Aubrey Dayle is the new drummer for GSW, and an old friend of Dan, Lo and Aaron's. Here in his own words is...
All About Aubrey
My parents (especially my mother) were very focused on the development of my fundamental skills. We were fresh immigrants to Canada from Jamaica and they were determines that their children were going to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of North America. My mom was a high school teacher and my dad was in real-estate. They were really big on education and private tutoring. That attitude was a pain at times but when my mom signed me up for accordion lessions I actually was excited. The discipline of practising was hard to deal with at first, but it soon became a permanent part of my life.
I played accordion for eight years then switched to piano and drums. The drums soon became my pricipal instrument. I simply felt the most relaxed, confident and natural playing the drums. My mom saw that I was very devoted to the instrument but probably wanted to see me learn more about playing than I was getting from playing songs by The Ramones, Rush, Led Zeppelin, or Black Sabbath (although I felt that I was learning a great deal). She enrolled me in the McGill Conservatory of Music. This changed my life forever.
While at the conservatory I studied classical theory, ear-training and percussion. I really focused on all the main percussion instruments in classical western music; snare drum, timpani and mallt instruments (xylophone, marimba and vibraphone). Six years later I graduated from McGill University with a bachelor degree in music performance. Although I loved playing classical music I never felt comfortable in that sceen. I grew up in a West Indian home listening to ska, reggae, jazz and r&b. That was the way I wanted to express myself musically.
I focused on the drum set again for two years by studying in Toronto with a great teacher named Jim Blackely. After that my wife convinced me to move to New York City where I attended the Manhattan School Of Music. While I was there I played in school ensembles and several out of school bands. One in particular was a band called Da' Tokens led by bass player Vatel Cherry. Aaron Maxwell was also in this band and we played together for about a year.
I had not heard from Aaron for eight years. All I knew was that he was in a very cool group called God Street Wine. and that they sounded great and were doing well. During that same period I was a freelance musician in New York City. I played on records with jazz artists like James 'Blood' Ulmer, Lonnie Plaxico and Tony White; opened up for Peter Gabriel with a North African band called Zahar; played with singers like Garland Jeffereys; worked as a pit musician on Broadway (Bring on Da' Noize Bring on Da' Funk) and toured Europe, Australia and North America several times. While I was practising one day I got a call from Aaron asking me to come and audition for GSW. It turned into more of a reunion than an audition because I also went to school with Dan and Lo. I joined the band and love it.
GSW lets me play the way I love to play. The music is very dynamic. I can play as softly as a whisper one minute and then really lay into the kit the next. Each song has something to it that makes it interesting and unique.
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Aaron- I always found Aaron to be a very talented musician. However, since I joined GSW I see that he has become more than talented. He is an awesome singer and guitar player who's technique, feel and sensitiity is nothing less than monstrous. He has also matured into an even kindler and more jovial person than I knew when we were in Manhattan School of Music.
meals? Captain Crunch, Ackee and salt fish, Rice and Peas, Roast
Bread fruit, Jerk Chicken, Pancakes, Filet Mignon steak, Tandoori chicken,
Apple pie, Vanilla ice cream, Broccoli
you wear to bed? Boxers on the road, nothing at home.
Per Ardua Ad Astra/With hard work you will reach the stars.
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