David Higham

Born in Buckinghamshire, England, David started playing drums at the age of 11. Inspired by fellow musicians around him, and bands of all genres, he gained an immediate appreciation for the art of creating music. David has played in countless bands and projects over his 2 decades as a musician, touring around the UK in London, Bristol, Southampton, Milton Keynes, Kent, and in venues such as the O2 Academy in Birmingham.

He has been a session musician for various bands and projects, ranging from alternative rock, jazz, big band, progressive rock, metal, funk, to name a few. During his teenage years, he earned several professional grade certificates in drums and had achieved his Grade 8 by the age of 16. He landed his first paid gig at the age of 17 for an event thrown together by the manager of Ministry of Sound. His drumming has been featured on music played on BBC Radio 1.

As David’s playing developed, he quickly became fascinated in odd-time signatures, polyrhythms, and advanced coordination, or what he calls “independence” exercises. He believes developing these skills will train a musician’s mind and muscle memory to adapt to something they’re not used to, expanding their versatility and creativity on the instrument exponentially.

David studied music at the historic Canterbury Christ Church University, England. Although the drum kit is his primary instrument, he also plays piano, guitar, and bass, and is a composer and orchestrator for film, TV, game music, and everything in-between. He regards his foundational experience as a drummer to be a crucial aspect to his compositions.

“Don’t focus on being a drummer. Focus on the art of creating and playing music. Then you’ll become world class at drums, any other instrument you choose to pursue, and a fluent musician overall.”

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