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 (https://black-emerald.com/) and InAir (https://www.inairband.com/) 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