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Drummer for successful Cardiff based function band Rock the Mike. Versatile, reliable and professional behind and away from the kit.
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A recent graduate of Cardiff University Music, David is an experienced and dependable drummer for every occasion. He frequently performs with Rock the Mike, a successful, multi-genre function band that always gets the crowd dancing! Aside from this, his work stretches to Jazz, having previously been a part of a Jazz quintet residency at a Cardiff based location, as well as musicals and shows. To date, he has performed in semi-professional productions of Grease, Our House, Annie, Hairspray and three unpublished musicals at the YMCA theatre in Cardiff. In addition to drum kit performance, he undertakes percussion-based work with Brass Bands and Wind Orchestras, having been trained in this style throughout his school and college years. To date, some of David's performance venue highlights include Tramshed and Portland House in the South Wales area, as well as Symphony Hall in Birmingham and Royal Albert Hall, London. He also had the pleasure of playing on the televised stage of Band Cymru 2018 with the Cardiff University Big Band. Booking David for your band or event can take many forms and he is happy to discuss all enquiries. He is versatile and used to learning music quickly either by ear or by sight reading and can always ensure a professional approach to booking, organisation and performance. For a drummer you can count on, please follow the details for all enquiries.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Jazz, Disco, Funk, Pop, Rock
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Fluent sight-reader, Drum technician
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Song list

The Rock the Mike setlist includes, but isn't limited to:
60's / 70's
Blame It On The Boogie - The Jacksons
Car Wash - Rose Royce
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Dancing Queen - ABBA
December 1963 - The Four Seasons
Disco Inferno - The Trammps
Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Good Times - Chic
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
80's / 90's
Africa - Toto
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Give It Up - KC and the Sunshine Band
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Our House - Madness
Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
Wonderwall - Oasis
You Make my Dreams - Daryl Hall and John Oates
00's / 10's
24k Magic - Bruno Mars
Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
bad guy - Billie Eilish
Counting Stars - One Republic
Dakota - Stereophonics
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Rock DJ - Robbie Williams
Runaway Baby - Bruno Mars
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Shut Up And Dance - Walk The Moon
Uprising - Muse
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson
Valerie - Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse
Wake Me Up - Avicci
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid
Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues
Last Christmas - Wham
Merry Christmas Everybody - Shakin' Stevens
Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Mariah Carey
A typical jazz-standards set would include, but not limited to:
Fly Me To The Moon
Nostalgia in Times Square
Satin Doll
Blue Monk
The Girl From Ipanema
Lullaby of Birdland
Black Coffee
Autumn Leaves
A Night in Tunisia
Take The A Train
Night Train
Blue Bossa
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Musicals performed:
Our House
3 unpublished
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Taking the music off the page and making it solid but exciting. This goes for all styles I'd say.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Tramshed, Cardiff Portland House, Cardiff Cardiff University Cardiff Museum Royal Albert Hall, London Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Anyone and everyone! I listen to such a wide range of music and haven't just been influenced by other drummers. The musicality of each artist makes an impression on me and in turn I incorporate this into my playing. Just regarding drummers, right now (always subject to change) I'm listening to Questlove, Moses Boyd and Larnell Lewis.

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

A near full Tramshed packed with students up and dancing all night is certainly one to remember. The televised stages of Band Cymru 2018 with Cardiff University Big Band was pretty high stakes, and without question, playing at the Royal Albert Hall is always going to be high profile and memorable.

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

As long as the major details like the venue or day of the event are the same, myself and the band members can be as flexible as you like.

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

For Rock the Mike bookings, of course! We are used to doing this and can curate an iPod/DJ service just for you to play before and between sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

A minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes for Rock the Mike. For just me and my drums (excluding microphones), I can be set up and ready to go in around 15-20 minutes if needed.

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

Of course! With any of the available styles, feel free to curate your own set list to suit the event or occasion.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. For myself, I bring my drum kit, a rug to put it on and microphones if needed. For Rock the Mike or Jazz sets, all required equipment for the band is provided also.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes! If you have a favourite tune or a specific first dance song in mind for your wedding, we can learn this to make your day extra special. If you have a favourite jazz standard, we can arrange to play this at your event too. I'm quick at learning pieces by sight reading or by ear so I can always learn a set or specific song under a time pressure.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£80
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£240


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Ellen D, 1 year ago

Such a great band! I had heard Rock the Mike play at a couple of MedSoc balls before so I hired them for the freshers ball this year. They are very easy to communicate with via FaceBook which made booking them for the event super easy and stress free. On the night they were all set up on time and performed brilliantly. They really got what kind of music the crowd wanted and everyone was dancing. 10/10

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Ellie W, 1 year ago

I hired David for a musical. He is very talented professional and great to work with. He was committed, enthusiastic, musically intuitive and an asset to the performance. I would highly recommend!