BACK ON THE ROAD IN 2016
On January 9th, 2016, The Searchers returned to touring after 18 days off over the Christmas period.
The Beck was the venue and it was great to be back out playing the hits again.
At sound check, Dave Carrera turned up to see how his kit was doing. I hope he was impressed.
THE POCKET GODS, ALBUM LAUNCH
On Tuesday 1st December 2015, The Pocket Gods returned to The Alleycat, Denmark Street, London, for their album 100x30, launch night.
The night was well attended by the public, musicians and the music press.
Since the album launch, Paddy Power has made it 80-1 to be the Christmas no1 album
You can buy it now, on iTunes
On the night, Mungo Jerry got up to jam his hit 'Summertime' and we played 3 songs with Owen Paul
Jamming with Mungo Jerry
SIGNATURE PELLWOOD STICKS
I would like to say a big thank you to Pellwood drum sticks for producing an amazing signature drum stick. I have tried these sticks for 1 month and given my approval for them.
They have my signature and The Searchers logo printed on them.
I put several pictures of the sticks at the time on Twitter and Facebook and I have received a load of messages asking if people can buy them.
Well now I am proud to say you can!
If you go to the new Merchandise page, you can purchase these sticks for £10!
On the 21st November, we played at the Messe arena in Erfurt, Germany
8,000 people attended and watched great performances from The Searchers, The Drifters and Suzi Quatro, as well as several German bands.
We managed to pack as many hits as we could into 40 minutes and it was an amazing experience hearing 8,000 people singing back at you.
THE POCKET GODS
It was a great single launch at the Alleycat on Denmark st. Thanks to everyone who came along and the positive feedback.
The event was attended by a lot of people high up in the industry and got a very good write up in a few national papers.
Mark (singer/song writer) has already pencilled in another live show in early December.
Updates when I get them.
The Pocket Gods
The Meatloaf tribute with singer Matt Shaw, who won stars in their eyes in 2008, (And Scott on drums) had their 2nd rehearsal on Sunday 16th August. Because all the musicians involved are on top of their game, they don't need constant rehearsals.
There is 1 more planned for October and then the band will be set loose for several shows in December and into 2016!
THE POCKET GODS
Scott will be playing drums for The Pocket Gods, who he played drums for in 2006, at their single launch on September 17th 2015 at The Alleycat 4 Denmark Street, London
Free entry! so come on down
On the 4th August, several of the countries top session drummers/teachers, including Scott, went out into London for drinks.
A great evening was had and the World of music and politics was put to rights
L to R: Dave Carrera, Scott Ottaway, Nick Bradshaw, Colin Woolway, John Park, Danny Colbran, Tony Bourke and Phill Drew
BACK ON THE ROAD
The Searchers returned to work on July 11th for 5 shows in July.
The first shows back are always entertaining with everyone trying to remember the arrangements
With the Spring tour nearly over, the Searchers have 13 days from June 21st till July 4th and Scott will be jetting off to Turkey for a well earned rest!
(It was during this holiday in Turkey, that Scott asked his girlfriend Sam, if she would marry him! Luckily she said yes!)
MANCHESTER DRUM SHOW
Scott was asked by CODE drum skins to do a meet & greet at the Manchester drum show in May.
It is the shows 2nd year and Scott helped Bill Sanders last year at the event, so was honoured to be asked back by CODE.
Pellwood drum sticks also had a stand.
CODE also endorse Embrace drummer, Mike Heaton who also appeared on the stand and Scott & Mike chatted drums for hours.
(Statement from Scott)
It is with much sadness, that I have to report that Carrera drums are no longer trading.
This is because of Daves health.
I am proud to say that over the last few years, I have become great friends with Dave Carrera and fully understand and support his decision. Your health has to come first.
Dave leaves the drum building industry on a high note after his snare drums received a 5 star review from Rhythm Magazine and the same snare drums came 4th in a Rhythm magazine poll of the "20 top snare drums in the World right now"
I know the decision by Dave and his family was a hard one and turn over for their shells and handmade drums had increased by 10% month after month.
As for me, I have 2 (soon to be 3) amazing sounding Carrera kits and 5 Carrera snare drums, which I will continue with pride to play.
