Back in the distant late 70's and early 1980's, before the days of home video and internet, many drinking establishments had entertainment six nights a week. Keith was fortunate to join his brother Dave's band, "Axis", doing rock and roll duty in bars all over Ontario. It was a great way for young musicians to intensely hone their musicianship while seeing our country and having a blast.
Eventually marriage, raising children and paying mortgages intervened, but Keith still managed to earn grocery money playing weekends in the bars & halls of Hamilton and the GTA. These bands included acts led by Hamiltonians, Mike McCurlie (Made in the Shade), Naomi Taylor and Joanne Augustine (Rhythmworks) and with Now & Then bassist, Rob Elder, and brothers, Eric and Dave Allen.
Having played with Now and Then for many years, Keith is thrilled to join fellow band mates Sarah Nolte and Jim Nardi in Bliss.
Keith learned that the drummer's greatest reward (and responsibility) is to get dancers on the floor and keep 'em there!
Keith's 30-second drum lesson for young drummers:
• be nice
• always be on time
• learn to tune your drums
• it's not about you, it's about the singers
• no matter what happens, don't stop playing
• if you make a mistake, do it again, now it's part of the music
• practice does make better, (but playing live is the best schooling)
• it's not the notes you play that are important but the spaces in between
• have fun, serve the music!