Q&A Scene: Drummers’ Special: Alex West – Drumstuff

Alex West Drumstuff 

How long have you been drumming? Why did you first pick up the drumsticks?

Over 40 years, I first picked up the sticks aged 12.Every time I saw or a band my eyes and ears just naturally went to the Drums.

Which drummer influenced your playing?

Ringo Starr, he always played the song.

Describe your kit.

I am endorsed by REMO; I use their Recreational Music line. Drum Table, Versa Djembe and Bahia Buffalo Drum.

How do you prepare for a show?

Stretches, breathing and lots of water.

Which artist/band was/is your favorite to play drums with?

As I am involved in Recreational Music Making I love playing in the community. Currently I am running a program for the OASIS Youth Support Network and enjoying it immensely

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Dark Chocolate, Rich but Subtle.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Once working in Aged Care/Dementia one old bloke was drumming away beside me saying “I’m in the Jungle. This is Jungle Drumming!” I said “Yes mate sure is”.

He looked at me and said “Can we sacrifice a virgin?” I said “I doubt you’ll find one here”.

What, or who, inspires you?

People locking into their natural rhythmic flow.

Which song do you wish you wrote the drumbeat for?

Cold Sweat-James Brown/Clyde Stubblefield.

What’s next for you?

More playing and promoting of Recreational Music.

What is the best thing about the Sydney Drum and Percussion Show this May?

Catching up the vibrant Drumming Community.

What’s your scene?

MUSIC,MUSIC,MUSIC!!

 

For the month of May, leading up to the Sydney Drum & Percussion show, What’s My Scene will be celebrating DRUMMERS. Stay tuned for our exclusive Q&As, Snap Scene features, and much much more.

Australian Music Association has today announced the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show set to engulf the Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 and 28. Proudly presented by Australian Musician, the monster exhibition promises to be an electrifying presentation of all things hit.

Boasting an impressive live performance program with some of the world’s best players and biggest names including Thomas Lang (George Michael, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel), Virgil Donati (Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai), Michael Schack (Netsky) and more (with Lang and Donati playing together for the first time ever), the show will also feature a huge array of drum gear and brands and will act as the country’s largest pop-up drum and percussion shop. You can see, try and buy drum kits, cymbals, orchestral and traditional percussion, electronic percussion, hand percussion and accessories from all the major brands, plus never-before- seen gear. There’ll be some tasty home grown and handmade gear too.

Run by the same team that put on the annual Melbourne Guitar Show (MGS) and based on the successful MGS model, the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will also host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented drummers and percussion players including Lucius Borich (Cog), Lozz Benson (Urthboy, Drummer Queens), Stan Bicknell (Kimbra, Miami Horror) and more.

From double-kick drummers, groove and touch drummers and jazz stylists, to exotic percussion players, orchestral percussionists, and hard hittin’ rock n rollers, there’ll be something for everyone.

The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) is thrilled to present this drum-centric weekend.

“There’s so much about percussion, it’s the world’s most accessible form of music – people take their first steps in music through percussion,” says AMA CEO Rob Walker. “We are excited to showcase our industry’s products and the wealth of local talent that Sydney and Australia has to offer, as well as international guests – three of the best in the world! We seek to educate and entertain, and showcase and grow our drum and percussion community.”

Punters will have the opportunity to participate in drum circles and other hands on percussion workshops, see Australia’s leading percussion ensembles, Taikoz and Synergy Percussion, as well as leading student percussion ensembles from The Sydney Conservatorium and combined school’s ensemble, Drumfill. They can experience the latest electronic drum technology, meet a stack of the industry’s finest drum and percussion players, take part in workshops on drumming for fitness and wellbeing, performance clinics, panels and more.

Additionally, the 2017 Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands. It will also see exhibitors offering great show deals.

If you can hit it, ring it, shake rattle and roll it, it’ll be at the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show.

The Sydney Drum & Percussion Show will be held at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 & 28, 2017

SYDNEY DRUM AND PERCUSSION SHOW DETAILS

SATURDAY MAY 27 | ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION |10.00am – 6.00pm | TICKETS

SUNDAY MAY 28 | ROSEHILL GARDENS GRAND PAVILION | 10.00am – 5.00pm | TICKETS

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