B i o g r a p h y
My name is AJ Rousell and I am a professional drummer, percussionist and educator based in Bristol (UK). Starting the age of 12, I spent the following decade developing my craft by studying at a variety of highly respected institutions, including the Bristol Institute of Modern Music, where I graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Professional Musicianship (2:1).
Along side studying at select colleges I have also sought lessons from some of the biggest names in the drumming world including Benny Greb, JP Bouvet, Mike Johnston, Craig Blundell, Matt Halpern, Robert Brian, James Hester and Jason Bowld.
Having instantly fallen in love with music, I began expanding my experience by working with a variety of bands and solo artists, building a reputation as a reliable, diverse and skilled player. Having performed at a number of different venues, festivals, radio stations and studios,
I began playing with KALA CHNG in 2013 and have become the Musical Director for her live performances. I also play for former Tequila Mockingbyrd singer, Louisa Maria, on her solo project. And have previously worked with award winning UK country artist, Danny McMahon.
Alongside my session work, I also have a strong passion for education and pride myself on working as a teacher in Bristol and the surrounding areas. I provide drum lessons at a variety of locations including The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), The Bristol Rock Centre, The Rock Project, private tution at FireBird Studios (South Bristol) and various Primary Schools.
Artists and Bands that I have worked with:
- Louisa Maria (Tequila Mockingbyrd)
- KALA CHNG
- Danny McMahon
- Holly Abraham
- Beccy Farr
- Brought Into Being
- DK Managment Agency
- Joe Hardy
- The Big Act Theatre Company
- Woodlands Church and E5 Elim Church Bristol
-Warble Entertainment Agency
I am happily endorsing the following companies;
- Sonor Ascent Series Kit (Beech Wood)
- Sonor Special Editon Kit (Maple Wood)
- Sonor Safari Kit (Club Kit)
- Sonor Limitd Edition (Maple 14" x 5.5")
- Sonor Ascent (Beech 14" x 5.5")
- EDC Custom (Maple 14" x 6")
- Memphis Drum Shop Custom (Maple 13" x 6.5")
- Mapex Black Panther Sledgehammer (Brass 14" x 6.5")
- Sonor Safari (Hybrid Woods 14" x 5")
- Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad
- Roland TD9 Electric Drum Kit
Photo Credit: Jo Rousell Photography