Legendary drummer to visit college | Weston College

Legendary drummer to visit college

Top drummer Clive Deamer – who toured with Radiohead and played on the Mercury award-winning British albums ‘Dummy’ by Portishead and ‘New Forms’ by Roni Size – will be visiting Weston College to demonstrate his drumming skills, talk about his career and the music industry.

The free public event, called ‘An Audience with Clive Deamer’, is being hosted by Weston College Music Department at Loxton Campus, Loxton Road on Wednesday 6th May from 6pm.

The evening will be coordinated and presented by Tony Hobden, who is a music lecturer at Weston College and a regular contributor to the local music scene. He ran a successful recording studio and was also involved in mixing and engineering some of the UK’s hottest new talents before joining the College.

Tony has known Clive since the mid 90’s. Clive was then playing with Portishead and Roni Size, and Tony worked alongside him on a project for the well-known fine-artist and songwriter Jimmy Galvin on his seminal album, “Suburbia Kills”.

Tony said: “Clive’s jazz aesthetic is coloured by sudden outbursts of rock aggression and tight but loose breakbeat feel.

“He is a member of the award winning quartet Get the Blessing, whose free approach informs all of his playing, and he is constantly in demand as a recording drummer, for his taste and discipline.”

He added that Clive is a devotee of Jazz and R&B drummers like Earl Palmer, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones.

In earlier days, Clive played with Hawkwind at Amsterdam’s infamous Melkweg, and recorded with Dr John, Jeff Beck and Tom Jones.

He also performed with Radiohead on their 2012 tour, following an invitation in March 2011 from drummer Phil Selway to collaborate with the band. Together they recorded ‘From the Basement’, performing tracks from The King of Limbs album. Two performances at The Roseland Ballroom in NYC followed, plus appearances on U.S television - Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report.

Clive then reconvened with Portishead to complete a European, USA, New Zealand and Australian tour, in addition to working on the Portishead and Roni Size albums as an independent session drummer.

More recently, Clive combined computer recording technology with old school spontaneity for the creation of the critically acclaimed Robert Plant album ‘Mighty Rearranger’.

Clive’s visit to Weston College is the latest is a series of public lectures linked to the Weston College/Bath Spa Music Degree course which are being organised by Tony through his music industry contacts.

Award-winning producer Greg Haver has already appeared, and scheduled to attend is James Towler, personal sound engineer to Steve Winwood. Other speakers are to be announced shortly.

For information on how to book tickets for the event, email tony.hobden@weston.ac.uk

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