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About Robbie

23 year old drummer based in Cornwall/Bristol. My work includes session work, dep work, teaching and remote session recording.
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Drumming was my first passion. I began lessons at 10 years old, working my way through the Trinity Guildhall drum grades until I achieved Grade 8 at the age of 16. Since then, I have attended BIMM (Bristol Institute of Modern Music) and earned a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Musicianship. The course taught me a lot about not just drumming, but music in general. The wealth of knowledge I attained from the lecturers and other music students shines through in my playing, recording and understanding of music. During my time spent taking lessons, I practiced constantly, whether it be individually practicing rudiments and grade pieces, playing along to music, or recording drum covers. I have a deep understanding of many different styles and can play a diverse range of genres. I have gained lots of experience in many different avenues of drumming, including band work with original bands, live and studio session work with bands, remote session work with songwriters and producers, private teaching, studio recording and function work with live bands. I have recorded tracks in the studio with Jimm Barr (Portishead), Marco Migliari (Real World Studios) and have played with bands all over the country, gaining experience and knowledge along the way.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Pop, Rock, Funk, Covers, Hip Hop, Motown, R&B, Funk rock, Top 40, Soul, Disco
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Drum technician, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Adele – Hello
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Alicia Keys – Fallin’
Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You
Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Aretha Franklin – Think
Amy Winehouse – Monkey Man
Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Beyonce – Crazy In Love
Beyonce – Love On Top
Beyonce – Work It Out
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
Bill Withers – Lean On Me
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Blackstreet – No Diggity
Black Eyed Peas – Don’t Phunk With My Heart
Black Eyed Peas – Let’s Get It Started
Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up
Blu Cantrell – Breathe
Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Green Onions
Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
Britney Spears – Toxic
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Callum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Craig David – 7 Days
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Drake – One Dance
Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
Earth Wind And Fire – September
Ed Sheehan – Shape Of You
Estelle ft. Kanye West – American Boy
Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Fontella Bass – Rescue Me
Frank Ocean – Sweet Life
Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Janis Joplin – Another Piece Of My Heart
Jean Knight – Mr. Big Stuff
Justin Bieber ft. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You
Justin Bieber ft. Major Lazer – Cold Water
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River
Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You
Justin Timberlake – Senorita
Katy Perry – Chained To The Rhythm
Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Kill My Vibe
Lipps Inc. – Funky Town
Luther Van Dross – Never Too Much
Marlena Shaw – California Soul
Maroon 5 – This Love
Martha Reeves – Dancing In The Street
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Mary Wells – My Guy
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Michael Jackson – Blame It On The Boogie
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T
Muse – Feeling Good
Nelly Furtado – Im Like A Bird
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Otis Redding – Hard To Handle
Otis Redding – Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Rag ’n’ Bone Man – Human
Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
Rihanna – Umbrella
Rihanna – We Found Love
R Kelly – Ignition
Robbie Williams – Angels
Rudimental – Waiting All Night
Sam Smyth – I’m Not The Only One
Sam Smyth – Stay With Me
Simian – We Are Your Friends
Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
Smash Mouth – All Star
Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
The Chainsmokers – Closer
The Jackson 5 – ABC
The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
The Jackson 5 – Who’s Lovin’ You
The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman
The Supremes – Baby Love
The Supremes – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
The Temptations – Get Ready
The Temptations – My Girl
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
The Weeknd – Starboy
Usher – Caught Up
Usher – Yeah
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody


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Will N, 2 years ago

Very happy with Robbie. Came prepared and full of enthusiasm.

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Alan S, 4 years ago

Robbie stepped in for our drummer Tom for a Strutts gig and totally smashed it. We cover a load of different styles from pop ballads to drum and bass, and Robbie nailed them all. Robbie’s got the same SPD-SX drum machine that our drummer Tom uses, so Robbie loaded up all our samples and integrated them into his playing too. One of the things I liked most about Robbie was that he really learned all the tunes and the way we play them from our live recordings – nobody had to nod to Robbie that there was about to be a breakdown or change of section – Robbie knew where we were the whole time and we could just relax and enjoy playing. Top player, top bloke.

James H, 5 years ago

Robbie’s total commitment and reliabilility is matched by his playing ability – he’s an asset to any project he works on at both personal and musical levels

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