Pete Riley has been a rising force in drums for the past 20 years. His explosive technique and ability to switch hands and feet with apparent ease is the reason why he has been asked to play for the likes of Guthrie Govan, Phil Hilbourne and Republica.
Recently he retired as tutor at ACM, where, for the past 21 years, he has given students the benefit of seeing his incredible technical prowess up close and shown them first hand what it takes to be a session drummer.
Come and learn up close with one of the best drummers in the UK, you won't regret it!
Emmanuelle Caplette has risen to fame in her native Canada, winning Office Franco Québécois Pour La Jeunesse whilst at college and opened the Montreal Jazz festival the following year! She has now played at major music events all over the world (Musikmesse, Uk Drum Show 2017, Switzerland Drum Festival), toured with Andy Summers as part of his Circa Zero band and also appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed a 24 snare drum solo!
Coming to Firebird Studios in October, our resident drum teacher AJ Rousell has put together the very first drum camp in Bristol. Twenty four lucky drummers will have a chance to study with some of the world's premiere drummers.
You do not get the chance to study with teachers like this very often and in our humble opinion, you'd be mad not to come along and get an intense learning experience that will take your playing to a new level!
THE DRUMMER'S ODYSSEY CAMP is an intensive weekend of drumming education, hosted in Bristol (UK) on the 27th & 28th of October 2018. Each year will see a different Trio of incredible drummers being brought to TDOC, who will give inspiration, education and guidance for all attendees who are looking to push their drumming.
Head of drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music,
Highly sought after Session Drummer (Guthrie Govan & Republica)
On the 27th/28th October, students will receive a 2 hour session with each tutor on both the Saturday and Sunday. Resulting in 12 hours worth of lessons, within intimate groups of 8 students max. There is a buffet lunch provided on both days, and also a Camp Goodie Bag for each attendee.
Price for the whole weekend is £330, which works out at less than £30/hour with teachers that would typically charge double for a private lesson!
To book a place, fill in your details on the booking form below:
Spring definitely seems to be getting its act together and we’ve had some really sunny days at the studio. One of the great side effects of this is that our garden is really starting to kick into high gear. Loads of plants growing, blooming and budding. It’s south facing so it’s a real sun trap and a great place to take a break from rehearsing and sit with a coffee or a cold drink!
As the festival is a celebration of the bands that rehearse with us at the studios we thought we’d give you a bit of a low down on the bands that are playing on the day. You can find out more on this page.
This multi-instrumental band are a joy to watch as you’re never really sure who’s going to be playing what at any given time. Crafting beautiful arrangements and harmonies with sometimes cutting wit and light humour. If you are new to The Cedar, you are in for a treat.
This Bristol four piece has been a staple favourite of ours ever since we first head them rehearsing at the studios. Instantly recognisable for their charming brand of sparkly guitar pop, bittersweet lyrics and blood harmonies, all showcased in energetic live shows. They’re currently promoting their new album – The Boy You Knew – and getting a great reception for it so far.
Up and coming South Wales band Crystal Balloon are already making waves in the local area with their brand of Americana influenced power pop. Their debut EP – Hurricane – will be out in July and having heard an advanced copy we can tell you it sounds amazing!
We first saw Mike playing at a pub in Totterdown and were instantly captivated by his unique blend of classical loops and hip hop lyrics. It’s a mesmerising mix and one that has seen him played all over BBC 6Music recently and described by Tom Robinson as “…like a hybrid between early Example and Franz Ferdinand at their knowing, cheeky best.”
Downard are a duo that describe themselves as an “atmospheric two-piece rock combo. Punishing distorto-riffs+math-slam drums+swirly voice confusion = we.” All we know is they sound incredible and you can’t believe that it’s just two people in the room when they get into full flight.
Sons of Liberty
This unashamedly Southern American rock covers band have been with us since the beginning and gig regularly around the South West to great acclaim. As you can see from the video below they go all out capturing the look and feel of your favourite Southern rock bands – Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top and more.
The Psychedelic Hearts Club have only recently started rehearsing with us but they created a sound that we thought was fantastic and wanted to showcase as part of the festival. They’re taking classic Beatles tracks and giving them a slightly different twist via Muse and other contemporary rock bands. It’ll be fun to listen to, that much we know!
It’s been a busy year here at the studio with more and more bands rehearsing with us, lots of improvements to the reception/cafe space, planting a studio garden and Firebird Studios getting out and about supporting local gigs, events, and festivals. It’s been amazing to read all the lovely reviews you’ve given us on Facebook and Google too, it’s great to know you think we’re getting it right!
In July we celebrated our 1st Anniversary with an outdoor mini festival in the car park. We invested in a proper festival stage from Enlightened Lighting and it was worth it as it looked and sounded incredible! For us, it was a way of saying thank you to the bands who’ve rehearsed with us over the first year of running the studios and for everyone to hear each other’s music. Despite the unpredictable summer weather, it was a really fun event and great to see so many Firebird bands playing live at the studios!
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2015 also saw Firebird Studios get involved with some of the biggest and best Bristol Festivals. Swedish band Grieved flew in to use our studio prior to their performance at Temples Festival.
We also supplied all the backline to the Grain Barge for Bristol Harbourside Festival and to Tobacco Factory for Upfest 2015.
In July/August we were proud sponsors of the Synthetica Events Battle of the Bands, which saw the winners – Myst – take away £1000 as a first prize. The band were in to rehearse recently and said they were using the money to record their first EP. Can’t wait to hear that!
And who’d’ve thought we’d get the chance to rock out on a pirate ship, but that’s what we did with A Doubtful Sound when they asked us to provide a PA for their video shoot on The Matthew. The video was shot by Push The Button who are the people to go to if you’re looking for the best quality music videos! The band are now sadly moving back to New Zealand and we are going to miss them and all their rock nonsense very much!
So as you can see it’s been a pretty packed year. We’ve really enjoyed finding our feet with the studio and getting to be a part of the great Bristol music scene and hear so much good music. Happy New Year and see you for lots more music in 2016!
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We are very happy to announce that the amazing Nick Church Fine Art Photography is our resident photographer. He has tailored some photography packages for bands looking to take their image to the next level. Both location and live shoots are available as well as individual band member shots. You can find out more on our website: http://firebirdstudios.co.uk/band-photographer-bristol/
Check out his work here: