Drummers for hire in Reading

Hire a drummer in Reading for a performance, recording, event or tour. Whether you need someone to play with your band, play percussion with your orchestra, or add the final touch to your recording, you can choose from 355 of the best professional drum kit and percussion players right here.

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Hire Liam McCloud
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£150 - £300
DrummerLondon

I am a drummer/percussionist who plays a range of styles and instruments which has led me to work as a performer, tutor and workshop leader.

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Hire Jose Sacristan
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£180 - £260
DrummerLondon

"Jose Sacristan, is one of the best guys and musicians I have had the pleasure to work with and to listen live." Eduardo de la Mora,

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Hire Jake Perrett
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From£180
DrummerBracknell

Jake is available for gigs, musical theatre, and recording from his home studio. A competent sight-reader and familiar with most styles.

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Hire Harrison Coleman
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From£165
DrummerGuildford

Harrison is a brilliant and hard working musician looking for work with a great range of skills and live performance experience.

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Hire Scott Ottaway
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£175 - £250
DrummerAylesbury

Scott Ottaway. drummer/percussionist, toured with the 60s legends, The Searchers until their retirement & was a dep on We Will Rock You.

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Hire Fredrick Lindal
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£180 - £280
DrummerSurbiton

Drummer with solid touring/live and studio experience.

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Hire Eevie Taylor
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£130 - £330
DrummerGuildford

Eevie Taylor is a freelance drummer based in Surrey. With 8 years of playing experience, she has become a versatile and self-taught player.

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Hire Ed James Jordan
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DrummerBasingstoke

Ed is a Freelance Drummer and Tutor based in North Hampshire and is available for recording work, musicals, and live performance

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Hire Phil
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DrummerWoking

Experienced Drummer,all genres played,original music and covers!!

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Hire Charlie Scott
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£160 - £250
DrummerLondon

MMus LCM // BMus LCM // Drummer & Percussionist // Musical Theatre/ Orchestral/Session Work

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Hire Dean Ward
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£100 - £200
DrummerAylesbury

Experience Drummer covering several genres

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Hire Raphael Barbosa
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DrummerGreenford

#brazilianmusician #drummer #15yearsexperience #sessiondrummer

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Hire Jack Daynes
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£225 - £450
DrummerSandhurst

Jack is a talented multi instrumentalist based in Berkshire, UK and has experience on cruise ships, tribute bands and weddings/functions.

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Hire Naiko
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£180 - £550
DrummerWembley

Hottest Solo Artist on the London Scene. Naiko has played 500+ events around the world and is guaranteed to create the perfect vibe!

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Hire Binz Antonio
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£160 - £250
DrummerOxford

Binz is a bongo player & professional drummer who has performed in many of the top nightclubs throughout the UK.

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Hire Adrian Dixon
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£200 - £450
DrummerUxbridge

A regular at The Savoy and Dorchester Hotels. Adrian also performs at weddings, celeb events and private parties across the UK.

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Hire Spotlight Percussion
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£325 - £425
DrummerHenley-on-Thames

Super high-energy DJ Live percussionist for corporate events, parties and weddings. Add percussion to your event to bring it to life!

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Hire Ravi Jagdev
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£125 - £375
DrummerReading

Solo Indian percussionist and drummer from the UK. Able to perform solo and/or provide a band/group with notice.

Hiring a Drummer in Reading

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Popular genres:
Pop, Rock, Latin
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May, June, July

How much does it cost to hire a Drummer in Reading?

The typical price for a Drummer is:
£Budget£260
££Pro£380
£££High-end£500+

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Frequently asked questions

Will a drummer bring their drums?

When you hire a drummer, the specific equipment you need to provide will depend on the event and venue. For example, some venues which often have live music will be able to provide most of the equipment a drummer will need but for weddings, a drummer will usually bring everything. However, here's a general breakdown of what you might need: Equipment typically provided by the drummer: - Cymbals - Including but not limited to Ride Cymbals, Crash Cymbals, and Hi-Hats. - Snare Drum - The drummer's snare often contributes significantly to their desired sound. - Bass Drum Pedal - This is a personal preference item for drummers as it affects their playing style and comfort. - Sticks - A variety of drumstick types may be used depending on the musical style and drummer's preference. - Throne (drum stool) - A comfortable throne or stool impacts a drummer’s performance as they need to be seated for long periods. - Mixer - If there’s a need to run backing click tracks and an IEM system if needed. - Drum dampeners - Some drummers might bring their own drum dampeners which are used to control the sound of their drums. Equipment typically provided by the venue: - Drum set - Including the bass drum, tom-toms, rack toms and floor toms. - Hardware - Stands for cymbals, snare drum, hi-hat and any other accessories. - Backline microphones - If the drums need to be amplified for the performance. - Drum monitor - Allows the drummer to hear themselves and the rest of the band clearly. - Cables - The corresponding cables for mics and mic stands.

