Siemy is a London (UK) based drummer, percussionist and composer, exclusively endorsing Liberty Drums and Bosphorus Cymbals. His fascination with rhythm shaped his musical education as he journeyed through the roots of jazz, latin, rock and African music. To broaden his cultural depth and musical knowledge, Siemy studied Western Classical Music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Tournai (Belgium) and most recently carnatic rhythm/Indian classical music under the guidance of the mridangam maestro, sri M Balachandar at Bhavan Institute of Indian Music and Art (UK). These influences were fused together to create a diverse and unique sound to complement Siemy’s signature 4 way coordination and independence techniques showcased through his masterclasses, drumshows and live performances.
Recently, Siemy has been published in Rhythm magazine (Nov ‘17) where he shares many insights into his broad musical vision and offers readers an introduction to his renowned independence work. Being approached by Drumeo to teach about the creative exploration of the left foot provided Siemy a new platform to promote his musical ability and capture a new audience overseas, keen to learn how Siemy borrows concepts from many different cultures and percussion instruments before applying these to the traditional drum set.
Fascinated by different art forms, particularly dance and theatre, Siemy composed music for the Royal Court Theatre, London where he refined his skills and developed a new passion which would soon inspire one of Siemy’s most ambitious creative projects as an artistic director for his new music/dance/theatre production, Prâna-Max Roach. The concept is an original blend of Indian, African and American Jazz rhythms that tells a fictitious story of the legendary jazz drummer Max Roach embarking on a journey to discover the origin of rhythm and drum. To create this rich musical and theatrical experience, Siemy collaborated with a range of dance companies and musicians and used his influence of carnatic rhythms to bring everything together for a cultural plethora of sounds and stories from across the world.
Siemy is no stranger on stage and has performed with the likes of Roy Ayers, David Bowie, Mofro, S Club 7, Jimmy Sommerville, Zucchero and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice/Spice Girls). He was also invited to join the infamous African Jazz All-Stars and Master Drummers of Africa which gave him exposure to some of Africa’s most beloved talent which cemented his name amongst the greats.
Siemy won the ‘Best Live Band Award’ for the Classic Rock Society (UK) in 2004 with his fusion band Siemy di System and was subsequently nominated as the best drummer of the year. He also performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank at Rhythm Sticks Festival, London, UK in 2006 supporting Tony Allen. Since 2012 Siemy has also been performing with Mothlite, a gothic-pop band signed to Kscope (Porcupine Tree, Ulver, Gazpacho), managed by Visible Noise (Bullet for My Valentine, Lostprophets).
If Siemy had one message for the up and coming musicians of today, it would be to keep rhythmically open-minded and never stop exploring, sharing and immersing oneself in the many beautiful cultures from around the world.