Neil Bullock : drummer

Neil bullock turned professional at the age of seventeen, having started playing drums at the age of eight. Neil studied privately with the world renowned drummer Mal Garrett from Birmingham's Conservatoire. Neil won a clutch of awards as a teenager, including two musicians' union most promising young musician awards, three TV Times outstanding drummer, The BBC Big band best drummer prize and the Musicians' union outstanding musician award. At this time Neil was a member of the Midland youth jazz orchestra, which he left at the age of twenty one after appearing at the Montreux jazz festival in Switzerland. After a meeting with Danny Gottlieb, (Pat Metheny), Neil went to New Jersey to study with Dave Brubeck's world renowned drummer, Joe Morello and also studied privately with the greatest exponent of the Moeller technique, Jim Chapin.

 

Neil joined The Red Lemon Electric Blues Band at a young age and went on to tour with Chuck Berry, played shows as support to Robert Plant and made a record number of appearances at Ronnie Scott’s.

Over the last few years Neil has worked on numerous occasions with the BBC Big Band both live and on radio broadcasts.

 

Some of the artists Neil has worked with include; Broadcast(Warp Records) St Etienne, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight ,Steve White(Paul Weller), Ian Paice(Deep Purple),East 17,Baby D, Chaka Kahn, Chris Bowden's Tomorrow band, Steve Gibbons, Mari Wilson, BBC big band, Kenny Thomas, Jane McDonald, Kid Creole, Mark Nightingale, Dave O'Higgins, Gerard Percencer, Jean Toussaint, John Horlers modern jazz trio, John Etheridge, Sheila Ferguson, Temptations, Anthony Costa(Blue), Daniel  Pearce(Pop stars the rivals winner), Steve Brookstein(x-factor winner), Michelle McManus(pop idol winner), Noel Sullivan(hearsay), Louise Marshall(Jools Holland), Chris Storr(jools Holland), Clare Teal, Bryan Corbett quartet, Fat Chops big band, Syd Lawrence big band, Stacey Kent, Lee Gibson, Cliff Richard, Tony Christie, Lesley Garret, Sara Coleman, Alan Barnes, Bernie Marsden(Whitesnake), Jon Brookes(Charlatans), Sean Freeman(level 42),Beebe, Yorkshire TV house band, Central TV house band. Jeff Hooper Big Band,

P.P Arnold (Small Faces).Tony Jacobs’ touring show.Bebe, Alan Barnes, Tommy Blaize (BBC Strictly Come Dancing Vocalist), Ben Markland Quintet, Julian Mark Stringle’s Dream Band, Sue Greenway Big Band, Matthew Ford Theatre Tour and band. Jeff Hoopers’ Swing Easy Big Band. Fillet of Soul Featuring Jools Holland Horns, Jane McDonald’s Touring Band. Neil has recently joined Kenny Thomas’s touring band.

 

Neil joined Broadcast (Warp records) in 2003 and recorded the following;

HAHA sound- listed in the Guardians 1000 records to hear before you die, Pitchforks top 50 albums of 2003, top electronic albums of 2003 in America.

PENDULUM EP- listed in Bjorks top ten playlist in the Guardian and made John Peel's(radio one) festive 50 of 2003.

WITCH CULTS OF THE RADIO AGE-Paul Wellers’ favourite album of 2009.

Other recording highlights include-

KIKA-(Universal)No 1 album in Pourtugal 2012.-

KENNY THOMAS-(Solus)-Breathe.

MATTHEW FORD-(diving duck)Portrait.

STILL CORNERS-(Subpop)-New album.

 

Neil performed in The World’s Greatest Drummer, a tribute to Buddy Rich, and was also asked to be the featured drummer at 'A night to remember', a tribute to Ronnie Verrell,(Animal from The Muppets, Ted Heath and The Frank Skinner show).

Neil has featured in a five page article in Rhythm magazine and has appeared in Drummer magazine.

 

WASHINGTON CITY PAPER REVIEW-BROACAST HAHA SOUND-‘The insistent beats of new recruit Neil Bullock steadily build the song to its space rock climax.Hypnotic,headbob-inducing, and aggressive, it's a trip, sure-but it's also light years ahead of anything this band has done before. The importance of Bullock's contribution here and throughout Haha sound cannot be overstated. Heretofore a drummer in jazz combos, Broadcast's newest member defines the album almost singlehandedly, taking an element that previously added little to the group's sound and making it indispensable.’

STRATFORD HERALD REVIEW- BRYAN CORBETT QUARTET - Neil Bullock was introduced by Bryan as "the drummer “and you won't find any dissenters around here. He is in fact another of the select few mentioned above and every time he plays here is a reminder that we're unlikely to see anyone better.

Teaching -

Neil has worked as a private teacher for all of his professional life.

Wolverhampton Uni- Performance Degree-2004-Present

AMS Birmingham-Foundation Degree.-2009-Present.

AMS Hitchin-Btec National Diploma-2011-Present.

Halesowen Collage-Btec 2008-2010

Chipping Campden School-Peripatetic Drum Teacher-1999-2011.

Leicester Grammer School-Drum Teacher 1995-1999.

 

Neil has also performed as a clinician for Sabian Cymbals.

Independent Clinician.

Main guest Clinician at the UK Drum Fair in 2010 and 2012.2014.