On The Road


"Dave Possesses great technique that would be an asset to any band. Just check out the tracks on this very site. He deserves to go far."
Chris Barnes – Chief Editor of RHYTHM Magazine

"Dave is a powerful and steady drummer, providing the solid back-beat to any rock band. He is also very technically adept, successfully turning his hand to more complex patterns.”
Caroline Beavon – Gotseen.com & Former Kerrang music reporter & radio DJ

“Dave Smith is a very talented and tasteful drummer with bags of talent."
Gary Hammond (The Beautiful South, Nina Simone)

"Dave Smith's web site may be the coolest individual drummer's site I've ever seen. And, Dave’s no basher (not that there’s anything wrong with bashing). Check out his playing.”
Phil Hood – DRUM! Magazine

“Angular good solid percussion.”
Michelle Dee – ‘thisisull’ reviewer

"Usually when I photograph a band, the drummer is always hidden away at the back, it takes an exceptional drummer for me to want to climb on the stage to get their image, Dave from Fado Rock is one of these."
Rob Scott, BPPA, RPS – Discerning Images Photography

A Short Biography

Dave Smith began drumming as a hobby when he was thirteen years old. Now, at age twenty eight he is still enjoying each and every aspect of both performing and learning the drums.


Dave's influences range from legendary Jazz drummers Joe Morello and Gene Krupa through to: John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell, Mike Portnoy, John Densmore, Karl Brazil and Neil Peart. All have influenced him greatly throughout his life. Other performers and writers to have greatly inspired him are: Dave Brubeck, Mark Knopfler, Prince and Tom Petty.


This diversity of tastes means that throughout his drumming career Dave has learned many different styles from many different genres of music and has a fantastic playing ability throughout, complimented by the fact that he uses both acoustic and electric kits.

Genres/Stylistic Feels

Dave is both competent and comfortable when playing: blues, rock, funk, pop, dance and would love the opportunity to play in a swing/big band.


While at University completing his Bachelor of Music Degree, Dave was involved in several areas of performance, such as:

- Composition and performance of drum battles

- Jazz quartet performances

- Studio and live playing for students spanning a multitude of genres

- Pit playing in stage productions

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