Name: Jonathan Sketcher AKA Barefoot Legend
Band: Independent artist/session drummer
"Having played the same snare drum for the last 15 years it would take something pretty special for me to want to change,however the 101 Black Diamond snare drum did just that! Tuned high,it is dynamic, articulate and has plenty of attack and projection yet retains just the the right amount of body and warmth. Additionally, the mag throw-off makes it the most versatile sounding snare drum I've ever heard! The guys at 101 are craftsmen who understand their customers needs! I'm proud to now be part of such an innovative team!"
Since joining the Royal Marines Cadet Corp of Drums at the age of 12,I have spent the last 40 years touring the UK and Europe playing every conceivable style of music, from metal, reggae, ska, rockabilly, soul and jazz, hence the need for the most vesatile snare drum I can find! During this time I've opened for such acts as Muse/Madness/The Selector,recorded several E.P.s,albums,singles and videos and performed at the World famous Ronnie Scotts jazz club in London.
Now relocated to Sweden,I'm involved with several live and recording projects.I also run a succesful Facebook page which features interviews/tutorials/merchandise/music/videos and updates on my gigs and career. (Check the Facebook link)
Finally,the Barefoot thing? I grew up in Singapore and never wore socks or shoes, even when I returned to the UK. When I started drummimg its just felt natural to play barefoot so I followed suit. It gives me a sense of feel and a spiritual connection to my drums and performance,just as my new 101 Diamond Series snare has done!
Jonathan plays a custom build 14 x 5,5" Black Diamond snare