I am a session musician, percussionist and a drum tutor who has worked with a diverse set of artists and bands. These include the likes of Jazz Jamaica, Dylema Collective, Das Brass Band, Zara Mcfarlane, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Mabel Agbenorto, Terry Smiles Collective, C.A.M.P Choir, WTW Big Band, Jay Phelps, Spirit Agenda, Myke Masters Band, Cliff and Marie, Cherise Adams-Burnett, Rio Kai Quartet, The Rezidents, Floor Rippers, Bukky Leo, Sessions By Ascension, Alan Weekes Trio, Tomorrow’s Warriors, Morley College Big Band and many other Gospel, Jazz and R&B groups.
I have studied drumming with the likes of Rod Youngs, Troy Miller, Andrew Small, Steve Brown, Graham Fox, Courtney Daniels, Elijah Godson and Tosin Ekolie.
In 2011, I completed a Music Degree at the London Centre of Contemporary Music and have a Grade 8 Drums Certificate from Trinity Rock and Pop. More recently, in 2022, I gained a Post Graduate Diploma qualification on The MA Teaching Musician Course at Trinity Laban.
Services I offer:
- I provide bands for live events and special occasions including weddings, birthday parties and private events.
- I offer one to one and group drum lessons in-person & online.
- I also teach drums and percussion in three London secondary schools, one primary school and at WAC Arts.
- I am available as a drummer for live gigs and to record live drums in the studio and at home too.
For bookings and enquiries please contact me via the contact form
This band is set up by Gary Crosby. The Rezidents perform jazz standards and various jazz tunes. They can be booked for gigs at music venues and festivals. I have performed with them at The Artis, Ronnie Scotts, the Southbank and on the BBC.
Find out more about the The Rezidents
Daniel Smithson Sextet
This is a band I have set up, where the personnel changes from gig to gig.
The gig at Ronnie Scott’s was a tribute to the great Art Blakey. We pay homage to one of the jazz greats by rearranging their classic tunes.
To find out more get in touch via the contact form
Set up by Dylema, who is a spoken word artist who performs with a live band, her style is a mixture of afrobeat, jazz, funk, neo soul. I have performed with this group at Camberwell Fair Summer Series, Pizza Express in Holborn, Wilderness Festival, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden (Woodburner).
Find out more about the Dylema Collective
606 Gospel Group
This group is lead by Andre Gabriel. They are a gospel group who perform regularly at the 606 Club and at other events too. They perform all the gospel classics to a high standard and won’t disappoint you.
To find out more about the 606 Gospel Group or for bookings, contact Andre on
Sessions By Ascensions
Lead by Bim Amoako, who is the Creative Director, I have performed at The Ned in Poultry with this group a few times. Their style of music is funk, soul, gospel, r&b and neo soul. They can also book choirs and bands for corporate, large scale and private events too.
Find out more about Sessions By Ascensions
Cherise Adams Burnett
Cherise Adams Burnett Celebration Gig to the Windrush Generation @ the Jazz Cafe 2018
Second Floor Funk Band
Second Floor Funk Band are the resident band at Hekspace Studios
Find out more about Second Floor Funk
You can view more of the live and session tracks I’ve been involved with on my Youtube channel.
Testimonials from happy clients…
Having Daniel as a djembe teacher for my daughter has been brilliant. He is warm and considerate and shows genuine interest in her progression. Daniel was always able to offer extra ideas, which she found encouraging. My daughter took to Daniel straight away and loved having lessons with him. She has really progressed in her skills and is an enthusiastic player. I wonder where it will take her! It’s been a privilege to get to know Daniel and I would recommend him to anyone.
“BandLab was a great project for the children. They were all really excited about taking part and we have done nothing like this in school before so it has really complemented our music curriculum well.
About half the group have continued to develop their tracks at lunchtime in their own time so this demonstrates their commitment to the project.”
“Daniel has managed to develop our son into a qualified drummer by taking him from zero grade to a grade 8 Drummer. He was patient, kind, consistent and thorough. He sacrificed time to come home to set up the drum kit and do the lessons by engaging our son into effective participation. We are glad to have Daniel as a drum tutor.”
“I booked the Band Summer 2019 to play a large stadium venue at very short notice. I was a bit worried due to the demand list covering technical issues, timing, insurance and, most of all, the Music as the crowd expect good live Soul, Funk, Disco 90s and Afro Beats. The Band were amazing even went the extra and learned Popular Afro Beat songs! The event was great and the crowd loved it. They are professional – Highly Recommended.”
“Daniel is a reliable and solid drummer who always goes the extra mile to learn and practice repertoire. He has a meticulous attention to detail that doesn’t stop with the music. His organisational skills and willingness to help with whatever it takes to get the job done are what sets him aside from many other great players. Daniel’s warm personality and subtle sense of humour make him a joy to work with.”
“Daniel is a skilled drum tutor and works well with children. His explanations are clear and he sets and follows up on homework. He is familiar with a wide range of styles and music. I highly recommend him.”