Kasabian's Ian Matthews wows the ICMP

Kasabian incredibly coiffed drummer Ian Matthews recently took time out from completing the band's latest album in LA to deliver an exclusive drum masterclass at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP).

Ian´s diverse musical background began from the age of four, spanning from Jazz to orchestral music, noted to be one of the reasons it was so easy for him to step into the music world of British rockers Kasabian. After forming in 1999, by 2000 they had already taken Britain by storm and their eponymous 2004 debut shifted 700,000 copies in the UK alone and their success since then has simply rocketed. Kasabian have gone on to win awards nothing short of NME´s Best Live Act award and are currently putting the finishing touches to their much anticipated third album, due for release by the end of this year.

The chance to get up close and personal with Ian at this exclusive event was an opportunity that couldn´t be missed and was reflected with the masterclass room being packed wall-to-wall with excited students. Ian was open and honest and showed real passion and dynamism, as he played along to Kasabian hits such as ‘Club Foot´ and ‘Empire´. Ian even invited Institute bass student Hugh Richardson, on stage to join him in an impromptu jam session to exhibit how an effective rhythm section functions. That´s one performance Hugh is certain to never forget!

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Chris Barnes

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