Jay is appearing in association with Sabian, Vic Firth, Evans and Porter and Davies.
I’ve played drums for 20 years. I started out as most do, in school bands and since then, music has dominated my life.
When I failed to get into a drum school in London in my early 20s, I set out on a path to teach myself the aspects of drumming that really interested me. I’m a fan of clean drumming but my tendency is to make things a little more complicated – so I’ve found my place in the prog and metal world.
I’ve played drums for TesseracT for ten years and through this, have been lucky enough to travel the world. I’ve performed on cramped stages to a handful of people, huge festival stages to tens of thousands, and everything in between. We’ve released three albums to date, which have seen the band grow to bigger and bigger audiences.
The great thing about being a drummer is that there are always new things to learn, and that’s really what my musical journey has been about. A constant flow of inspiration, and mind-opening realisations, which have a profound affect on my own playing.
What I hope to achieve is a level of playing that I’m content is the top of my own game, and that’s it. If I can leave a trail of inspiring moments behind me, even better.
Cymbals: Sabian – I’ve used Sabian for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a fan of the brand, the wide variety of tones and therefore possibilities, the durability, even with the thin cymbals and obviously the appearance.
Sticks: Vic Firth (5B)
Throne: Porter and Davies