Carrera closed their doors early April 2015 and I was lucky enough to claim the last shells made by Carrera.
100% American cherry. sizes 8,10,12,14,16,22 & 14 snare.
I have tracked down gold hardware and will be taking my time building these drums my self
PORTER & DAVIES
I am proud to announce that I am now a Porter & Davies artist.
Their drum thrones are amazing and after trying out my good friend, Jerome Marcus's stool, I had to get one.
The stool lets you feel the bass drum and bass player and I feel has helped me transform my drumming. I'm playing quieter and not fighting to hear the bass drum.
It really is like having a metronome in your body.
SPRING TOUR 2015
After a few shows for Butlins and Warners, we kicked off our Spring tour in mid March and it carries on until June 20th.
If you are coming to our shows, let me know and keep in contact with me through Facebook on my Scott Ottaway Fan Page, which is updated more than this site...sorry!
Australia Tour 2015
We returned from Australia on March 12th, After arriving out there late January.
I always love touring Australia and this years tour was no different.
We only had 1 show in the Sydney area, which meant we got to travel and see a lot more of Australia, even avoiding a force 5 hurricane.
I'd like to thank all our Australian fans for another great tour and we shall see you all again in 2016
Its January 2015!
I have no idea where the time is going, but on February 26th, I will have been a Searcher for 5 years!
I trust everyone had a great Christmas and I would like to wish everyone a happy 2015
We had a very rare new Years Eve off, so my girlfriend Sam and myself went to London to watch the fireworks. Its was a very long day, but thoroughly enjoyable and if we get another NYE off, I'll go again.
What an amazing year 2014 has been. I was welcomed into the Istanbul Mehmet, Carrera drums, Pellwood sticks and CODE skins families.
Got to play Las Vegas and the London Palladium as well as playing to loads of fans in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
I hope everyone has a great Christmas and a wonderful New Years Eve.
New 100% American Cherry Carrera kit
On the 60s Gold tour, we used my birch/mahogany Carrera custom kit, now the tour has finished I have decided to use my new 100% American cherry.
I can not describe how this kit sounds. Its so warm but yet loud and with CODE single ply coated skins on the bottom and double ply coated on the top, these drums sound amazing.
I have decided to carry on using my 24 inch birch/mahogany bass drum with the cherry toms and snare.
I used the kit for 2 shows in Clitheroe and Evesham and instantly loved it, but I was not too happy with the rims on the hanging tom. After using a Carrera kit at the Footes best of British which had the 'old' style tom holders on the actual shell, I called Dave at Carrera and asked could mine be modified.
The handy thing with Carrera drums being in Uxbridge is, I can pop along and have things modified in the morning.
Mike at Carrera set about drilling the shells and installing the tom bracket and on the next show I was one happy drummer.
New 100% American cherry. 16x16 floor, 12x9 tom and 14x6.5 snare
Back at Carrera to have holes drilled and brackets fitted
Best Of British Day At Footes
On December 6th I was involved in the Footes 2nd Best of British day at their store in London.
I was there representing Carrera drums.
It was a huge success and hopefully a few more days will be planned for 2015
John Semark, the corporate Prostitute!
60s Gold Tour 2014
The 60s Gold tour ended in Birmingham on December 2nd and what a tour!
We ended up with more people at the end, than who started.
Gerry, due to ill health was a non starter, with Spencer Davis standing in.
Halfway through the tour we sadly lost Brian Poole, who had a few days in hospital and a life threatening operation, and has since made a full recovery. Then with 4 shows left, Chip Hawkes was hit by the 'tour' chest infection and had to pull out.
He was replaced by The Merseys for 2 shows and then Steve Ellis and Vanity Fare, for the last 2 shows.
My highlight was playing at the Palladium. A venue I have always wanted to play (and the Royal Albert Hall) I had several good friends and Dave Carrera at the show.
The next highlight was playing The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. My home town show and as you can guess, I had a lot of friends and family in that night.
Dave Carrera makes sure my/his kit is being looked after
The Searchers Live In Australia, New Live Album
Our new live album, Live in Australia, is finally available to buy at our live shows.
It was recorded over several nights on our 2014 Australian tour, then mastered by Spencer in his studio.
