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WAYNE "C#" ELVIS CLARKE
drums, percussion

Wayne "C#" Elvis Clarke

TECH-TALK with
Wayne “Ceesharp” Elvis Clarke

I am not a person who prefers a specific brand of an acoustic drum set, since they all have different sounds and I love to explore, especially when I am in creative mode. However, there are some excellent acoustic drum sets out there that are very good to work with on stage, brands like DW , YAMAHA , SONOR , and TAMA DRUMS and more. These brands seem to have a certain amount of flexibility that I am looking for in a trap set of drums. In my view, a drumset's hardware must be able to flex anyway you want it to go and at the same time be stable and strong.

As for cymbals, they all don't have the same sound, so again, I use them all in creative mode, but there are certain brands that come with more strength, durability and projection really good for stage purposes some of them are Zildjian , Sabian and Paiste cymbals. They all work for what I do on and off the stage. I also use all these brands of toms , kick drums, snare drums, cymbals , percussions and drum skins.

I started using Pro-Mark drum stick about 18 years ago when I was introduced to the brand by a friend - Carter Beauford of the Dave Matthews Band while on tour. What I love about Pro-Mark drum stick is first, the strength, they are very durable. Next, the feel of that drum stick in my hands: it's very very important that the stick feels right, then there's balance, the pair of drum sticks must be perfectly balanced. The size is very important as well. I can only get the size I need from Pro-Mark, because an extra long 747 does not have the same weight as a regular 747 stick. A size 5AB would do for me also.

Over the years from then on all the gigs that I have done I use Pro-Mark drum sticks because they have always lived up to there promise to deliver professionally made drumsticks. I love them!

As to other brand of drum sticks, such as Vic Firth , Zildjian , Regal Tip and Vater Drum Stick; these are all good brands of stick, that I myself would use and recommend them to any body.

Born in Saint Catherine, Jamaica, Wayne “Ceesharp” Elvis Clarke is a drummer/producer.

Wayne Clarke, whose nickname was reportedly given for his passion for the note C#, launched his musical career while still in his adolescence, playing with a local group, The Wright Brothers at the age of fourteen. His recording debut was in the nineties when he appeared on an album, Hot Peppers, by The Hot Peppers Band out of Ocho Rios Jamaica. Clarke subsequently continued to play with The Hot Peppers Band in the hotel circuit for a few years until he migrated to the city of Kingston in 1995 where he met up with a group called, Chalice, he then spent a couple of years with Chalice doing a few tours in main land Europe and the caribbean, during the years with Chalice he completed albums such as Lay Your Troubles and Chalice Let It Play , He became a very well known studio session drummer throughout Kingston after working with a multitude of artiste on their albums such as Alpha Blondy's Yitzhak Rabin album, Bernard Lavilliers Champs Du Possible, Pier Pol Jak's Kingston Karma album, and Buju Banton's grammy nominated album Inna Hights just to name a few.

Clarke continued to do studio sessions until 1998 when he went to work with the singer song writer /actor the legendary Jimmy Cliff, while working with the legend touring all over the seven continents and recording.

Clarke was able to work on Jimmy Cliff's Journey of a Lifetime album and Humanitarian album, he spent 1998 through to 2001 with Mr Jimmy Cliff and was still doing studio session until he met the legendary reggae group out of Birmingham England - Steel Pulse - in 2002, working on Steel Pulse's Grammy nominated African Holocaust album, in Birmingham England. Clarke then returned to Jamaica and continued to do his studio session drumming until 2005 when he hooked up with Steel Pulse again and became their drummer. The rest is history.

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