James Hester

Head of Drums

James is an incredible talent: as a tutor, drummer and as a recording artist with the band Malachai, BBC Radio 1 favourites.

A truly gifted drummer, he’s able to play everything from metal and jazz to drum ‘n’ bass, and has recorded sessions for DJs Zane Lowe, Gilles Peterson and Annie Mac, has played live on BBC TV for Lily Allen, and live on radio for Tom Robinson.

James has toured the UK with Mr Hudson, Groove Armada and Doves, and has played alongside fellow drummers Chad Smith, Jojo Mayer, Neal Wilkinson, Ian Matthews and Steve White. He’s written for Drummer and Rhythm magazines, and is the author of the drum tuition book ‘Mind Over Meter’.

  • Bristol, Drums