New promo pics
(The band pics are in low res to stop reproduction on other sites)
60S GOLD TOUR
The 60s Gold tour kicked off on September 30th and sadly due to ill health Gerry has had to withdraw from the tour. The revised line up is:
Chip Hawkes and Brian Poole
with comedian Ally Bally
The kit this year has been supplied by Carrera drums and cymbals by Istanbul Mehmet
The tour lasts for 42 dates including a show at the London Palladium
After a lot of 'will they, won't they', The Searchers are going to play at the Suncoast Casino, Las Vegas on September 7th and 8th 2014.
The Visa process took a long time to complete and included a visit to the US embassy in London, but was finally granted, meaning the trip will go ahead as planned.
NEW BASS DRUM SKINS
Because of my new associations with Carrera drums, Istanbul Mehmet cymbals, Pellwood drum sticks and JP Drum Products, a new bass drum skin was needed.
I had 2 designs made. 1 for my Searchers kit, the 2nd for my session kit
It will come as no surprise that I am proud to announce that I am a Carrera Drum Ambassador.
I first met Dave at Hobble on the Cobbles in 2013. Carrera supply the drums to the festival and although I used my DW Collectors, I had heard the sound of his vintage series.
That week I bought my first snare drum from Dave.
Since then I have bought 3 snare drums from Carrera and in May 2014 I took delivery of my first Carrera Custom kit.
Since then I have also taken delivery of a Custom Cherry kit.
These drums are the best drums I have ever played. I know thats a bold statement, but they really are. Its the sound I have been looking for. These drums sound great tuned high, medium or low. The cherry kit has a very warm but projected sound and I can't wait to use it on sessions.
JP DRUM PRODUCTS/CODE SKINS
In a very busy week, I am proud to announce that I use CODE drum skins, supplied by JP Drum Products.
I was blown away with how durable these skins are and how easy they are to tune.
I use the 2ply coated and they have really lifted the sound of all my drums
I am proud to announce that I am a Pellwood drumsticks artist.
I was introduced to Pellwood sticks at the Manchester drum show. I bought 4 sets and used them for the remaining shows we had before our 3 week holiday and also in New Zealand.
I was very impressed with how much longer they lasted compared to my normal sticks.
I use the B-Line 5B Classic series
Elliott James Frisby/Calista sessions
In January and June, I recorded percussion and drums on several songs written by Elliott James Frisby for his own album and an EP by Calista Kazuko. The Elliott recordings from June are still being mastered, but the Calista recordings are on her website and EP Bill Sanders
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Bill Sanders through Frank and on May 13th 2014, Bill came round to my house to present me with a Bill Sanders practice pads on a stand.
I use a BS 10inch pad to practice on before a show and it fits perfectly in my suit bag for when we go abroad. This pad now means I can sit in front of the tv and practice. Perfect!
Check out Bill's other products here www.practicedrumkits.com In April, I helped Bill out on his stand at the first ever Manchester Drum Show. It was a great event and hopefully will continue next year
Pic1. Bill round my house on his practice pad
Pic2. Colin Woolway playing on a Bill Sanders practice kit at the Manchester Drum Show
I've built a snare drum
I have always wanted to build my own metal snare drum and when I returned from Australia, I finally did it.
The shell was made by a friend while I was in Oz and the hardware was from DW, but I had to mark out where the holes needed drilling and hope I got it right
The shell was black so I decided to have white hardware. The band nick named it 'dalek'
I did use it on a few shows in late March/early April until the snare strainer fell apart and it was quickly replaced by my DW snare drum by a fast acting John Semark. It got a lot of positive comments when I used it from drummers in the audience. 1 was convinced I was using a Ludwig Black Beauty, the drum all drummers used in the 60s
The strainer has been replaced and the drum was used recently for a studio session, so it may get used again on tour
A few weeks ago, I took delivery of another Carrera snare drum. This 1 being a 'Terrier' model, which is shallower and gives a more military style sound.
I used this snare drum and my Carrera custom drum kit on a recent studio session and the drums sounded amazing. The producer and song writer both loved the natural sound of the kit, complemented with my Istanbul Mehmet cymbals, made their jobs a lot easier.
