Jungle Drummer

Jungle Drummer

The Long Road to Recovery

   

"When you’re looking at the music scene, one style that stands out in terms of energy and excitement is drum’n’bass, and one drummer who knows exactly how to keep a dancefloor moving is The Jungle Drummer. Having performed with groundbreaking live acts including London Elektricity and his long-time cohort DJ FU, Jungle has been responsible for the movement of thousands of revellers at clubs, festivals and events throughout the world. All of this comes at a price, however, as he found out a couple of years ago when a potentially career-ending injury forced him to quit the spotlight for a considerable amount of time. Now back playing, Drummer caught up with the pioneering junglist, and we wanted to get the full story, in all its frankness, about his almost two-year absence…

With you now coming back into live playing, have your injuries made you re-assess your approach to drumming? “Definitely! The biggest development that I’ve had over the last few years is that I met a woman called Michelle Pernetta, who runs Fierce Grace Yoga (www.fiercegrace.com) – four yoga studios around London. She’s done yoga for 25 years and is also a martial artist and massage therapist. She heard about some of the things that have happened to me and I’ve had a couple of one-to-one sessions with her where she’s helping me to rehabilitate. She’s helping me to completely change my life. In terms of drumming, doing hot yoga has helped me in the space of a month go from playing daily for thirty minutes to three hours pain-free. I honestly can’t thank or recommend Michelle enough, as when you get older and you’re doing physical things you need to put work in on your body to enable you to do things to a high level, and having better fitness and stretching really helps."