Masters of Maple Drums Welcome Chris Durling and Scars on 45
Los Angeles, CA: September 20th 2014- We are pleased to welcome Chris Durling of Scars on 45 to our family. Chris had two ambitions growing up in Southern England. one was to play basketball, and the other was to be a drummer. As he leveled out at 5” 8’ the dreams of NBA domination soon faded, but when dental braces forced him to stop playing the trumpet the dusty old drum kit in the corner of the school music department came a-calling. Hours of endless of after-school practice lead to Chris enrolling in the Leeds University Music program, majoring in jazz performance and popular music.
Chris’ Influences include Steve Jordan, Jim Keltner, Shaun Pelton, David Kemper, Karl Brazil and Abe Laboriel Jr.
After finishing school Chris built up a sizeable roster of students both in colleges across Northern England, as well as teaching from his own home studio in Leeds. Chris has always had a “less-is-more” approach to drumming. His focus on playing for the song and understanding his role in the band allows him to focus on groove, feel and tone above all else. Any technique and “chops” he has picked up go to make the pocket as deep as possible, and make the listener groove with the song. As session work started to expand he began to provide drum tracks online which opened him up to producers and artists around the world.
Like all great love stories, he met what would become his future band mates in a pub. Chris joined Scars on 45 as a permanent member in 2007.After countless recordings, and the exhausting grind of trying to make it: one of their home recordings was featured on, “CSI: NY,” that they would receive attention from major record labels. A few months later they decided to sign with Atlantic records, and began extensive touring throughout the US and Europe. What followed would be a whirlwind of television appearances, critical acclaim, and mainstream success. Their follow-up album “Safety in Numbers” is due for release in October 2014.
Chris and Scars on 45 begin a fall tour in San Francisco on September 19, 2014. He will be playing Neo-Classic series drums [Gum/ Mahogany] along with the soon be released Black Ugly predecessor: the Vintage Brass. Chris is also an official endorser of Paiste cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Remo drum heads.