Totnes
but my good friend James Sharp teaches there, he can be
contacted through Colin Woolways drum sense network.
Question from Vee
Hi Steve, probably a silly question but what time of day
will Sam be at the Manchester Caffe Nero gigs in
I think all times are at
Question from Jason:
How is your brother Alan, will we ever see him
Drumming again, have you got any plans to work together in
He is doing well but no plans to pick up the sticks I'm
Question from Julian Appleyard
Hope you are well. Long time no email! I have really enjoyed
the stuff I have heard from Sam Gray, very talented I reckon
and a real tunesmith! Other the work with Jon, Sam and the
teaching have you any other irons in the fire? Not going to
go there on the Weller stuff - uts been covered lots on here
and a line drawn, Having said that history repeats itself
and I am sure you will work again with Mr W. Have you heard
much of Mick Talbot's work on the new Dexy's record? Also
could you settle an argument, did you ever guest on a Nick
Yes been pretty busy with Sam and Abi Phillips too, that's a
longer term project, seem to create my own work rather than
waiting for the phone to ring to be honest. I'm not sure
history will repeat itself in this case but we have been in
touch a fair bit for reasons that will become apparent.
Question from Jim
Hi Steve. Hope you and your family are well.
Can you tell me if there will be a (what I believe we have
to call) physical release of Sam's album, as I can't get the
download from the US. Vinyl would be fab as I'm old, but CD
Thanks and all the best,
Yes there will be a physical release, initially CD but maybe
Question from Adam Belcher
Hey Steve, I'm sure you know about it but I've just
started watchin a hbo series called Treme, set in the world
of New Orleans second line. Brilliant, check it out if you
Got onto it Adam, super stuff!
Question from Gunther
Hi Steve, I noticed you don't play the Orion anymore.
Can you tell me why please?
Just bought one and love the sound.
What made you switch to Saturns?
I still do play the Orion but for more everyday uses I have
the Saturn, both sets are fabulous
Question from Aaron
Been a fan for longer than I can remember. My 8 year old is
interested in starting to play the drums. Is there a junior
kit you would recommend? A lot of the stuff I've seen seems
to be glorified toys.
(He's also having a trial at Charlton's Academy, btw,)
Great news about the academy !! There are so called Junior
kits, but I'd suggest looking for smaller drums , say with
an 18 or 20 bass drum, I know that Mapex do a shell pack
with an 18 kick drum , check with a shop like Poole
Percussion or the Drum shop in Gateshead , they will give
you the best advice too
Question from Kriss Healan.
Hi Steve, how you doing mate? just a quick one met you
at the globe in cardiff a few years ago. Are you coming back
again soon?regards kriss.
Hoping to be doing some new stuff very soon
Question from paul reilly
Hi Steve i hope your well, any
sign of you coming over to Dublin any time soon?
At the minute all up in the air, once Sam Gray's album is
out, be easier to plan.
Question from Matt M
I became connected to your drumming through TSC and Paul's
solo career. You'll be always remembered as one of the great
In my humble opinion the era around 1992-1994 is park of the
best of Paul's career and your drumming at that time is
What for you were the stand out points at this time, bare in
mind Paul has said that recording at the Manor was his fav
haunts at the time? Fav gigs? Fav memories?.....
To be a fly on the wall at this time is my ultimate Dr Who
Very kind words, the period you speak of certainly was heady
times, it was very obvious that things were getting bigger,
we were very experimental as a band and Yolanda Charles was
a fine compadre on bass guitar, recording the first album
right through to Stanley Road was one massive buzz and that
was nearly six years!! The manor was great too and so many
Question from Annette Rogers:
Hello Steve. I hope you, Sal and the kids are well.
So, you've had a technology crash ? Is that the same as
you've broken your Blackberry ? Haha.
Congratulations to Sal on becoming a Loose Woman, and the
great new series Mount Pleasant - really enjoying that.
She also done really well on Let's Do Lunch the other day.
Not sure I could successfully chop vegetables standing next
to that Itallian dish !
See you soon
Sals doing great and the Blackberry crash was a bloody
nightmare. Hope alls well
Question from Stephen Braich
Oh, wow! Hi, Steve. How great to get a reply from you!
I'm not a drummer (barrister, actually!!). I do have a
question. Where would you rate Ian Paice (Deep Purple, of
course) in the scheme of things?
Have a lovely weekend.
I rate Ian as one of my all time favourites, 'Made In Japan'
is still one of my all time favourites
Question from graham buckland:
Thanks for your reply Steve, will definitely attend
drummer live in London! Is it at excel? Thanks, Graham.
Question from Stephen
Dear Steve White,
Just been watching a recording of the Live8 concert in 2005
when you played with The Who. You were brilliant!!
Thank you very much for the kind words
Question from graham buckland
Hi Steve, hope all is well, how are your boys doing? I
am still drumming but i brought myself an electronic kit
just to keep the neighbours happy, shame that my other kit
is now in the loft though! I should come to watch you play
at one of your clinics as the last time i see you play was
at the excel(2007) and it was great to hear you play live!
Well all the best Steve and i bet your glad you got of to a
good start to the season against Bournemouth!!
Thanks Sharon, drummer live on 16th
Oct is next London show if you can make it?
Question from joe
hi steve great drumming over the years with paul how
come you havent played with paul in a while
thanks for your time
Paul wanted to do some different stuff, I didn't really
think I was the right man for the job.
Question from stan pearce
Hi Steve, hope all is well, are you up north on any
workshops in the near future, it would be nice to see you
Hello Stan, nothing in pipeline but
maybe something at end of year.
Question from wayne roberts
Hi Steve, do you think my son would be ok with two
separate drum tutors?
I think it would be fine, but my wife thinks it may confuse
him getting two different views.
Think your wife may have a very good point, why would you
need two drum tutors? I would stick with the one that your
son is getting most out of.
Question from Toby
I came to your clinic last night and it was amazing and you
blew me away with everthing you said and did and the doubles
on the pedals was insane. last night kept me awake till 3
ha:) as i have a drum solo coming up at school and you gave
me some really good ideas and insperation i was going to do
a solo by my self but i was thinking it could get boring for
people after a while and then i saw that you did last night
playing along to tracks and it gave me a good idea to do
have you got any tips for me and also some names of the
songs you were playing to so i could try out some of those
beats that made you sound like god :) many thanks Toby
Its a great idea to use backing tracks or loops for a bit of
inspiration, I tend to use hip hop or electronica grooves,
bands like Kraftwerk are brilliant, also anything that's
processed or with a drum machine is great!
Question from Douglas MUSSARD
I loved the clinic tonight in Swindon .I have just got home
and looked up bombo rhythm but cant find the notation or any
you tube stuff , I loved it when you used it on the bass
drum then put a paradiddle groove on top it sounded amazing
i just have to give it a go.
can you tell me what that Bombo pattern is.
Keep up the amazing work.
There is a book called Afro Cuban
rhythms for drum set by Frankie Malabe and Bob Wiener, its
not expensive and is available on Amazon, it has a whole
section on it, and its a great book !!
Question from Dale Clemente
Hi Steve, Hope you're well?
Was just wondering if you and your brother will be doing any
jamming in the near future. Would love to see you both play.
Many Thanks Dale
Not sure about that , would be nice but Alan doesn't play
much these days
Question from Mark Mckenzie
Allright Steve! Was lucky enough to catch you at a drum
clinic in Nottingham in the early 90's. Been living in
Canada since '93. Recently going through a "re-awakening"
with drumming. Going back to the basics. Have adopted the
orthodox grip i learned in BB's (my first teachers). Would
like to tackle some jazz standards...any good 'beginner'
tunes you can recommend. Asked you back at the drum clinic
if the type of grip was important...you said "NO!...Practise
Is!!" Think that says it all.
