A local drummer is making some big noise on the other side of the world.
Tasman’s very own Harry Binskin is is currently touring throughout the UK with breakout band ‘Georgia & the Vintage Youth.’
Harry emigrated to New Zealand from the UK with his family when he was 6 years old, but a desire to pursue his passion for drumming took him on an adventure to London back in 2017, after graduating from Waimea College in 2015.
Unsure what to do with himself at age 19, while many of his friends were struggling through university life, Harry decided to make a go of it at his lifelong passion, drumming.
His gamble paid off. Shortly after arriving in London, Harry started auditioning for bands, winning a spot with the band ‘Georgia & The Vintage Youth’, playing a mixture of jazz, swing & soul.
Harry has been a lifelong drummer, and his inspiration isn’t far from home.
“My parents were a massive inspiration to me, encouraging me to follow my passion. They always had music playing around the house, which gave me an appreciation of a diverse range of music.”
But his biggest inspiration is his former drum teacher, Chris Pierson.
“He always pushed me to keep going and inspired me to constantly progress to the next level. It was an honour to learn from a master like him.”
“I owe it all to him.”
Since joining the band, Harry says they have gone from strength to strength.
They’ve appeared of several BBC radio stations, Vintage TV, and have performed with legends like Dave Swift (Jools Holland bass player) Neville Staple of The Specials, and Mo Pleasure from Earth, Wind & Fire.
“I’ve had the chance to meet and learn from some giants of the drumming world. I’ve had lessons from Steve White, who is rated as one of the UK’s best session musicians. And I’ve had the opportunity to meet and learn from legends such as Pat Petrillo, Aaron Spears, Craig Blundell, and many more.”
The band has recently performed at The Isle Of Wight Festival, supporting headline acts George Ezra, and Fat Boy Slim.
They also performed a huge a 52-date tour throughout the UK, supporting the 2014 winners of Britain’s Got Talent “Collabro.”
Two years from leaving home to chase his dream, Harry ticked off one of his top bucket list venues, when the band performed at the Royal Albert Hall.
“The Royal Albert Hall was top of my bucket list to play but never thought I’d play there that soon, at that time being in a campervan for 3 months with all the instruments and 4 to 6 people also. “
The band also got to play at Wembley Arena for the Arsenal vs Man City game, as well as the famous Dublin Castle in Camden, where legends such as Amy Winehouse first started out.
The band have recently been signed by a live agent ‘Talentbanq’ on a publishing deal that will see them record three EP’s.
You can find the band on Apple Music or Spotify.