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About John

Making the music in your head a reality.
Public liability insurance of £10 million

I am a versatile, freelance musician and educator with a wide variety of industry-relevant skills. I am proficient in the studio, classroom and on the stage providing a breath of creativity and energy. I have had over a decade worth of experience in the music industry. I can primarily be found behind the drum kit, though I have been known to jump onto other instruments like the synth bass, trumpet, french horn or take up the mantle of MD. My knowledge has been collected from years of performing worldwide and teaching overseas, privately and in higher education.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Breakbeat, Electro-Swing, Triphop, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Gospel, Originals, Experimental, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Hard rock, Hardcore, Heavy metal, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Afrobeat
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Drum technician, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Function Songs:
Here is a selection from my last couple of gigs. Always willing to learn more.
Shut Up and Dance - WALK THE MOON
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves
Valerie - Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse
Blame it on the Boogie - The Jacksons
9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Car Wash - Christina Aguilera
Summer of '69 - Byran Admas
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
I'm A Believer - Smash Mouth
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) - Stevie Wonder
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Rock Around the Clock - Elvis Presley
Forget You - CeeLo Green
Crazy in Love - Beyonce
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Year 3000 - Busted
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
Sugar, We're Goin Down - Fall Out Boy
Five Colours In Her Hair - McFly
Adventure of a Lifetime - Coldplay
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Take On Me - a-ha
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Beat It - Micheal Jackson
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Thriller - Micheal Jackson
Billie Jean - Micheal Jackson
Black or White - Micheal Jackson
ABC - The Jackson 5
Domino - Jesse J
Wrapped Up - Olly Murs
Castle On The Hill - Ed Sheeran
She's So Lovely - Scouting For Girls
Le Freak - CHIC
Man! I Feel Like A Woman! - Shania Twain
All Star - Smash Mouth
Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Move Your Feet - Junior Senior
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Summer Nights - Grease
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
Hey Ya! - OutKast
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
Dancing In The Moonlight - Toploader
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
Hit Me Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire
Rock With You - Micheal Jackson
The Way You Make Me Feel - Micheal Jackson
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
Aint Nobody - Chaka Khan
Africa - Toto
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Smooth Operator - Sade
Red Red Wine - UB40
Rio - Duran Duran
Gold - Spandau Ballet
True - Spandau Ballet
Town Called Malice - The Jam
Don't Speak - No Doubt
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Word Up - Cameo
Candy - Cameo
Covers from other recent Gigs:
Falling - Jack Garrett
Summer In Your Eyes - ElectroPhazz
All Yours - Submotion Orchestra
The Self - Richard Spaven
Strings of Light - Yussef Kamaal
What About Me? - Snarky Puppy
Yellow Jacket - Shaun Martin


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Kevin B, 3 years ago

He sounds awesome and flipping tight too. Hit him up if you're in need of a professional drummer for any of your projects.

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Chris D, 3 years ago

More than just a great drummer, John is an intuitive and creative force who helped reinterpret our music for the stage. Flexible, easy to work with, John always goes the extra mile, and he makes everything sound amazing. We always get comments about how good he is!

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