I have decided to use the Carrera kit for a few Searchers shows coming up (Eastleigh & Wavendon) to see what it sounds like 'live'
The drums are shallower than standard size drums or 'fast' as they are called in the industry and I think Phil will love the sound they make
We Will Rock You
Sadly We Will Rock You, the smash hit musical from Queen, ended its 12 year run at the Dominion theatre, London on May 31st 2014.
For the last show, Brian May and Roger Taylor performed several songs with the cast for both the afternoon and evening shows.
I was in Germany, but several days before, I gave my limited edition DW Queen snare drum to WWRY drummer and good Friend Tony Bourke and on the final show Tony was able to get both Roger and Brian to sign it for me.
Roger was using the exact same snare drum and passed on a few tips to make it sound like his snare drum, but mine will never get used.
I picked up the limited edition DW Icon snare drum up from Drumwright in Reading on route to our show in Croydon and had to be persuaded by everyone I know to buy it, who along with Chris Wright, (in pic) managed to get the drum to me asap. I ordered it in February. I have number 24 of only 250 made
I trust you are all well and you have had a good Easter.
It has been such a busy year so far and we're only in April. Of course The Searchers toured Australia end of January to March 11th and 30 shows over 42 days is a lot of shows, with a few 6hr drives involved. But Australia is a country I love, so its not seen as hard work.
It still amazes me that we can travel halfway round the World and pack theatres out.
Since our return to the UK we have completed 22 shows and even traveled to Denmark. As i write. we are at the end of 9 day holiday and about to do 20 shows in May and 16 in June before another 3 week holiday
In July we travel to New Zealand for 10 shows and in September to December, the 60s Gold tour part 2 will be touring the UK, with us, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Fortunes, PJ Proby, Chip Hawkes and Brian Poole. The tour also plays in my home town, Aylesbury. Cant wait.
As you may be aware, We Will Rock You ends on May 31st and due to a busy May for me, my association with the show has come to an end. being a Queen fan, I love the show and I have made great friends with some of the musicians involved. Both Tony Bourke (Drummer) and Neil Murray (Bassist) have been on the show since day 1
I am also proud to announce that I am now an Istanbul Mehmet Artist. I have been using Istanbul Mehmet cymbals for over a year now. When it comes to cymbal sounds, I am very demanding and there was a certain ride sound I wanted, which I found when I played a set of Istanbul Mehmets in Europe last year. I then bought the exact ride cymbal as well as 15inch hihats and a 16inch crash.
I took delivery of a new set of Istanbul Mehmet cymbals (Traditional, Radiant and Sultan series) in early April when I visited the Istanbul Mehmet UK HQ. You can find out more about that here.
I have also been booked for a few sessions later this year with my good friend and producer Elliott Frisby as well as joining up with Francis Rodino in July, who I played drums for last year at the 229 club in London. I will be using my Istanbul Mehmets on those sessions.
Earlier this year, I recorded some percussion parts for some of the songs Elliott was working on and these should be available soon to hear and a few live sessions will be recorded early June time
In between all that, I also found time to make my own snare drum. It is something I have always wanted to do. the metal shell was made by a good friend, but everything else was done by me. I used it on a couple of shows and everyone was amazed at the sound. It had to be replaced by my spare snare drum during one of the shows recently when the snare lever got jammed, but that has now been repaired, so it may get used again soon.
Hope you've all enjoyed reading my newsletter and hope to see you all at the concerts soon.
Elliott Frisby Session
Scott will be teaming up with his good friend Elliott Frisby to record percussion parts for a few songs Elliott has written for a new up and coming female artist
More info when we get it
2 Weeks Off
Its almost unheard of in Searcherworld, but the band have 2 weeks off, till their next shows are on 17th January at Pocklington, followed by 2 shows at Butlins, Minehead on 25th and then they leaving the Country for Australia on the 28th!
2nd Caiyo video
Make Believe recorded at the 229 Venue on September 19th 2013, has just been released by Caiyo and can be found on the video page
Happy New Year!
