Simon Dring (UK)
Paiste Artist Since Jun 2010
15" 2002 Medium Hi-Hat
18" 2002 Crash
22" 2002 Crash
19" 2002 Crash
10" PST 5 Splash
18" 502 plus China
Simon's first exposure to the world of percussion was in 1983 when at the age of 6 he was chosen to play maracas in a school concert. He then began to abuse his mother's pots and pans, cushions and boxes with homemade sticks.
He moved to Norfolk in 1986 and took drum lessons with Colin Brady and the late Angus Honeyman. He played in bands both in and out of school, and by the age of 15 was doing over 50 gigs a year. When he left school in 1995 he turned professional, and began teaching drums as well as continuing to play in bands of all styles, including rock, pop and jazz groups, orchestras and brass bands.
Since then, he has done over 1000 gigs with numerous bands, dozens of recordings, and has taught hundreds of students in schools and privately. He has performed and recorded in the UK, Europe and America. He joined Oli Brown and Fredy Hollis in January 2007 and they formed The Oli Brown Band, an original blues trio. Oli Brown’s debut album, “Open Road” (featuring Simon and Fredy) was released on RUF Records in June 2008 and has gained rave reviews in magazines including Classic Rock, Mojo and Guitarist. Classic Rock touted Simon and Fredy as “the next Ginger (Baker) and Jack (Bruce)”.
Between 2008 and 2011, Simon toured the UK, Europe, New Zealand and America with Oli Brown, including headline gigs at Glastonbury Festival on the Jazz & Blues stage, and dozens of other festivals and tours. Simon was awarded "Drummer Of The Year" at the British Blues Awards, 2010.
At the end of 2010, Simon left the Oli Brown Band, and has since worked with New Jersey guitar hero Billy Walton (Southside Johnny), and finalist for "MTV Unsigned 2013" Nina Baker, alongside his busy teaching schedule.