Carra Bacon began her drumming journey playing in acoustic duo, Kicaberry. After writing and gigging extensively around the UK and supporting artists such as Ocean Colour Scene and Sandi Thom she gained a publishing deal with EMI. Recenetly she recorded drums on Wretch 32’s Number 1 single ‘Don’t Go’ (Ministry of Sound) and played and wrote on Josh Kumra’s debut album (RCA). Having gained a Higher Diploma in popular music she is now working towards a degree at The Institute of Contemporary music in London. We asked her a few questions about herself and her drums.
What is your favorite thing about drumming?
Playing live! I love the feeling of making people move and enjoy the music.
Best drumming story?
I was playing a gig a few years back, in my old duo Kicaberry. Whilst we were playing Nick Mason and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) flew in on a helicopter and came and watched us. Later that night Mick Jagger’s daughter also joined us on stage to sing. That gig was quite fun!
Amazing! WHAT?!?? Ok, what drew you to the drums?
Drums seemed the coolest! I would hear people playing whilst I walked to lesson at school and just thought I had to try it one day. That was almost 10 years ago and I haven’t stopped since.
What is the best attribute for a drummer to have?
I think its important to listen and play for the song or piece of music. That can also include timing, feel, dynamics, groove.
Tips on playing in a band?
I’d say you need to be easy to get on with and work with, as you spend a lot of time with these people. Be open minded to ideas and communicate and most importantly enjoy it.
Kicaberry – (Carra is not in this video but it is her playing on this song!)
Photo by Ryan Biercewicz