Dave Whittaker : Drums

dave_band“I started drumming when I was about 18. Up until then I had been playing guitar. The band I was in needed a drummer and it seemed that everyone we had down for audition couldn’t play the parts we needed; I found myself behind the kit, showing them what we wanted. This made my mind up for me. I sold my guitar equipment and started learning to play the drums. I listened and played along to my favourite bands at the time – Rush, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, and The Beatles; I soon realized the drums really were for me.

Over the last 20 years playing drums I have been influenced by lots of different bands and drummers. Here are a few of my favourites: Neil Peart, Keith Moon, Terry Bozzio, Dave Weckle, Mike Portnoy, Nick D’Virgilio, Phil Collins, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Mangini, Chad Wackerman, Steve Gadd, Rod Morgenstein, Simon Phillips, Gregg Bissonette, Alex Van Halen, Carmin and Vinny Appice, Alan White, Andy Newmark and Morgan Argen.

When we are writing we usually jam ideas around with Steve joining in with vocal melody and off the cuff lyrics. Some of his jammed words will stay in the song. We seem to have a unique chemistry together and bounce off each other during rehearsals and in social situations. We are constantly writing new music and even ideas that have been shelved in the past can make an entrance if we think they will fit in.”