How long do drummers usually perform?

It varies from event to event, but drummers typically perform two 45-minute sets. You can always negotiate the set time with the drummer if you’d like them to play for longer or shorter.

How long does it take for a drummer to set up and sound check?

Drummers will take around 20-30 minutes to set up a standard drumkit, but for more elaborate set ups (for high-end events for example), it might take up to 45 minutes to set up. You can always clarify set-up and sound check times with the musician beforehand to ensure your event flows smoothly.

How much space do drummers need?

The amount of space a drummer needs depends on the size of their kit and how much room they need to move around. However, as a general rule of thumb, drummers need at least 8 feet by 8 feet of space. This will give them enough room to set up their kit and play comfortably.

What genres do drummers usually play?

Drummers are versatile and can often play various styles of music, including rock, pop, jazz, blues, metal, country, and funk. The specific genre that a drummer plays will depend on their personal preferences, skills, and experience. Here are some of the most popular genres for drummers: - Rock: Rock drummers typically play a driving, backbeat-oriented style that supports the rhythm and melody of the guitar and bass. They often use a variety of cymbals and tom-toms to create a full and powerful sound. - Pop: Pop drummers typically play a more understated and groove-oriented style that complements the vocals and melody of the song. They often use a variety of electronic drum pads and triggers to create a modern and polished sound. - Jazz: Jazz drummers are known for their improvisational skills and their ability to create complex rhythms and grooves. To create a unique and nuanced sound, they use a variety of brushes and mallets. - Blues: Blues drummers typically play a shuffle-oriented style that supports the rhythm and feel of the guitar and bass. They often use a variety of cymbals and tom-toms to create a laid-back and bluesy sound. - Metal: Metal drummers typically play a fast and aggressive style that supports the intensity of the music. They often use double bass pedals and a variety of cymbals to create a powerful and driving sound. At Encore, our drummers for hire are often very versatile and can play a wide range of genres. If unsure, always check their song lists on their profiles or get in touch with an expert who can help you find the perfect drummer for your event.

Why do drummers have screens around them?

Professional drummers sometimes use screens or shields around them for a few reasons: 1. Sound isolation: Drums are loud instruments, and their sound can easily bleed into the microphones of other instruments and vocals on stage. This can make it difficult for the sound engineer to mix the different instruments and vocals properly. Drum screens help to isolate the sound of the drums so that it doesn't interfere with the sound of the other instruments and vocals. This is especially important in live performances, where it's important to have a clear and balanced mix. 2. Stage volume management: Drummers often play at a high volume, which can be overwhelming for the other musicians and the audience. Drum screens help to reduce the overall stage volume so that everyone can hear each other more clearly. This is especially important in smaller venues, where the stage volume can be amplified by the walls and ceiling. Some drummers might provide an e-kit (an instrument that mimics the sound of an acoustic drum kit) for smaller venues, particularly if there’s a sound limiter. 3. Prevent feedback: Feedback occurs when a microphone picks up sound from a speaker and then feeds that sound back into the microphone. This can create a loud, howling noise. Drum screens help to prevent feedback by blocking the sound of the drums from reaching the microphones. 4. On-stage performer separation: Drum screens can also help to separate the drummer from the other musicians on stage. This can help create a more intimate and focused sound for the band. It can also help to prevent the drummer from being distracted by the other musicians or the audience. 5. Visual aesthetics: Drum screens can also be used to create a more visually appealing stage setup. They can be used to hide the drummer's equipment, or they can be used to project images or videos. In addition to these benefits, drum screens can also help to protect the drummer from dust, debris, and other hazards on stage. They can also provide the drummer with a sense of privacy and seclusion.

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