I would like to wish everyone a happy new year and may 2014 be an amazing year for you.Thank you very much for your continued support both to myself and The searchers. Hopefully see you at a show soon
Francis Rodino has just released one song recorded at the 229 Venue on the 19th September 2013. The whole show was recorded with 5 cameras and the first, a new song called Ghost Town, can be found in the video section
We have updated the Searchers dates on this site, but we still need to update the calendar section
As you can see from the Searchers dates, nect year is another extremely busy year with another tour of Australia in February, early March, then a UK tour, followed by shows in Thailand and new Zealand late July into August
60s Gold Tour 2013
On September 25th 2013, the 60s Gold tour kicked off in Cardiff to a sold out show. The tour lasts for 41 shows and runs till November 29th ending in Manchester. On the show are the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, P.J Proby, the Fortunes, Chip Hawkes and Brian Poole
On 19th September, Scott played drums for singer song writter, Francis Rodino. It was a one off show while Francis, who when playing with a full band goes under the name of Caiyo, was in the UK. Several of Scott's friends play in Francis's band and Scott was asked to fill the drum throne.
The event was recorded and hopefully footage be available soon
On the 28th August 2013, Scott was invited by Dave Carrera from Carrera Drums to tour round the factory and see how their custom drums are made. Scott got chatting to Dave a few months ago and Carrera Drums supplied all the kits for Aylesbury's Hobble on the Cobbles festival. Scott took delivery of a Mahogany snare with a new "Pinstripe" in Oak. 14" x 6" with classic lugs 24 strand wires 2.3mm Triple Flanged Hoops oil and wax finished by hand.
The snare sounds amazing and Scott was suitably impressed with their Factory in Uxbridge. More details about Carrera Drums can be found at www.carreradrums.com
Hobble on the Cobbles
On Sunday 25th August 2013, The Searchers headlined Hobble on the Cobbles, in Aylesbury, Bucks, which is Scott's home town. Dispite the poor weather, 1000's turned out to watch The Searchers and while the band were on stage, just as it was in Denmark, the rain stayed away
Footage can be seen here
On 10th August 2013, The Searchers played the Holstebro Festival with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Shakin' Stevens
The day stated off badly with KLM loosing Spencers synth in Amsterdam, where the band had to catch a flight to Billund airport, so songs dependent on strings had to be dropped. KLM also lost Steve, from the Pacemakers, left handed guitar, although the promoter was able to find a replacement
The show its self was a great success with a very large crowd braving very wet weather. When the Searchers took to the stage, the rain held off, but it returned as Shkin' Steven's took to the stage
The following day Spencers synth was returned at Billund airport, only to be lost for a second time at Amsterdam airport!
Spencer and the synth were re-united at Morecambe the following week
Scott has been asked by Francis Rodino to join his band for a one off show on September 19th at thew 229 venue, London. The show will be recorded.
Francis is a singer songwritter who has recorded several albums and after moving to Nashville, has established himself within the songwritting community. After doing solo shows with just his accoustic, Francis has decided to do a show in London and will showcase a few new songs he has written
New Searchers album?
The Searchers may be going back in the studio soon to record some new songs and record a few of the old hits with guest artists. More info as soon as we know more....
New DW Collectors Maple touring kit
In April, Scott took delivery of a new DW Collectors drum kit. It brings an end to a 13 year relationship with Pearl, but the DW kit has the sound which Scott has been searching for ages.
"I was looking for a kit where I could use smaller drum sizes, but have a lot more punch and low end and these DW drums let me have just that. The 14x12 tom that I now use as a 'floor' tom, just punches through, but you can hear every note I play on it"
Scott first used a DW on WWRY and while in New Zealand, Gerrys backing bands drummer used a DW Collectors, and Scott was hooked
60s Gold Tour
This years 60s Gold Tour kicks off on September 25th till November 29th
The line up is: The Searchers, gerry and The Pacemakers, The Fortunes, P.J Proby, Chip Hawks and Brian Poole
Tickets for most opf the venues are on sale now
On April11th, The Searchers kick off their UK tour, which will be coming to a town near you. All dates can be found on this site and www.the-searchers.co.uk
New Zealand 2013
The Searchers have 2 weeks in the UK, where they have 6 shows, then on March 24th, they fly out to New Zealand and meet up with Gerry Marsden on his fare well tour
On March 11th, the searchers returned home after another succesful Australian tour.
