Learn how to drum like a pro in this fantastic new multi-part series 'Behind The Drums'. The now Australian residing...
Learn how to drum like a pro in this fantastic new multi-part series 'Behind The Drums'. The now Australian residing accomplished British drummer Chris Whitten shares with us his down to earth musical approach to creating exciting and memorable drum performances using the techniques and ideas he's gathered from playing and recording with some the biggest names in the world including Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, Julian Cope and Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians among many others.
Chris's drumming formed the backbone of Paul McCartney's 'Flowers In The Dirt' album from 1989 which resulted in a world tour with the McCartney band playing the new album but also the first time McCartney had played Beatles songs since the split. Dire Straits were soon to come knocking which lead to Chris hitting the road again for the epic 'On Every Street' tour lasting fourteen months and playing to over seven million people world-wide.
The man behind the drums for the Edie Brickell hit 'What I Am', and The Waterboys 'Whole Of The Moon', Chris's playing draws from a wide range of musical styles which has enabled him to work cohesively with such varied artists as Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, The Pretenders, Swing Out Sister, ABC and The The.
Unafraid to simply play what the song requires, Chris is the sort of model drummer many artists would actively seek out as the perfect rhythmic match for their music. In this series of videos, Chris passes on these core ideas and shares some fascinating insights about what it takes to make it as a regular on-call studio drummer and how to become a better all-round musical player even if you're playing the local pub scene on the weekends or having a bash with friends..
No stranger to electronic percussion and synthesis, Chris was using a Roland Octapad with Paul McCartney back in 1989 and has since become heavily involved in creating his own unique sample libraries designed to be triggered from electronic kits. In these videos Chris plays the Roland TD-30KV V-Drums kit connected to V-Drums Friend Jam software to explore all that musical drumming entails.
Chris Whitten made a name for himself providing drums for the classic 80's hits 'What I Am' by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians and 'The Whole Of The Moon' by the Waterboys. He went on to appear on Paul McCartney's critically acclaimed 'Flowers In The Dirt' album and the 1989/90 record-breaking world tour. Two years later Chris embarked on the mammoth, 18 month long 'On Every Street' world tour with Dire Straits.
Seeking some time away from touring, Chris revealed a talent for composing. He has created soundtracks for award winning TV and film documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel. This work led him into the fast-moving world of music technology. Working with record producer Peter Henderson (Supertramp, Rush and Paul McCartney) he has now released three expansion packs for leading virtual instrument producers, Toontrack. Their drum sample pack, 'Custom & Vintage' has proved to be extremely popular with both users and technology commentators.
Chris returned to the UK after ten years living in Australia. While in Australia, he joined an all star Australian band to perform the entire Dire Straits album 'Brothers In Arms' for 'Classic Albums Live'. In 2006 Chris toured North America with World Party, and with them again the following year supporting Steely Dan around Australia.
His extensive studio credits include a trio of albums with Swing Out Sister, a James Bond soundtrack (The Living Daylights) with The Pretenders, sessions with ABC, Holly Johnson, Tom Jones and Johnny Cash, plus more recently, two well-regarded albums by soulful newcomers, The Beauty Room