Robert Brian

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Robert Brian
picture by Martin Tompkins
picture by Martin Tompkins
Background information
Born (1970-07-01) 1 July 1970 (age 50)
OriginCorsham, Wiltshire, England
GenresRock, pop, Jazz, Folk, Blues, World Music
Occupation(s)Session & Touring musician
InstrumentsDrums, Percussion.
Years active1994–present
Associated actsLoreena McKennitt, Laura Pausini, Siouxsie Sioux, Goldfrapp, Simple Minds, Hugh Cornwell

Robert Brian (born 1 July 1970) is a busy UK session & touring drummer who also performs drum masterclasses & clinics for DW Drums and Vulcan Cymbals.

Life and works[edit]

Robert was introduced to drumming at an early age by his father, Ray Brian, who was a session drummer in the 1960s. His father played him a video of Buddy Rich which Rob described as a "defining moment of his musical education."

Rob has worked with many diverse artists such as Loreena McKennitt, Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel, Laura Pausini, Miles Kane, Simple Minds, Siouxsie Sioux, Black Box, Clara Ponty, Michel Polnareff, Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, Modern English, David Rhodes, Herbie Flowers, Hugh Cornwell, Charlie Jones, Jason Rebello, Derek Nash, Innes Sibun, Andy Sheppard, Coati Mundi, Alan Barnes, Roger Cook, Kenny Lynch.

In 2018 he recorded tracks at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios for Canadian singer Loreena McKennitt's new album Lost Souls. Then later that year he started the Lost Souls world tour with Loreena and the band which continued throughout 2019.

Also in 2018 Rob recorded again with Laura Pausini for the album Fatti Sentire which went on to become a multi-Platinum selling record. The album also won a Grammy at the Latin Music Awards, Rob's first Grammy winning album performance.

In 2018 he signed his endorsement with the Italian company Vulcan Cymbals and uses them exclusively on all of his recordings, tours and drum clinics.

In 2017 he recorded sessions for the band Goldfrapp which ended up being released on their album Silver Eye one of them became the single Everything is Never Enough.

In 2016 he was nominated for a Grammy Award with Italian singer Laura Pausini for her album Simili, which became a triple platinum selling record. The single "Lato destro del cuore" went gold in Italy and became a top 10 single.

Throughout 2015 Rob played on sessions in Belgium for French music sensation Michel Polnareff and the single L'Homme en Rouge gets released later that year. The rest of the sessions would appear on the album Enfin! in 2018.

In 2013 Rob starts endorsing DW Drums and has an hour long show of drumming & interviews on the online drum teaching site Drum Channel in America.

Also in 2013 Rob plays 2 sold-out shows with Siouxsie Sioux at Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival at The Royal Festival Hall in London.

In September 2008, Rob played on the Siouxsie Sioux DVD, Finale: The Last Mantaray and More Show, recorded at Club KoKo in London which was released in May 2009. It charted at no. 4 in the BBC Radio 1 Music DVD Chart on the 24 May 2009.[1]\ He was the live drummer for the Siouxsie Sioux Mantaray world Tour.


Album releases with artists[edit]

Single releases with artists[edit]

Goldfrapp :

  • Everything Is Never Enough, Goldfrapp (2017)

Laura Pausini :

  • Lato Destro Del Cuore, Laura Pausini(2015)

Michel Polnareff :

  • L Homme en Rouge, Michel Polnareff (2015)

Simple Minds :

  • Broken Glass Park, Simple Minds (2013)

Siouxsie Sioux :

  • Live @ Eiffel Tower (B-sides)'
  • "About to Happen" (CD, Maxi) "Here Come That Day" (Live), "Hello I Love You" (Live), (W14 Music, 2008)
  • About to Happen (7", 1/2) About to Happen (Live), (W14 Music, 2008)
  • About to Happen (7", 2/2) If It Doesn't Kill You (Live), (W14 Music, 2008)

Hugh Cornwell (CCW) :

  • Sweet Sister, CCW (1992)

Modern English :

  • I Don't Know Anything, (1996)


Loreena McKennitt, Laura Pausini, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, Goldfrapp, Miles Kane, Siouxsie Sioux, Michel Polnareff, Black Box, Hugh Cornwell,[2] Charlie Jones, Motorcade, Coati Mundi, Andy Sheppard, John Critchenson, Clara Ponty, Littlemen, Innes Sibun, Six by Seven, Alan Barnes, Modern English, Derek Nash, Tommy Whittle, Dick Pearce, Jim Mullen, Danny Sheppard, Chris Biscoe, Kenny Lynch, Roger Cook, The Deep Six, Adrian Utley, Herbie Flowers and Ron Matheson.

Television appearances[edit]

With Siouxsie Sioux

With Modern English

  • America Morning Show – 1996

With CCW

  • MTV Europe – 1992


With Siouxsie Sioux

With Kaytu

  • BBC Radio 2 Janice Long Sessions 2007

With Innes Sibun

  • Long Island Blues Warehouse New York - April 2009
  • Blues Meets Rock Radio Netherlands - 2008
  • BBC Radio 2 The Paul Jones Blues Show - 2001
  • BBC Radio 2 The Paul Jones Blues Show - 1997


  • Rhythm Magazine "Rhythm Drum Lessons VCD" & "When I'm not drumming..." Summer Issue 2009
  • Rhythm Magazine "The Track" July 2008
  • Rhythm Magazine "Welcome Back" March 2008


  1. ^ "Radio 1 - BBC Radio 1's Chart Show with Reggie Yates - UK Top 10 Music DVD Chart". BBC. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Hugh Cornwell, In The Torture Garden". Hugh Cornwell website. Retrieved 6 May 2009.

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