Everything changed on my birthday a few years ago
As a surprise for my birthday, my other half (a tall handsome Irish bloke) led me on a mystery tour ending at the Scar Studios in Camden, the one time home of Planet drum. He had arranged for a few drumming lessons for my birthday. There to greet us was Alain.
Becoming a drummer, has been an enjoyable journey but not an easy one. I am not being humble when I say that I am not a ‘natural’… far from it … but I stuck with it and, as they say, persistence is stronger that failure.
The love for drumming has never faded, in fact it continues to grow stronger.
It took me a while to pluck up the courage to throw myself under the bus in search of a band. I was fearful of replying to adverts looking for a drummer. I had that constant terror that I wouldn’t be good enough, that I was somehow a fake and would be found out… “Call yourself a Drummer!”
Having a demanding full time job, a family and that Irish guy I mentioned! didn’t make it easy to fit drumming into my life but I guess when you love something you magically just make time.
I am currently a happy member of the noise pop outfit called Bedlam Motel.We are constantly busy with emails, rehearsal times, gigs, carrying stuff, uploading recordings, reschedules, bookings, updating Facebook pages and endless debate about the name of our band. To some this may be a chore but to me it's all worth it.
After a long hard day of work, the tiredness of dragging yourself, and in some cases your kit, to rehearsals or a gig may seem a chore but any misgivings soon disappear within minutes of immersing ourselves into the glorious racket we create.
Rehearsals nowadays usually consists of a good old crazy jam
"About 15 minutes before the end we will do a rendition of one of our “old classics”. Songs are created out of these jams which we record and pour over and dissect over the following few days until next rehearsal when we might be ready to stitch it into something… or not!
I look forward to my commute the morning after a rehearsal, where I can re-live the evening (including chats and comments but also all the mistakes and "bad beats"). Sometimes, it all comes together when I am about to reach the office entrance and then I have to walk once around the block to get a couple more minutes of joy before grown up life begins.
We'd like to record and album but this takes time. There should be a couple of songs printed on tape this year.It still brings a smile to my face when I arrive at a rehearsal studio or a gig, or by simply walking in the street with the guys carrying guitars, and I think, I am not with the Band, I am IN the Band.
Planet drum student
Hi my name is Henry Lawry
I’m excited to be starting a new chapter of my life, teaching trumpet at the fantastic Planet Drum school.
From walking through the doors of Planet Drum for the first time I could sense it was a place full of creativity and hard work.
Everyone I’ve met so far has been enthusiastic and passionate about their work so I’m looking forward to joining the team soon!
A bit about my background
I’ve been playing in bands in London since I was 16 years old. This summer has been a busy time playing festivals across the UK with Afrobeat guru Dele Sosimi and the Ghanaian percussionist extraordinaire Afla Sackey to whom our very own Louis Pocock is the drummer for.
Most recently we’ve been touring the Chai Wallahs stages at Kendal Calling, Greenman and Shambala Festival. Its truly been a wonderful experience meeting so many amazing people who make it all possible. Anyway, enough about me!
What can you expect from learning the trumpet?
First of all, I always try to make music fun! Learning an instrument doesn’t have to be boring, we can tailor fit your lessons to what YOU want to do. Of course, the first few months of learning anything new can be tricky but with perseverance and dedication you’ll get there!
We can cover a wide range of styles from Classical to Jazz, Rock to Pop whichever path you want to take we can work together to achieve it.
The trumpet is one of the most physical instruments there is out there, but don’t let that put you off! It’s also the most rewarding too! If you’re a complete beginner we will work firstly on strengthening your embouchure to meet the physical demands required for playing the trumpet, once you’ve achieved that you will find playing a lot easier.
So if you're reading this
and you’re thinking, ‘I’ve always fancied playing a brass instrument’ why not give it a go. Maybe you’re a drummer learning at the school but want to try out a melodic instrument as well or you’ve been inspired recently from listening to someone play the trumpet.
Get in touch with us and try out a taster lesson, you won’t regret it!
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