MUSIC MATTERS - Cov's Steven Shelley banging the drum for Liberty - The Coventry Observer

MUSIC MATTERS - Cov's Steven Shelley banging the drum for Liberty

Coventry Editorial 27th Jun, 2024 Updated: 27th Jun, 2024   0

There are basically two kinds of drummers – the ones who do their job and keep the beat and the technical guy who paradiddles with a capital P.

Steven Shelley definitely falls into the latter category and it is his superb drumming style that sees him endorsed with drum makers Liberty and harvests his growing reputation as one of Coventry’s finest percussionists.

A truly genuine human being and the son of Coventry tourism legend Marie Allen, his light burns bright in the city. I took some time to learn more about how he got to where he is now.

Pete: “So when did you realise you wanted to be a drummer?”

Steven: “Probably as early as the age of two, but I had my first lesson at the age of four, when my mum bought me a Mickey Mouse drum kit.”

Pete: “You were taken under the wing of Ted Duggan’s, generally accepted as one of the finest drummers to come out of the city?

Steven: “Ted and me have been friends for like 30-plus years and obviously my first teacher and mentor and still to this day. He’s a great friend and has been my biggest influence and I call him ‘Drummer Dad’.

I asked Ted (a member of the supergroup The Dirt Road Band) about Steven and he said: “I first met Steven when he was very young and I was asked to give him drum lessons.

“What struck me was his attitude to learning,

“He always practised what was asked and he was a great student to teach.

“It is a pleasure to watch how he has matured as a drummer and to see him really enjoying playing over the years.

“Steven still stays in touch and we have long conversations on all matters relating to drums. I wish Steven all the best on his musical career.”

Pete: “You went on to be part of the Duck Thieves?”

Steven: “I was with the Duck Thieves from 2018 to 2020.

“It was pop punk, very challenging to begin with but I gained a lot of experience and we played at Coventry Cathedral supporting The Specials for their 40th anniversary.

“So that’s brilliant. And I got to record a couple of EPs as well.”

Pete: “You are now the drummer with the extraordinary Danny Ansell band with ace bassman Patrick Beard.”

Steven: “I joined Danny in 2021. I just applied to his advert and thought nothing of it, now it’s three years later.

“I’m still with Danny performing all around the country.

“We’ve been playing constantly and recorded tracks such as Fireworks and Jericho featured on BBC and all over social media.

“So again, thanks Danny for giving me a huge experience for myself as a player.”

Pete: “So I guess the icing on the cake is being endorsed by boutique international drum company Liberty, how did that happen?”

Steven: “They have been going since 2006.

“They build their own handcrafted drum, they are owned by Andy Street so big up to him. He brought me on as a artist in 2021 and he built me my first customs now that give me my own unique voice that to this day I use with Danny.”



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