Current UK Impression Cymbal endorsers include:
Mark Claydon, Drummer/Percussionist, claydondrums.co.uk
Mark is a session drummer in the UK with many years of gigging and studio experience and his flexible skills mean he is comfortable in all styles of music but preferring jazz and funk fusions.
Mark has been an endorser of Impression Cymbals since 2011 and his current setup includes 14″ Jazz Hats, 17″ Jazz Crash, 18″ Rock Crash and 20″ Traditional Ride.
Mark says,“Out of all of the Handmade Turkish Cymbals available on the market today Impression are truly the most versatile. They never let me down in either the Studio or Live show. I’m really proud to be associated with this brand”
JJ Wheeler, Drummer, Percussionist and Composer,www.jjwheeler.co.uk
JJ Wheeler is a London-based Drummer, Composer and Educator. Having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with DipRam (Distinction) Honours from the Master of Arts course and a 1st Class BMus (Hons) Degree from Birmingham Conservatoire, he performs regularly in around the UK and abroad, both as band-leader and sideman.
JJ has performed with Jean Toussaint, Dave Holland Ensemble, Scott Stroman, Celine Dion and has played venues including Wembley Stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, The Reebok Arena, York Racecourse and The Hippodrome (Birmingham) and appeared on prime time TV shows.
“It’s a bit of a funny market as there tend to be a lot of divisions within the music, but I reckon Impression cymbals could certainly become a strong player on the scene here, especially with the two ‘Jazz’ ranges seemingly being the top-of-the-pile ranges.”
Richard Laws, Professional Drummer, Twitter
An accomplished drummer who has recorded and played live with artists including Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), Jean Toussante, Dave Newton, Lizzie Deane and James Morton, among others.
Chris Horwood-Jones – Broken Jaw, Drummer/Band
Chris taught himself to play the drums at age 16 learning by listening and watching others and specialises in various styles of rock and metal. Some of Chris’ musical influences include; Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Haelstorm and Motley Crue. In August 2015 Chris joined Broken Jaw, a Gloucestershire based Metal/Punk band.
Broken Jaw formed in 2012 and perform at venues across the country. 2016 saw the band perform debut shows in Ireland and also released a new single. Broken jaw have taken the stage alongside such bands as Breed77 and have played at O2 academies, Bristol Bierkeller, Wolverhampton Slade Rooms, and Camden Barfly amongst many others.
Chris uses, from the Impression Cymbals Rock series: 8″ splash; 14″high hats; 16″, 17″ & 18″ crashes; 16″ and 18″ chinas; 20″ ride.
Chris says about Impression Cymbals: “I believe in value for money and I think you would be hard pushed to find a better quality cymbal for the price you pay for Impression. I love the brilliant finish on the rock cymbals and they produce such a great tone and can be heard clearly in most venues we play without the need for overhead microphones. I opted for the rock cymbal as I am a hard hitter and these cymbals are able to take the abuse and sound great”
Sophie Reed – Kieland Ridge, Drummer/Band, www.facebook.com/kielandridge
Sophie has been a member of Kieland Ridge since 2010, playing the drums and as a singer/songwriter. They describe their lyrics as poignant and powerful while providing an insight into real life experiences.
Sophie uses the Impression Cymbals 13″ Hi Hats and 18″ Crash from the Illuminati range and a 20″ Ride and 16″ Crash from the Rock range.
Sophie says, “I like them because the Illuminati’s have a distinct sound as they are made with two textures, giving brilliant clarity and diversity, particularly on the Hi Hats. The Rock range provides a lovely definition, especially on the Ride which also has a great bell! Both ranges are brightly toned, which compliment each other well and are perfect for what I play.”
Daniel J Logan – Professional Drummer, Producer and Recording Engineer
Daniel J Logan has worked full-time as a session drummer, producer and recording/mix engineer for 11 years. He has been lucky to have worked with a number of high profile artists including Thea Gilmore (with whom he has been A-listed on BBC Radio 2 across all 3 albums he has played on), Jackie Trent (the late songwriter and former no.1 singles artist), Sam Hollyman (of The Voice UK), and the famous Michael Buble hit. As well as other up and coming artists such as Alx Green, and the award-winning Ashley Fayth.
