For more than 25 years Stu Martin has developed and maintained a reputation among friends, worship bands and musicians as a versatile drummer and musician, his broad experience ranging from gospel, big band, blues, and rock, to funk, fusion, and much more. Stu's warm, easy-going down-to-earth manner is refreshing; His perfect balance between professionalism, strong work ethic comes across clearly whether he's recording or playing. Stu Martin is a much-respected drummer.
In 2014, in his 40th year Stu applied to BIMM London and attended an audition on 29th January. Based on his 30 minute playing audition and music theory test he was offered a place. Stu accepted the place and started the course in September 2014 studying a four year BMus (Hons) Degree in Popular Music Performance - Drums.
Stu considers himself a good drummer but not the finished article. His ambition is to become a professional drummer with a sustainable career. A degree course at BIMM London has helped him to achieve this ambition.
Stu graduates from BIMM London this year. (June 2018) The four year course focused on sight reading, music theory, live performance workshops, music technology and production, techniques and music pedagogy. (The teaching one!)
With all his drumming accomplishments and accolades, to Stu his children are his greatest attributes. A strong and committed family man, he loves spending time with his family, with the love and support of his family Stu always stays grounded as he balances the challenges of a hectic musician's life.
Stu strives to "be a musical drummer" keeping the tempo and the groove for the whole song, and playing dynamically. Always adding to his music vocabulary of big band, Latin, funk, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, R&B. Playing with brushes, in small groups, large groups, small or large venues, all ages and all kinds of styles and approaches.
"It's not about playing drum solos, it's about making a joyful noise ... hopefully making a living out of it someday!"
This is what all the hard work is for - the inspiration to keep doing it - and that perspective is probably Stu's biggest asset.
Teaching location: Lowestoft
Web site: http:/www.studrums.com
Phone 1: 07801 428973