How to become a drummer (for Kylie!): Tom's story

Meet Tom and find what it's like to be Kylie's drummer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Whether you are playing for 10 or 10,000 people, knowing you are having a little effect on their day - that never gets old.

  • Tom has been working with Kylie for ten years and currently splits his working time between Kylie and Will Young

  • Drumming has been part of Tom's life for as long as he can remember. He started playing in school, then in pubs and clubs. Step by step he progressed from working with a just-signed artist, to drumming with a more established artist doing their first headlining tour, until he eventually started to work with Kylie

  • "It's hard to break into the industry", Tom admits, "but don't let that stop you doing what you want to do"

  • "If you love it, do it and keep doing it!" is the advice Tom has for anyone considering a career in this industry.

What to expect if you want to be a drummer

  • Drummer salary: Variable. Your income will depend on how successful you become and how much paid work you secure
  • Drummer working hours: Variable, depending on what you're working on. Be prepared for long and unsociable hours at times.

What qualifications do you need to be a drummer?

  • You don't need any particular qualifications to become a drummer, although there are many universities and colleges that offer courses in music and music industry-related subjects. You do need to be willing to put in the hours and work harder than anyone else. A knowledge of the music industry and music production is valuable, and being able to network helps, too.

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