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Thursday, 12 April 2012

You would not believe your eyes...



Video featuring iDrum virtuoso sticksman Dan Abbott along with his pots and pans percussionist Jono breaking out some broad smiles in the metropolis of Londinium with some guerrilla busking. Hailing from my local patch of Colchester iDrum is a drummer's collective headed up by Dan who is also a regular member of Psalm Drummers as well as playing for various bands. Dan stresses that iDrum is primarily about having fun, being a tad different from other buskers and definitely not a commercial masterplan. Love the mime to Owl City's single Fireflies too, pukka performance art!

According to Dan the interaction of the watching crowds makes all the serious effort well worthwhile, with folk saying that stumbling across them playing landed up making their day. Young guns have staged dance offs in front of the band, there have been spontaneous break dances and other pro drummers have stepped up and joined in for impromptu jam sessions. Keep an ear and eye out for them as they perform all over the place, check out the various youtube videos.

Film above created by Timecode Cartel.

P h/t Tim Abbott

5 comments:

Revsimmy said...

Absolutely fantastic - made my afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

BanksyBoy said...

Yes, it has that effect! Best, PB

James and Maggie said...

Thanks Pete for posting this, these young fellas are really cool.

nevell said...

Parts of it reminded me of the crazy drumming antics of a young Arcade Fire, at a live performance of "Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vMjM7FKjIg

BanksyBoy said...

Cheers guys! Yep, they have a varied approach as per the various videos, maybe influenced by Arcade Fire, an intriguing thought.

Best, PB