Drummer Sophie Alloway

Sophie is an established musician in London’s jazz scene, has toured internationally with Roots Manuva and has performed at ‘Later With Jools Holland’, Mercury Prize, BBC Introducing and Glastonbury.


What inspired you to become a drummer?

Discovering Stevie Wonder’s albums: ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ and ‘Innervisions’.


Who are your favourite artists?

Too many to list but this is a good start: Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, James Taylor, Michael Jackson.


What do you most enjoy about playing in a live wedding band?

A lot of the session players who performed on the tracks we play are my favourite musicians. I love the challenge of trying to recreate what Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie or John Robinson brought to the original track.


Can you give us a brief overview of your performing experience and background?

I’ve always lived in London. I didn’t go to Music College but I studied privately with a number of people (including Richard Coles, Ian Thomas and Andy Leask). I’ve performed on Later With Jools Holland, played Glastonbury and Bestival. But I just love to play; regardless of what scale the gig is on!


Have you worked with any well-known artists?

I spent a couple of years as Roots Manuva’s drummer, although I was doing a lot of other varied work at the same time. The blend of electronic and acoustic drums was an interesting experience for me. A lot of the programmed drum parts were unique in their feels and phrasing. Trying to recreate these whilst adding my own spin was a real challenge!


What do you personally give to the live wedding band experience?

I always aim to provide a good foundation for the music to build on… and hopefully a good groove for people to dance to!


What’s it like being part of a wedding celebration?

It’s a pleasure to be a part of the couple’s big day. It’s a day they’ll remember for the rest of their lives so it’s important to do a good job!


What’s your favourite song to play?

I love anything with a good groove! I always enjoy playing Michael Jackson songs. And ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Rufus & Chaka Khan is an enjoyable challenge. John Robinson’s drum part is very tricky to play well.


For more information, please visit Sophie’s website or watch her in action below.


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