Drummers from Sheffield

Drummers from Sheffield

Where do we start? Sheffield is a huge place, famous for its music scene, so naturally, a plethora of awesome drummers can trace their roots here. Below are just a handful.

Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys)

Matt Helders said that he only started playing the drums because "that was the only thing left. When we started the band none of us played anything." Just goes to show how far passion can take your playing. Matt's greatest influences are rap music and Queens of the Stone Age, resulting in a loud style that really grooves. The band all still live in Sheffield, and still take the inspiration for much of their music from their hometown, proving just how strong the music scene is and the admiration musicians have for it. Matt currently plays on a Ludwig kit.

Rick Allen (Def Leppard)

Losing his left arm hasn't stopped Rick "Thunder God" Allen from rocking with Def Leppard, becoming one of the biggest names in rock. Due to his injury, Rick currently plays on a highly customized electronic kit, using a pedal to hit the snare drum along with other modifications. Still loyal to the acoustic sound, though, his kit is programmed to play recordings of his acoustic drum sounds. Rick has also set up the Raven Drum Foundation in Malibu, California which aims to serve, empower and educate people and veterans in crisis through drumming and rhythm.

Nick Banks (Pulp)

Pulp was Sheffield's answer to the Britpop movement in the 1990s and proved to be fierce competition for Blur, Oasis and Suede. They hit number 1 on the UK albums chart in 1995 with Different Class and went on the win the Mercury Prize the next year for the same album. Although their road to success was a rocky one, Nick Banks and Pulp added another accolade to Sheffield's musical heritage. 

Matt Nicholls (Bring Me The Horizon)

Also hailing from Sheffield, Matt Nicholls of Bring Me The Horizon drives the band's aggressive sound with furious blast beats and great energy. Matt has managed to avoid a lot of the controversy surrounding Oli Sykes and the band but still manages to play his part in initiating walls of death and climbing over the sound equipment. Matt rocks with an SJC custom kit.

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