Collette Williams

Lecturer, Drums/Music Business

Collette is a session drummer, multi-instrumentalist and artist with over ten years’ experience for some of the world’s biggest artists and record labels.

Her career began with her working for record labels such as Sony, SYCO and Warner leading her to drum in the video for Gabrielle Aplin’s ‘Sweet Nothing’. She later accompanied her live on The Graham Norton Show and graced the show for a second time in 2019 when 90’s pop sensation ‘Shakespeare’s Sister’ made a comeback.

Alongside session playing, Collette’s band ‘Rews’ were the first full signing to Marshall Records in 2017. The duo toured relentlessly, playing up to 30 festivals a Summer across the UK, Europe, China and the USA. A festival highlight being the John Peel stage at Glastonbury 2017 when Mark Radcliffe (BBC 6 Music) named them alongside Chic as his Glastonbury highlight. To top the year off Collette was named in Music Radar’s ‘The 10 best new drummers in the world right now’ list.

Collette added another skill to her list when she began drum teching for Scandinavian punk rock band ‘Refused’ in 2019, their co-headline tour with Thrice took them all over Europe and later Scandinavia. She then began working with (UK No.1 album) Indie sensations ‘Blossoms’ as their drum tech until they subsequently asked her to be their percussionist and backing vocalist.

Summer 2019 lead to slots on Mainstage Reading and Leeds, Radio1 Live Lounge, Soccer AM, Maidavale sessions with Jo Wiley and a New Year’s special performance on Top of the Pops. They embarked on a huge UK tour in 2020 with performances at the likes of Manchester Arena and a support tour with ‘The Killers’. Collette endorses Natal, Zildjian, Protection Racket and Aston Mics.

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