April 30, 2010
Some months ago while I was watching the rather excellent local band Fangs Of... for the first time, (whose bass player Michael works with Shaun), I decided that their incredible drummer Jem was the man who could pull me out of my drumless rut. And that he has; today I had the first of hopefully many lessons with Jem, who turns out to be warm and friendly and lovely to talk to. His approach to drumming is a perfect blend of technique and intuition, and I couldn't be happier to be learning from him. Do yourself a favour and check out Jem's many musical projects, including the well-loved Fire Witch, at his indy label We Empty Rooms, who put out beautiful limited edition cds and vinyl with hand-printed covers that you can buy for a very reasonable price. But first, check out this awesome clip of Fire Witch playing live in August last year.