The weather was not what you would ecpect in Australia, with rain on most days, but better than the -3c which welcomed the boys on their return to Heathrow.
most nights, they played to full houses and from the compliments sent to wendy, it sounds like everyone went home after the shows, very happy and booking again for next year
Spencer James album released
Spencer James latest solo album 'Hope for me yet' was released in December, with Scott on drums
So far the album has received great reviews and seems to be selling well
Spencer James new album latest
The latest news on Spencers new solo album, is the art work is completed, the songs have been done and off to be mastered and looking at a mid December release
For more info check out Spencer site here www.spencerjames.biz
Where has the year gone?
Well We are now in December and the time is flying. its been a very hectic year for scott with a few sessions, his home studio up and running and of course touring with The Searchers. Its none stop, as next year promises more of the same!
The searchers SAS convention was held in Nuneaton and lasted all day. It was a great success with almost £5000 raised for the local childrens hospital. Ex drummer John Blunt joined the band on stage and played on the 2 hits he played on in the 60s. Hve you ever loved someone and Tke it or leave it
Hopefully the next convention wont be in 10 years time!
The Searchers have had to cancel their appearance at Vauxhall Holiday park on October 12th due to John needing a few days to recover after having a minor opperation and unlike the scare tactics used by a national radio station, John was not rushed into hospital. Since the op, John has fully recovered and is back to normal
We Will Rock You
In September and October Scott was invited to see We Will Rock You at the Dominion theatre, London. Scott is friends with the drummer, Tony Bourke, who has been in the show since it started in 2002 and was fortunate enough to be asked by Tony to sit in on him. The keyboard player is Spike Edney (Queen, Boomtown Rats) and the bassist is Neil Murray (Queen, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath)
Scott was serenaded with Needles and Pins as he climbed the stairs to were the musicians are based
Hearts In Their Eyes
The 4-CD box set - “Hearts In Their Eyes” with the subtitle “Celebrating 50 Years of Harmony and Jangle” - was released by Universal Music back in July, It is a very handsome package, looking more like an elegant book than a CD box. It features 120 tracks, covering the whole of the Searchers’ career, solo releases by former members, some brief interviews, and includes a comprehensive and very impressive 64-page stitched in colour booklet. You can order it from Amazon. it is also available as an iTunes download but of course if you do that you won’t get the booklet etc. Although many of you will have some or even most of the tracks, it’s definitely worth having in its entirety.
Spencer James new album
Scott has finished recording drum tracks for Spencer James new studio album. Spencer is hoping to have the new album released early November
Lack of updates
Sorry for the lack of updates lately, but Scott has been busy with different projects, including the setting up of his recording studio
Scott has nearly completed trial runs of his home studio. Using a Roland TD20 and Pro tools, Scott will soon be able to record drum parts for anyone who requires his style on their tracks and is hoping to lay some drum parts down for Spencer James new solo album
Back on the road
The Searchers were back on the road again on July 4th at Eastbourne Congress Theatre. There are a few dates in July, then a hectic schedule in August
On June 16th The Searchers officially finished their 50th Anniversary spring tour and are now officially on holiday!
Scott has decided not to go away, but instead stay at home and work on finishing his home studio and get to grips with his new Roland TD20 kit
Scott also has a joint 40th/60th Birthday bash with his Mother, where his old band Slyde will be playing. It is also hoped that Scott will get up and play the first 2 songs with Slyde
Dreamcoats and Petticoats
On June 14th Scott went once again to see his friend Alan Howell in the westend production of Dreamboats and Petticoats and hang out with the cast after the show
UK 50th Anniversary Spring tour
On March 9th 2012, The Searchers started their Spring UK tour which carries on until June and on March 14th, the band played at the Waterside theatre in Aylesbury, Scotts home town show
The bands official holiday is from June 17th until July 3rd 2012
In September/October last year, The Searchers decided to record a studio album of the hits and album tracks with the current line up
That CD, called Tracks of our years, is available to buy at all shows. We think you will really like the new studio versions
Australian 50th Anniversary tour
On January 24th, The Searchers left the UK for their annual trip to Australia. The band were there for 6 weeks and played to packed venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Perth as well as many others. Scott and Phil both went to the Olympic stadium in Sydney to watch 20/20 cricket match between Australia and India, with Australia winning
The band returned the UK on March 6th and their first UK date was on.....March 9th!