Connor Shortt

Band Member, Drummer, Editor / Post Production Staffer

Reading, United Kingdom
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Chemicals - InAir

01Chemicals - InAir
02Jonestown - Black Emerald
03Insomnia - InAir
04Life of Anxiety - Black Emerald
05Bound-to-Break - InAir
06Voodoo-Princess - Black Emerald
07When I'm Gone - InAir

Physical Attributes

182 cm / 6ft 0in
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Credits & experience

  • Three tours planned with InAir : Drummer
  • Set up and ran Reading Rising Festival 2019 : Promoter/Performer
  • Released Regress single, September for InAir : Drummer
  • Filmed InAir video "Regress" with Purple Yam Media : Drummer
  • Released Chemicals single, July for InAir : Drummer
  • Programmed lighting for InAir stage show - DMX automation with LogicPro : Drummer/Lighting Designer
  • Recorded new Inair EP for Autumn release : Drummer
  • Rock Project (Oxfordshire), junior/senior/mature students, mixed ability and special needs : Teacher
  • Continued to tour with InAir : Drummer
  • Filmed InAir video "Chemicals" with Clearway Media : Drummer
  • Continued to gig with Black Emerald : Drummer
  • Continued tutoring with Jack Wrench (Arcane Roots - drums), Jon Duff (drums), Rebecca Cooch (Voice) : Drummer, Backing Vocals
  • Private Tutoring, drums : Teacher
  • Depping for Edge Of Ruin : Drummer
  • Endorsed by London Drumstick Company : Drummer
  • Rock Project (Oxfordshire), junior/senior/mature students, mixed ability including special needs. : Teacher
  • InAir - Two national tours (February and October) : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Set up and ran Reading Rising Festival 2018 : Promoter/performer
  • Released album "Hell Can't Handle All of Us" - Black Emerald : Drummer
  • InAir - supported Arcane Roots, Reading Sub89 : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Performed 51 gigs around UK, including several festivals with both Black Emerald and InAir : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Continued tutoring with Jon Duff (Drums) and Rebecca Cooch (Voice) : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Recorded "Meant to Be" video with Aukes Media : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Released EP "A Different Light" with InAir : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Rock Project (Berkshire), junior and senior students, mixed ability including special needs : Teacher
  • Perfomed 49 gigs around UK, including several festivals with both Black Emerald and InAir : Drummer/Backing Vocalist
  • Continued tutoring with Jon Duff : Student
  • Perfomed 35 gigs around UK, including several festivals with both Black Emerald and InAir : Drummer
  • Black Emerald - Hairy, Lairy and Kinda Scary Tour : Drummer
  • Recorded "Meant to Be" video with Different World Films : Drummer
  • Recorded "Meant to Be" EP with InAir at Whitehouse Studios : Drummer
  • Graduated from Academy of Contemporary Music with 2:1 Degree : Student
  • Started recording of Black Emerald Album at Whitehouse Studios (Reading) : Drummer
  • Joined InAir as their drummer : Drummer
  • Drummer for Deceiver (ACM band) : Drummer
  • Perfomed 25 gigs around UK, including several festivals with Black Emerald : Drummer
  • ACM Diploma showcase - performed with CACITBH and Izzy Sands : Drummer/Lighting Designer
  • Started Music performance Degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford : Degree - Music Performance (Drumming)
  • Bloodstock Open Air Festival : Black Emerald performed on the New Blood Stage
  • RMC Senior Ensembles Rhineland Tour : Kit player & percussionist for Brass and Concert Bands
  • We Will Rock You : House Band Drummer for school production
  • Drummer with Torn Between : School Band
  • Joined Black Emerald as their drummer : Drummer, Sludge/Stoner based metal band
  • Drummer with Regen : School Band
  • Until July 2013 - Berkshire Youth Percussion Ensemble : Playing tuned, latin and hand percussion.
  • Until July 2013 - RMC Senior Percussion Ensemble : Playing tuned, latin and hand percussion for the ensemble.
  • Until July 2013 - Holst Brass Band : Playing kit and percussion for Holst Brass Band


Drumming ability


Vocal ability

Backing vocals

Singing styles
  • Pop
  • Rock

Favourite genres
  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Metal
  • Electronic
  • Hip-hop

Influences: Arcane Roots, Animals As Leaders, Polyphia, Manchester Orchestra, Nirvana, Sufjan Stevens, Kanye West, Noname, Anderson Paak, Hans Zimmer

I'm a 24 year old expert level drummer and musician from Reading performing with two bands, teaching with the Oxfordshire Rock Project and undertaking one-to-one teaching as well. I hold a 2:1 Degree in Music Performance from the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, where I was taught by (among others) Frank Tontoh, Pete Reilly, Windsor McGilivray and Joe Yoshida.

I am available for freelance, studio and depping work.

I am a drummer with two bands, Black Emerald ( and InAir ( and depping for other bands, choirs and ensembles. See Facebook, Youtube, Instagram etc for details. I have played multiple festivals (eg Bloodstock, Fire and Forge, Icebreaker, Facebarmageddon, Reading Rising etc) and have released albums and EPs as well to excellent reviews.

I have multiple kits:
- DW Collectors Series - six piece
- Forecast custom acrylic four piece kit
- PDP X7 for gigging
- Ludwig Jazz kit (Questlove) for hip hop and teaching
- Tama Superstar
- Sabian cymbals (20 plus, various configurations of hats, etc)
- Roland SPDSX for backing tracks
- America DJ 200W six colour Parcans, EuroLite Effects Strobes, Smoke machines, stands etc.

I am an expert in both programming and using click, backing and automation tracks. I also play guitar, keys and tuned percussion to a high standard. My music theory knowledge is excellent, I hold multiple qualifications in music and have very strong sight read skills (including writing tabs).

I am also a DMX lighting programmer, very familiar with both traditional methods of lighting control and integration with more advanced lighting programs through LogicPro, DMXIS and click track integration through Roland products.

In addition to drumming and music in general I also video edit and have a comprehensive set of cameras along with DaVinci Resolve to both shoot, mix and balance videos.

I have my own transport (seven seat crew van for gigging and car) and hold a full clean licence. I am a member of the Musician's Union and have appropriate liability insurance and extended DBS checks in place.

Testimonial - Toby Drummond - (Shaun Ryder, Seahorses, Ray Davies, Russell Watson)
'Connor is an extremely talented musician and has been a pleasure to work with at the ACM. Connor has a super work ethic/professional attitude and is certainly a drummer to look out for in the future'

Testimonial — Bella Brown, Raise Your Voice Family Choirs
“Connor has played drums for several concerts and rehearsals with my choirs. He is professional, good with pre-event communication and an excellent musician. I wouldn't want anyone else to drum for me!”

InAir Review - “KKK. Reading alt.rockers introduce themselves with a skyscraping debut EP. ...brilliantly clean cut tracks with a startling clarity of purpose. ...juddering samples...surging riffs...beguiling vocals . ..ebb-and-flow pyrotechnics.. sparse synths and techtonic riffage. Strange, surging and unashamedly stylised closer Insomnia continues to show off the band's grand ambitions.” — Sam Law, Kerrang Magazine

Film & Stage Crew

Post Production & Editing ability


Having set up and run my own music festivals I am familiar with all aspects of stage management, lighting, organisation, running a team of stege managers and sound techs.

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