5 Drummerszone artists - Ralph Salmins

Ralph Salmins
* June 04, 1964
United Kingdom
--Short Bio

Ralph's signature groove has established him as the drummer of choice for producers and composers worldwide. He has been nominated for the British Jazz Awards on multiple occasions, winning the Best drummer category twice, has been twice ranked top ten Studio Drummer in Rhythm Magazine Readers Polls, Reader's Poll Studio Category at Mike Dolbear.com and has been nominated for the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards.

He has played on the soundtracks to over 150 movies, working with composers such as Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, A.R. Rahman, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore and Carter Burwell.

In 2011, Ralph joined The Waterboys playing on their latest albums 'An Appointment With Mr. Yates' & 'Modern Blues'. He continues to perform internationally and record with the band.

In 2012 Ralph acted as consultant for the London Olympic Opening Ceremony, coordinating 1,000 drummers with whom he performed to an audience of over 1 billion.

Ralph composes and produces for his production music company, Made Up Music at his studio The Bunker, where many luminaries of the music world, past and present, record.

A committed educator, Ralph is a professor at London's Royal College of Music & The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has given master classes at many of the UK conservatiores, percussion days and drum shows and has toured clinics for Sabian, Gretsch, Vic Firth and Remo.


Ralph Salmins is one of the UKs hardest working top session drummers, with one of the most impressive and diverse CVs in the business. `

Immersed in jazz and R&B from a young age, Ralph had established himself as a professional musician by the age of 16.

Salmins studied classical percussion at Guildhall between 1982 and 1986. Ralph Salmins was awarded the prestigious Philip Jones Percussion Prize for his final recital.

Ralph's versatility and signature groove have established him as the drummer of choice for producers and composers worldwide, having worked on countless albums, movie soundtracks, TV shows and jingles. Ralph Salmins has worked as a session drummer & is active on the jazz scene.

In the early 1990's he toured extensively and recorded with Everything But The Girl. In 1994 he worked with the Count Basie Orchestra and was subsequently invited back for two tours with the band. After that he worked alongside James Brown alumni Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis in Van Morrison's band, with whom he toured for three years recording three albums.

Other artists Ralph has worked with include Colin Towns Mask Orchestra & the Dankworth Generation Band. Jazz artists include Hank Crawford, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, James Moody, Jimmy Witherspoon, Mose Allison, Joe Lovano, Annie Ross, and John Lewis on his only ever UK appearance outside the Modern Jazz Quartet. His unique swinging feel can be heard on Bjrk's "It's Oh So Quiet" and Robbie Williams' version of "Have You Met Miss Jones?".

Movie composers with whom he works regularly include Patrick Doyle, Hans Zimmer, Anne Dudley and Mike Figgis and recent work has included sessions with Artists he's worked with in the studio include Madonna, Macy Gray, Alanis Morrisette, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Bacharach, Tom Jones, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Tori Amos and reputable producers such as George Martin, Burt Bacharach and Michel Legrand.

Ralph can be heard on scores for Bridget Jones, Harry Potter, Gosford Park, Donnie Brasco, Philadelphia, and Moulin Rouge amongst many others. Ralph is currently working in the West End for the Rod Stewart musical Tonights the Night'.

Ralph has a keen interest in recording and producing which he pursues in his own studio. Artists who have recorded there recently include Georgie Fame, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) and Billy Cobham.

In 2004 Ralph Salmins played drum tracks on a Westlife album, recorded with Gordon Haskeland could be heard on the popular TV shows X Factor backing all the acts, French and Saunders, The Quest and the new Marks and Spencers advert. Ralph was performing live with the Birmingham ballet by modern composer Colin Towns jazz/rock meets classical.

He also performed on the movies Racing Stripes and the 2005 re-make of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and performed live with Madeline Bell and Kyle Eastwood (Clints son) in 2005.

That same year Ralph Salmins worked with Van Morrison and completed a UK tour with Gorgie Fame.