BIMM Bristol was buzzing all day long in anticipation of a money-can’t-buy masterclass from The Smiths’ Mike Joyce; a drummer who has achieved the artistic and professional success that all of our students aim for.
Mike’s meticulous drumming propelled the endlessly influential band’s classic songs with a distinctive swing and energy that has been copied ever since. He was the ideal person to bring into BIMM to imbue us all with ambition, excitement and encouragement. And Mike, entertaining, chatty and upbeat as ever, gave the packed room a whistle-stop tour of his influences, citing Buzzcocks’ John Maher as an early idol; and explained his preference for working with controversial artists like Morrissey, Johnny Rotten and Sinead O’ Connor.
He even touched on his famous court case with The Smiths, spinning his difficult experience as good advice for all the young musicians present, saying, “Get your royalty splits sorted early and use me as your example.”
We loved having Mike in BIMM. He had the room in gales of laughter with his hilarious, revealing stories of his time in a major rock band. As a natural public speaker, he happily answered all the students’ questions, grappling with potentially awkward topics with good humour (for instance: no, he hasn’t read Morrissey’s autobiography, and doesn’t intend to!)
Everyone present — staff and students alike — went home with their minds whirring, full of good stories and inspiration. Thanks for coming in to see us, Mike!