Jay Robertson

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If you're an Essex based band and need a drummer at short notice then Jay's your man!
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Jay is a session drummer with nearly 30 years experience in both live and studio work. Having played most genres Jay can fit in with most bands and is a very confident improviser. He has been referred to by many as "a musicians drummer" due to his ability to take direction and rather unique talent for musical intuition. Jay plays with a relaxed and loose, slightly Jazzy/Funky feel often being compared to Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience). Throughout his long career Jay has worked with many semi pro and professional bands, but most notably "The Honey Pot" (Mega Dodo Records) and "Icarus Peel's Acid Reign" (Billywitch Records). Gear; Gretsch Renown 4 piece drum kit (18" Bass Drum, 14" Snare Drum, 14" Floor Tom, 12" Rack Tom), Gibraltar, Pearl and Millennium Pro hardware, Paiste Signature Cymbals (20" medium Ride, 17" medium Crash, 26" medium Crash, 14" medium Hats), Aquarian Texture Coated Drum Heads, Pro Mark TX7AW Sticks.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
Pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Originals, Experimental, Easy listening, Blues, Jazz fusion, Folk rock, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Funk, Disco, Covers, Funk rock, Motown, Soul, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Glam rock, Indie, Pop rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Hard rock, Progressive rock, Modern jazz, Country, Vintage, Tribute, Top 40, Americana, Avant garde, Light music
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event, Funeral / Memorial service, Concert, Charity event
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Other skills:
Actor, Fluent improviser
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Jay's Song list

