A different drum

Steve White - Blackpool drum clinic
Steve White - Blackpool drum clinic
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Ska Face member, drum teacher and RockBeats proprietor Colin Appleby is promoting his first drum and music clinic in five years.

Colin is bringing to town one of the best British drummers of the last 30 years, Steve White (pictured right).

Following years of recording and touring Steve launched a successful career in 2000 as an educator and drum set clinician, breaking all attendance records with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith during their With Attitude tour.

Steve featured in the last Blackpool clinic Colin promoted in September 2006 and he has since continued to perform and educate across the world and is establishing himself as a record producer with BBC Radio 2 favourite Sam Gray.

At 16 and already a respected musician on the London scene, Steve was asked to attend for an audition at Polydor Records with a band that turned out to be The Style Council.

During the years Steve played with Paul Weller, Mick Talbot and Dee C Lee as the Style Council he was never officially told he had the gig but in 1985 he was the youngest performer to appear on stage at the legendary Live Aid concert at Wembley.

After a couple of years of relentless touring and after the Style Council announced their split, Paul Weller asked Steve to play on some demos for new songs he was working on.

With Steve at the back, Paul Weller played and wowed audiences globally for 21 years including the Wild Wood and Stanley Road albums and 2004 saw him working as co-producer on the release of Paul’s seventh solo album, Studio 150.

In 2001 he also filled in for younger brother Alan in the hot seat for Oasis on the band’s American tour with the Black Crowes. Living up to the nickname of “Super-Sub”, Steve also filled in for injured drummer Oscar Harrison as Ocean Colour Scene promoted their greatest hits album.

In July 2005 Steve took to Hyde Park stage with friend and fellow player Damon Minchella of Ocean Colour Scene to perform at the most widely watched musical event in history Live 8, performing drumming duties with The Who and becoming a very elite member of a group of musicians who performed at both the Live Aid and Live 8 events.

Steve will be joined by hotly tipped singer songwriter Sam Gray who is currently on tour as special guest for The Overtones promoting his debut album Brighter Day, which is released on Monday. Sam has already received BBC Radio 2 playlist status for his debut single Cartwheel Queen and will be performing and taking part in a Q&A session to provide an insight into tips for song writing and breaking through in the music industry.

The event takes place from 7pm at Uncle Tom’s Cabin next Tuesday, October 25 with tickets at £10 available online at www.rockbeats.co.uk, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and music shops Electric Avenue and Tower Music in Blackpool and Dazamakiz Music in Cleveleys.