North London Drums | Sam Thomas
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Sam Thomas

Areas covered include:

– Leytonstone, Wanstead, Snaresbrook (E11);
– Walthamstow (E17);
– Woodford (IG8), South Woodford (E18);
– Leyton (E10);
– Stratford (E15) & surrounding areas.

 

Sam was born into a musical home: his mother is a former opera singer turned piano teacher. He labels himself as ‘classically trained, to an extent, but also into a lot of other things.’ As well as a classical influence, his mother’s Elvis, Beatles and Beach Boys records had a profound impact and their dreamy love songs would continue to provide inspiration for his music.

 

At the age of four Sam began percussion lessons which then led to drum kit, as well as his involvement in bands, orchestras, groups, choirs, ensembles and theatre productions all the way through childhood. By the time he was a teenager, Sam was teaching himself guitar, piano and bass, ‘in [his] own way, by ear’.

 

After leaving school, Sam undertook a commercial music course at the University of Westminster. It taught him a lot about the music industry and, more importantly, it allowed free access to the university’s recording studios. Sam created music throughout university, performing live with the band Saiga and developing his own eclectic and original style of music.

 

Following the completion of his degree, Sam took up a work experience opportunity at Barber Shop production company that quickly turned into a record deal. With the guidance and support of John Benedict and Mark Sutherland, he worked tirelessly for two years to complete his album, Blind Theatre, which was released in October 2013.

Sam currently works out of his self-built garden studio on a second album, as well as live music and various related commissions including dance, theatre and film. He is also a teacher, producer and collaborator.

 

Check out our July 2017 interview with Sam right here!