John Blease grew up in Prestwick on the west coast of Scotland and started his musical life playing in ceilidh bands. Since then, he has enjoyed performing and recording music with a vast array of eclectic artists. He is the drummer in Robert Plant's band the Sensational Space Shifters. Others artists John has toured or recorded with include Seal, Paolo Nutini, Goldfrapp, Ghostpoet, Goldie, Jamie Cullum, Giorgio Moroder, Ben Folds, Mika, Skepta and Mose Allison. John also runs his own studio in London, where he lives.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformancePlaying on my first US tour with Robert Plant in 2018. He and the band pushed me to another place. Forest Hills Stadium in NYC was a particularly memorable show.
What Drives Your Creativity?The people that I surround myself with, my fiancé, friends and band mates. Also, books, film, sports and other drummers including Elvin Jones, Matt Chamberlain, Jim Keltner, Joey Baron and Steve Gadd.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?The sticks feel like an extension of my mind and arm, they feel right to me.