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Access All Areas with Donavan Hepburn

Access All Areas with Donavan Hepburn

In the second episode of Access All Areas, Drum Central sit down for an access all areas chat with top session drummer Donavan Hepburn backstage at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow before his show with pop veterans Take That. Don talks us through the influences and experiences that shaped him as a drummer and tells stories from his career playing with top names such as ELO and Take That.

Don lets us know how it all started for him from attempting to emulate his brother on his first ever drum kit – a white Pearl Export – to getting his first gig. Find out how Don prepares for massive arena tours and his “less is more” approach to performing as a session player under the exacting eye of Jeff Lynne.

Don talks a little about the different setups and sizes of Yamaha drum kits he uses for different gigs and his use of the Yamaha DTXM12 sample pad and triggers which allow him to layer 808s and other electronic samples alongside his acoustic sound to create the hybrid sound he needs for the pop sound of Take That.

For more content like this check out our previous episode of Access All Areas with Steve Barney or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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