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London-based live and session drummer. Rock, blues,soul, funk, hiphop, blues etc. Professional attitude and a quick study.

A session and live drummer based in London. I work in many different genres and have recording credits from big band jazz, blues, rock all the way through to thrash metal. Playing drums has always been a very spiritual activity for me and an inflection point in my life where I found my "voice". I love the physicality of the instrument and the feeling of making great music with other musicians. My first real break as a musician was working with Larry Amos - a well known blues guitarist in South Africa. Alongside that, I spent a lot of time playing indigenous music with African artists and also played jazz with the SABC Big Band. For live performance, I work as a freelance drummer and do regular gigs with a variety of bands. The music I play ranges from original bands playing rock or punk, to covers and function bands playing soul, funk, blues, reggae and everything in-between. I get a lot of satisfaction from being true to the a musical style or genre: In my early days in London I worked with a 7 piece reggae band which included 5 Jamaicans - giving me the opportunity to nail that groove. I have experience of many thousands of professional gigs. As a session musician, I have worked in many different studios and also have my own purpose-built studio from which I offer remote drum sessions. I've always been driven by the groove and the way a song feels and obsessed with client satisfaction. Recording and Live credits include: Larry Amos, Mango Groove, Maldwyn Pope, Micky Jones (Man) Small Town Glory (The Alarm), The Adjacent Kings (Dept. S), Power of Soul, Gary Sanford (Joe Jackson), Tortoise Corpse, Brith Gof, Alan Warner (The Foundations), Grapevine Blues Band, Sergei Papail (Frakture) and many others. I am an experienced professional with a passion for creating music and entertaining audiences. I try play exactly what each song requires. I can also stretch out and improvise when required. Depending on the situation I can include electronic drums and sampling pads within my acoustic drum setup.

Ivan's Reviews

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Guillermo E
1 year ago

Ivan is one of the best drummers out there! BY FAR!

Glen L
1 year ago

Great to work with Ivan! Many thanks!

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Ivan's Song list

Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Pick up the pieces - AWB
Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis
Rock n Roll - Led Zeppelin
Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Back in Black - Amy Winehouse
Thriller - MJ
Stand by me -
Crazy little thing called love - Queen
Radar Love – Golden Earing
Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top
Tush – ZZ Top
Fool for your stockings – ZZ Top
Jesus Just Left Chicago – ZZ Top
Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple
Black Night – Deep Purple
Purple Haze – Jimi
Spanish castle magic – Jimi
Little Wing – Jimi
Brown Sugar – Stones
Don’t Stop – Stones
Honky Tonk Woman – Stones
Miss you – Stones
Lonely Boy
Sex on Fire
Pinball Wizard – The Who
Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
Substitute – The Who
All along the watchtower – Dylan
Watching the detectives – Elvis Costello
Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello
Stairway to Heaven – Zep
Rock n Roll – Zep
Black Dog – Zep
Tube Snake Boogie
Cheap Sunglasses
Life’s been good
All along the watchtower
Oh Well
La Grange
Pump it up
Learning to Fly
Into the great wide open
Running down a dream
Saw her standing there
Cell block no 9
Rock n Me – Steve Miller
The Cowboy Song - Thin Lizzy
The Middle
Virginia Plain
Psycho Killer
Another brick in the wall
Paint it Black
The Chain
Sit Down
Ruby Tuesday
The Last Time
Jumpin Jack Flash
Turning Japanese
Gimme all your lovin’
Basket Case – Green day
Run through the Jungle
Six days on the Road
City to City
You Never can Tell
I fought the Law
One after 909-
Bright side of the Road
Sultans of Swing
New Orleans
Run to You
Sweet home Alabama
Promised Land
Baker Street
Rocking in the free world
Let it Rock
Sweet Home Chicago
Burning love
The Breeze
Steamy windows
Hey Joe
Saw her standing there
Things we said today
The Letter
The last time-It's all over now
Sweet Caroline
Tunica Motel
Heartbreak Radio
From small things Mama
Suspicious minds
Don’t you lie to me
Before you accuse me
Walking by myself
Come on in my Kitchen
Back at the Chicken Shack
Break the rules
O Carol
Shakin all over
Midnight Blues
Reconsider baby
That’s alright mama
Cadillac Walk
Strange Brew
Rag Bag
Mercury Blues
Mess of Blues
Come on
Dust my broom
The House is Rocking
Ready, willin & able
Dirty Water
Purple Rain – Prince
Kiss – Prince
Chameleon – Herbie Hancock
Sex Machine – J Brown
I feel good – J Brown
Moondance – Van M
Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
Let it roll – Little Feat
Hotel California – Eagles
Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles
Take it easy – Eagles
Long run – Eagles
I’ll be your baby tonight – Dylan
I shot the sheriff – Clapton
Layla – Clapton
Tears in heaven – Clapton
Money for Nothing
Losing my religion
Baby,now that I've found you
Build me up Buttercup
Wicked Game
Phone Booth
One I love
How long
Does your mother know
Is she really going out with him
Brown Sugar
Hey Jude
Messin with the kid
Killing Floor
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
Rhiannon (Fleetwood Mac)
Cissy Strut
Pretzel Logic
Reelin in the Years
Get back
(and many more.... )

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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I bring energy and authenticity to the music. I will do my utmost to fit into the band and the style of music being played.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Too numerous to mention.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Steely Dan, Prince, James Brown, Nina Simone.

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

New Year's eve concert in Green Point Stadium, Cape Town.

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

That's not a problem. As long as I have enough notice I am happy to change the timings.

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

If required.

How much time do you need to set up?

For a regular kit it normally takes 15-20 minutes from unloading to setup and be ready for micing up (if applicable). If electronic drums and/or pads are required these might take some extra time to get wired through the PA system.

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


Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - I bring a complete setup to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes. I am happy to add new songs to my repertoire. Just let me know at the time of booking and I will let you know if I will need to add a nominal additional fee for preparation.
Rock, Blues, Electronic, Drum 'n' Bass, Garage, Industrial, Breakbeat, 1940s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Rockabilly, Folk rock, Cabaret, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Swing, Jazz, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Funk rock, Funk, Covers, Disco, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Top 40, Soul, Tribute, Ambient pop, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Hardcore, Power rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Punk rock, Progressive rock, Indie, Pop rock, Hard rock, African music, Afrobeat, Cuban music, Jewish music, Israeli dance music, Klezmer, Reggae, Ska, Yiddish roots music
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