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Artist biography Thomas J. Green
Thom Green is probably best known as drummer in Mercury prize-winning outfit Alt-J.
Thom's set-up is pretty unique, with his drums are all set up horizontally, and he has no cymbals. As Thom explains, this lack of metals was originally a stylistic development born out of necessity: "When I was growing up, I played cymbals, I was playing in metal bands. When I went to uni in Leeds, I started playing with these guys. We were playing in a bedroom, we had so little room that originally I had just a snare drum. Then I brought my bass drum from home. For a hi-hat I used a saucepan that I turned upside down and tied to my leg. The pan worked. It had the right sound and it's actually on the album."