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Meet The Wembley Team

In the Drum Centre...

Dave

Dave Passera
(General Manager)

Years drumming: 25

Current gig/band: The Chebbs

Current setup: Spaun Custom Maple Drums 10", 13", 16", 22" 14"x5.5" Snare. Meinl MB20, Soundcaster and Gen-x Cymbals Tama Iron Cobra Pedals, Gibraltar 9000 hardware, Vater sticks and Aquarian Heads.

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Odery Air control system snare drum

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: Custom moulded ear protection

Drumming influences: Stewart Copeland, Phil Gould, Mark Breziki, Andy Gangadeen, Dave Weckl, Dom Howard and many more!

Most memorable drumming experience: Sound-checking Mylious Johnson's Spaun kit at Wembley Arena for the Pink Tour

Future drumming ambitions: Improve as a drummer

Favourite album: The Police live: Syncronicity Tour

My drumming style is: Solid and Dynamic

Drumming motto/maxim: Playing gigs is where you learn your trade

 

Courtney

Courtney Daniel
(Assistant Manager)

Years drumming: 20... but I've only just started.

Current gig/band: Sessions... anyone who'll have me!

Current setup: DW collectors series 10", 12", 14", 16", 22" with various snares. Assortment of Zildjian Avedis, A Custom and K custom and Sabian HH and AAX

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Toss up between Moongel and Yamaha groove wedge

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: Vic Firth SD9/Stick bag

Drumming influences: Steve Jordan, Will Kennedy, Dave Garibaldi, Dan Needham, Jeff "Tain" Waits, Steve Gadd, Clyde Stubblefield, Elvin Jones, Jojo Mayer, Alex Acuna, Joel Smith, Teddy Campbell and Calvin Rogers.

Most memorable drumming experience:

Future drumming ambitions: To be content with my playing and to learn to play congas.

Favourite album: There's too many to choose from!

My drumming style is: I try to be tasteful and groove my socks off... whether it works is another point entirely.

Drumming motto/maxim: Let the music be your guide, throw everything else away.

 

James

James Cook
(Drum Sales)

Years drumming: 11

Current gig/band: Damnas (thrash metal), Dirty pop (pop/hip hop) and occasional covers dep

Current setup: Spaun Hybrid 10", 14", 16", 22" with Ludwig 402, Walnut Black Panther and DW craviotto snares. Zildjian, Paiste and Meinl Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks.

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Beatnik practice pad

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: My Sonor Giant step double pedal

Drumming influences: Chris Pennie, Danny Carey, Dave Lombardo, Billy Ashbaugh, Marco Minnemann, Vinnie Paul, Teddy Campbell, Nisan Stewart and Dave Grohl

Most memorable drumming experience: Walking into a random couple's wedding and playing a 3 hour set with guys I didn't even know and then getting paid for it!

Future drumming ambitions: To play drums as a career

Favourite album: Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

My drumming style is: Thrashing yet Grooving

Drumming motto/maxim: You can never practice too much!!!

 

 Debs

Debs Wildish
(Web Customer Services)

Years drumming: 12

Current gig/band: Joanovarc, Miss Vickery

Current setup: DW collectors Broken Glass 22" 10" 12" 14" 14" x 51/2" Orange County Denim Snare, Paiste 2002 Cymbals

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Meinl Leopard Skin Stick Bag ( I Like Cats)

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: My Cajon

Drumming influences: Aaron Comess, John Bonham, Ahmir Thompson

Most memorable drumming experience: I could write a book about my musical experiences but the most recent was playing to a deaf biker club

Future drumming ambitions: To tour the US

Favourite album: Bad - Michael Jackson Cha-mon!

My drumming style is: Simple but solid

Drumming motto/maxim: Less is more (Musical motto, right?)


In the Guitar, PA and Keyboard Centres...

Owen

Owen Thomas
(Guitar Sales)

Years Playing: 15 plus

Current gig/band: Owen Peter Thomas - Solo

Current setup: 1961 Fender Jazzmaster, 2002 Japanese Fender Jaguar, Boss RC2, Electro Harmonix Memory Toy, Fulltone OCD, Electro Harmonix Micro POG, Electro Harmonix LPB1 Boost, Boss CS3 Compressor/Sustainer, Korg Pitch Black, Peavey Classic 30 with vintage 30, Ibanez Acoustic OM Style, Fulltone/DiMarzio cables

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Gibson 339 Inverness Green

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: Plectrums - Dunlop .60mm

Musical influences: Johnny Marr, John Squire, Nels Cline, J. Mascis

Most memorable musical experience: Being asked to submit tracks onto an official release

Future ambitions: Complete solo album

Favourite album: Nirvana - In Utero

My musical style is: 90's influenced 'acousticy' rock

Musical motto/maxim: This one goes to twelve!




Warren

Warren Cox
(PA Sales)

Years playing: 12

Current gig/band: Siding With Icarus / Dismantling the Architects

Current setup: Les Paul Custom Alpine White

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Mesa Boogie - Duel Rectifier

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: Les Paul Custom Alpine White/black scratch plate/gold hardware, Seymour Duncan JB/59

Musical influences: I Killed The Prom Queen, As Blood Runs Black

Most memorable musical experience: Standing on stage at the JBay Music Festival and playing with the biggest bands from South Africa, in front of 40,000 people screaming back at us

Future ambitions: Get playing again, build a new band and build my recording studio...as it is my dream

Favourite album: A.F.I: Black Sales in the Sunset

My playing style is: Bring on the noise...

Musical motto/maxim: If you don't make a noise, they'll never know you were here


Danny

Danny Louden
(Guitar and PA Sales)

Years playing: 8

Current gig/band: Mia Klose www.miaklose.com

Current setup: Lots of Les Pauls into a Hughes & Ketner Coreblade

Coolest bit of gear in the store: Les Paul Axcess Custom

Piece of kit you couldn't live without: My #1 Les Paul Axcess with Suhr Aldrich pickups

Musical influences: Duane Allman, Doug Aldrich, Van Halen, Slash

Most memorable musical experience: Working on the new Mia Klose record

Future ambitions: Finish up the new record and getting back on the road

Favourite album: Live At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers

My playing style is: Substance over style

Musical motto/maxim: You get out what you put in


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