Ned used to play in the house band for a live Hip-Hop night in London, where he drummed for such urban luminaries as Estelle, Roots Manuva, the Ragga Twins, MC Dynamite, the double-timers MC Det and Skibadee, even British soul legend Omar – none of which was any kind of useful preparation for being in a rock covers band. You can see video evidence of his live drum’n’bass past here.

Ned plays Yamaha Oak Custom Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Heads, Tama Iron Cobra Pedals, and Vic Firth sticks. (If you REALLY want to know the full details, they’re below the pics.)

His formative influences were Chad Smith, Aaron Comess, Carter Beauford, Gideon Retch and, mainly, Vinnie Colaiuta.

If you’re really interested (and if you’re a drummer) Ned has a whole drum section on his website with even more detail about gear, videos, and some SoundCloud stuff.

The kit: full details!

Okay, here we go. With Lightbulb Moment I use 20″, 10″, 12″, 16″ Oak Customs in Amber Sunburst.

I have used various snares with this band, at the moment most usually a Gretsch 14 x5 maple Vinnie Colaiuta signature snare (pictured above) or a Rock & Whiskey hand-hammered Copper 14 x 5.5. All of them have Evans skins on – Genera HDs mostly.

I love Evans heads, and use G2 clears on top of my toms and Resonants on the bottom, with an EMAD on the kick-drum.

I use Tama Iron Cobra pedals, and Yamaha hardware.

I have played Zildjian cymbals since the day I bought my first decent crash, in about 1998 (it still sounds amazing). For this band my set up is:

  • 13.25″ K Custom Hybrid Hats
  • 21″ K Custom Hybrid Ride
  • 19″ K Dark Thin Crash
  • 17″ K Dark Thin Crash
  • 19″ K Custom Hybrid Trash Smash (woof)
  • 18″ Oriental China Trash
  • 10″ K Custom Dark Splash

I use Vic Firth 7A sticks. I used to play and love Shawstix E but you can never find them these days. My stickbag is a Zildjian model – you’ll find it if you search under ‘faux leather’.

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