Charles Hayward (musician)

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Charles Hayward
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Charles Hayward in Limerick, Ireland on 17 May 2007.
Background information
Born 1951
Genres Experimental rock
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970–present
Associated acts Quiet Sun, Gong, This Heat, Camberwell Now, Crass, The Raincoats, Massacre, Hot Chip, About Group

Charles Hayward (born 1951) is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock group This Heat. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Radar Favourites, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with old schoolfriend and "Pooh and the Ostrich Feather" member Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass.[1]


In 1976, Hayward and fellow Radar Favourites and Dolphin Logic member, Charles Bullen began practising with bassist Gareth Williams under the name This Heat. They began to experiment with tape loops, found sounds and keyboards on several sessions (recorded from 1976 to 1978, but not released until 1979). Finally, in 1979, This Heat released their self-titled debut album. 1981's Deceit marked the final new album from This Heat, Williams leaving just after its release. While Bullen began working as a studio engineer, Hayward did sessions for Lora Logic, The Raincoats and Everything but the Girl before forming Camberwell Now with bassist Trefor Goronwy and tape manipulator Stephen Rickard. The trio released several albums through the Swiss Recommended label. When Camberwell Now disbanded in 1987 Hayward embarked on a solo career which has continued to the present day. He debuted with Survive the Gesture (1987), Skew-whiff (1989) Switch on War (1991) and My Secret Alphabet (with Nick Doyne-Ditmas) in 1993. In 1998, he joined Massacre with Fred Frith and Bill Laswell. Between May and October 2001 Hayward drummed in Ted Milton's band Blurt.

Throughout the 90's up to the present he has initiated a large number of events and performances, including the series Accidents + Emergencies at the Albany Theatre in Deptford,[2] Out of Body Orchestra, music made from the sound of the new LABAN dance centre being built which was choreographed for the official opening, music for a circus (part of the National Theatre's 'Art of Regeneration' initiative), the full-on installation/performance Anti-Clockwise (with Ashleigh Marsh and David Aylward) for multiple strobes, maze structure of diverse textures, 2 drummers, synthesizers and your nervous system. Recent developments include the CONTINUITY evenings as part of Camberwell Arts.

As well as his solo performance, Hayward's recent projects include:

Personal life[edit]

Hayward currently lives with his wife and three children, Lewis (b. 1987), Merlin (b. 1992) and Riley (b. 1996).


  • Survive the Gesture (1987)
  • Skew Whiff – A Tribute to Mark Rothko (1990)
  • Switch on War (1991)
  • Keep the Dog: That House We Lived In (rec 1991, rel 2003)
  • Charles Hayward, Nick Doyne-Ditmas: My Secret Alphabet (1993)
  • Escape From Europe – Live in Japan vol1 (1996)
  • Massacre: Funny Valentine (1998)
  • Double Agent(s) – Live in Japan vol2 (1999)
  • Near + Far – Live in Japan vol3 (1999)
  • Charles Hayward, Michael Prime: Wash Rinse Spin / Osculation (2000)
  • Massacre: Meltdown (2001)
  • Abracadabra Locus Solus (2004)
  • Massacre: Lonely Heart (2007)
  • Hugh Hopper, Simon Picard, Steve Franklin, Charles Hayward: Numero d'Vol (2007)[5]
  • One Big Atom (2011)
  • Mathilde 253 (Charles Hayward, Han-earl Park and Ian Smith) with Lol Coxhill: Mathilde 253 (2011)
  • Trademark Ground (2012)[6]
  • Massacre: Love Me Tender (2013)

see also Quiet Sun, This Heat, Camberwell Now, etc...


  1. ^ Steve Ignorant interviewed by Punk 77 website, 2007
  2. ^ "Obituary: Gareth Williams". The Guardian (London). 7 February 2002. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Monkey Puzzle Trio + Snorkel + Red Square". Time Out. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Astarita, Glenn (9 September 2007). "Hugh Hopper: Numero D'Vol (2007)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Moment's Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings". Point of Departure. June 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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