Band: Rachael Stamp, Bruce Dickinson, Sessions
Country: United Kingdom
Robin has been a successful band member, session musician for many years.
Robin was the drummer in the cult band Rachel Stamp 5 YEARS (1997– 2002 )
1997 Depped for Mike Bordin on Top of The Pops with Faith No More
1991-95 Violent New Breed
Robin also plays many Drum Master classes /Clinics including teaching at Brighton Institute of Modern Music.
On tour til Xmas with G.M.T. (inc. festivals with The Scorpions & Twisted Sister!) + 2nd album released next year.
Shooting video in NYC with FARHAD DARY..
Gigs & recording with BAY CITY ROLLERS..
Clive Aid charity shows, recording + touring with CONSPIRATORS. (inc. tours w/ Fightstar + Keith Caputo)
Recording 2nd DOOM DAY album in Europe early '08. Promo to follow.
Recording radio singles with THE KING BLUES, & STATE OF FURY.
Album just released SWANS IN FLIGHT (feat. myself & members of Megadeth, Billy Idol, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, The Pretenders etc)
Showcases with EAT THIS.
What is it you like so much about playing Pearl Drums?
The sheer versatility is incredible:
I can play a brutal hardcore show in a club, then a huge open air festival to 40,000 metalheads,
via a reggae/ ragga/ hip-hop radio session, thru to a soulful bluesy folk recording & out to a pop-rock gig...all with the same rig!!
A few minor tweaks & my kit can be ready & adaptable for any situation...& I mean any!!
With other drum manufacturers it's a case of "Let's see what you can do..."
With Pearl, it's a case of "Let's see what you can't do..."!
-Which drummer/band influenced you most into playing drums?
Early on, it was Iron Maiden, The Police, & Adam & The Ants - there's some seriously original stuff going on there...
So basically, equal parts Clive Burr, Nicko McBrain & Stewart Copeland!! Oh, & the Kodo drummers!
Nowadays, I really respect the playing & work ethic (not to mention the C.V!) of Jimmy DeGrasso, Morgan Rose, Roy Mayorga, Chad Smith, Vinnie Paul & Ron Bruner Jnr.
-Who in your mind are the drummers of tomorrow?
Anybody who, with a kick on 1, & a snare on 3, can cause countless people to feel good & nod their heads/ tap their feet!!
There should also be more female drummers - c'mon girls - go check out Samantha Maloney - she replaced Tommy Lee & Randy Castillo in Motley Crue!!
Basically, anyone who oozes inspiration...step on up!
-What do you like most about being a drummer?
The energy, vibe, emotion and sweat & burn of the live show, inc warm up & preparation, the ability to drive a song, the cameraderie (all fellow drummers just get along don't they!),
& the fact that a shite band with a great drummer, will always sound better than a great band with a shite drummer! Now what does that tell you about the importance of (good) drummers...?
-What is the worst thing to happen to you during a show?
5 days into a 55-shows-in-60-days tour of the USA, I impaled my head on my stick, onstage. It went thru my eyelid, but narrowly missed my eyeball.
& I still had 1/2 the set to play(!) so I played on, with one eye sealing up with blood & sweat. The tech dislocated his arm while running onstage to bring me ice,
so we both went to hospital. Except I got sent to the downtown ghetto one - where they patch up prison inmates...Yes, there were guns being pulled on patients.
After seeing (no pun intended!) 13 doctors, they stitched my eye up, & I left hospital - still in stagegear - at 7am, to continue the tour as I had a show that night!!
-What do you practice and for how long?
I don't practice. If I did, I might be really good. ;o)
-What is your best advice to a young player wanting to make it in this
NEVER. EVER. GIVE. UP. EVER.
-If you had the chance to play drums for another artist who would it be?
Anyone who puts on a huge show, so Iron Maiden, Rob/ White Zombie, Motorhead would be fun.
Failing that, Soulfly, Suicidal Tendencies, Transplants & err, Vanilla Ice!