He mostly plays a hybrid percussion/ drum kit and uses Impression 13″ Jazz Hi-Hats, a 20″ Jazz Ride and a 16″ Traditional China.
Check out Daniel J Logan’s website.
Tom Evers-King – Moorhaven, Drummer/Band
Tom Evers-King has been playing drums for just over 15 years and is the drummer for metalcore outfit ‘ Moorhaven ‘ for fans of: Fit for a king, August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage. Whilst touring with the group over in Finland, Tom first discovered Impression Cymbals through the band they had been touring with ‘ What awaits us’. They kindly let Tom have a blast using them and he was instantly sold.
Tom says, “I use the illuminati range and also select cymbals from the rock range, these cymbals are me all over, the trash i get from the crashes are just perfect”.
Rory Smith – Drummer for Rollingexile, Session
Rory is the drummer for Rollingexile and also is an upcoming session drummer.
Rory first started playing the drums at the age of 7. His love of music continued throughout school, where he went on to obtain a BTec in Music Performance (drums). Alongside his band commitments, he is also furthering his musical knowledge studying for a music degree at the Acadamy of Contemporary Music in London.
Rory has taught drums, and has played with a number of bands across many genres throughout his musical career. His current band Rollingexile have played across Europe and the US.
Rory currently plays Impression 20″ Dry Jazz Ride, 20″ Traditional Ride, 14″ Traditional Hats, 18″ and 19″ Traditional Crashes.
Ken Cooper – Drummer for Chords UK
Ken currently plays with the “Chords UK” and has many years of experience playing live, studio recording and sessions for various artists. Ken has many chops and grooves in his bag and enjoys playing all styles of music.
Kens current set up includes 14″ Mixed Hats, 17″ Mixed Crash, 18″ Mixed Crash and 20″ Smooth Ride.
Ken says “ I have been a user of Zildjian K’s for many years until fellow drummer Mark Claydon introduced me to the range of Impression cymbals. I have found them very musical and fit perfectly with the current styles of my playing, a real quality product”
Jason Smith – Session Drummer and Clinician
A consumate professional and an extremely adaptive and musically intuitive player who loves to improvise.
For Jason, it’s all about the harmony between musical relationships with the artist, band, the melody and song writing and of course the instrument…..
Jason feels that the perfect musical situation comes from making the connection with all of these elements..
Jason is a proud endorsee of Impression Cymbals and plays cymbals from a number of the series depending on the needs of the session, tour or show.
He favours the sparkle and almost sizzle character, as he puts it, from the Traditional and Jazz Series and enjoys the dark, intense, expressive qualities in the Smooth, X-Hard and Duotone series and he loves 20” Thin Rides.
All of his Impression Cymbals sit on No Nuts Cymbal Sleeves and Cymrings with extra ‘smoke’ coming from a ‘Sizzle Nut’ resting on one his selected ride cymbals.
Jason also endorses the No Nuts Cymbal Sleeves System, plays Mapex Drums, Remo Heads, Pellwood Drumsticks, DB Custom Rods and Tosca Mark Fletcher Signature Brushes.
Catch him on tour, in the studio or on a residency with one of his Swing or Jazz Quartet’s and he’s certainly a ‘must see’, on the Impression Cymbals Clinic stage with his own Rhythm Interpretations and Concept Presentations.
Karl Randall – Drummer for Stray, Del Bromham’s Blues Devils, Session
Karl started his career in music with 90s grunge metal band Vivid at 15 years old, playing local music halls and London venues. Karl moved on to acid jazz-trance -funk outfit “More Water” in the mid 90s and again, toured the U.K. A chance audition for Folk Blues artist Ben Markus introduced Karl to Hammond player Dean Rees. Dean and Karl collaborated to create Sweet Felicity Arkwright, a soul-funk outfit. During this period in the early 2000’s, Dean and Karl were invited to complete what was to be the final line up for Greg Ridley, of 70’s supergroup Humble Pie. After a short period with the band, Greg sadly passed away. A tribute show was organised for Greg in London at which Mr Del Bromham of STRAY was invited to play as part of the Greg Ridley Band. Del was looking to put a new line up of STRAY together at the time, the rest is history.
