James is a session drummer from Elephant & Castle, London. He has recorded and performed with many artists including Sophie Beem, Weyland Mckenzie, Emily Holligan, Daz-I-Kue, Iridesce, Kavita Singh and Logan J Parker to name just a few. As well as playing he has also been a drum technician for several drummers and producers most notably Paul Stewart (The Feeling, sessions), Tommy Evans (The Submotion Orchestra, The Gentleman's Dub Club) and Luke Aziz (Wretch 32). James has been endorsed by the UK drum company Animal Custom Drums since 2016.
He has also been a writer for the lifestyle website TheTig.com founded and edited by actress and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle (site shut down in April 2017). He currently writes for The Inthing Entertainment, a website and Youtube channel co-founded by session singer and musician Emily Holligan, which educates people about the lives of session musicians.
James began drumming at the age of 10, growing up around London's underground punk scene. He became proficient in many different styles of music going on to study Jazz at Guildhall Junior and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with many of the UK’s greatest musicians including Trevor Tomkins, Iain Ballamy and Huw Warren. He now works regularly around London recording and performing with a variety of artists.
See below for testimonials.
Luke Aziz: “I’ve had the great privilege to work with James on several projects where his abilities as a drummer go far beyond the term professional; his deft feel for the rhythm and groove makes my job as an engineer a pleasure and his insight & skill in setting up a drum kit for the perfect tone for the music is a rare skill in many young musicians I encounter. I’d highly recommend James to session on any project. When I need someone I can always rely on to work they way I like to; fast and right first time!”
Weyland Mckenzie: “James is the most reliable musician I've ever worked with. He continually goes above and beyond at every gig.”
Kavita Singh: “James is a joy to work with! He has this rare ability to combine excellent technical chops and playing with soul and feeling. Look forward to working with him more in the future.”
Iridesce: “James is reliable, hard-working and kind. The ease with which he plays and speed with which he picks-up on changes to tracks makes working with him absolutely effortless.”