Watch Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave and The Drumhedz perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave is well known as a pioneer of hip-hop, modern funk and Neo-soul drumming, with a CV that includes D’Angelo, Maxwell, Anderson .Pakk, Adele, Justin Bieber and many more. Now, his Drumhedz project - whose first full-length album was released in 2018 - has performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. 

Joined by his band The Drumhedz - bassist Thaddaeus Tribbett, keyboard player Daniel Crawford, percussionist Frank Moka, guitarists Isaiah Sharkey and Tom Ford, saxophonist/flautist Kebbi Williams and vocalists Aaron Camper and Elzhi (Slum Village) - Chris introduces the set saying "We're gonna take you on a quick journey as if you're going through a record store, picking up different genres of music and putting it in your bag."

Chris Dave leads the band from behind his amazing-sounding kit comprising multiple snares, bongos and effects cymbals through a six-song set that doesn't disappoint, taking us on a masterclass of funk, breakbeat, hip-hop and soul grooves.

Watch the concert in full above.

Stuart Williams

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.