Karl has been the regular drummer for Del and STRAY for the last 15 years or so and tours internationally with STRAY and Del to this day. Karl’s session work includes recordings with Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Toby Marriott (the great Steve Marriott’s son), Grief Society and The Markus Band to name but a few. Live session work includes: Dave Cattermole Long John and the Blues Collective The Marshall Amplification band with Chris George Pearl Handled Revolver… plus many more. Karl’s groove but hard hitting style has enabled him to be involved in multiple musical genres which demand a versatile sound and feel.
IMPRESSION cymbals provide the diversity and quality Karl needs to get the job done.
Nigel Parsler – Drummer for The Corsairs
Nigel started playing drums at the age of 12 having lessons at secondary school studying rock school grades . At the age of 14 started to play pubs in local bands around oxford and playing for the school band and school show productions .
After leaving school he studied at the academy of contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford studying for a drum diploma. After leaving ACM Nigel landed a role playing drums in a shadows tribute band The Shadowers which led to them being the backing band for Jet Harris (the original shadows bass player ) during playing in the Shadowers he was privileged to play with other ex shadows members and played Europe and the uk in theatres and conventions .
After leaving the shadowers Nigel joined The Corsairs where he has been playing for the last 10 years been, playing throughout the UK and Europe. During that time they have released the bands 9th studio album Ignite Your Soul and have been playing Festivals, Scooter rallies, o2 academy’s and clubs and pubs around the country .
“Impression cymbals is exactly what I was looking for great sound great craftsmanship and most importantly great support and service”
Meg Learmonth – Drummer for Mura Masa
Meg was studying in her second year at the London British and Irish Modern Music Institute when she appointed drummer for Mura Masa at the age of 18.
Whilst studying, Meg fell in love with Impression Cymbals, which enabled her to craft her distinctive sound. She is very proud to be able to represent the brand in the 2020 World Tour.
Meg uses: 14” Dry Jazz Hi-Hats, 18” Dark Crash, 18” Duotone Crash, 19” Dark Crash, 21” Mixed Ride.
Damon Sawyer – Drummer/Engineer/Producer
Although equal parts Drummer and Engineer/producer Damon has spent much of 2019 on the road with Hundred Seventy Split featuring Leo Lyons and Joe Gooch formerly of woodstock legends Ten years after.He has toured and recorded internationally with them for the past 8 years. Also working with the worlds number one Elvis tribute artist Ben Portsmouth which has seen him play many shows across europe and the uk including arenas in Belfast,Birmingham,Scotland and Geneva.
In the past he has been lucky enough to play with Paul Rodgers (Free and Bad Company) Ben e King, Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame, Bill Wymans rhythm kings and many tours with Chicago blues artists including Delmark records artist Dave Specter, Dietra Farr, Mojo Buford (Muddy Waters) Jimmy Dawkins which have included many sessions for BBC radio 2 blues show at the wonderful Maida Vale studios in London.
His career has included longer periods with The Marmalade, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), The Mick Ralphs Blues Band (Bad Company/Mott the Hoople) to name a few.
As a producer/engineer he has done several albums with Legendary blues producer Mike Vernon and recorded Brother Strut with Frank Tontoh behind the kit, drum and bass hero Goldie, John Helliwell (Supertramp) Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) Electric ladyland bigband. A 16 piece big band featuring Ralph Salmins on drums and the cream of the british Jazz scene including Pee Wee Ellis. He is currently promoting his third solo album “Special Delivery” featuring Bernie Marsden, Leo Lyons, Geoff Whitehorn(Procol Harum), Robert Hart (Manfred Mann’s Earthband) and continues to run Crescent Records Studio in Swindon.
Carl Williams – Session Drummer and Educator
Carl Williams is an independant recording artist, and educator as head tutor at Rock Star Drum Academy in Fife, Scotland.
He has recorded and performed many different genres over the past 35 years for acts including, Lynval Golding, Fear of Silence, Little Girl Screaming, Matt cook, Scott Alexander, Fredrick Phil, Push, Danny Burton and Franco Di Donato.
In the 90’s Carl entered the Guiness book of records after hitting 400 individual drumbeats in 20.50secs. at Alexander Stadium Birmingham. He has also competed in 14 major pipe band drumming championships, most recently winning the title of World Champions in 2019.
Carl currently plays Impression Illuminati Series
“The Impression Illuminati range captures my current style of playing. Each unique cymbal is hand hammered to give that individual sound, which is long lasting, and crisp, defining each note.”