Beats Undercover

Originally published in the June 2020 issue of Jazzwise magazine.

Professional musicians were already long-accustomed to self-structured days and solitude prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. However, the instrument perhaps least-suited to playing quietly, alone, in confined spaces – the drums – demands clever adaptation amid the cancelled gigs, tours and festivals, and uncertainty of the music industry’s immediate future.

Drummers maintain neighbourly bonhomie by modifying their practice and proactively communicating. In Bristol, Paolo Adamo assembled a makeshift set that repurposed an empty shoebox as a kick drum. Finn Booth, in Leeds, adds: “No other instrument relies on your feet as much. A pad or a snare drum doesn’t give the full mental workout. You need a kick drum.”

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