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Professional and Solid drummer played at Love Supreme, VS Festival with Jazz Jamaica & Das Brass Band Currently drums for Dylema Collective.
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Daniel Smithson is an experienced, organised, dedicated, reliable, highly motivated session musician and drum tutor. His areas of expertise in varied genres of drums and percussion music has extended his career and expertise to work with a diverse set of artists in the recording studio, concerts, festivals and music venues. These include Jazz Jamaica, Dylema Collective, Das Brass Band, Nikkita, Aiva, Mabel Agbenorto, Terry Smiles Collective, C.A.M.P Choir, WTW Big Band, Jay Phelps, Spirit Agenda, Myke Masters Band, Mike Soul, Cliff and Marie, Cherise Adam's Burnette, Rio Kai Quartet, Floor Rippers, Alan Weekes Trio, Tomorrow's Warriors, Morley College Big Band and many other gospel, jazz and r & b artists. A professional enthusiastic drum teacher in secondary schools including Jo Richardson Community School, St Thomas More School and Harris Academy Falconwood . Delivering an extensive genre of drum lessons and percussion workshops also at WAC Arts. Music Degree successfully completed in 2011 at London Centre of Contemporary Music. His drum teachers included Rod Youngs, Troy Miller, Andrew Small, Steve Brown, Graham Fox, Courtney Daniels. Daniel is highly recommended as a professional Drum Tutor, Session Musician and Percussion Tutor who also provide bands for special events including weddings, birthday parties and private events

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
My equipment is PAT tested
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Soul, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Swing, Pop, Covers, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Classic rock, Samba, Ska, Reggae, Calypso, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, Garage, Modern jazz, Motown, Pop rock, Brazilian music, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Latin
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Event types:
Concert, Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Theatre / Show, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Drum technician, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent improviser, Community music worker
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Song list

Rock With You by Michael Jackson
Thriller by Michael Jackson
P.Y.T by Michael Jackson
Rosanna by Toto
Hold The Line by Toto
Georgy Porgy by Toto
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
I Wish by Stevie Wonder
Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder
September by Earth Wind and Fire
Let's Groove by Earth Wind and Fire
Purple Rain by Prince
Kiss by Prince
Senorita by Justin Timberlake
Control by Janet Jackson
Cissy Strut by The Metres
All Blues by Miles Davis
Moanin by Art Blakey
The Heat by Toni Braxton
I Smile by Kirk Franklin
What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
Prototype by Outkast
Ain't Nobody by Chaka Khan
Through The Wire by Chaka Khan
Customer questions

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at Ronnie Scott's, Jazz Cafe, Troy Bar, Shoreditch Town Hall, Southbank Centre, 606 Club, Mau Mau Bar, Charlie Wrights , Pizza Express in Holborn,

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Michael jackson, Art Blakey, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Fire, Chucho Valdes, Toto, Miles Davis, George Clinton, Prince, Incognito,

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

I've performed at Ronnie Scott's with Gary Crosby that was a big highlight for me, and with Jazz Jamaica at VS Creative Festival

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Will always do our best to be flexible to help your event run smoothly any changes just let us know

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Ofcourse, This is a really popular request, would provide this for an additional cost

How much time do you need to set up?

We need at least 1 hour to set up, we can provide background music as soon as it's ready.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

We have our own set list but can change it with enough notice beforehand

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes most definitely, I bring my own gear

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes as long as its known beforehand


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£300


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Paul A, 1 year ago

Daniel is reliable and solid drummer who always goes the extra mile to learn and practice repertoire. He has a meticulous attention to detail that doesn't stop with the music. His organisation skills and willingness to help with whatever it takes to get the job done are what sets him aside from many other great players. Daniel's warm personality and subtle sense of humour make him a joy to work with. Paul Axford Das Brass

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Marilyn J, 1 year ago

Daniel is a skilled drum tutor and works well with children. His explanations are clear and he sets and follows up on homework. He is familiar with a wide range and styles and music. I highly recommend him.Marilyn Johnson