Archive for the ‘Percussion’ Category

What is it with drummers? The backbeat and backbone of the band and generally content to take the back seat, eclipsed by bandmates and a bewildering construction of percussion items and supporting metalwork. I suspect it takes a certain kind of personality: selflessness, a closet love of engineering and a conviction that the music is all that matters.

The Monkey Fingers’ Nigel Summerley — pictured below — is a case in point. But exceptions prove the rule. Those whose formative musical years coincided with Top of the Pops in the early 1970s may well recall Golden Earring‘s Cesar Zuiderwijk, who would launch himself skywards over his drum kit at the finale of the drum solo on Radar Love. Gymnastic prowess is one way to grab centre stage, I suppose. Perhaps wisely though, Nigel tends to stay right behind the drums: at the back and on the beat. After all, the music’s all that matters.

Nigel Summerley

Behind the drums