Gary Powell

Drummer — Los Angeles

Name
Gary Powell

What do you do?
Musician, DJ, Composer / Arranger, Label boss, humanitarian and general all-round dogs body...

Where are you from?
Well I am in LA Right now. I used to hate it here, but after meeting a good few genuine people I have grown quite fond of the City. So, for now LA is my home - but soon it will be somewhere else. As long as I have a hat to lay down.

Describe your style in three words?
ART COMES FIRST

If you could have signed one music artist in history - who would it be?
That’s a toughy - but it would be a cage fight between Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Thundercat and Flylo. And I’d have them in the studio all together at the same time creating one super group with me and Quincy Jones at the helm (ok, more Quincy Jones than me but I can make a mean cup of tea…)

Which drummer do you most admire?
I have so many different influences - so what I’ll do is morph them into one super drummer for you. The guy that initially gave me my buzz for drumming I guess would be Philly Joe Jones from my grandad’s record collection, but then I got into Cozy Powell (go figure) and from there Dennis Davis. I felt out of love with drumming for while - but then found the glory that is Dave Weckl from Chic Corea and the Electrik Band (specifically Eye of the Beholder). That was the album that changed my life and re-invigorated my desire to play drums!


Gary Powell is perhaps best known as the drummer with The Libertines, but also currently plays with The Specials as part of their line up for their 2016 American/European tours. He also runs his own record label, 25 Hour Convenience Store. 

First track you played on repeat?
As a child my dad didn’t allow me to play his record player, being an engineer and all round smart alec - wise guy he built his stereo system himself and it was massive, and bad ass. He did wisely buy an awesome belt drive pioneer turntable to tie it all together.

My Ma and Pa’s musical taste was extremely eclectic and one day I plucked up the courage to sift through my dad's huge record collection and it was there that I stumbled across my gem. ‘Capriccio Espagnole’ by Rimsky Korsakov. When I heard this for the first time, I couldn’t believe my ears and I bounded over the couch in the living room and jumped around like a crazy person! Can you believe it? Me being a crazy person! My dad came in and saw me playing this particular record and did not say a word. I think he was kinda happy because of all the records I could’ve chosen, from reggae to rock, jazz to folk - I chose classical music and I think that kinda impressed him - for a change!

One record you would keep forever?
Easy, Stevie Wonder - ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ / ‘Music of My Mind’ - or ‘Fulfillingness' first finale’.

Song that defines the teenage you?
My teenage years were marred by strict parents and not having too many friends, but I did love the U.S hard core scene - specifically Bad Brains, Black Flag, Fishbone and Minor Threat and Dead Kennedy’s. So, first song probably Bad Brains from the album ‘I against I’ (intro).

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“A champ like Tyson, a Captain like Kirk, no
Employee of the Month, cause yo, I do work”
I Get The Job Done - Big Dady Kane

Best Gig you have ever been to?
Probably seeing Mucky Pup play the Red Spot in Staten island with my best friend back in New Jersey Rob Pachoda. It was a full on hardcore gig and we were both in the mosh pit when I got hit down and stamped on a few times, and then I lashed out - only to hit a skin head in the face (did I mention that he had a swastika tattooed on the centre of his forehead?) with my boot. He just clean dragged me up and shoulder barged me back into the madness and that was the end of that. My ribs hurt the day after but it was a monumental night! Either that, or being able to see Miles Davis play when I was a kid. Genius!!!!

A song you wished you had written?
‘Fiction’ by Matthew Herbert from the album ‘Goodbye Swingtime’. Truly genius piece of writing by someone who is not bound by the constraints for conformity - but still writes in a way that is not self indulgent but appealing to the masses. When I grow up I wanna be Matthew Herbert.

Four new songs you can’t stop playing now?

Right now I’m loving:

Feelings of Sentimentality Due to Getting Curved - Flamingosis
Especially his album Bright Things.  The track ‘Feelings of Sentimentality Due to Getting Curved' is just a bad ass groove. I was wondering around San Diego prior to a Specials sound check with this track on loop and big smile on my face. I probably looked like an idiot - but what the hey!!!!

On my label (25 Hour Convenience) I have some amazing acts that my business partner Wayne Clarke is currently cultivating:

Slew - Falseheads
You should check out the release ‘Weigh In’.

Liberties - Bright Young People
My favourite track by these guys is ‘Liberties’, killer track.

GOT IT GOOD - Kaytranada
I’m a big fan and loving his new mix tape - '0.0001%???' it’s that or 'if I was your girl' by the aforementioned genius!!!!