1999 [Prince]
A Design For Life [Manic Street Preachers]
A Hard Day On The Planet [Loudon Wainwright III]
All Along The Watchtower [Jimi Hendrix]
All Day And All Of The Night [The Kinks]
All Right Now [Free]
All Over Now [Aimee Mann]
All The Small Things (blink-182]
Angie [The Rolling Stones]
Another One Bites The Dust [Queen]
Are You Gonna Be My Girl [Jet]
Are You Gonna Go My Way [Lenny Kravitz]
Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) [Robert Palmer]
Bad Moon Rising [Creedence Clearwater Revival]
Badge [Cream]
Baggy Trousers [Madness]
Bang A Gong (Get It On) [T Rex]
Basket Case [Green Day]
Beautiful Day [U2]
Before He Cheats [Carrie Underwood]
Best Of You [Foo Fighters]
Big Love [Fleetwood Mac]
Bitter End [Placebo]
Black Horse And A Cherry Tree [KT Tunstall]
Black Magic Woman [Fleetwood Mac]
Brass In Pocket [The Pretenders]
Bring Me To Life [Evanescence]
Brown Sugar [The Rolling Stones]
Buck Rogers [Feeder]
Captain Kirk [Bob Schneider]
Can't Get You Out Of My Head [Kylie Minogue]
Celebrity Skin [Hole]
Chasing Cars [Snow Patrol]
Crash [The Primitives]
Crazy Little Thing Called Love [Queen]
Creep [Radiohead]
Crosstown Traffic [Jimi Hendrix]
Dakota [Stereophonics]
Dancing in the Dark [Bruce Springsteen]
Dancing in the Moonlight [Thin Lizzy]
Dani California [The Red Hot Chili Peppers]
Disappear [INXS]
Do Anything You Wanna Do [Eddie And The Hot Rods]
Don't Get Me Wrong [The Pretenders]
Don't Stop [The Rolling Stones]
Don't Wanna Miss A Thing [Aerosmith]
Dreams [Fleetwood Mac]
Echo Beach [Martha and the Muffins]
Everybody Wants To Rule The World [Tears For Fears]
Ex's & Oh's [Elle King]
Female Of The Species [Space]
Forever In Blue Jeans [Neil Diamond]
Friday I'm In Love [The Cure]
Gimme All Your Loving' [ZZ Top]
Golden Touch [Razorlight]
Good Souls [Starsailor]
Hammer To Fall [Queen]
Hanging On The Telephone [Blondie]
Hard To Handle [The Black Crowes]
Hate to Say I Told You So [The Hives]
Head Over Feet [Alanis Morrisette]
Head Over Heels [Tears For Fears]
Heaven Is A Place On Earth [Belinda Carlisle]
Here I go Again [Whitesnake]
Hey Joe [Jimi Hendrix]
Hey, Soul Sister [Train]
Holding Back The Years [Simply Red]
Honky Tonk Woman [The Rolling Stones]
Hotel California [The Eagles]
Hourglass [Squeeze]
I'm Only Happy When It Rains [Garbage]
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You [Sting]
It's Too Late [Carole King]
Jesusland [Ben Folds]
Jumping' Jack Flash [The Rolling Stones]
Kayleigh [Marillion]
Keep Your Hand To Yourself [Georgia Satellites]
Kryptonite [3 Doors Down]
Landed [Ben Folds]
Learn To Fly [Foo Fighters]
Let Me Entertain You [Robbie Williams]
Li'l Devil [The Cult]
Little Wing [Jimi Hendrix]
Local Boy In The Photograph [Stereophonics]
Long Train Running [Doobie Brothers]
Loose Tongue [Neil Finn]
Love And Affection [Joan Armatrading]
Love Me Again [John Newman]
Maria [Blondie]
Message In A Bottle [The Police]
Monster [The Automatic]
Moondance [Van Morrison]
Mr. Brightside [The Killers]
Mr. Rock And Roll [Amy MacDonald]
My Sharona [The Knack]
No Expectations [The Rolling Stones]
No Rain [Blind Melon]
Our House [Madness]
Place Your Hands [Reef]
Poison [Alice Cooper]
Pump It Up [Elvis Costello And The Attractions]
Rain [The Cult]
Raise Hell [Dorothy]
Ramble On [Led Zeppelin]
Ready To Go [Republica]
Rebel Yell [Billy Idol]
Road To Hell [Chris Rea]
Rocks [Primal Scream]
Rolling In The Deep [Adele]
Roxette [Dr Feelgood]
Run [Snow Patrol]
Run To You [Bryan Adams]
Running Up That Hill [Kate Bush]
Sharp Dressed Man [ZZ Top]
She Sells Sanctuary [The Cult]
Silence Makes Him Sick [Robert Post]
Since You Been Gone [Rainbow]
Sit Down [James]
Slight Return [The Bluetones]
Slow Emotion Replay [The The]
Something Got Me Started [Simply Red]
Spirit In The Sky [Doctor And The Medics]
Stine Cold Crazy [Queen]
Strange Brew [Cream]
Sugar Mice [Marillion]
Summer Of '69 [Bryan Adams]
Sunshine Of Your Love [Cream]
Superstition [Stevie Wonder]
Sweet Dreams [Eurythmics]
Sweet Emotion [Aerosmith]
Sweet Home Alabama [Lynyrd Skynyrd]
Teenage Kicks [The Undertones]
That's Not My Name [Ting Tings]
The Chain [Fleetwood Mac]
The Majesty Of Rock [Spinal Tap]
The Pretender [Foo Fighters]
The Real Me [The Who]
The Uninvited Guest [Marillion]
There Goes The Neighborhood [Sheryl Crow]
Thriller [Michael Jackson]
Time Warp [Rocky Horror Show]
Tush [ZZ Top]
Uprising [Muse]
Use Somebody [Kings of Leon]
You Can Leave Your Hat On [Tom Jones]
You Can't Always Get What You Want [The Rolling Stones]
You Oughta Know [Alanis Morrisette]
You Really Got Me [The Kinks]
You're All I Have [Snow Patrol]
​You've Got The Love [Florence + The Machine]
Vertigo [U2]
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) [Jimi Hendrix]
Walk Of Life [Dire Straits]
Walking In Memphis [Mark Cohn]
Walking On The Moon [The Police]
Waltzing Along [James]
Wanted Dead Or Alive [Bon Jovi]
We Will Rock You [Queen]
What I Am [Edie Brickell & New Bohemians]
Where The Streets Have No Name [U2]
White Room [Cream]
White Wedding [Billy Idol]
Wide Boy [Nik Kershaw]
Wild Horses [The Rolling Stones]
Wonderful Tonight [Eric Clapton]
Born To Be Wild [Steppenwolf]
Don't Fear The Reaper [Blue Oyster Cult]
Enter Sandman [Metallica]
Epic [Faith No More]
Every Rose Has It's Thorn [Poison]
Highway To Hell [AC/DC]
Knocking' On Heaven's Door [Guns N' Roses]
Let It Burn [Volbeat]
Live Wire [AC/DC]
Radar Love [Golden Earring]
Seek And Destroy [Metallica]
Shoot To Thrill [AC/DC]
Sweet Child O' Mine [Guns N' Roses]
Thunderstruck [AC/DC]
Whole Lotta Rosie [AC/DC]
Word Up [Gun]
You Shook Me All Night Long [AC/DC]
Zombie [Bad Wolves]
Before You Accuse Me [Eric Clapton]
Big Legged Woman [Freddie King]
Cakewalk Into Town [Taj Mahal]
Can't Be Satisfied [Muddy Waters]
Crawling King Snake [Big Joe Williams]
Crossroads Blues [Robert Johnson]
Fool For Your Stockings [ZZ Top]
Heart Attack And Vine [Screamin' Jay Hawkins]
Hoochie Coochie Man [Muddy Waters]
If You Don't Start Drinking [George Thorogood]
Jazzy Blue [Chris Rea]
Mannish Boy [Muddy Waters]
My Babe [Little Walter]
San Francisco Blues [Jesse Fuller]
Spooky [Dusty Springfield]
Dreams [The Hobbit House Collective]
Hush [Deep Purple]
Sympathy [Rare Bird]
The Sun Goes Down [Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)
White Rabbit [Jefferson Airplane]

Jay'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)£45
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£480

Jay's Reviews

From customers:

Mordecai (
4 years ago

"..the dexterity and groundedness of [Jay's] drumming...supportive without being over-powering and a full, inventive bed for the guitars." Review of the "Icarus Peel's Acid Reign" album "Shallow Oceans".

Michael (
9 years ago

"Jay is a great drummer to play with. His musicality as a drummer and nigh on perfect timekeeping is a joy to witness and experience."

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