I’m used to being greeted by all sorts of weird and wonderful noises when I come out of Brixton tube, but tonight the volume level was a bit higher than usual, with a busker blasting away on a full-sized drum kit.
Most buskers use tiny drum kits, but this fella had an immense set up, with a substantial array of toms, cymbals, cowbells and twin snare drums, supplemented by a laptop, lights, monitor speaker and a generator to power it all.
With that amount of equipment, he probably needs a small van and a roadie or two to lug all the gear about – and he’d have no chance of making a quick getaway of the cops get on his case!
That said, he’s a fantastic drummer and should be known to most seasoned festival goers as he often pops up in at UK events across the summer – the last time I saw him he was bashing merry hell out of his kit at the Boomtown festival (see photo below).
If you’re after a small drum kit yourself, check out this guide: Building and buying an extra small, super-portable drum kit for gigging drummers