For years I was an architectural designer by day and a drummer by night. I have always been fascinated by drumming with a narrative - great grooves of course - but also timbres which create atmospheres, that help tell stories and bring tracks to life. It didn’t matter so much whether it was Rock, Prog, Jazz, World or Classical - it was more about the sounds.
As I accumulated more and more drums and percussion, the idea grew to collect the tones I loved most into a multi-timbre hand drum. The designer in me said it had to be a beautiful, ergonomic design that would fit in one case, rather than filling a car. The drummer wanted a a lyrical and versatile instrument with global characteristics and unlimited combinations!
And so the Arcdrum was born. As it developed I asked players from rock, percussion and classical backgrounds to test the drum. It was amazing to see them find their voice, and begin making their own distinctive music. Their reactions were so positive I committed to working full time on the Arcdrum, to get the very best out of each element, and make a delicious circle of sounds.
Terl is the Arcdrum’s first endorsee, and he has provided a wealth of advice and critique during the design process. Terl’s wonderfully musical drumming graces two of my favourite albums - Iona’s Book of Kells and Beyond These Shores. He has played for numerous artists, including John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Matt Redman and Barbara Dixon. Terl is also the founder of Psalm Drummers.