Touring drummer for Lauryn Hill, Lady Gaga, P. Diddy, Kanye West, Jill Scott and more
In this exclusive, Studios 301 presents an up close and personal masterclass with world-renowned Pop/Gospel/R&B/Rock drumming sensation George “Spanky” McCurdy.
Performing and/or recording with artists such as Lady Gaga, Diddy, Kanye West, Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake, P.Diddy, Brand and Timbaland, Spanky will bring his unique style and infamous “off time” approach to Studios 301 on Saturday February 9th, whilst on tour in Australia drumming for Lauryn Hill.
“Every so often a drummer arrives who changes our conception of what we knew and what we know”Modern Drummer
The clinic will feature him demonstrating a wealth of concepts, licks, and secrets to taking your drumming to the next level.
“Spanky’s percussive showmanship is a perfect counterpoint, with an airtight pocket and improvisational flair that reinforces the city’s presence as a longstanding musical force on the world stage”Revive-music.com
“Music snobs from Brooklyn to Bangladesh know of the amazing talents of George “Spanky” McCurdy”Okayplayer
Topics covered include:
- Multiple track performances
- An up close and personal glimpse of Spanky’s unique style
- Tutorials on counting
- Off time ideas
- Beat displacements
- Offering multiple tools to add to your weaponry
- And a full Q&A session
For travel information on how to get here, please refer to this link.
We look forward to seeing you there!
George “Spanky” McCurdy is a world-renowned drummer and up-and-coming producer who is well-versed across a broad spectrum of musical styles. A proud native of North Philadelphia, Spanky has performed with the likes of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, and Kanye West. He has also collaborated with artists such Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Brandy, Queen Latifah, Nas, Q-Tip and Tye Tribbett.
For 6 years, Spank served as the lead drummer for Lady Gaga, including during her incredibly successful “The Monster Ball Tour,” which grossed close to a quarter of a billion dollars. He also performed with Lady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars, during her ground-breaking performance. In May 2013, Spanky and Hudson Music released an instructional DVD on drumming called “Off Time/On Time”. Spanky was featured on the December 2013 cover of Modern Drummer Magazine.
Spanky’s unique musical aura was fostered at an early age. He grew up watching the choir director at his local church, and funneled the passion of gospel music towards cultivating his own fearless approach to drumming and producing. Spanky’s first self titled album Circa LXXXI debuted at #68 on the iTunes R&B Soul Charts. His dynamic style, on and off kit, have given Spank the title as one of the top musicians today.