After watching a small, grainy, black and white video at the tender age of thirteen of Slipknot's Joey Jordison recording drums, Leigh made it his life-goal to be a professional drummer and musician. Months of incessantly badgering his family for a drum set eventually paid off, and within two weeks of its arrival Leigh was on-stage with his first band playing Metallica and Iron Maiden covers.
From these humble roots in Dorset and some invaluable studying with the legendary Tony Nash, Leigh's relentless quest for unrivalled technical skill and ability on the drums has taken him all over the country, from extensive touring in the Midlands with several rock and metal bands, to numerous live and recording session gigs with pop and funk artists up and down the country. Throughout many years of hard work, self-discipline and countless hours of focused practice, Leigh has studied many musical styles (such as jazz, soul and R&B) and has also recently developed an interest in modern electronic composition and drumming, which is becoming increasingly common in today's music. In 2010, Leigh recorded drums for several tracks on the debut album of Al B Damned, the UK's number 1 'horror-shock rocker', and also appeared as a special guest tutor at London's International Guitar Foundation, delivering a masterclass on rhythmic manipulation and modulation in a rock context, and also double-bass drumming and multi-pedal orchestrations.
Leigh is currently composing and recording for the debut release of progressive metal band Beneath Dead Waves along with fellow Rhythm Studio tutor Doug Cartwright, with whom he co-founded the band, as well as continuing to record and gig with many various bands and projects. With several years of private drum tuition under his belt in all styles and disciplines - with students of all ages, abilities and goals - and specialising in contemporary hard rock and metal drumming.
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