This episode features a chat with Tim Goodyer, on Twitter @timbogoodyer and Instagram @timgoodyerdrums, who currently holds the chair for the new West End musical Hamilton, which is also arguably the biggest show in the World right now!

Before this show Tim has played on countless others but had the chair most recently on Disney’s Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Shrek the Musical and the original London run of Avenue Q.

Tim also works a lot outside the West End with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (with the Elvis Presley – If I Can Dream UK and European arena tour), the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Philharmonia. The list of artists he has worked with includes Mari Wilson, Pixie Lott, Don Airey, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Jason Donovan, Michael Ball, Mary Beth Chapman and many others.


In this episode we talk about:

  • The importance of playing with other people

  • Getting a break in the show World

  • Working with Orchestras as a drummer

  • Brand involvement in a musician’s career

  • And much more

TIM GOODYER - Drummer, Top West End and Orchestras
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Show Notes:

00:00 – Tim’s musical background

02:00 – Reading drum music vs. ‘actual’ music

04:00 – Drum chairs vs. percussion chairs

06:20 – Young musical involvement

07:45 – Playing with older musicians

09:45 – Learning drums now vs. in Tim’s childhood

11:00 – Playing along to records

12:00 – Learning structure now

14:00 – Mindset and drive

14:30 – The importance of playing with other people

18:00 – Missing the social side of College

19:00 – NYJO and meeting people

20:00 – Path from NYJO to now

22:30 – Joseph Tour and life skills

23:30 – Jesus Christ Superstar onwards

25:00 – Getting a break in shows

28:00 – Shows and life payments

28:30 – Getting booked on shows

29:30 – Importance of the drum chair

32:00 – Rhythm section dynamics

33:00 – Relationships with MDs

36:10 – Tim’s orchestral work

37:50 – Difference in playing drums with Orchestras vs. shows

41:30 – Challenges of playing quiet enough

43:20 – Playing with quiet intensity

45:20 – Volume and intensity on Aladdin

47:00 – Choosing different sticks

48:30 – Gear for gigs

49:50 – Brand involvement in musician’s career

56:30 – Profile of West End Musicians

58:30 – Longevity of a West End career

1:00:00 – Musical differences between shows

1:01:05 – Recommended gear

1:07:45 – Recommended Listening

Recommended Drum Listening:

Jeff Porcaro

Omar Hakim

Steve Jordan

Buddy Rich

Jo Jones

Mel Lewis

Recommended Gear:

Ludwig 400 snare drum

Sabian Cymbals:

- Legacy

- Artistan

- HHX Evolution

- HHX X-treme

Vic Firth Sticks:

- Keith Karlock

- Weckl Evolution

DW9000 Bass drum pedal

Roc 'n' Soc drum stool

Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors

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