Josh has been studying and honing his craft from the age of three. Balancing study and schoolwork with practice and musical development, Josh cut his teeth as a performing musician in various bands in and around the Leicester music scene.

Realising his ingrained passion and flare as a drummer, Josh decided to put his skills and relentless practice to the test against 300 entrants at Toni Canelli’s national drum competition Beat 2007. After an initial selection process, Josh made his way through to the live final to battle it out with 24 other contestants at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, no mean feat for a 15 year old! Josh’s technical maturity and musicality shone and secured him the title of 2007 winner, fuelling the fire to pursue what is undeniably his path in life.

Continuing to push himself and develop his character and voice as a drummer, Josh entered and again, made his way to the live final of the Mapex Drummer of Tomorrow competition in 2008. As one of the younger performers in the competition, few had known what to expect from Josh and it soon transpired to audience and judges alike, that here was a serious talent to be reckoned with. Josh stunned everyone, blazing a path with a performance far beyond his years. Few were surprised to hear he was the winner of the 2008 technical category. Onto the international final at the Frankfurt Music Fair where Josh performed in front of Lamb Of God’s Chris Adler and Santana’s Walfredo Reyes Jr!

Josh then secured a slot to perform on the main stage of the London Drum Show 2008 at London’s Excel Centre where he again stepped up to the plate and delivered a jaw dropping clinic to over 500 visitors.

From here it is a combination continuous hard work and talent that has secured Josh professional work within the industry. Studio sessions, shows and numerous tours with For all my Valentines, Charlee Drew and Fandangle begun to fill his diary.

Josh has recently been working with UK rapper, Skepta. Since securing the chair, things haven’t stopped for Josh, they hit the Radio 1 Live Lounge at Maida Vale in Jan 2011, dropped into the top 20 album chart with ‘Doin it Again’ in early 2011 and then embarked on a sold out UK tour March the same year. The guys have shared stages with UK upstarts Chipmunk, Dappy from NDubz, Giggs and Boy Better Know.

Most recently, Josh got first call to join X Factor success story One Direction, his first show being prime time TV show Red or Black and since he’s appeared on X Factor and Children in Need Live.. now that’s what we call a success story.

Check out Josh on the Paiste cymbal morph video and watch this space to keep up with one of the most exciting up and coming UK drummers in the Paiste Family.