If you look at some of the UK's top-selling artists of the past 20 years, there's a chance Ash Soan has drummed for them. With a drumming career that's spanned studio, live, TV and film work, he's considered one of the UK's top session musicians. Ash took some time to answer a few questions on gear, experience and inspiration.
I’ve owned a 1963 Gretsch Round-badge for 25 years or so and used it on many recordings. The drum brand I endorsed and supported before made a 3-ply maple, poplar, maple shell; when things went wrong for that company, I moved to Gretsch because of my history with their kits. The Broadkaster is a maple poplar maple shell which I love.
I’ve been with Zildjian 25 years next year. Love them!
In ear monitors.
I have used triggers in the past but I feel the best part of my playing is on an acoustic kit.
The sessions where I have to hit harder are when I feel challenged. Not the parts but maintaining the energy and control.
Be open to change in the studio and out. I’ve seen some older session guys not being able to change or rather not accepting that change and it slows down for them – ‘older’ as in my age and older. I’m 50 next year. In general be open to sounds, music, people, genres and different feels. This will hold you in good stead. Oh, and try not to be a dick.
No. I should but I work nearly every day and play and practice my craft while I work. I’d like to get into a pad routine. Maybe when work slows down!
I was in my 20s so it was a total blast. The hardest thing is when it stops…
Nearly 30 years really. I was 10 years old and I thought I’m going to be a drummer. I guess I’ve been very lucky for it to work out how it has.
Yeah – hang in there! Work has a habit of turning up just as you feel it’s all over, ha! And regarding playing, I’ve found listening to the players and music I like most helps me through any rough patch, playing-wise. It inspires me again.
Fancy seeing more of Ash? Check out his website here – or you can watch his interview on Drum Addicts below: