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Tom Meadows Talks to Gear4music with Istanbul Agop
How do you practise? How do you get into professional playing? How did a violin accident kick-start Tom's drumming career? Find out all this and more...
Tom Meadows recently visited Gear4music to demo Istanbul Agop cymbals. As well as being a fantastic drummer and experienced musician, Tom has played with many high-profile artists; he is currently drumming for Kylie Minogue!
Tom is also a lovely chap and is keen to share his knowledge. So, while he was here visiting, we thought we’d ask his advice about drumming and about the music industry in general. You don't want to miss this!
Recently this year, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Instanbul Agop factory for a tour, and Tom was invited too! Read our blog post about the trip and see the photos here: Istanbul Agop factory visit.
Click below to skip to each answer, or watch the full interview here.
- What inspired you to start playing?
- Who are your favourite artists/influences?
- How did you break into professional playing?
- How do you adapt your cymbal setup to different situations?
- What’s your advice for aspiring professional players?
- Why is Istanbul Agop your choice brand? 10:28
- What is your desert island cymbal?
- How do you practise now?
- How did you practise when you were learning?
- What’s your best and worst musical moment?
1. What inspired you to start playing? 00:18
In short: Tom played the violin until the age of 16. A music teacher’s mishap with Tom’s violin led to a career in drums!
2. Who are your favourite artists/influences? 01:16
In short: Tom is inspired by both drummers and wider musical influences. He likes drummers with a unique voice.
3. How did you break into professional playing? 03:36
In short: Tom ‘fell’ into drum playing. School bands led onto drum study, which led onto dep work, which snowballed into a career. How do you get a gig? Watch this video…
4. How do you adapt your cymbal setup to different situations? 05:31
In short: Tom decides on the sound he needs and chooses his cymbals to match that situation. Find out more…
5. What’s your advice for aspiring professional players? 08:08
In short: play with other people! Don’t isolate yourself on social media. Watch how to get into pro playing….
6. Why is Istanbul Agop your choice brand? 10:28
In short: many reasons! Instanbul Agop has the best cymbals and the best variety. A great community. Great service and support.
7. What is your desert island cymbal? 12:32
In short: 25th Anniversary 20.5-inch ride cymbal. Why? Watch this video…
8. How do you practise now? 13:02
In short: maintenance. Practice should be done for the goal of getting work and being able to gig. See Tom’s tips here…
9. How did you practise when you were learning? 14:32
In short: practice is often talked about, yet frequently misunderstood. Tom learned to segment his practice routine in order to focus on different areas, rather than overloading himself. Find out more…
10. What’s your best and worst musical moment? 16:03 (best) and 17:36 (worst)
In short: The best? Kylie headlining Hyde Park – 2015. A great gig with Tom’s family in the audience.
The worst? How a power failure caused Tom to codmpletely halt another gig at Hyde Park in front of 1000s of people!
Istanbul Agop Cymbals
Tom Meadows endorses Instanbul Agop cymbals. Handcrafted using traditional techniques, these iconic Turkish cymbals are available for any genre and any sound you need.
One of our members of staff was lucky enough to be invited to the Istanbul Agop facotory. Read our blog post and see the photos here. Istanbul Agop factory visit.
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