Connor Shortt

Drummer, Post Producer / Editor

Reading, United Kingdom
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Insomnia - InAir

From the EP "A Different Light"

01Insomnia - InAir
02Jonestown - Black Emerald
03When I'm Gone - InAir
04One For The Road - Black Emerald
05Life of Anxiety - Black Emerald

Physical Attributes

182 cm / 6ft 0in
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Credits & experience

  • 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 with Clearway Media : Drummer
  • Continued to gig with Black Emerald : Drummer
  • Continued tutoring with Jack Wrench (Drums,) Jon Duff (Drums,) Rebecca Cooch (Voice) : Drummer, Backing Vocals
  • Private Tutoring, drums : Teacher
  • Depping for Edge Of Ruin : 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


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

Influences: Led Zepplin, Foo Fighters, Enter Shikari, Manchester Orchestra, Nirvana, Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, Noname, Anderson Paak

I'm a  23 year old drummer and musician from Reading performing with two bands, teaching with the Oxfordshire Rock Project and 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 a drummer with two bands, Black Emerald ( and InAir ( and depping for another. 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
- Sabian cymbals (20 plus, various configurations of hats, etc)
- Roland SPDSX for backing tracks

I am very well versed in sight reading, click tracks etc and can pick up new songs quickly.

I also play 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).

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 and hold a full clean licence. In addition I am a member of the Musician's Union and have appropriate Liability Insurance 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'

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