PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE
GRADE: 6
ARTIST: Rage Against The Machine
SONG: 'Wake Up'

ROCK & POP DRUMS SESSIONS: 'WAKE UP', RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - WITH DAVID DYSON

Watch session drummer David Dyson give his take on 'Wake Up' by Rage Against The Machine. ‘Wake Up’ was recorded for Rage Against the Machine’s incendiary, self-titled debut album, released in November 1992 as one of the first examples of rap metal. The verse features a shifting backbeat which presents a challenge for timekeeping and rhythmic independence. There are also repeated semiquavers later in the song, which require coordination between bass and crash.

David Dyson is a professional drummer based in London. He has worked with artists including Gregory Porter, Professor Green, Izzy Bizu, Louis Tomlinson and Kelis, and with producers including Guy Chambers, Dallas Austin and Gus Pirelli. He’s played at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s and at festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury. He also teaches and notable students include Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds..





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