Well good luck with your new endeavours, there are some
excellent play along books out there at varying levels, best
thing is to maybe go on Amazon and have a look at the
various levels . The other book for Jazz is Jim Chapins
advance independence for modern drummer, a classic!
Question from Anthony Joyce
Hi Steve. How are you and the family? Just finishing my
exams and then I'm at a loose end for next 3 months so I
going to try to get to see as many drum events as I can
afford. Hope to catch you somewhere.
Great stuff, few going on over the
summer to choose from.
Question from Tim
Hi, I'm Coming to your Clinic with Colin Woolway at The
Venue in Swindon but I notice your events page says this is
on the 16th June whereas the Drumsense website (and if I
remember correctly my ticket) says 15th June !! Please can
you confirm the date? Many thanks, Tim.
Apologies my mistake.
Question from Mark Watkins
Really please to see you are going to be playing at Warwick
on the 6th Nov. We really missed lasts year, I'm pleased to
see Ian palmer has made this happen again, this is a very
special event and worthy of the best drummers.
Keep the faith.
Question from Annette
Hello Steve, it was lovely to see you the weekend and
good to hear Sam and Abi are keeping you busy.
Just wanted to say a big THANKS for all you do for Luke -
your inspiration, help, advice, and support. It really is
Have a very happy birthday, with love and best wishes from
Nice one mate and thanks for
Question from Alex
You've always been an inspiration to my drumming. I love
playing along with "The Lodgers". It just burns from start
to finish. Is there any chance that the Style Council will
reunite. I think that style of music needs a comeback!
Thank you for your amazing talent and inspiration.
Thanks for the kind words re The Style Council , I don't
think there is much chance of a reunion , there seems to be
far more interest in the Jam getting back together , I just
don't think Paul does the group thing anymore.
Question from Frederic HAUVUY
This is not a question but a congratulation for your
performance and your solo in the concerto with John Lord in
Mulhouse .( I'm The French Guy you talked with in Liechfield
for the 1st World Greatest Drummer in 2006 )
Merci beacoup Frederic
Question from Paula
Browsing this site made me think that I have the whole of
that JTQ gig on video tape from when it was first
broadcast... I used to watch 'Brothers Batucada' (I think
that's which song is featured here? It's been a long time!)
again and again ad nauseam when I was supposed to be
revising for my 'A' Levels (I was 16 when it was recorded).
Now where can I get my hands on a video player to relive the
whole gig? Hmmmmmmm.....
I did get my 'A' Levels in the end by the way, despite the
many distractions thrown in my way over this period... :)
Long time ago now Paula, hope the A
levels have served you well?
Question from Michael Hutchinson:
Hi steve, i was wondering if you could take a look at my
site and email me some comments so i can start promoting it.
At present i am trying to promote, Drum Kit Groups in the
North East of england, schools. This incorporates 6 Drum
kits on stage and running through some solo composition and
standard rudimental work, this is for ages 7 - 11, i am
tying to convince the school board that getting the Drum Kit
into schools will inspire Home Grown Drummers, to follow the
passion that we have, and promote the Drum kit as a musical
instrument, rather than something that we hit for a living.
Your promotion and guidance would be greatly appreciated
I'll take a look when I get a moment, good luck with it all
Question from Ian
Hi there Steve,
About 15-20 years ago, I bought a lovely Pearl (I think
GLX) drum kit in natural maple from a bloke called Mobile
who said it used to belong to you.
I'm sure you've had thousands of kits in your time, but am
just wondering if you can remember?
PS. If it did used to be yours, do you want to buy it back?!
I don't know anyone called Mobile ? But there is a strong
possibility of the drums being mine , are they still in good
condition as I might be interested in buying them for old
Question from Georgie
When in your day to day life do you feel the most creative?
During a specific time of day? After a visit with a family
member or friend? After listening to other music you like?
When you are around other musicians?
Really, what is the trigger to your creativity?
Wow! What a question, with four
children including seven month old twins I don't really have
a specific time, creativity flows at the joy of, and the
privilege of sitting down and at a set of drums and knowing
I'm healthy and my family are healthy and there is food on
the table, if that's never enough to inspire me I will do
something else, good question
Question from Nat Garfield
I saw you play at drumfest a couple years ago with Trio
valore n thought it was great.
Also love the fact you've played with Oasis, I'm in a band
influenced by them. Just wandered what advice you can offer
for being part of a band trying to break through. We've
recorded with Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Ocean Colour
Scene, The Twang) and have got some great tracks down. You
can hear them on www.facebook.com/themodernuk
Any thoughts/tips on either the band as a whole or on my
drumming would be greatly appreciated.
I think the thing is, you have to be completely one hundred
percent dedicated, you have to take note of what other bands
you have something in common are doing, focus on agents that
represent the kind of bands that you like, also work on the
social network side of things, I'm dubious how many sales
you get but you have to be seen to be doing it, above all be
confident that you have got great songs, all the other stuff
is irrelevant without songs.
Question from Monty
Hi Steve, I used to come watch you at the Oldham drum
festival but have since moved to Belfast. When are you gonna
come over here and give us treat?
I was in Portrush last year, guess will have to wait till I
get asked back, I love Belfast
Question from Loz
Hi Steve, hope you and yours are well. I wondered if you
could give me a bit of advice, I'm shortly doing an audition
with a band that has a percussionist and I wondered if
there's anything I need to watch out for or be wary of as I
have never had the pleasure?
No real worries just try to make sure that you don't end up
filling at the same time, especially happens when Timbales
Question from Adam Belcher
Hi Steve, what's the name of the Buddy box set you
mentioned to me? cheers Adam.
'Kind of Rich' Adam, but apparently
its sold out on Amazon.
Question from jon nobbs (nobber)
Great to see you are in Stockport in April , do you have any
gigs planed in the UK ? would be great to see you play live
again.( i was lucky to be present at a few trio gigs with
Joel, the trip down to Camden town i will remember for a
long time). good luck with your projects in spring and
hopefully will get chance to buy you a beer again soon!
Cheers mate, catch up soon
Question from Graham Oliver
All right, Steve? I've just deleted my Chris Powell
screensaver at work. He's got a touchline ban on Saturday,
so, you never know, we might actually win! Bloody
My head is in my hands Graham, I
just saw how adrift the play offs we actually are.
Question from Martin Best
Hi, Steve. I saw you do a clinic in Dartford in the early
'90s along with Charley Antolini and Phil Gould. Don't
suppose you've ever kept any sort of recordings of your
clinics, have you? I guess there would be a lot by now!!
all the Best,
I did keep some recordings but more from the later 90s
onwards, not sure of that one would have been recorded,
though I remember it well.
Question from Rob Tarrant
I was the chap that won the auction for the Purpleheart
concept snare you gave to the Jordan Terris fund raising
event last week (27th Feb). Out of interest, what
sound/effect were you trying to get in developing the snare?
And thank for your support, hope you like the drum, that
kind of drum was designed for a direct back beat, quite dry
and loud, its the kind of wood drum that almost has the
properties of a metal drum, be great for dance and funk
Question from Sue Jackson
Steve meant to say, when we saw Jon in Liverpool, your
drum solo was fantastic.