Name
Gary Powell

What do you do?
Musician, DJ, Composer / Arranger, Label boss, humanitarian and general all-round dogs body...

Where are you from?
Well I am in LA Right now. I used to hate it here, but after meeting a good few genuine people I have grown quite fond of the City. So, for now LA is my home - but soon it will be somewhere else. As long as I have a hat to lay down.

Describe your style in three words?
ART COMES FIRST

If you could have signed one music artist in history - who would it be?
That’s a toughy - but it would be a cage fight between Quincy Jones, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Thundercat and Flylo. And I’d have them in the studio all together at the same time creating one super group with me and Quincy Jones at the helm (ok, more Quincy Jones than me but I can make a mean cup of tea…)

Which drummer do you most admire?
I have so many different influences - so what I’ll do is morph them into one super drummer for you. The guy that initially gave me my buzz for drumming I guess would be Philly Joe Jones from my grandad’s record collection, but then I got into Cozy Powell (go figure) and from there Dennis Davis. I felt out of love with drumming for while - but then found the glory that is Dave Weckl from Chic Corea and the Electrik Band (specifically Eye of the Beholder). That was the album that changed my life and re-invigorated my desire to play drums!


Gary Powell is perhaps best known as the drummer with The Libertines, but also currently plays with The Specials as part of their line up for their 2016 American/European tours. He also runs his own record label, 25 Hour Convenience Store. 

First track you played on repeat?
As a child my dad didn’t allow me to play his record player, being an engineer and all round smart alec - wise guy he built his stereo system himself and it was massive, and bad ass. He did wisely buy an awesome belt drive pioneer turntable to tie it all together.

My Ma and Pa’s musical taste was extremely eclectic and one day I plucked up the courage to sift through my dad's huge record collection and it was there that I stumbled across my gem. ‘Capriccio Espagnole’ by Rimsky Korsakov. When I heard this for the first time, I couldn’t believe my ears and I bounded over the couch in the living room and jumped around like a crazy person! Can you believe it? Me being a crazy person! My dad came in and saw me playing this particular record and did not say a word. I think he was kinda happy because of all the records I could’ve chosen, from reggae to rock, jazz to folk - I chose classical music and I think that kinda impressed him - for a change!

One record you would keep forever?
Easy, Stevie Wonder - ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ / ‘Music of My Mind’ - or ‘Fulfillingness' first finale’.

Song that defines the teenage you?
My teenage years were marred by strict parents and not having too many friends, but I did love the U.S hard core scene - specifically Bad Brains, Black Flag, Fishbone and Minor Threat and Dead Kennedy’s. So, first song probably Bad Brains from the album ‘I against I’ (intro).

A song lyric that has inspired you?
“A champ like Tyson, a Captain like Kirk, no
Employee of the Month, cause yo, I do work”
I Get The Job Done - Big Dady Kane

Best Gig you have ever been to?
Probably seeing Mucky Pup play the Red Spot in Staten island with my best friend back in New Jersey Rob Pachoda. It was a full on hardcore gig and we were both in the mosh pit when I got hit down and stamped on a few times, and then I lashed out - only to hit a skin head in the face (did I mention that he had a swastika tattooed on the centre of his forehead?) with my boot. He just clean dragged me up and shoulder barged me back into the madness and that was the end of that. My ribs hurt the day after but it was a monumental night! Either that, or being able to see Miles Davis play when I was a kid. Genius!!!!

A song you wished you had written?
‘Fiction’ by Matthew Herbert from the album ‘Goodbye Swingtime’. Truly genius piece of writing by someone who is not bound by the constraints for conformity - but still writes in a way that is not self indulgent but appealing to the masses. When I grow up I wanna be Matthew Herbert.

Four new songs you can’t stop playing now?

Right now I’m loving:

Feelings of Sentimentality Due to Getting Curved - Flamingosis
Especially his album Bright Things.  The track ‘Feelings of Sentimentality Due to Getting Curved' is just a bad ass groove. I was wondering around San Diego prior to a Specials sound check with this track on loop and big smile on my face. I probably looked like an idiot - but what the hey!!!!

On my label (25 Hour Convenience) I have some amazing acts that my business partner Wayne Clarke is currently cultivating:

Slew - Falseheads
You should check out the release ‘Weigh In’.

Liberties - Bright Young People
My favourite track by these guys is ‘Liberties’, killer track.

GOT IT GOOD - Kaytranada
I’m a big fan and loving his new mix tape - '0.0001%???' it’s that or 'if I was your girl' by the aforementioned genius!!!!

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