Richard Brook has provided live drums for a large majority of 80s Artistes who are still active on the touring scene, alongside such studio work as playing percussion on the Grammy-nominated 2015 album 'Nostalgia' by Annie Lennox, and, most recently, provided all the drums on the new ‘Lexicon Of Love II’ album by ABC, released in May 2016.
Richard is originally from Scotland and has been a freelance player based in London for the past 20 years. He is currently Musical Director and drummer for Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) and is also MD/drummer for the international Rewind Festival, which is a worldwide 80s festival that has played and toured in U.K., South Africa, Asia and the Middle East to audiences of 20-30,000 per day in stadiums and arenas. Richard was also recently Musical Director for the 'Fly' album launch for Gary Barlow and has since performed with Gary on his solo show.
Richard is a founding member of the progressive band ‘HEADSPACE’. He formed it with Black Sabbath keyboard player - Adam Wakeman in 2008 while playing a show with Rick Wakeman (of ‘YES’ fame). Their debut Album ‘ I Am Anonymous’ was greeted with critical acclaim. He took time out from the band in 2015.
Other artists Richard has played for include Go West, Sugababes, Roger Daltrey, Tony Hadley, Rick Astley, Tinchy Stryder, Belinda Carlisle, Marc Almond, Nik Kershaw, Sister Sledge, Howard Jones, 5 Star, Jimmy Somerville and a whole host of others, as well as playing in the Pulitzer Prize-winning production ‘Rent’ when it was hosted in London.
Richard also lectures and is Head of Drums at The London Centre of Contemporary Music (www.lccm.org.uk) and oversees the Degree (BMus) content and examinations there. He also gives masterclasses at various institutions on being a Musical Director and drummer/performer.
I’m fortunate enough to split my time between studio and touring commitments throughout the year. I’ve always used vintage drums for my studio work but was simply blown away by the Trilogy series. The tone and warmth these drums have is just perfect for what I do. They have attracted praise from engineers and producers alike. It’s now my ‘go to' kit choice for recording. If I need something a bit punchier but still keeping the tone for bigger festival shows then the Celestial series gives me just that. Amazing drums. The quality of build and the sound detail of both of these kits is a real credit to the Sakae designers and builders.Richard Brook.
Featuring North American Maple and exotic African Bubinga wood. The Celestial kit features Sakae’s new Chamber Specific Technology (CST) -- a ground-breaking process where each drum size receives a specific treatment to produce the most desired sound for that size shell. With the CST process, Sakae has successfully "Pre-Eq'd" each drum so that each speaks with it's ultimate musical tone.