An alumnus of Berklee College Music, Justin subsequently attained a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the London College of Music and Media.
In addition, he has studied privately with some of the most highly respected tutors in the world, including Gary Chaffee, Mike Mangini, John Marshall, Ed Kaspik, John Ramsey and Pete Zeldman.
Throughout his twenty year career, he has played and recorded throughout Europe, USA and Asia with literally hundreds of artists and musicians. Whether it’s fusion with world class guitarists such as Amit Chatterjee (Joe Zawinul), Brett Garsed (Nelson), or Mekaal Hasan (Billy Cobham); the metrically twisted compositions of Australian songwriter, Chris Ramsing; loops and breaks for producer/programmer Phelan Kane (Placebo, Dido); the gentle lyricism of singer/songwriters such as Moira Lambert (St. Etienne); or slamming backbeats and double kick drums with cult rock band Howser, Justin’s respect for the music shines through in whatever idiom he’s required to perform.
Besides his well-earned reputation as a world class drummer, Justin is also increasingly in-demand as a programmer. From the funky commercial sounds of pop to the heavily processed sounds of his own progressive EDM project, he is gaining a reputation for his innovative and creative beats.
As well as maintaining a busy playing career, over the last twelve years Justin has become increasingly involved in music education. His passion for teaching drums has led to work at a number of institutions such as Thames Valley University, Drumtech and the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance where he was Head Of Drums for several years and, in addition to teaching, was involved course development and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
For several years, Justin wrote a monthly educational article for UK drumming magazine, Rhythm during which time has had over one hundred articles published and his first drum tuition book, Learn To Play Drums, was published in 2008, translated into eleven languages and available in fourteen countries worldwide.
Throughout this time, Justin has also maintained a successful private teaching practice from his studio in West London and consequently, he has taught literally hundreds of students, including Elliot Fyffe (Blue, Ronan Keating), Aaron ‘Breakbeat’ Fagan (N-Dubz), Aicha Djidjelli (Rachael Stevens, Amy Studt) Lawrence Colbert (Ride), Adam Ficek (Baby Shambles), Olly Betts (The Duke Spirit, F.U.R.S.), Stephen Simmonds (Groovejet), Matt Thomas (The Joy Formidable) and Jay Sikora (Paulo Nutini).
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