Hi Guys and welcome to my first blog for Music Gateway, the best way to connect with the music industry around the globe. Today I’m here to talk briefly about the career of drummer Carlos Hercules. He has kindly agreed to be a Judge for Music Gateways “Live Act” Competition.
Carlos has been at the top of the industries list for drummers for over 20 years. He has played for artists such as Belinda Carlisle, Marti Pellow, reggae legend Jimmy Cliffe, The Eurythmics, Lulu, and most recently George Michael. Carlos has also worked with the worlds most current acts like Kelly Clarkson (American Idol winner), Heather Small, Emma Bunton, Mel B and Westlife, Bryan Adams, Cher, Alicia Keys and the fantastic Take That reunion tour and also been playing for an old BRIT school classmate of mine Leona Lewis since 2010. He has also been Beverly Knights first choice drummer for more than 12 years now.
I remember watching him play for Beverly Knight a few years ago. I was absolutely blown away with his pocket, flare and musicianship. When you watch Carlos play you cannot help but feel a tension build inside. He will sit in a pocket for what seems like and age adding small fills and delicate hi-hat licks. Then when you least expect it he lets out the magic at a moment that seems so right yet so elusive. It’s the biggest satisfaction one could feel when watching or listening to music. For any musician out there that hasn’t listened to Carlos, please go and check him out. Not only will he inspire you to be a better drummer, but also a better musician. He really shows what a drummer should do to make music emotive.
For all those entering the “Live Act” competition this year, you will be extremely privileged!