Best Wishes Sue
Ah, thanks Sue
Question from Paul
As a fellow Eltham boy, Charlton supporter and Eaglesfield
old boy I was hoping you could give me some tips. I have
been a frustrated drummer all my life, driving friends and
family mad with my constant tapping to music. I have wanted
to learn to play the drums for so long, I was almost afraid
to learn in case I was crap at it, however, after a year of
having once a week lessons I absolutely love it, still crap
though but who cares. My drum teacher is a really great guy
but I think I've plateaud a bit of late, should I try
getting another drum teacher (in addition to my present drum
teacher) just to get a different perspective, or do you
think this may confuse things at this stage. I am 48 in May
and greatly wished I had started learning years ago. Your
advice would be great.
All the best.
PS/ by the way, my niece and her brood of children live
opposite your dad
Ah I know the very brood!
Well we all have this problem Paul and yes sometimes a
change is as good as a rest, maybe do a one off lesson with
someone, many pros offer this kind of tuition, also
something like the Freddie Gee summer drum camp might be
just the shot in the arm you need?
Question from Sue Jackson
Great that your doing well, my husband was also at
Eaglefield a few years above you, he was also from Eltham
and plays in a band.
When are you next playing with Jon Lord ? we saw him in
Liverpool it was great.
all the best Sue.
Next Jon Gig is in May in France I think
Question from Iain Clarke
Have just bought a Black Widow Black Panther snare. What
head would you reccommend? Currently I am using a Prem
Modern Classics with a coated Remo Emperor head for a
general all round, but with the new drum wondered if you had
If the emperor is working great! The ambassador is slightly
thinner and lends a little more resonance possibly
Question from Will
Well although im a big fan my question is slightly different
from the rest.....im studying the knowledge and as im also a
south londoner, just wondered where in bermondsey you used
to live as its a place i know well.......
Originally in Gomm Road in a row of houses not there anymore
approaching Southwark park. My Nan lived in Neptune House
just near the mouth of the Rotherhithe tunnel and then moved
to just off the Blue.
Question from Adam Belcher
Hi Steve, just bidded for a Brady on eBay, I tried to be
clever by bidding right at the end and missed out, some
lucky b-----d just got a brand new 14- 6.5 Tasmanian block
Brady for 473, gutted!!!
Better luck next time
Question from Adam Belcher
Cheers for the prompt response Steve,in 20 plus years of
playing drums ive never had the pleasure of playing a single
ply snare, ive come close to buying one several times but
could never quite justifie the expense, i actually travelled
from Manchester to Birmingham to buy a 14 by 5.5 brady sheok
block last year only to find out when i got there it was
actually 12" im currently trying to convince myself it would
make a good investment to get a top notch snare, im sure ill
give in to the temptation before long, hoping to attend the
accademy again maybe next year so might see ya soon,cheers
Question from Adam Belcher
Hi Steve, hope your well. Just bought myself the panther
snare drum and am thrilled with it, i know you've played
some great snares in your time, radio kings, black beautys,
craviottos etc how do you think the new black panthers
compare with some of your old faves? (sorry to treat you
like a mapex salesman but your opinion would mean alot,
The Black Panther is a beautiful drum, and the variations on
the wood types and combinations give it some very unique
characteristics, its a little unfair comparing the BP to the
Cravs or the Radio Kings as they are solid one piece shells,
which for me personally have an edge over any ply shell
drum, in terms of value and quality the BP's are up there.
Hello mr White, is a pleasure to ask you something, I'm from
Italy and love the Style Council and The Players. I'm
beginning to play percussions, congas or bongos, and I want
to ask you wath type of percussion is this, in the video:
they're smaller than congas but bigger than bongos, and the
sound is great! i love them but I can't find what type of
congas are them, can you help me please?
Thank you very much, are you coming to Italy for some gigs
in the future?
I've no idea. Look like some kind of hybrid.
Question from Adam Belcher
Hi Steve hope all is well, really enjoyed the black panther
demo with you and Craig so just one quick question, if you
could only have 1 black panther to play for the rest of your
life which 1 would it be. Cheers Adam.
Ooh that's a hard one, the two
faves I have are the Retrosonic and the Velvetone, can I
have those two ?
Question from Lyn Greenleaf
I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be there.
Hopefully I will make it this year.
Still have the drumsticks......They take pride of place in
my passage. They come in handy when I need to chase the cat
All the best
Question from Lyn Greenleaf
Bit late but congratulation to you and Sally on the birth of
your boys. I bet they are getting big now, not tiny babies
Just wondering if you are doing the Sense drumathon on 1st
July, I have just checked the sense website for any news on
performers and I love the photo of Dave Rowntree and Emelie
playing the drums our star pupil is Emelie always keeps us
on our toes.
Best regards Lyn
I'd certainly like to, I've not heard anything about it so
Question from Johnny Willis
I had a question for you about a Paul weller song can you
heal us holyman. How do you do that groove what is the
sticking pattern i love that song all on top of a samba foot
pattern. Also the same question for have you ever had it
blue is that a bossa nova.
Yes you right the main groove on Holyman is a samba bass
drum pattern and the LH is playing the back beat on the
snare drum , the right hand is playing sixteenth notes on
the hi hat and yes Ever had it blue is a bossa nova.
Question from Luton Paul
If you havn't already done so, check out Steve Moore the mad
drummer. There's some youtube footage 'this drummer's at the
wrong gig' which is down right bizarre.
It should make your jaw drop and smile at the same time!!!!
Question from Charlie
Massive fan. Listen to that Picking up sticks solo almost on
a daily basis
on the Hyde Park DVD.
Just wanted to know if you had plans to do any drum clinics
I'm playing in March in Totness in Devon and on the 26th Feb
I'm doing the TCT gig for Jordan Terriss in Nuneaton, will
be more stuff as year goes on.
Question from Ian Mellett
Why do you not drum with Paul Weller anymore ?
To be honest it's not the same without your brilliant and
And your drumming on sunflower is awesome.
Which is your favourite weller / style council song to drum
It was time to go, Paul wanted a different kind of band and
that was that really.
I have to many favourite tunes, Paul is a brilliant song
Question from Ian McDonald
hi steve, i met you last year at the mr drums gig in
portrush. i have been playing and gigging for 30 odd years
now and while i'm not the biggest fan of soloing your
masterclass was the most educational 2 hours i have ever
spent. i teach at home and your class has been such a help .
That's really kind, thank you so much!
Question from Carl Williams
Hi Steve hope you and family had a great new year just
letting you know my new consulting business is up and
running check it out at www.cwpercussion.co.uk.
Also check the face book page out drum kit video.
How about getting a few clinics together sometime this year,
I am back with Sven and the guys from Leicester.All the best
Steve keep it rolling mate!
Will do Carl all sounds good
Question from Graham Oliver
Happy New Year to you and yours Steve. Hope your Christmas
was better than mine - I was knocked by a double whammy of
flu and tonsillitis over the holidays (although on the plus
side, I've lost almost a stone in weight!). But more
importantly, what do you make of the takeover at Charlton?
All the best, Graham
Early days Graham, we seem to be
doing alright on the pitch finally and that's got to be the
best indication for the future
Hope all is well health wise now.
Question from Brian Knorr
Writing to you all the way from California, probably out of
the loop regarding all the most current UK music news. A fan
I have to ask, without beating around the bush, will you and
Paul play together again? Life is just too damn short to let
your combined talents wither away. I miss hearing you two
work together. That goes for Damon and Simon as well. What
do you think? -Brian
Happy new year! Who knows, I certainly miss working with a
musician the calibre of Paul but am certainly not sitting
around waiting for some call out of the blue , lots of water
has gone under the bridge since we stopped working together
, for one , I kept on at Paul to go to Australia for the
best part of 20 years and he wasn't interested ,yet since
the band split up he has been twice, Pauls also give up
drinking and when we last worked together that wasn't the
case ( he has also discovered David Bowie ) so much has
changed, who knows?
