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David Watts is a Brisbane based Drummer, Multi-Percussionist and Educator who works in multiple performance fields ranging from; Jazz, Salsa, Funk, R&B, and Pop.
David has over 10 years of professional experience teaching and performing alongside some of the country’s premier Jazz and Salsa artists. David currently studies in the Bachelor of Music program at the Queensland Conservatorium under Griffith University.
A primary focus in David’s artistry is the cross-pollination of authentic Latin American/Afro Cuban percussion incorporated into the drum-set whilst keeping performances tied to a strong dance repertoire. David explores all possibilities of a multi-percussion set up to provide a wider textural palate for all listeners as he meets traditional Latin styles with modern drumming techniques.
David’s style and approach to the instrument are at the forefront of pushing the percussive boundaries as he takes inspiration from all Central/South American cultures and their individual sounds. This inspiration comes from various Salsa drummers such as Horacio Hernandez, Ignacio Berroa, and Sacha Kloostra, to name a few.
David is a D’Addario artist with LP Percussion, Promark and Evans. It’s his passion to create an authentic musical experience for everyone as well as keeping these beautiful Jazz and Latin traditions alive.
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