I feel extremely proud and privileged to be an international artist for Mapex Drums, I’ve played them since 2004. The team look after me no matter where I am in the world and gave me the opportunity in 2020 to launch my own signature Snare Drum “The Machine”. I play a mixture of series both live and in the studio and on the current Steve Hackett tour I’m playing a Design Lab Cherry Bomb series set up, 24” kick, 8/10/12/13 racks, 16/18 floors and an 18” aux drum which I’m using as a gong drum, my Machine snare and a “Wasp” as a second snare. Check them out HERE. On the recent Frost* dates I used a Saturn Evo
I joined the Paiste family in 2006. I feel completely at home with my set up and have the perfect sounds at my disposal. They are a very special company that I have so much respect for. They branded my 2002’s for Steven Wilson’s “To The Bone Tour” and have made me a few prototypes for my studio set ups over the years including my current 24” ride cymbal on this tour, a Masters extra dry. I play a mixture of cymbals in the studio depending on the project but live my set up is currently 2002 Big Beat Crashes 20/21/22/24. 15” Giant Beat hats, 2002 bells, 8/10 602 splashes, 14” swiss flanger stack, 10/8 pstx stack and a 22” 602 modern essentials ride.
My relationship with Roland goes back over 20 years, they gave me a chance when I was just starting out and continued to have faith in me all the time I was in my “day job days” I used to do lots of Saturday music shop demos up and down the country. Eventually, Roland put me into Europe doing shop demos and launch events at trade shows to learn my trade and then the drum clinics and festivals started to arrive. In 2008 I joined the R&D team and have been involved in creating sounds and play-alongs to many of the modules that countless drummers around the world play today.
I’ve used Sennheiser all my professional career, from clip on 604’s a few years back to industry standard MD421’s now in the studio. They are also my choice of "in ears" on tour and headphones tracking in the studio. They are still a great family company and one that I feel very privileged to be a part of.
I will always be super grateful to Alan Vater and Chad Brandiolini for having faith in me in the early years. They have supported me so much around the world and gave me the opportunity to have a signature stick. Once again, they remain a family company and their attention to detail in their “end product” is simply unrivaled. Currently I'm using a Classics 5b on tour
Another recent and welcome addition to my rig both in the Recording Studio, Streaming Studio and on tour are Hercules stands. They are part of the KHS group of which I’ve had a relationship with for nearly 20 years. They have flown everything for me currently for Steve Hackett and Frost, phone holder to adjust virtual monitor mixes, tablet holder for my “guides”, overhead stands and camera clamps, they do it all with ease and are a massive part of making the job easier.