While filming on location at The Calgary Folk Music Festival this past July, I noticed a familiar face in the hotel hallway. Beach waves, flip flops, and a laid back smile. What a pleasant surprise!
Where are you writing this?
On an old lounge in the sun
Home is where your story begins, would you tell us a bit about yours?
Byron is one of the friendliest places I know. It’s such a great place to be.
How did music find you?
I was surrounded by it from an early age, it was only a matter of time. Everyone in my family play some instrument.
What was it about the drums?
My uncle was an amazing drummer. I think I knew how to play a beat before even sitting on a kit. I actually had a kit for 6 years before sitting down and really playing it, then didn’t put the sticks down.
As a drummer where does your inspiration/ new beats come from?
So many influences, but you can’t go past older stuff like Al Jackson Jnr’s playing on all the Stax recordings. You will hear just about every beat that your hear on the radio these days in that old stuff. John Frusciante does some great drum programming, and of course the legendary programming of JDilla
Photography by Allison Seto
How were you discovered to be involved in the John Butler Trio?
I have known Byron for years and had met John several times. John asked if I would like to have a play with them, and something worked I guess.