Q&A: Ged Lynch
30 May 2012
Ged Lynch has spent over 30 years in the music business, drumming both live and in the studio with the likes of the Ruthless Rap Assasins, Black Grape, Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel, David Gilmour and Brian Eno. He also has extensive film credits including 28 Days Later, Snatch and Wall-E.
What is your earliest memory of drumming?
I was very wee (5 year old) and on holiday with my parents and there was a drum kit on a small stage. It was the bass drum pedal that caught my eye. I plucked up the courage to press the pedal and what sounded like a bomb went off, heaven!
What was your most embarrassing moment behind a drum kit?
Backing a stripper when I was 14 years old...very confusing.
Who would you consider your favourite or most influential drummer, teacher or otherwise and why?
Stuart Copeland, Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Ed Thigpen were my 'idols'. My first teacher Eric Hammond was very disciplined in his approach and that has served me well, even now when I practice I can't do 'half a job'. Also Tim Franks (teacher/player) in Manchester, he made drum study a joy.
What would you consider the most defining moment in your career?
Laughing at myself when I first mimed on 'Top of the Pops' realising it was a children's television programme. When I was younger I projected so much onto it, hilarious.
What's your current equipment set-up and why do you choose it?
It's a Premier Artist' Series. I chose Premier because they had cast rims, great hardware and they have lineage; I like authentic.
Which drummers would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Levon Helm (RIP) Jim Keltner and Ritchie Hayward (RIP)....I'd sit quietly and listen.
What are your plans over the coming months?
I've got some festivals with a band called the 'Imagined Village' over the summer, it's a wonderful gig. I'm playing with Johnny Kalsi - an amazing Dhol Player; really stretching. Plus teaching and some film score sessions with a Japanese composer. Oh and I'm building a sauna in the garden!
What are your feelings about the music industry in general?
That's a huge question and I think it's obvious there are seismic changes afoot. I try to focus on and maintain the part that nourishes me and keep the rest in perspective, it's all subjective.
What is the most important advice you would give to an aspiring drummer?
All the obvious things like study hard, be enthusiastic, be a team player and LISTEN!
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