BIMM alumni Debbie Knox-Hewson, is currently playing drums on tour for British singer-songwriter, Charli XCX, as part of her all-female backing band. Debbie studied a Drum diploma course at BIMM London, before embarking on a degree course at BIMM Brighton in 2012, but is now balancing her studies with the demands of being part of an international touring ensemble.
Charli XCX is currently riding high in the global charts, due to ‘Fancy’ – a song she performs with Iggy Azalea and co-wrote – having reached #1 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and #5 in the UK Singles charts. Her new single ‘Boom Clap’, from the soundtrack of the film ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, will be released in the UK on 20th July. The success of the songs has seen her band (including Debbie) make live TV appearances on The Today Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers, while touring America and performing at Cultivate Festival in San Francisco.
The band have continued with their festival tour since returning back from across the pond, opening the main stage at T in the Park festival in Scotland, before heading off to Spain for Benicassim, back to the UK for Standon Calling and Beacons Festival, and then to Finland for Flow Festival. They’ll then head back to the USA and Canada in September to continue wowing the North American crowds.
Debbie’s brilliant drumming skills have also seen her support Paramore on tour, and secure the endorsement of Tama Drums. She’s glowing in her praise for the staff at TMS and BIMM, saying: “I cannot thank them enough – they have literally got me world-tour ready.”
Here at BIMM, we can’t wait to see what’s next on her busy agenda!