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Chad Smith: "London is such an important city for music and drumming"

Laura  Barnes
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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recently visited the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) for an exclusive performance and Q&A, where he revealed his love for London and English drummers.

ACM teamed up with Rhythm Magazine to host Smith, a long-standing patron of ACM, at their brand new facility in Clapham, London (they also have campuses in Guildford and within Metropolis Studios, Chiswick).

ACM students were treated to an exclusive intimate performance by the Chili Peppers drummer, which was followed by an audience Q&A session.

“This is my first time at ACM London although I have a room named after me at ACM Guildford – the Chad Smith Room,” said Smith.
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“London to me is such an important musical city and when I was growing up as a kid, the bands that I loved and the drummers that I loved the most were from England and a lot of them were from London; drummers like Keith Moon, Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell – so important to drumming history and for what they bring to music and how they influenced me.

“So it’s a real honour to be in the city and to come to a school where kids are learning to play music and drums. Just to be able to come and give back a little bit – I’m just really excited and happy to be here.”

Ace, head of creative industry development, ACM (and guitarist for Skunk Anansie), commented: "We’re thrilled that alongside our long-standing friends Rhythm Magazine, our patron Chad Smith treated us to a masterclass at our brand new London campus.

"As innovators in music industry education, it is extremely important to us to work with inspirational figures to show our students first-hand how they can make it in the music business. This year already we have seen masterclasses from Lower Than Atlantis Drummer, Eddy Thrower and Beanie Bhebhe of Rudimental, so Chad Smith was an excellent addition to this already star-studded lineup of drummers."

Early this week we revealed that Chad Smith has teamed up with Latin Percussion to launch a signature cowbell – the Red Hot Bell.

The 8-inch USA-made bell is crafted from heavy-gauge steel and welded by hand. It also has a patented high-impact plastic striking surface at the mouth of the bell that saves sticks and adds projection and volume.

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