I'm not holding my breath, my life is not on hold like some
desperate people that have held a torch for 30 years to play
with Paul again, and in all honesty would I have enjoyed
emulating other drummers parts that have played on the last
two records the answer is no.
Question from Graham Buckland
Hi steve, have a great xmas and happy new year!Hope your
little ones enjoy there first xmas!All the best for 2011,
And you Graham
Question from Chris Rogers:
Ayup mate, hope you're well. Thought I'd drop you a quick
line before we head off for a fortnight of sun, sea and
Cobra lager !
Nice to see you keeping busy and I enjoy the sounds from Sam
and Abi - good to hear young talent. We hope all the family
are well and wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and
best wishes for the new year.
See you soon.
Nice one Chris
Have a great Xmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2011
Question from Johnny Harris
ayup steve how are ya doin long time since we last wrote
just wondering when will you back up in manchester so i
could maybe treat ya to a shandy by the way if your ever in
in need of a guitarist in the manchester area please bear me
or even just a bit of a jam session at one fo your
soundchecks PS AND I dont play OASIS????
see ya soon Hopefully
Will be up after Xmas for a fair while.
Question from Mark Meakings
Steve, I asked about equipment and saw it on the site.
Small world, just read you went to school at Eaglesfield
Road. I grew up in the Lord Herbert pub on Herbert Road not
far away at the bottom of the Eglington Hill that comes down
from Shooters Hill.
My inspiration then was Dave Clark (saw him at the Odeon),
the drummer in the Hollies (saw him in Eastbourne last
year). They got me tapping away that started it all!
Went back down memory lane last month and called in the pub
(it's still awful, but not much worse than some of the pubs
I've played in).
I got a shock when as I was telling the Landlord it was 45
years previous, I got a tap on the shoulder from someone who
knew us and was still going in there!!
One other thing that was very evident last night was the
sound coming out of your kits. I have a small Ludwig kit
with new skins, but I need to learn how to tune them.
Back to Craig at Bonners!
Yep remember the Herbert well , I had a great time at Eaglesfield , glad you enjoyed the show !
Question from Gordon Waters
Many thanks for your knockout presentation for Bonners at
Eastbourne last night.
There aren't many of us around who have actually seen the
blessed Buddy. I feel priviledged to have seen him twice,
and your stick juggling reminded me of seeing Sonny Payne
with the Basie band.
At the tender age of 63 I practice regularly but will never
get near the stunning performance I saw last night.
Hope you get some sleep soon!
That's so kind , the likes of Buddy are once in a millenium
, keep on keeping on with your drumming. There is a
wonderful DVD of Buddy called Buddy up close, truly
All the best
Question from Red
I really liked the show on ttuesday night it was fab and I
want to drum like that.
The secret is practice practice practice !!
Question from Ciaran McConnell:
Thank you for a great night in Drogheda .My son Mark and I
had a great night with yourself and Colin Cheers ciaran
Thanks for coming
Question from Brian
Just a line to say a big thanks to yourself and Colin for a
most enjoyable evening in the Sound Shop, Drogheda on
Wednesday night. Your presentations were informative,
insightful and above all fun. All the best ..B
Thanks so much Brian it was a
really good night !
Question from Dan Finlay
Hi Steve, I'm literally in the door from your clinic in
Drogheda (Ireland) and I have to thank you for one of the
best displays of drumming I have seen, not only that, but
your talks about practice routines and samba were inspiring.
Anyway my question is, do you think that at 28 years old
that it is too late to start taking drums to that next level
from intermediate (no regular practicing) to something
resembling professional? Oh and the answer to your question,
No Cheryl Cole isn't worth it.
Thanks and take care.
Its a question of Practice Dan and really what kind of work
you want to do ? At 28 to get into a Rush type prog band or
a Fusion band then you'll have your work cut out for you ,
but remember most of the time its about keeping great time!
Thanks for the kind words
Question from Graham Oliver
A belated congratulations on the little 'uns, Steve. One
thing I never got used to after three kids was changing
nappies. Thank God that's all over!
So does this mean you're going to get stick from the missus
- like I do, believe me, from mine - when you say you're
going to football? I have to ask permission these days!
She actually feels that its a life's lesson for the boys,
triumph over adversity, sticking with the under dog,
steeling your convictions to endeavour, or supporting
Question from Jordan Grispino
big fan of your work.
i would like to ask you im a drummer from brighton i went to
bimm for two years, how can i found out about audtions and
new artists needing drums for tours music videos, tv shows.
i have a good music cv i do think im good enough to go
The billion dollar question, it's sometimes a question of
who you know and how well you know them, get to Jams, look
for people looking for drummers, have a good attitude to
work and music, focus on bands and management companies and
labels that make music you like to contact, and remember the
harder you work the luckier you get.
Question from Graham:
HI STEVE, CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW ARRIVALS, ALL THE BEST,
Question from Bex
I must say, I agree with Steph Brown as your involvement
with Mr Weller. I'm a bass player and I really dig the
grooves that you created with Paul both solo and Style
Council. I love the tight and precision sound you produce. I
would love the chance to have a jam with you. You can hear
some of my stuff with a couple of bands. iTunes search
Paradox 'All crazy now' and 'waiting for you'. And a track
from another project I've been involved with can be heard
Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and if you
listen to the music. Keep up the inspirational drumming, I
Thanks for the kind words Bex, I'll check out the links
Question from Steph Brown
hi steve,i have just got a new mapex maridian mapel kit,on
the bass i have head with kick port .on batter emad,,just
cant get the sound im after any tips,,also sorry to ask
,,what is the bass drum pattern you play on sunflower..i
think i have the hands right ..great song but the drums make
it..dont know what happend with you and weller ,,in my
opinion he has lost the best drummer he could ever wish
for..his band is not as strong,his loss.......cheers
Thanks for the kind words , the bass drum pattern on
sunflower basically is a standard rock pattern . The hands
play R L R R L R R L
As regards your bass drum, you don't mention what type of
sound you are trying to get, different heads affect the way
it sounds, more or less dampening to, best thing is to
Question from Graham Oliver
Bloody Charlton! Call me a plastic fan, but I left after the
third Brighton goal, so I missed the fan attempting to
confront Parkinson. The highlight of the game by all
It was awful mate.
Question from Rob
From back when on the Capital Party in the Sky you were
sitting next to Neil Arthur in the cords from San Fran;
still following your career not as closely as before.
Listening to the sounds on here they are great and I am
happy that you can still do it after all these years.
Anyway nostalgia over keep on keeping on.
Question from Scott Cavanagh
Great programme with Mark Radcliffe on Sky Arts last night,
really enjoyed the insight into techniques etc. He did
pretty well didnt he!!
He did great
Question from Mike Smith
I recently bought a Sabian 20" Steve White signature ride.
There doesn't seem to be much information online about it,
though - is there anything you could tell me about it? What
were you aiming for with this fella? I'd be dead interested
to hear any trivia or whathaveyou about the beast - I love
the sound it makes!
The cymbal was designed and released approx 12 years ago ,
basically it was intended as a simple medium ride . The
trend at the time was for very heavy direct sounding cymbals
and I felt something with a little more wash would suit the
range, the cymbal sold very well worldwide, Tyler Stewart of
the Canadian band Barenaked ladies used it, my brother Alan
also released a sig cymbal at the same time.
Question from Julian Appleyard
Hi Steve, long time no email matey! Just wondering what the
sketch was with the gig in York on 21st? As it is only half
hour away thought of popping in with the missus and spending
time in York and seeing some good music!
