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By Morven Beattie
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Drummer offers free help to musicians

DRUMMER Robert Irving is putting his talents to good use to help others.

His new project, Online Drum Studio, will supply 50 drum recordings for musicians throughout Scotland free of charge, all from his home studio outside of Lockerbie.

Robert studied drumming at the Berklee School of Music in the USA, and until recently was drumming professionally on cruise ships, playing in a variety of shows and covering many genres. Now, after being forced to return home due to the coronavirus, he is looking to give back and help other artists who are struggling in what has proven to be a difficult time for the arts.

Due to funding from the National Lottery through a partnership with Creative Scotland, he is able to provide the free drum recordings for musicians who can’t afford to hire live studio musicians, allowing them to complete their pieces and enhance their music.

Starting this week, he offers recordings from his own live studio, which is equipped with professional recording equipment and three different drum kits, to produce a wide variety of sounds.

The requirements to receive a track, he says, are that the recipient must be a resident of Scotland and have a piece up to five minutes long of original music – not a cover. Robert says that he is excited to start the project and looking forward to working with some new people.

As well as organising this project, he has been recording videos from his studio to upload to his Youtube channel at youtube.com/c/thatscottishdrummer, which hosts free Advanced Higher drumming video lessons, and teaching online drum lessons, which are available at a discounted price for Dumfries and Galloway residents.

n More information on the project and a form to submit original music and request a track is available on the website www.onlinedrumstudio.com

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