Ben Gordelier

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Drums, percussion and samples for Paul Weller
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HELLO. Thanks for taking a look at my site. My name is Ben and I am a drummer/producer/engineer from South East London now living in South Yorkshire. I started playing when I was 13 and was lucky enough to be brought up in our family's rehearsal studio where I had the chance to practise 24/7 and was surrounded by musicians and producers. I was listening to lots of different genres of music and was learning from my favourite drummers who influenced me with their unique styles and techniques. I would pride myself on the groove and feel of my playing.. So, at the age of 15, I joined a few local bands who were all older and more experienced than me and began playing UK shows with crowds ranging from 0 (not including the other bands and my dad roadie!) to 2000 people. By the age of 17 I was recording albums and touring further parts of Europe. A few years later I built a recording studio and spent most of my twenties recording bands, musicians, rappers, dj's and voice artists. I started by offering my friends free demos and using their bands as guinea pigs I recorded them with just a 24 track 1 inch reel-to-reel tape machine, a mixing desk, some NS-10’s, a limiter/compressor and a reverb unit. I learnt the importance of analogue recording, mic positioning, and equalisation and perfected my engineering and mixing skills by doing it the old fashioned way; punching in ‘drop-ins’ and having the band standing around the desk to help me with manual automation when bouncing down the final mix to DAT. I then added a computer to my studio and this opened up a whole new world of digital recording, editing and mixing. I had to put my studio on hold as touring was taking up all my time, playing shows in Europe, Scandinavia, the USA and performing on many TV and radio shows with Mercury Prize nominee 'MAPS'. Around this time I joined a new UK band called The Moons and we recorded our first album at Paul Wellers studio over christmas 2009. Luckily for me, Pauls keyboard technician couldn’t make it to some of Pauls shows so I was asked to step in temporarily to perform samples for a few gigs at the Roundhouse in Camden and, being a drummer, I played some extra drums and percussion. This led to me spending the last 6 years as a full time band member, touring the world as part of his live band, playing on number 1 albums and singles, and recording drums and percussion on his last three studio albums for which I am very proud and very thankful. I am forever grateful for my up-bringing, for all the amazing influential experiences I have had and for all the brothers and sisters I have met along the way.

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Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Drum technician, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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How much time do you need to set up?

30 mins

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What do your clients love most about your performances?

Groove, feel, easy going, professional

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Most festivals main stage, Arenas, world tours

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bev Bevan, Tim Alexander, Paul Hester, Collins, Ringo, Moon.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Glasto main stage supporting The Who, O2 Arenas, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall

Ben's Prices

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Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350
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Ben's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Chas F
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

I booked Ben for a session job and he recorded drums for 5 tracks in a week. Perfectly tasteful and creative, not afraid to suggest changes. Very happy with what we produced.

Damon D
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Ben was amazing a first class percussionist he was at the venue way before time and had a massive drum kit along with bespoke electronic sounds that complemented my DJ services perfectly. I would definitely recommend.

From other customers:

Paul W
4 years ago, for a Recording session in London
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5 out of 5

“Best drummer I’ve ever played with. Understated, subtle and clever”

Paul W
5 years ago, for a Concert in Bennelong Point
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5 out of 5