Sorry to say the gig got cancelled due to the promoter
getting cold feet, I was only really a hired gun on that
Question from peter mccamley
hi steve hows the form, any plans in coming over to dublin
hav,nt seen you here for a while, hope alls well with you.
Not much happening in that part of
the world for me at min , always a pleasure when it does
Question from Mark Wilkin
We met you when you did a drum clinic in Redruth, Cornwall
in March this year. You got my 8 year old son up on stage
with you for part of the session. I spoke to Jerry of Mapex
on the phone, and he said he caught that moment on your
camera, and we were rather wondering if you would be able to
send me that particular snippet? It's a big ask, I know, but
we'd really really appreciate it!
I'll try and sort it Mark, I'm a
bit rushed at minute with various things.
Question from Jamie McGarrick
Looking forward to Drum Academy as usual, I'm sure you'll of
thought of some stuff to mess with our heads!! After you'll
be in Kyps doing a clinic on Monday - but just to let you
know that Jason Rebello is playing on the Sunday before in a
bar called Champions with Pino Palladino, Jeremy Stacey on
drums and Paul on guitar, thought you might be interested -
get Austin to sort you a ticket!! Anyway seeya in about 3
weeks - maybe a glass or two of wine could be on the cards!!
Cheers Jamie, Bournemouth
Yes all looking good for Acad, will definitely try and make
Question from Graham Oliver
It's official after yesterday's rumours: Gary Doherty's our
first signing. Always liked him, to be honest. Good solid
defender. Plus he gets more goals than Lloyd Sam!
Question from Graham Oliver
All right, Steve?
Seriously mate, are we even going to be able to field a team
against Bournemouth? Shelvey's gone, Bailey's gone, Spring's
gone, Randolph has travelled up to Motherwell, Burton's
mulling over offers from other clubs, as is Sam. Every
player we've registered an interest in has gone elsewhere,
most recently Hoskins to Bristol Rovers. And we've signed no
one. Even Parkinson's attracting interest from Leicester.
We're going to have a team of kids and loaned-in has-beens
next season. I'm going to miss the opening game, and I'm not
even bothered. What a sad state of affairs.
A very worrying time mate
Question from Lyn
Just wanted to say a big thank You for the Autograph and the
set of drum sticks you gave to my friend Emily at the
Sense’s Big Beats Deafblind Drumathon this afternoon.
Unfortunately my child has been off school all week because
he has been unwell. I did try my hardest to come but what
with one thing and another it was not to be. I was told that
maybe you will be doing it again next year. I really hope
you will and I will definitely be there. Also I just want
you to know that I think you are one of the best Drummers
around and was gutted when you were no longer with Paul
Weller. I have been following you around in concerts since
your days in the style council. Best ever concert was Days
of Speed at the Royal Albert Hall. Still rate that as my
best Album of all times. Also my husband has been writing a
few songs lately and has some good ones under his belt, so
if you need some new material just give me a call. (Only
Thanks again you are a real gent
Hey Lyn, no worries, glad you like
em, you and your colleagues do a magnificent job.
Question from Matt Reading
hey there steve
saw your video lessons on paradiddles and their use in jazz
and swing. very impressive stuff.
could you name your 10 favourite drummers of all time?
thanks very much for your videos
i've learnt a thing or two from them!
all the best
Cheers Matthew, hard question, but
here are few that come to mind.
Philly Jo Jones
Al jackson Jnr
Question from Darrell
No question Steve, except to say that you are without doubt
the greatest drummer of our generation..........
Big love to you and Sal
p.s Tracie Young will shortly be having her album
re-released (not before time ) Did you play on the original
Respond release ????
Thanks for the kind words, did do some recording for Tracie
but not sure what ended up where.
Question from Graham Oliver
Bournemouth at home first game. Can't wait...
Oh the glamour!
Question from Brian Murray
Hi Steve, not so much a question but more of a massive thank
you for playing @ MrDrums Mapex clinic! It was a massive
success and everyone who attended has paid huge compliments
not only to your playing but also your communication skills
and thoughts. Also, it was an immense pleasure to spend time
after it with you in the bar whilst talking everything from
Charlton to insomnia and listening to 5Live! many thanks
again and I wish you every success for your future ventures,
Nice one Brian, it was a complete
Question from Bob Powell
HI Steve, I would very much like to attend the summer
academy but concerned about the standard required. I am not
an absolute beginner more an enthusiastic long standing
novice might be a better description who would benefit from
the intensive course. Is there a set standard or assessment
My wife and I came to see you at Jagz in May, Fantastic. I
am also the other Charlton supporter from Stuart Leary/Mike
Bailey/Marvin Hinton Days which will give you some idea of
Regards Bob Powell
We cater for all ages and talents, above all its a fun week,
we have a ball, if you mail me your number I'll pass your
details on to Freddiegee (George Frederick) or you can get
more details at
Hope to see you there
Question from Graham Oliver
All right, Steve?
I've squared it with the missus and taken your advice about
coming down the night before, although that means I'll be
coming by train, but that's no sweat. Just waiting to hear
back from George to sort out the details, and which day
would be best for me to attend. I'm really looking forward
Probably Tues or Weds
Question from Graham Oliver
All right, Steve? How goes it.
I've been in touch with George about a one day pass for the
summer academy, which are still available, because I'm
really interested in doing it. The only thing I'm concerned
about before I commit is making it to Winchester for a 10am
start from south London. Are we talking a couple of hours in
the car, do you think?
Why don't you come down night
before? We can sort a room and you could come down after
work, I'd say for a ten o clock start you'd need to leave at
Question from Dean
i was watching footage of instant karma by weller and at
first glance i notice you on the kit , well nothing new
there but then i notice your brother alan playing ?, how is
this the case. ps whats minchella up to these days thanks
We did it as part of a tribute to
Lennon and just fancied doing a double drum thing! Damon's
good, still going strong.
Question from Chris Rogers
Hi Steve, hope you, Sally and the kids are well.
I remember as a 20year old seeing you play for the fist time
in '84 with TSC.
Even now umpteen performances later I'm still blown away by
your playing, ( most recently the Mapex clinics ),
Have a very happy birthday mate and we'll see you in August,
if not before.
Love and best wishes
Chris, Annette and family.
Thanks guys, all the best
Question from Steve Houston
Really enjoyed the clinic in Glasgow last week, educational,
motivational and inspirational - brilliant.
Sorry The Addicks never made it to the final, I'm sure
you'll do it in style next season tho!
My girlfriend loved the rants about Cheryl Cole (et-al),
X-factor wanna-be's and the "Con-Dems", she was relieved to
know it's not just me that moans about these things.
Although she now thinks all drummers named Steve are a bit
I also really liked you telling the kids about Max Roach,
Art Blakey, etc, I've framed pics and paintings of those
guys in my living room, these guys deserve to be heard.
Cheers and looking forward to your next visit.
Very kind Steve, many thanks
Question from Steve Rowson
hi ste! i watched you at manchester enjoyed it and learn't
allot. cheers! luv to see again, is the concert at jon lord
liverpool 9th june free? im not flush so hope so. may see
you again. thanks!
Don't think its a freebie mate
Question from Steve
Fantastic Masterclass & Clinic at Portrush in Northern
Ireland on Thursday. I'm a very novice drummer and the whole
occasion was a fantastic combination of inspiration and
Hope to see you over here again soon.
Thanks so much Steve
Question from Adie Connolly
hi i was also in portrush on the 20th what a mighty day
great teacher and inspiration
Nice one Adie !
