In this post I’ll give a shout out to three people I have either met or worked with recently. They are three names in the world of music well worth getting to know. The observant reader may have noticed the ‘(pt. 1)’ in the header, which indicates that there will be more of these posts coming soon!
Eddie Hick is a professional UK-based drummer. We met while visiting a small studio in Blantyre, Malawi, last December. It turned out we went to Leeds College of Music at the same time but had never met before! In a relatively short amount of time Eddie has worked with an impressive collection of well-known artists. Just to name a few, these include Mark Ronson, Alicia Keys and Tinie Tempah. Jazzwise has named him a musician to look out for and he recorded on the theme song for the London 2012 Olympics, ‘Anywhere in the World’ by Mark Ronson and Katy B. A quick browse through the long and eclectic list of artists he has played with is recommended if you are looking for a top-drawer drummer. Eddie tours, records and teaches and have worked extensively both in Europe and America. For more information or to get in touch, here is a link to his webpage.
Last year in Malawi I programmed the music for a wedding-dinner. Making people dance is entirely another business though, since regional music scenes always have their own vibe. DJ Xfuse, who played at the late night dance, knows well what’s going on in the Malawian and regional music scenes. He and his team travel both in- and outside of Malawi to play music, and have all the necessary gear. You can find him on Facebook.
Geir Simonsen is another top-pick drummer who has moved gradually into production. In the 90’s he was touring and recording, and in the 2000’s he led a radio station in Norway. He has collaborated with both local and international acts and has provided recording-opportunities for several up-and-coming artists. He’s been involved in the early stages for Norwegian bands like Lionheart Brothers, Silence The Foe and Marry Me Young. Over the last few years Geir has focused on developing a portfolio of local talents in his converted radio-studio. I have mentioned him in a couple of earlier post, like when I worked with him on the live-webcast for the release of singer/ songwriter An-Magritt’s album ‘Memoriam.’ This album was produced by him and has gained a fair bit of Norwegian radio-play.