Portishead / Roni Size Mercury prize drummer. Recording and performing with Radiohead as their second drummer since 2011 and Robert Plant 2001-2005. I can bring old school session skills, disciplined "loop style" drumming, loose interpretive jazz playing and many other genres to your next project.
I'm looking forward to helping you with your next project. I use ProTools with an AudioMover's LISTENTO plugin, which streams high fidelity audio in real-time directly from my DAW's Stereo Out to a provided URl. You simply paste the URL into your browser so you can listen to me playing along with your track in real time. This will allow me to quickly help you get what you want through the SoundBetter platform.
Clive's work with Portishead and Roni Size resulted in two Mercury prize winning albums: Dummy and New Forms. Clive has been recording and touring with Radiohead since 2011 as the second drummer alongside Phil Selway. As well as touring with the band he was also featured on their Grammy nominated album A Moon Shaped Pool. Clive’s recorded and toured with Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and his band The Strange Sensation and his CV includes collaborations with Hawkwind, Siouxsie Sioux, Tom Jones, Goldfrapp and Jeff Beck. "His unique, free approach to playing, taste and discipline ensure he is in constant demand as a recording / studio drummer. His influences of both jazz and rock merge to produce a hard-hitting drummer that can shift the expectations of a rigorous beat without any loss of precision. He is according to Robert Plant a ‘spectacular polyrhythmist’ who has had a career of ‘great endeavour and versatility’."
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Interview with DRUMMER
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To never vote Tory.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting the sounds and the playing right. Creating some magic so it feels special.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm a "jazz drummer" or a "trip hop drummer" or "rock drummer". I have recorded and performed nearly every genre.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: It depends entirely on the client's specific needs and their music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started with traditional jazz based drumming skills in 1974 but actually played mostly rock and pop music for the first ten years. From the early 1980's I became a passionate devotee of Jazz and R&B and spent ten years developing skills that left me well positioned to provide the hybrid drumming for Portishead and Drum & Bass for Roni Size. In 2000 I studied Creative Music Technology at Bath Spa University. I was then invited to record and tour with Robert Plant for five years and have recorded and toured with Radiohead since 2011. I have been playing for forty six years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Dynamic, multi genre drumming.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: There isn't one particular genre. I may draw from many genres in a single track if necessary. I have recorded Trip Hop, Jazz, Original R&B and Blues, Funk, Drum & Bass, Rare Groove, Pop, Alternative Rock, Art Rock, Country , Heavy Rock. Psychedelic Rock, World Music, Electronic, Soundtracks for film and television and more.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a wide range of Ludwig and Gretsch drum kits, numerous snare drums, Zildjian and Paiste cymbals and many varied percussion instruments from around the world. My DAW of choice is Pro Tools. My recording equipment includes Neve and Focusrite preamps, Neumann, Telefunken, Beyer, Violet Gold Finger, AKG, Sontronic and Shure microphones. I will provide mp3 rough mixes to allow you to review the work so you can approve the final product.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Simon Edwards is on SoundBetter and he's a wonderful bass player.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Most of the dead ones! Bowie because he was so bold. Howlin Wolf because of that voice. Tribe Called Quest because it would be the perfect jazz/hip hop drumming oppportunity. Tom Waits because I'm certain it would be the weirdest masterclass.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing with an original feel that I have developed over the years. Moving between 4/4 feel and swing in any style. Dynamic range of expression. Playing with a touch that allows the microphones to get the right sound. I tune my drums for each individual track. I like to mix straight 4/4 pop or rock grooves and the swing of Hip hop and jazz and blues.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Creating a drumming solution for artists and producers who know what they want, and those who don't. My playing draws on many years of experience in a wide range of genres. I think people employ me for that reason because they trust what they've heard, they know there's a groove I play that will make their track move, swing, rock, whatever is needed. Often it's playing the final human feel version of the demo programmed drum parts they made earlier, or they invite me to create something original.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen carefully to the music. If the artist doesn't know what they want I consider genre and stylistic options. Does the song need power or restraint. Does it need obvious drumming, bold or understated drumming. If the artist has specific requirements, I try to make sure I fully understand that request. After that I trust my instincts and my ears to put the right drums and mics in the right place for the sound we need.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever is necessary or possible for the song. A dramatic statement or very subtle drumming.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by the artists I've worked with such as Portishead, Radiohead, Roni Size, Robert Plant and many drummers including Earl Palmer, Tony Allen, Clyde Stubblefield, John Bonham, Levon Helm, Art Blakey, Jaki Liebzeit, Bernard Purdie and many more.