Question from Darren
Was at the clinic in Portrush, Northern Ireland last night.
Really enjoyed it and I hope you and your colleagues come
Thanks so much Darren
Question from Ross Butler
im a big fan of you and your brother Alan. i was just
wondering as a am in a band and alan is my biggest influence
of drums i was wondering how he was doing
Alan is fine, he has other work interests now and last month
did the London Marathon.
Question from Stuart (Glasgow)
I never had a chance to ask you but what are your memories
of the Glasgow Appllo, as the Style Council where one of the
last bands to play there.
One of the best nights the band ever had Stuart can remember
now the shouts of "its coming down in the morning"
Question from Nick Edmondson
i have to admit to only discovering you recently, i have
played with ian thomas and gilson lavis, and they have both
mentioned you, so ive been checking out some of your music
and saw you with errol rollings the at the drum festival,
just thought you'd like to know you have another admirer of
Take it easy
That's very kind Nick, thanks for
dropping me a line.
Question from Stuart (Glasgow)
your clinic in Glasgow was superb, and if any of the younger
drummers there listen to you and take your advice, then we
have got a lot to look forward to within the music industry
in the uk.
You are a pleasure to talk to, and always have time to talk
to people, which makes a change to others in the music
Dont be a stranger to Glasgow Steve as we will always
PS please come back with Mr Weller one day at the
Question from Elliot
Caught the drum clinic in Glasgow tonight and i thought it
was fantastic and you seem to be getting better (if that was
possible) as a bass player myself i really enjoyed it along
with all the drummers - come back soon steve -
Very kind sir thank you
Question from Rob Needham
I found your site from a Newsletter from Roland and I must
say it is a very interesting and well thought out site.
The interactivity between you and your fans is exemplary and
really shows that you are a caring and professional musician
not a "elitist celbrity"
Question from Graham Oliver
Congratulations to you and Sally on your wonderful news.
That's going to be an expensive season ticket, mate! Have
you considered the family stand?
All the best,
As long as they are not city fans!
Question from Tony Pearson
Saw you last night at PMT fantastic as always.
i am a 54 yearold 'drummer' of 1 year and love it. will
never be technically good but i liken it to singing in the
shower, we all think we are good but if i enjoy it long may
it continue. you mentioned sheet music was available for
thec youngsters so i didnt take one but you said it would be
on a website. can you send me the details please, and who
knows i might get technically better. great show cannot wait
to see/hear you again. any good links for tips would be
appreciated. best wishes with the twins.
We have been trying to upload from the road the sheets today
have a look at
they are imminent.
Question from Gail Greenfield
Nice one Steve. Congratulations to you both.
All the very best,
Gail and Steve XX
Question from Gary
I've just read about your great news. Congratulations to you
Question from Rick Lacey
Congratulations to you and Sally. I hope it all goes well.
Question from Debs x
Hi Steve, just wanted to pass on our congratulations to you
and Sal. Lovely news. Take care, much love Debs & Chris xx
Thanks very much Debs
Question from Joe Riddington
Got tickets for your clinic in Birmingham on tuesday.
The man behind the counter said that there will be a bit of
Mapex deals going on is this true as im on the search at the
minute for a black panther snare.
looking forward to seeing you there.
I think that's down to the discretion of the dealer , sure
if you flash the cash a deal can be had
Question from Chris Ogden
Hello Mr White!
Just a quick good luck message for the play-offs! I'm a
Leeds fan, so anyone but Hudds or Mill*all for the win
Come on you Addicks , think it will
be us in the final , if its Leeds its us up
Question from Craig Simcox
Hiya Steve just a little link for you to listen to, i
presume you've heard before but it really reminds me of your
feel and sound in places! I cant believe how old the track
See you At PMT tues
Question from David Moss
Thanks again for a great night at Jags in Ascot, just
We spoke briefly afterwards about Kenney Jones and his great
'loose' feel. I asked you if you'd heard/seen Micky Waller
who played on the early Rod Stewart albums. A track you must
hear is (I Know) I'm Losing You on the Every Picture Tells a
Story Album. It's an old Temptations song, played live by
Kenney and the Faces, which Micky Waller just nails. Have a
listen! Thanks again!
Thanks David, I'll check it out,
thanks for coming.
Question from Mr Shaun Phear
Hi Steve, I have been a big fan of you playing now for a lot
of years. I have even tried covering a few of your tracks,
Could you tell me why the switch to Vic firth drum sticks as
i love the vater signature series? Will the vater ones be
now discontinued and are the Vic Firth ones of a similar
P.S i look forward to seeing some more youtube clips.
All the best,
Few reasons Shaun, but the main
reason is I really like my new Vic stick, its quite
different from the Hitmaker but feels and looks great.
Question from Liam Sinnott
I met you many years ago in 2001 when you opened 'the drum
centre' in Northampton. Your drumming continues to be an
influence on my playing. I have couple of questions
regarding my own playing. I really want to improve the
consistency of my strokes, are there useful exercises for
ensuring my strokes sound 'the same'. Also is there a useful
exercise for improving my rim shot?
All the best
i always feel inadequate answering this question because the
only answer is practice, practice with a metronome, focused
and regular, that's the only way I'm afraid. No specific
tips on improving rim shots other than maybe trying a
Question from Southpaw Grammar
Steve, you are one of the most under-rated drummers ever.
Just to wish you well in all your further ventures.
Providing the backbone to Mr. W's work was awesome to see
live (many, many times!). On a serious note, I'd like to
thank you as via the work of 'checkemlads'...I was caught
early on - so cheers! Sorry to talk a load of balls! Again,
peace and respect, SP.
Thanks very much, the comments re
Checkemlads are much appreciated
Question from Jason Milton:
Thank you for forwarding on our enquiry to Alan, We may hear
from him soon. You said you are doing a sponsored bike ride
through the Kent country side, Where are you starting from
and finishing, We live in Folkestone will you be going
anywhere near there so we can cheer you on. Good luck.
Jason & Debbie.
the organisers are still trying to work out the best route
at the moment.
Question from Jason Milton
When will you be performing in London next, I've seen you
play in Trio Valore and the Players, what exellent nights
they were. Is there any chance you can give me a contact
Email address so my Wife can contact your brother Alan about
the London Marathon, in which she also ran for Cervical
Thank you ever so much.
Jason and Debbie.
Not much going on with Trio or Players it's pastures new at
minute. I can't really give an email address out here, if
you forward your enquiry to this address I'll forward it
Question from Jonny Howell
I've recently bought tickets for Paul Weller's latest tour
but I am gutted to see you not in the saddle anymore! Any
news on a return? Steve Pilgrim does not nearly have the
precision or technical intricacy that you possessed, and
having watched many videos on youtube of yourself and Paul
and seen the immeasurable difference between the quality of
the live performance from then and now I can safely say that
the gig experience would certainly be enhanced with you with
the sticks. Also is there anything going on with your Alan
in terms of drumming?
Thanks for the grooves.
Paul likes the sound of the band
Jonny that's good enough for him. Alan's just done the
marathon no time for drumming sadly.
Question from JASON MILTON
Last time i saw you live was at the 100 Club with Trio
Valore, I had a photo with you and you also signed a couple
of my cd's. Can you let me know when Trio Valore are touring
again. I see Alan your brother completed the Marathon, My
Wife also ran, she ran for Cervical Cancer which is very
close to our hearts. She was at the start standing next to
Alan. Would you know if there is any chance in me meeting
Alan and signing my Oasis cd's, I hear he some times plays
with you in Trio Valore. Thank you,
Hi Jason, no plans for Trio Valore
at minute. Al doesn't really have much to do with music any
more so may be difficult to get him to sign stuff.
