Artists James Hester

Cars On Fire, session, educator.

From working with mystery Bristol trip hop duo Malakai and Portishead honcho Geoff Barrow through to the heavier sound of Gunslinger Black (with Pitchifters Mark Clayden and Matt Grundy and Earth Tone 9's Owen Packard), via Men From Mars which featured members of Robert Plants band The Strange Sensation, Massive Attack, Portishead and Cast - James knows how important it is to have the right tools to deliver whatever job is next, whether it's playing Brixton Academy or a BBC session at Maide Vale.

His current regular gig with post hardcore band Cars On Fire (Undergroove Records) has seen a new album written as a follow up to the KKKK (Kerrang) mini album "Dig Your Own Grave, sessions for Red Bull, a UK tour, an album launch in Dublin and festival appearances at Sonisphere, Hevy, Guilfest and Relentless/Vans Boardmasters all in the first 3 months. As if that wasn't enough, James also balances this with his role as Head Of Drums at B.I.M.M. Bristol and is the Technical Editor for Drummer Magazine.

When we asked James about his relationship with Mapex, he had this to say:
"Mapex do everything I need them to. They sound great, they look great and they are unbelievably road worthy. I've (or my kits have!) had compliments and enquiries from other drummers and techs on the road through to seasoned studio engineers who usually moan about most other of things! I can get whatever I want out of these drums, easily. It's not just the drums though, from all of the Mapex crew I've met from all over the world, they all have the same belief in the drums that I have."