Chris Durling (UK)
#Scars On 45
Paiste Artist Since Jun 2009
15" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Hi-Hat
18" Formula 602 Modern Essentials Crash
22" Masters Dark Ride
20" Formula 602 Classic Sounds Thin Crash
Chris had two ambitions growing up in Southern England ... one was to play basketball, and the other was to be a drummer. As he levelled out at 5" 8' the dreams of NBA domination soon faded, but when dental braces forced him to stop playing the trumpet the dusty old drum kit in the corner of the school music department came a-calling. Hours of endless of after-school practice lead to Chris enrolling in the Leeds University Music program, majoring in jazz performance and popular music.
After finishing school Chris built up a sizeable roster of students both in colleges across Northern England, as well as teaching from his own home studio in Leeds. As session work started to expand he began to provide drum tracks online which opened him up to producers and artists all the way from Australia to Germany, to Nashville! In 2007, after a random meeting in a pub with a member of local band Scars on 45, and having heard the new demos they were working on, Chris joined the band on a full-time basis.
The band made countless demo recordings trying to find their sound until out of blue, one of their home recordings was featured on the end-of-season montage for CSI:NY. This lead to a record deal with Atlantic Records and extensive touring across the USA.
The band's debut album was voted #7 on Amazon's "100 Best Albums of 2012", as well as being a VH1 "You Oughtta Know' artist. They also reached #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and were named on Entertainment Weekly's "Must List". Their music has been featured on TV shows such as Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Supernatural, Catfish to name a few. In March 2012 they made their US TV debut on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Their follow-up album "Safety In Numbers" is due for release in October 2014.
Chris has always had a "less-is-more" approach to drumming. His focus on playing for the song and understanding his role in the band allows him to focus on groove, feel and tone above all else. Any technique and "chops" he has picked up go to make the pocket as deep as possible, and make the listener groove with the song.
Influences include Steve Jordan, Jim Keltner, Shaun Pelton, David Kemper, Karl Brazil and Abe Laboriel Jr..