Question from Chris
Just wanted to say thanks for a great session at the NSCM in
Darlington on Sunday. I really enjoyed it and it was a
pleasure to meet you.
Cheers and all the best,
Nice one Chris and thank you!
Question from Bob Evans
not really a question, just to say thanks for the Orleans
inspired grooves you sent me via my drum tutor Russ Tarley
at the Portsmouth Drumheadz studio.
A really nice surprise and I am working on them right away!
Question from Alfie Wisener
hello mr wright i live in portrush and am looking forward to
seeing you coming over and showing everyone a bit of great
drumming i play drums as well and also play a mapex saturn i
was wondering if you use a single or a double bass pedal i
saw your video on parradilles on youtube and wasn't sure
weather or not there was a double pedal in there.
thanks for reading and see you in portrush
I have a double pedal set up but can't say I'm any kind of
expert with it.
Question from Paul Munday
Just wanted to say a big thank you again for last Sunday the
11th April at the Mick Yates memorial drum clinic, not only
for your excellent (as usual) drumming, but also thank you
for the amazing gesture of your very kind gifts for auction.
I managed to raise a small fortune for the signed head,
sticks and goodies which really did boost the figures for
Larry's trust fund. Larry turns 3 in May and together with a
gig we arranged just before Christmas we have the grand
total of £6627, hopefully this will accumulate into a tidy
sum over the next 15 years to be able to pass onto Larry
(now that his Dad can not provide for him).
I really do appreciate your kind gesture, your incredible
professional calmness at the embarrassing long winded sound
check, which was no ones fault, but helps when you are aware
enough to stand back and wait patiently. THANK YOU so much,
I am a huge fan, not only of your drumming.
Hope to catch you at Sheffield drum Stop
best regards Paul ( electro music_
Paul, it was a pleasure, now that
makes me feel really good that so much was raised for young
Larry, its a question of priorities and people are far more
important than memorabilia "Live, love laugh and be happy"
Best to the family
Question from Keith Marsh
Steve, I've been a fan since Style Council days and caught
you in clinic at Doncaster several years ago, thoroughly
I went along to the Mick Yates ( my former teacher ) Drum
Festival at Gainsborough on April 11th..amazing drumming as
usual, but the words you spoke about possessions not
mattering too much and that it's all about people were
delivered absolutely spot on and resonated with alot of the
audience along with backing it up with your kind gestures.
A fitting ending to an emotional day for a lot the people
Makes you proud to be a drummer.
Thanks so much Keith; an honour to
Question from Julian Appleyard
Hi Steve, Hope you are good. Quite a while since I dropped
you a line.
I am really keen to come to a Sam Gray gig - cannot do "Larndon"
not because as a northerner I would get a nose bleed, and
Manchester is handy but couldn't make the recent gig! What
are the chances of some more shows up here? The bits I have
heard sound top - really good.
Hate to mention your dear mate PW, as you have both moved on
professionally and I know you are dear buddies, and I don't
get in to the boring 'this is what I think of his new band"
stuff, however, I would be interested to hear what you think
to his new record. I have heard about 5 tracks and I admire
PW seemingly pushing himself - good on him really when you
compare him to some of the artists of his generation.
Let me know the score on Mr Gray - he deserves to go places
Will be more shows, in fact if you have a look in dates
section there are some more Manchester shows in, he is
definitely playing on a bill at the academy on the 14th May.
Spoke to Mr W at Easter had heard new single and gave him my
best wishes for it. Haven't heard the album, I think that
Paul in the studio and live are a different ball games now,
but what do I know, I was glad to hear that he got to work
with Clem Cattini finally the standard of drummer he
Question from Leebur
Just wanting to say your a legend. Listening to you inspired
me alot and opened my mind to rudimental grooves around the
kit, Sunflower is a prime example. Immence!! Looking forward
to your Glasgow clinic.
(Mapex Saturn all the way!)
Nice one Leebur, see you in
Question from Graham Oliver
All right, Steve? How's it going?
I have a question about bass drum technique, if I may. I
just wondered if you use the heel-toe technique for quick
doubles on the bass drum. I said before in another talkback
query, that I've always played with my foot flat on the
peddle; I can do fairly quick doubles, but not as fast as I
could if I could master the heel-toe technique. The only
problem is, because I've played with my foot flat on the
foot plate for so long, I'm finding it frustratingly
difficult to learn to play in a completely different way.
The answer of course is practice, but is there any other
advice you can give? Thanks in advance, fella, and here's
hoping for three points against Carlisle.
All the best,
A win is a win I guess!! Still looking nervy at home. Anyway
heel toe isn't something I've particularly applied myself
preferring to either play flat footed for jazz or swing type
playing and heel up for doubles, this personally I found
quite easy to develop with a little practice. We all have
strong and weak points and if you are having trouble with
the heel toe try switching between flat footed and heel off
the footplate, you can get quite a bit of speed just with
the ball of the foot.
Question from Sizey
I've just started playing and although I LOVE hitting the
skins, I find the volume from the kit too much at times.
When the rest of the band are playing I wince sometimes at
the volume. Can you recommend some good earplugs as those on
offer at the chemist usually succeed in blocking everything
Hi mate, there are some great ones
available at most drum shops, from foam type to plugs, all
the way up to custom moulds which although expensive are
Question from Andrew
It's been a while since I asked you for some advice. Getting
old gets busy.. I have an older Slingerland Club Kit (16x18,
8x10, 9x12, 14x14) and I'm faced with the situation of
wanting them to sound a bit like bigger drums live. I sort
of solved the kick drum issue with one of those KickPorts
(sounds a bit more like a 20"), but after about four
different head configurations on the others.......still at a
loss. I ask oh ye great one...HEEEELP PLEEEEASE! Thanks,
It's a difficult one Andrew, that
kind of config was meant to sound a certain way and will
never sound like a Rock kit, but you could try a non coated
head such as Ambassador or Emperor, the coating does kill
the ring a little, try that top and bottom. Also pay
attention to the tuning and try to use as little dampening
as possible, beyond that it really is a case of horses for
courses and if they are not loud enough maybe it's time for
Question from Eve
I have checked out Sam Gray and I like the sound, but are
you involved with Players - From the Six Corners, that is a
very good sound :)
Thanks for the kind words re Sam. Yes I was some what
involved in the Players, we made two very nice albums.
Question from Luton Paul
I did a last minute stand in on the bongo's for a local band
last Friday night. My first ever live performance!!!
It went really well although it was only a 5 minute debut.
However, the following evening i developed a numbness and
pins & needles in my forearm and fingers (right side only)
which is still present 3 days later. What did i do wrong?
Should i have done a warm up beforehand? A warm down
afterwards? Was i hitting the bongo's too hard?
Advice gratefully received Dr Steve.
It's probably a bit of nerve trauma, you've wacked something
and a nerve has been irritated, try some massage in warm
water and alternate that with ice, anything to increase the
circulation. If it doesn't get any better in a few days go
and see a sports therapist.
Question from Paul Mettem
Sam Gray sounds are ace
Is cd or down load available
see you at PMT
What a Great night it was at worlds greatest drummer
Not available just yet but we are working on it, see you
Question from David
On Paul Weller's first solo album there's a brief but
intriguing instrumental that separates "Remember How We
Started" and "Above The Clouds." It features some gorgeous
playing, not least your taut drumming, and what sounds to me
like a snippet of movie dialogue. I've always wondered
whether this instrumental was taken from an unreleased PW
song or was just a studio jam. I'm also curious to know who
speaks the dialogue and which movie it's taken from. Can you
As a side note, I'd like to tell you that I've been enjoying
and admiring your tremendous musicianship ever since your
debut with The Style Council in 1984. There have been so
many highlights over the years, but I'd like to single out
for praise your extraordinary work on the TSC song, "The
Cost Of Loving." Crisp, inventive, elegant yet ass-kicking.
