Artists Craig Blundell
CRAIG BLUNDELL // STEVEN WILSON // FROST*
Influences: My Mum and Dad, too many musicians to mention
Band/artists you play with: Steven Wilson // Frost*
Favorite Album: Toto Kingdom of Desire
Favorite Band: Toto/Slayer/King Crimson/Rush
Favorite Venue & why: The Royal Albert Hall. Ive played there 7 times now and each one is so special
Current live/ studio studio set up: Saturn V drums 8/10/12/14/16 22 and 18 gong drum, velvetone snare and cherrybomb snare
What are you listening to right now: Animals as Leaders, Weightless
Favorite Piece of gear in your set up: The Velvetone snare, its unbelievably versatile, I’ve used it for so many things this year
Favorite Food: Can’t beat a good chicken Madras
Favorite Drink: A nice GnT
Favorite Film: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Book: The Chimp Paradox
Favorite TV Show: I hardly watch TV to be honest unless there’s a big sporting event of my beloved Everton are playing. I like a good drama, or film, I HATE reality TV but if I’m feeling brain dead family guy always wins
Full Bio: Craig has been playing drums for over 30 years. He’s dedicated hour upon hour studying his trade and gradually built up his profile and reputation over the last few years as a true ambassador for British drumming on the international scene. Millions of people a day listen to his work on television and radio globally.
He's always in high demand worldwide to perform live or record with many well-known artists spanning many different genres.
Although content with playing on a lot of the BBC's television and radio jingles when they are needed, Craig has become the go to guy for artists, producers and record companies that want someone to get the job done quickly and efficiently. He has played in many different settings and genres over the years, from serving in the Royal Marines Corps of Drums aged 16 to performing at the world's biggest drum festivals. He has performed with members of iconic bands including King Crimson, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Rainbow and has written for mainstream television but it's the Progressive genre where he is establishing himself and where he's most at home with Frost*, Pendragon, Steven Wilson and many others
Craig is also a very well respected educator and is regularly lecturing at universities and drum seminars on his experience in the industry and the power of self motivation. He has a hugely successful teaching studio, which produces some fine talent month after month and continues to grow with students from all over the world. He is a regular contributor to many magazines and is always asked to contribute at education seminars and events because of his unique perspective on drumming and the positivity he brings within it. 2016 will also see the launch of Craig's eagerly anticipated drum project, "365, a Year in Study"
Outside his busy lifestyle as a player, international clinician for Roland, Premier and Paiste, he is very much involved with a lot of companies in the research and development of their respective designs.
He has branched out into writing, producing and remixing for artists, labels, media adverts, the gaming industry and companies under the name of Dr oKtopUs and in 2010 the very first Dr oKtopUs album, “oNe” was launched to wide acclaim in the music industry and has a very large following globally. Off the back of this, Craig launched his “Electronica Groove Challenge” in March of 2011 and has since gone on to compose music for many companies globally including TV theme tunes and adverts.
Craig is a real innovator of his trade and continues to push the boundaries of his instrument with his relentless workload, drive and motivation. His tireless, infectious energy and desire to help others makes him one of the most respected players and educators on the international circuit today.
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