Influences: Rush, Foo Fighters, Muse, Kasabian, The Killers, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Queen, Ac/dc, Guns N' Roses, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Stereophonics, Iron Maiden, Yes, Toto, Led Zeppelin, The Cure.
I first started playing the drums at the age of 5, teaching myself until the age of 11 when I first started having lessons before achieving grade 8 with distinction back in 2017 at the age of 17 and beginning to play live gigs at local venues from the same age.
I am currently completing my BMus(Hons) music performance degree specialising in Drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. I am studying under some top industry players such as Toby Drummond (We Will Rock You, Wicked), Darren Beckett (Brandon Flowers) and Windsor McGilvery (Hugh Cornwell, Fish – solo ex Marillion). I also studied with John Roberts (The Blockheads) for a year. As well as achieving Grade 8 distinction with Trinity in 2017 I also achieved Edexcel A level music with a B grade and played in my local big band until the end of 2018.
As a very creative, diverse and flexible drummer, I feel like my versatility has given me the opportunity to play a wide range of live performances and record with many different artists, the latest being Carl Jenkins new single ‘Stay with me’ where I created the drum pattern myself. I have also played at main venues across Guildford which include The Boileroom, The Star and The Holroyd Arms as well as bigger music venues in London such as The Unicorn in Camden. For my style of drumming, I cite drummers such as Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Roger Taylor and Taylor Hawkins as my big influences, particularly while I was growing up.
I have a wide range of live performance experience which include playing at some of Guildford’s main music venues such as The Star Inn, The Boileroom and The Holroyd Arms as well as local venues back down towards my family residence in Dorset. My main gigs are currently with rock band Dirty Shirley who I have been the drummer for since 2018, and classic R&B band The Rouge Roulettes. Additionally I am also the live drummer for pop artist Hannah Park and rock band Stattic Paradise. I have additionally worked with other solo artists such as Hollie Beadell and Ollie Sharp in recent times which shows my diversity and adaptability. I also have previous experience working in a recording studio environment (Lakeside Studios, SSL Guildford) and I am comfortable with playing along to backing tracks/clicks.
A standout moment in my career so far has been my first experience of playing in a musical theatre production when I played in my college production of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ as the Drummer under the instruction of musical director Liam Carey. What I most enjoyed was the diversity of the songs and the opportunity to concentrate on a range of styles during one production as well as it being my first experience with a theatre collaboration.
This is an extremely tough industry to get into and I will always struggle taking no for an answer because I like to always push myself to the best of my ability and I will never leave a job that has been half done, only once it's perfected and mastered will I be satisfied with myself. I am extremely competitive and I will do whatever it takes to push to get a job which I am competing for, anything that I know will help further my career and give me some extremely exciting opportunities ahead. Music is a fine art and the musicians required to make the industry what it is also need to be fine artists and brilliant technical players, there is no point in coming into this industry if for one minute you think you're not good enough, that will never get you anywhere, you must have a 'can do' attitude and you must always believe that you are capable of achieving anything. The word 'impossible' doesn't exist in my vocabulary, because if it did, I wouldn't have achieved what I already have in a relatively short space of time. My experience only comes from persistence and a positive attitude, because without that then I wouldn't be the drummer for these bands I am currently in and I wouldn't have been asked to play for these solo artists.
“Joe is in demand as a drummer and always has gigs in the diary. He is a great asset to any band or artist as he always turns up on time having learnt the songs. He is always totally dependable and because of his amazing time keeping, groove, chops and feel I would wholeheartedly recommend Joe to any band, theatre, artist or further education course in music.” – John Roberts (The Blockheads).
“Joe is a very dedicated and disciplined student with an excellent work ethic towards his studies, he will sit with whatever it is he needs to do and sit with it until it’s done to a high level. So, with a work ethic and discipline like Joe’s, that’s something that can definitely come in handy in a professional music career.” – Windsor McGilvrey.
"I have known Joe for nearly two years now after auditioning several drummers for a new music project called Dirty Shirley. Out of all the candidates, Joe’s clear enthusiasm towards the new project shone through and through. I specifically remember him playing out a perfect drum fill from the song ‘Paradise City’ by Guns N’ Roses, which incidentally is one of my favourite songs. His thunderous, creative and consistent playing was a perfect fit for the project and Joe has kept the groove ever since." - Jacob Wood (Dirty Shirley)