Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Anyone who is booked by artists as diverse as Me’shell Ndegeocello, Justin Bieber, Adele and D’Angelo must be pretty switched on. Rolling Stone magazine included him in their Top 100 drummers of all time, and a colleague described him as the “most dangerous drummer alive” (Questlove, The Roots). We are, of course, talking about Chris “Daddy” Dave (b. 1973) from Houston, Texas. Dave’s syncopated drumming amazes even the experts, and in his live shows the extrovert bandleader likes to perform with serpentine cymbals and up to five snare drums. He can also write songs to boot: the funky tunes on his debut album bounce exuberantly between jazz, funk, hip-hop and R&B. However, it’s not just amazing gigs you can expect in 2020 - his second album with the Drumhedz is on the way, to be delivered by the capable hands of über-producer Rick Rubin.