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 Details

182 cm / 6ft 0in
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Credits & experience

  • 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, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Nirvana, Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, Noname

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 ( for details as well as social media (Facebook, Youtube, Instagram etc). Both bands 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 for playing and teaching:
- DW Collectors Series - six piece
- PDP X7 for gigging
- Ludwig Jazz kit (Questlove) for hip hop and teaching
- Forecast Acrylic custom for gigging/recording
- 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, and dabble in guitar and bass as well. My music theory knowledge is excellent, as I hold multiple qualifications in music. I can also sight read to a high standard.

In addition to drumming and music in general I also do some video editing and have my own cameras, DaVinci Resolve etc) 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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