Jimmy Chamberlin is widely known as the former drummer for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy is still extremely active musically, working with jazz legend Frank Catalano and with the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex.
Anika's playing style is distinguished by her finesse in technique and her unique sound. Her music can be classified as a progressive pop, but the most important element in her music is always “the groove”.
Considered by many to be one of the most passionate yet humble musicians of today, Aaron Spears is now the subject of major attention on the world music circuit. He is the quintessential R&B drummer, and his “in the pocket” style of playing and authentic delivery is unparalleled in the world of drummers today.
Mike gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers.
Kaz Rodriguez is a renowned session drummer, clinician and composer. In recent years he has made fans of drumming superstars like Travis Barker, Aaron Spears, Tony Royster and Chris Coleman and become the most talked about drummer in the industry.
Andy Gangadeen is a true legend of hybrid and electronic-fused pop and dance drumming, having laid the foundations for live dance music drummers with acts such as Chase & Status and The Bays.
Paul Weller/Style Council drum star and all-round UK drumming legend Steve White will be reprising his brilliant turn at last year’s show in the Education Zone. Steve has a successful career as an educator, be it as an in demand personal teacher and motivator, course instructor, or drum set clinician.
Photo: Joseph Branston. © MU 2017
Ian has had a long and varied career in music, having performed around the world in many groups and ensembles, as well as co-founding the hugely successful series of concerts ‘The World’s Greatest Drummer’. He has always had a wide taste in music and pushed many boundaries in his artistic pursuit.
Jim is regularly recognised by his peers as being one of the best in the business. As well as playing with multi-platinum group Rascal Flatts, he is one of Nashville’s elite touring drummers, an internationally recognised educator, author of bestselling books, a published composer and an educational columnist.
Louise Bartle is a fast-rising talent in the world of British drummers who has already had the chance to perform alongside a variety of established artists: Bloc Party, Selena Gomez, Terri Walker and Eliza Doolitte to name a few.
Matty began his drumming career as an integral part of his church band, and by the age of 16 had worked hard to build enough skill and confidence in his playing to win the renowned Young Drummer of the Year Competition 2013.
Mel Gaynor is the powerhouse with Simple Minds. He joined the band in 1982 as a session drummer for the New Gold Dream album (as a recommendation by the record producer, Pete Walsh) then later joined the band permanently for the New Gold Dream tour.