James Kempton

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About James Kempton

I am a professional drummer based in Bedfordshire, UK. I've played 500+ shows including toured Europe supporting Khalid and Soul II Soul.

I have been playing since 2005 and have been professional since 2016. Some of my biggest achievements - Supporting Soul II Soul, Khalid, Jessie Ware and Bruno Mars. Making my first TV appearance on Blue Peter in 2016. I love every genre of music and have had experience playing a lot of genres; Soul, funk, reggae, rock, jazz, pop, etc. I am a quick learner and give everything my all. I'm currently touring with Ben Portsmouth - An Elvis Presley Tribute Act, and have been since February 2019. I had 1 week notice prior to the first gig, I charted my notes and went in with no rehearsal on a 3 hour gig of Elvis songs. I can play to clicks and backing tracks and can also make tracks as a Musical Director. I can read and write drum music, I also teach privately. I have all necessary equipment for whatever is needed and all my equipment is well looked after. I thrive off being on stage and performing. I give off lots of energy and adapt well to different gigs. I have played all over the UK and Europe. I am available to be your drummer or dep for an absent drummer.

James Kempton's Reviews

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Tally S
5 years ago

I booked James for a music video shoot where I needed a drummer. James was a delight to work with as he made everything seem so easy and stress free. An absolute pleasure to work with and will be calling again.

Carlos (
5 years ago

I called on James after I went sick a day before a big gig. James was available and was eager to get the job done. I had compliments from the rest of the band about James too. Brilliant work.

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James Kempton's Song list

Standard Wedding Songs :
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Michael Bublé
Dancing in The Moonlight – Toploader
On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Gimme All Your Lovin – ZZ Top
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
I’ll Be There for You – The Rembrandts
Macarena – Los del Río
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) – Lou Bega
As Long As You Love Me – Backstreet Boys
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
Power of Love – Huey Lewis & The News
The Best – Tina Turner
Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Live and Let Die – Guns N’ Roses
One Love – Blue
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
C’est La Vie (You Never Can Tell) – Pulp No Pulp
Club Tropicana – Wham!
Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie
Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
Sexy and I Know It -LMFAO
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Living on A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Reach – S Club 7
Y.M.C.A – Village People
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Always – Bon Jovi
Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
Hakuna Matata – The Lion King
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
It’s Raining Men – Geri Halliwell
Love Is In The Air – Tom Paul Jones
Mamma Mia – ABBA
The One And Only – Chesney Hawkes
A Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
Beautiful People – Labrinth
Best Song Ever – One Direction
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! – Justin Timberlake
Could It Be Magic – Take That
Everyday People – Various Artists
Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
I Was Born To Love You – Freddie Mercury
Lay All Your Love On Me – ABBA
Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Together in Electric Dreams – Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakley
Father Daughter Dance – Wayne Jacobs
If I Fall to Your Heart – Derwent Hannon
Call Me Maybe – Carly-Rae Jepsen
All Of Me – John Legend

James Kempton's Prices

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)£63
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£325


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The energy and fun that I give off. I always stay humble and get the job done.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

So many but here's a few highlights : AFAS Live - Amsterdam WildLife Festival Main Stage - Brighton Ronnie Scotts - London Rock City - Nottingham

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Larnell Lewis, Matt Helders, Tony Royster Jr. Bob Marley.

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

Either the European Tour I did supporting Khalid or 2 shows I did supporting Soul II Soul.

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

I'm always as flexible as I can be. If any timings change then just let me know as soon as possible.

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

I can DJ before/between/after, I have been doing DJ functions for over 3 years now so I can provide this service. Price can be negotiated.

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set my drums up in about 30 minutes but obviously the load in time depends on what venue it is. But normally I allow myself 45/60 minutes to load in, set up and be comfortable.

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

Just let me know what you want me to play and I'll play it.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring everything I need.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, within a reasonable time frame.
Pop, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Electronic, Ambient, Jungle, House, Garage, Drum 'n' Bass, Breakbeat, Electro-Swing, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Swing, Gospel, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Originals, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, R&B, Motown, Hip Hop, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Indie, Punk rock, Synth rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop rock, Afrobeat, Reggae, Ska, Polish music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Producer, Drum technician, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching
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