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About Nuno

Live/Studio Drummer, MD, Composer, Arranger, Songwriter...
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Hi! Drums have been my thing ever since I can remember. Officially started playing at 9/10 years of age, so that's 15 years and counting. I played with a Philharmonic Band (marching and concert) for 9 years, so that gave me plenty of reading experience, as well as experimenting with different genres, ways of playing drums and percussion, and gave me a sense of musicality I wouldn't otherwise have. I've played in a few Rock covers bands, and ever since I've moved to London, I've been dedicating myself more to session work. I've briefly played with I Talk To Strangers, occasionally play for Elliott Millman, I am the drummer (and percussionist on acoustic gigs) for Anthony James, the drummer for What The Floyd (Tribute band) and I occasionally play guitar too. I've also just finished a BMus in Popular Music Performance (Drums) in ICMP with First Honours, I've been tutoring drums privately, and doing other studio/live work.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Rock, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1990s era music, 1960s era music, Folk, Country, Folk rock, Blues, Jazz, Originals, Experimental, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, R&B, Vintage, Motown, Tribute, Top 40, Karaoke, Hip Hop, Soul, Glam rock, Indie, Progressive rock, Pop rock, Hard rock, Alternative rock, Britpop, Classic rock, Heavy metal, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Synth rock, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Fanfare
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Event types:
Recording session, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Orchestrator, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Drum technician, Transcription, Live looping, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

Typical Function Tracks:
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Came Here For Love
Don't Let Go (Love)
Doo Woop (That Thing)
Flying Without Wings
For Once In My Life
Hold On, We're Going Home
How Come You Don't Call Me
How Deep Is Your Love
Human Nature
I Believe In A Thing Called Love
I Want To Break Free
If I Ain't Got You
Is This Love
Kiss From A Rose
Let It Be
Let Me Love You
Make You Feel My Love
My Girl
No Diggity
Praise You
Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long,
Say You'll Be There
She Will Be Loved
Stand By Me
The Way You Make Me Feel
Thinking Out Loud
Versace On The Floor
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
What A Wonderful World
Your Song
Perfect Strangers
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
9 To 5
Ain’t Nobody
All The Small Things
At Last
Basket Case
Be My Baby
Cheap Thrills
Crazy In Love
Dancing In The Street
Dancing Queen
Don't Look Back In Anger
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
I Want You Back
Lady Marmalade
Le Freak
Love on Top
New Rules
Proud Mary
Rescue Me
Rock With You
Show Me Love
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Somebody Else’s Guy
Super Duper Love
Teenage Dirtbag
The Best
Walking On Sunshine
We Found Love
We Are Family
Young Hearts Run Free
American Boy
Function Indie Tracks:
Do I Wanna Know?
Many of Horror
Take Me Out
Take Me To Church
Club Foot
Some Might Say
Disco 2000
All The Small Things
Can't Stop
The Sound
Mr Brightside
Sweet Disposition
All These Things That I've Done
Basket Case
The Riverboat Song
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Song 2
One Day Like This
Somebody Told Me
Use Somebody
Rock 'n' Roll Star
In The Morning
Chasing Cars
There She Goes
Fell In Love With A Girl
Smells Like Teen Spirit
This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
Feel Good Inc.
Are You Gonna Be My Girl
I Predict A Riot
Don't Look Back In Anger
Live Forever
Golden Touch
Somewhere Else
Chelsea Dagger
Teenage Kicks
Our House
Common People
Times Like These
Some Jazz Standards:
a foggy day
all of me
all the things you are
autumn leaves
blue bossa
blue in green
bye bye blackbird
dont blame me
embraceable you
fly me to the moon
freddie the freeloder
green dolphin st
how high the moon
in a sentimental mood
moose the mooche
my funny valentine
satin doll
smoke gets in your eyes
straight, no chaser
take the a train
afternoon in paris
how about you
first time ever
sweet sewanee blues
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The effort, practice and study I put into it. I always give it 100% when playing live or in the studio, and I can only do this when I have prepared for the performance as much as possible.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Various UK theatres, London pubs and live venues, etc.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Too many. Nate Smith, Aaron Sterling, Jeff Porcaro, Keith Carlock, Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, etc etc

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

Nothing too high-end, but my gigs with What The Floyd, as well as playing with Leiria Symphonic Band were definite highlights.

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

I will always aim to be as flexible as possible. Should I have no other jobs booked, and should any changes come with enough notice, I should be able to accommodate any reasonable timing change.

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

Absolutely. Spotify can always be on!

How much time do you need to set up?

That would depend on the job. A drum kit, depending on condition and house gear, can take anywhere from 10 to 50 minutes to set up.

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

Sure. I am very flexible and will learn any song you need me to learn.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

That would depend on the venue/job.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Of course. That is a considerable part of my job.


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)£40
Up to 1 hour£70
Up to 2 hours£100
Up to 3 hours£150
Recording Session
Average Length Recording Session


From customers:

A. G, 4 years ago

Nuno is a groove master! No-one can hold a beat down quite like him. Definitely recommend!

G. S, 3 years ago

Nuno is by far the best drummer I've ever worked with. A consummate professional through and through!