On Sunday 8th July 2018, we welcomed Ash Soan for his drum clinic, hosted by Mike Dolbear, here in our red room. A world-renowned drummer, with a discography to prove it, he is currently endorsed by Gretsch, Zildjian, Vic Firth and Remo. He spent the afternoon and evening with us, delivering a masterclass to a limited number of lucky individuals, followed by a clinic with a full house of guests. Here are some highlights from the evening's events in case you missed it.
Who has Ash Soan played drums for previously?
It's almost unreal when you realise just how amazing and vast his career has been, and his discography showcases this perfectly. From artists such as Adele, Take That, Cher and Lily Allen, to film soundtracks such as 'me before you' and 'Kung Fu Panda 3' his variety in experiences make him an expert in his field.
Which other drummers does he admire the most?
He is a big fan of Ringo star, stating that he has him ranked in his top 5 drummers, alongside other greats such as Stewart Copeland who played the drums for British rock band 'The Police'.
His main piece of advice?
When performing on the drums, think musically. It's not just about the drum fills or fast rhythms, it's about playing the drums in a way that suits the sound you're trying to create. It doesn't have to be complicated to be good.
Overall the masterclass and clinic was a success with everyone taking away some useful nuggets of information from Ash Soan alongside Mike Dolbear. Thank you to all who came and who posted online. It was great to hear people's feedback on twitter and if you'd like to be kept in the loop for future drum clinics you can do so by subscribing to our newsletter here.