Robert Brian

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Robert Brian
Professional Drummer Robert Brian.jpg
picture by Martin Tompkins
Background information
Born (1970-07-01) 1 July 1970 (age 48)
OriginCorsham, Wiltshire, England
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Session musician
Years active1994–present
Associated actsSiouxsie Sioux, Hugh Cornwell

Robert Brian (born 1 July 1970) is an English rock drummer who has worked often with Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Life and works[edit]

Brian 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 Brian described as a "defining moment of his musical education" and introduced him to jazz drumming.

In September 2008, Brian 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]\ Throughout 2015 he played on sessions in Belgium for Michel Polnareff. He was the live drummer for the Siouxsie Sioux Mantaray Tour.

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. He played on the Goldfrapp album Silver Eye (2017) on the single "Everything is Never Enough".

In 2018 he signed his endorsement with the italian Vulcan Cymbals.

He has recorded with Goldfrapp, Simple Minds, Clara Ponty, Michel Polnareff, Loreena McKinnet, Modern English, David Rhodes, Herbie Flowers, Siouxsie Sioux, Hugh Cornwell, Charlie Jones, Jason Rebello, Derek Nash, Andy Sheppard, Coati Mundi, Alan Barnes, and Roger Cook.


As sideman or guest[edit]

  • Mantaray and More Finale, Siouxsie Sioux (Live DVD) (2009)
  • Broken Glass Park, Simple Minds (2013)
  • Silver Eye, Goldfrapp (2017)
  • Everything Is Never Enough, Goldfrapp (2017)
  • Love Form, Charlie Jones (2013)
  • Simili, Laura Pausini (2015)
  • Lato Destro Del Cuore, Laura Pausini(2015)
  • L Homme en Rouge, Michel Polnareff (2015)
  • Polnabest, Michel Polnareff (2016)

Single releases : 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 (UFO, 1992)[2]

Modern English

  • Everything's Mad (Imago, 1996)

Innes Sibun

  • Star Dust (Provogue, 1997)
  • East Monroe (Ulftone, 2001)
  • Farmhouse Blues (Blues Matters, 2006)
  • Tail Dragger (Zyx, 2007)


Peter Gabriel, Hugh Cornwell,[2] Motorcade, Coati Mundi, Andy Sheppard, John Critchenson, 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. 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
  2. ^ a b "Hugh Cornwell, In The Torture Garden". Hugh Cornwell website. Retrieved 2009-05-06.

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