Joe Nicklin - North London Drums
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Joe Nicklin

“Joe is a great guy – he’s been coming to our house once a week for the last few months to teach our eight-year-old daughter. She really enjoys the lessons and Joe understood very quickly both what she enjoyed and what she didn’t enjoy. She got 89% on her grade 1 which she was very happy with! She can’t wait to get going again after the summer holidays!”
Anna Gentzel (Parent)

Joe started playing the drums at ten years old, studying with Oxfordshire-based tutor Gary Marshall. During his teens he developed his trade across the UK and Europe in various bands. As a result, Joe has supported major artists including Amy Winehouse, The Maccabees, Elvis Costello and Everything Everything to name but a few.

Joe went on to study with an array of drumming talents including Steve White (Paul Weller, Style Council), Mike Sturgis (21 Guns), Gabor Donyei (Thriller Live) and Toby Drummond (Wicked, Billy Eliot, Lion King), graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in 2012 with first class honours.

Joe tailors each of his lessons to meet the individual needs of the student, whilst also placing importance on developing a solid foundation in terms of technique, reading, aural skills and stylistic awareness.

Joe Nicklin, live at Sound City with Astonomyy
Joe Nicklin, performing live

Areas covered include:

– Finsbury Park, Stroud Green, Woodberry Down, Brownswood Park (N4);
– Stoke Newington, Clissold Park, Shacklewell (N16);
– Dalston (E8) & surrounding areas.

When he’s not teaching, Joe works as the live drummer for London songsmith Astronomyy, who opened for London Grammar at their sold out Brixton Academy show and also appeared at Glastonbury Festival in summer 2015.


Check out our March 2017 interview with Joe right here!


“Joe has taught drums to my teenage son for over 2 years. He has made the lessons engaging and fun and my son gained a distinction in his last graded exam. Joe is also reliable and has been flexible with lessons times where necessary, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.”

Lucie Rayner (Parent)