Just so the new students at BIMM Berlin don’t have Head of Drums Peter ‘Budgie’ Clarke all to themselves, we arranged for the iconic drum maverick to take a trip for a Dublin Masterclass.
From his work with The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Creatures, CocoRosie, Efterklang and John Grant, Budgie has plenty of experience and anecdotes to draw on, making him the perfect Masterclass guest (and tutor!)
Host James Byrne is a tutor in Music Business at BIMM Dublin and is himself a drummer, having played for Villagers and Mercury-nominee SOAK. James was well-placed to coax some of the most technical aspects of drumming from the Masterclass.
Budgie spoke about his fondness for different drumming sounds and the theory behind them, including his technique for positioning the cymbals up high so overhead mics are further away from high hats and snare to distinguish the sound:
Budgie discussed John Grant, whom he first played with two albums ago:
Niamh McGoldrick, CPD Vocals, took a lot from the Masterclass:
James Byrne had high praise too:
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