Many thanks for that, as well as for countless other
All the best,
Hey David, what an eloquently put
question and thank you so much for your kind words. I
actually think it was from some studio banter, putting on
movie soundtracks could end up as a whole world of pain in
the copyright, I think it was one of those things that got
recorded over an open mike and just flew in for atmosphere,
thanks for the extremely kind words.
Question from Donald Eno
Touring? Was great to see you in Boston the last time Weller
played over here. And I love the Talbot ? White, etc. stuff.
VERY COOL!! But, any chance of you playing with any of your
current or former musical chums in the States?
Loved you since the TSC days. Were ever really that young?
Were any of us.
Keep it up, and keep sharing and teaching.
Just have to see what the future brings, I'm always up for
playing in the US but nothing on the horizon at the moment
sadly, thanks for your support, hope you're well?
Question from Rach
Just contacted music school in Darlington. Are you going to
be doing individual lessons at the end of April? Also can
you give me any info or a link on the Hull extravaganza you
are doing in Sept with Craig B, cant seem to find anything
on google. Thanks
Yes it's individual lessons and you have to speak to Stuie
at the NSCM, I'll post new details of the Hull event when I
Question from Ian Baron
No question Steve,just a message to tell you I think your a
top guy ,and thanks for the great nights at gigs up and down
the country over the last 20 odd years,
Many thanks Ian, very kind.
Question from Yoshitomo
Hi Steve! A big fan from Tokyo.
I recently watched again The Lodgers by The Style Council on
YouTube. You look so young and cute!
I am sure you have been to Japan many times.
Any memory of here?
Many many happy memories of Japan , Tokyo is up there as one
of my favourite places ever to visit , I've been very lucky
and see many parts of Japan from Osaka to Nagoya and Sendai
to Hiroshima, my last visit was just last October and as
always I had a great time
Question from Lucca Fernandes Albuquerque
Would you play with Noel Gallagher on his solo project, or
even if he starts a new band?
It's nothing I know anything about
to be honest, the whole thing with the Gallaghers was a mess
that never should have happened, some how I don't think I
would be first on the list.
Question from Chris Rogers
Hi Steve, hope you are well.
I wanted to say what a great new site, ( Luke loves the
videos link ). Onwards and upwards mate. Nice to see that
Mapex are keeping you busy and your diary is filling up.
Luke is playing his first paid gig on St George's Day, have
you any kind of copyright on your bass head logo ? cos he's
having one done VERY similar !
We've just donated to Alan's great cause. I'll do it with
you next year if your up for it ?
Keep doing what you do best and we'll pop along and see you
before academy week, at PMT and on one of the Sam Gray
nights. All the best mate.
Chris, Annette and Luke.
That's great mate, don't worry
about copyright, let him go for it, I've even got a jpeg of
the Charlton badge for him :) catch up at PMT, hope alls
Question from Luton Paul
No new Trio album? Is that it with the band?
If so, that's a real shame and if you don't mind me saying i
think you guys might be missing an opportunity here. I
reckon there's a really big movement growing in the
soul/funk genre. The record kicks label is by far the most
exciting at the moment. You fella's and the likes of Lack of
Afro are the way forward. Having seen you live numerous
times as Players and Trio, i can honestly say you have
provided some of the best musical experiences of my life and
i go to a lot of gigs.
Please Re-Think buddy.
The problem is there was no real appetite to write original
stuff for the band, I felt that if we did another album it
should be more original comps, the question was put and the
vibe wasn't there, not saying something may happen at some
point but that's it for now, I've got another project on the
go, some tracks are being mixed but it's just taking
Question from Dean
hello steve, i was watching footage of you playing the
congos on some acoustic tour and you had them sitting on the
floor with no stands, i did not understand this ,ive always
thought it sounded dense when played like this,is it a sound
you go for on the congos and if so what are your fav make of
congos thanks dean.
I always preferred that look and sound, I was always a fan
of the more traditional conguero, like Chano Pozo, I think
all that hardware was a bit 80s.
Question from Dan Higgins - Trevada Music:
How are you? I just wanted to thank you for your clinic last
week. I have received loads of positive vibes from various
customers who attended. Maybe do it again sometime?!
Trevada Music Ltd - 01209 714353
Nice one Dan
Always a pleasure to come down West
Question from Graham Oliver:
All right, Steve?
Following on from my last post about links on the new site,
I just want to say I bought the new 80s Casuals book from
your 80s Casuals link (thanks for that). As someone, like
myself, who is partial to a pair of old school adidas (my
current faves, for the record, are the Solebox adidas
Berlins and the Crooked Tongues adidas Londons), this book
is well worth a look.
All the best,
Nice one Graham I'm looking forward
to getting my copy.
Question from Tony Cowdrill
Hi Steve, I just got Are we on a few days ago and I think
it's a great piece of work. I'd like to know who the
vocalists on the album are, they all have great voices.
The Talbot White album? That's
Linda Muriel on vox if I remember rightly.
Question from Bonnie
What's the latest with Trio Valore? Is the album done yet?
No album Bonnie, the interest
wasn't there within the band to write, so we knocked it on
Question from Gordon Wint
Great clinic in Cornwall this week, make sure you come back
Gordon & Kiera
Question from Joe Riddington
thanks for the reply back, do you need tickets to go to the
clinic at PMT if you do how do you get the tickets, or do
you just turn up.....
What sort of things would be going on there.....
Best contact PMT (01213 595003) for
tix Joe, bit of drumming to be expected
Question from Joe Riddington
Hello Steve, just wondering how come you left premier
for Mapex. And what is it like to play with the new kit.
Premier was going to be the brand i was going to buy when i
first go into drumming but i went with Mapex and now im
looking for i new one again.
Would you be doing any gigs with trio valore in Birmingham
in the near future. Good luck with the new site its better.
I left Premier because a
contractual dispute, these things happen, I LOVE my new
Saturn drums, no Trio dates but I have a clinic in
Birmingham in May so come on down.
Question from GRAHAM OLIVER
All right, Steve. Just want to say, that's a fine job on
the revamp of the site. Looks well nice. The video tutorials
will be most welcome. Although I have to say, I'm a bit
worried that the link to the official Charlton site is gone!
All the best,
Thanks for the kind words, early days I'll have a word with
Ian and restore the link, may take it down again if we lose
to Stockport on Saturday
Question from Michael Deakin
Hello Steve! Just to say i dont play the drum's but i do get
on everyone's tit's at work & at home with my consent
tapping, thoe i like to think i've got rhythm & could of
been a contender :-)
I have enjoyed going through your website & watching the
various vid's both tuitorial & live.
Well all the best & hope to see you back out on the road
with paul & co!
Take care! :-)
Thanks Michael, give it a go sometime!
Question from Tony Walters
Nice new site Steve.
I am sure you have been asked this a few times but as a
fellow Bermondsey boy i have to ask....
The Weller band has just lost it since the new band come
along. Just not tight anymore and does not feel right at all
live. For the first time in years i walked out before the
end. Any chance you you getting back in the seat any time
Sorry if you are fed up with this question but you are
Hi Tony, its a
different time now, I hope one day to work with Paul again,
but won't be in the foreseeable future, thanks for the kind