My real name is Martin Pointon, hence my unimaginative username. Apart from playing drums, my other achievements in life include going bald, being able to rub my stomach and pat my head (might be related to the baldness) and getting divorced. Twice. Because doing it once was so much fun.
Earliest drumming influences are Buddy Rich, Alex Van Halen and Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds' drummer). From there I've listened to and learned from countless other players, nicking tricks and licks as I go. From Vinnie Colaiuta to Steve Gadd to Mike Portnoy to Carter Beauford to Stanton Moore to my current favourites: Gavin Harrison and Ash Soan. The list is long and dull! They're all brilliant and I'll listen to any drummer - they all offer something to learn for me.
I desire only one thing with my drums: to get better. WikiLoops and its amazing breadth of international talent makes me realise how much more I have to learn to become the best player I can be.
1992 Yamaha 9000 Recording Custom (UK-spec) pure birch shell in Cobalt Blue Lacquer. Normally record with a 4 or 5-piece set-up, but full kit is 8x8, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 14x12 rack toms, 16x16 and 18x16 floor toms and 22x16 bass drum. This kit is usually my recording kit.
Spaun 3-piece all-maple kit (12x8, 16x14, 22x18) in Satin Flat Black. This kit is usually my gigging kit.
Vintage 1964 Ludwig 400 aluminium shell with Puresound 24-strand snare wires (still have original snare wires)
Pearl 13x3 brass shell piccolo
Yamaha 8000 14x5 mahogany shell in Cobalt Blue
Premier XPK 14x5.5 Birch/Eucalyptus shell. I made and signed this snare myself at the Premier factory in Leicester, UK. Before they went bust.
I need more snares!
14", 15", 16" and 17" Zildjian A Custom crashes
20" Zildjian A Custom Ping Ride
Vintage 13" Zildjian K/Z hi-hats
10" Zildjian A Splash
14" Zildjian Oriental China
Pearl Eliminator double pedal - the double bit is rarely used
Yamaha boom stands (Yamaha kit)
Gibraltar boom/straight stands (Spaun kit)
Mapex hi-hat stand
Gibraltar hi-hat stand
Vic Firth SD9 Drivers (maple)
Pro Mark bamboo Hot Rods
Yamaha Kit: Remo Powerstroke 3 Coated on kick, all other drums use Remo Coated Ambassador heads. Reso heads are Evans Genera
Spaun Kit: Aquarian Superkick 10 on bass, Spaun [Evans] single ply clear heads on toms
LP blue (high) and Red (low) Jam Blocks
Pro-Mark Sizzle chain (for simulating a riveted cymbal)
Jack Daniel's and Coke
2xAudio-Technica condenser overheads
2xAudio-Technica clip-on tom mics
AKG D112 kick mic
Terratec Phase88 8-in Firewire 800 interface (using Thunderbolt adapter)
Early 2015 MacBook Pro Retina 15"
Reaper 5 DAW
Waves Gold Suite VST3 plugins
Apple built-in AUs
Reaper built-in VSTs
Fans: (received thumbs)