Paul's reputation as a solid, versatile and hard-working drummer has brought him huge success, including international tours, major festival appearances, national radio, television appearances, drum masterclasses, studios sessions and more. Paul has worked with a wide range of artists across many genres.
Paul is passionate about learning, education, and access to music for all. He has many years experience of playing and studying drums, as well as teaching in widespread and varied situations, with a great diversity of people. A true musician, Paul is committed to constant improvement, practicing daily. Paul studied for many years under the watchful eye of drumming legend Bob Armstrong; one of the UK’s leading drum tutors. Paul offers one-on-one lessons from his studio in Reading to all ages and abilities. His teaching style is characterised by a comprehensive, bottom-up approach that offers students a structured and measured framework in which to develop their playing.
Working both out of his own studio and in established recording facilities, Paul has found himself in demand for various creative endeavours, commercial or otherwise. This has seen him recording drum tracks for a variety of artists, producers, adverts, and library projects.
Paul’s drum clinics and master classes are an excellent platform for him to express himself as an artist and to demonstrate and share his knowledge and passion for his instrument. Paul has been involved with a variety of master classes and clinics, notably selling-out his first joint headline master class with fellow drummer Dan Western in April 2013. Paul continues to deliver master classes and clinics to a wide variety of audiences.
Paul is a seasoned workshop facilitator with over a decade of experience. Paul regularly leads diverse groups of varying numbers for various companies, organisations and charities. He is able to direct groups both large and small ensuring participants benefit from engaging with the activity and enjoy the process of learning. Paul has extensive experience in delivering African, Samba, and freestyle percussion workshops to a wide variety of groups; including nursery, primary, secondary, college and university students. Elderly community groups and care homes. Music students. Homeless, at risk and special needs. Disabled groups of both young and adult including mobility impaired.
Keen to give back to his community and make music accessible to all, Paul has been involved with many outreach projects. Notably in 2014 Paul oversaw the management, planning and delivery of the Whitley Soundtracks project; a sonic snapshot and aural collage of the sounds, voices, stories and music that represent the people and places of Whitley, Reading. Strategies ranged from drumming, to drawing, talking, writing and performing, to unlock the participants’ wealth of knowledge, experience and memories of their community. The culmination for the project was a multi-media art installation at community arts festival ‘Whitfest’.
Drumming is a powerful tool; which is used to energise, empower and engage any group or team. Paul can turn any group or team into a functioning percussion/drumming band in less than an hour. Every member of the group becomes important, empowering each other to work as one team. This promotes trust, team bonding, passion and energy. This is a great exercise for any company or organisation looking for an interesting, creative and memorable way to bond with their team and make them more effective in their work place.