ABOUT FORBES

I am a very experienced drummer, bassist, guitarist, pianist, backing vocalist, recording/mix/master engineer, producer, writer, and arranger. I have owned and run AUDIOBEACH, a highly success non-profit professional recording studio in Brighton UK, for over 10 years.

Drums
  • 25 years playing

  • 22 years live performance and touring

  • 20 years as a session musician

I started playing in 1995, when I was 12 years old, whilst at school. Lessons back then were free (I know, right?) so I pushed through as many of the grades as I could before I left. I got my Grade 8, with distinction, aged 18 in the spring term of my last year of 6th form! I was mostly in to jazz drumming growing up which helped me develop an understanding of "playing for the song", knowing where to hold back and where to push more. I was in various school orchestras, bands, and theatre pits and my school's wind band actually did two tours in the Netherlands and Germany, playing to other schools and at events!

Aged 17, I joined my first rock band. We were together for about four years, playing all over Oxfordshire and London. We recorded in various studios, and that's where I first found my love of studios (more on that later). This band eventually broke up, as most do, and I joined others. In fact, after this band broke up I had my first professional session gig with a band playing at Trust Fest back in 2001. I joined various other bands over the years before taking a break from bands in 2006 when I moved to Brighton. I continued to work as a session drummer during this time, working in studios all over the UK, and also as a teacher achieving a 100% pass rate with all my students.

 

In 2014, I finally joined a band for the first time in eight years after producing their 3rd album and enjoying their music. We toured Europe and the US several times and recorded the 4th album before I left the in 2017 to concentrate on my studio, session work, and production.

in 2018, I joined another band... on bass! I continue to perform as a live drummer for a select few artists who I have worked with for a few years. 

Recording & Production
  • 20 years studio experience

  • 14 years production experience

  • 10 years of owning and running a recording studio

My first experience of being in a real recording studio was when I was 17. My first band got the chance to record at Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire. Radiohead recorded Pablo Honey there in a WEEK! Other great bands also recorded there, such as Supergrass and Stereophonics. I helped mix the stuff my band recorded there over three days and got involved in setting up mics and watching how everything worked. This is where I realised that I wanted to do this for a living.

I visited, recorded, and worked in various studios over the coming years, such as Southern Studios in Woodgreen (London), and Skyline Studios in Epsom. When I moved to Brighton in 2006, I set up my own production company from my flat, producing and writing for people all over the world from my dining table. Once I realised it was sustainable, I decided to open my own recording studio. AUDIOBEACH has been the heart of the Brighton music scene since 2010, recording a whole host of signed and unsigned artists from all over the world. It's also where I record all my online/remote sessions, on all my amazing analogue professional equipment, so you know it's going to sound great!

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