John "Brad" Bradbury
Band: The Specials
I have played Pearl Drums for on and off for forty years. On a couple of occasions in the past I have tried other makes but have always returned to Pearl. The kits are solid and sound perfect, and let`s face it they have to be a bit “Special” anyway.
-Which Drummer or band influenced you most into playing drums?
My main influences were Al Jackson Jr. And Sly Dunbar
-Who in your mind are the drummers of tomorrow, who has caught you eye?
I am proud to say my son Elliot has a great future ahead of him. It is my opinion that those of us who can combine ethnic styles will be the drummers of the future.
-What do you like most about being a drummer?
When playing live I have a ringside seat to the mayhem that goes on around the stage, sometimes it`s like a front row seat at the comedy store. Our band has a sense of humour onstage that is second to none. I find the responsibility a buzz and the need to provide a solid background for the other performers keeps you foused on and off stage.
-What is the worst thing that has happened to you during a show?
Fell backwards off the riser once and got sandwiched jack-knife style between riser and wall.
-What do you practice and for how long?
I usually practice drums and vibraphone in my home studio day on day off, obviously when you are on tour it isn`t always practical apart from sound checks.
-What is your best advice to a young drummer wanting to make it in this industry?
Same as 3 really, move around the styles and try and make the “unusual” the “usual” style of the future.