Daniel Akaoui is a Swiss drummer based in London since late 2012. He started playing the drums when he was 12 years old and began gigging and recording with rock and punk bands at the age of 15. Initially a self-taught drummer, Daniel soon started taking private lessons with Romano Nardelli (Altrisuonidrumschool) and later on with Walter Calloni (L’Arte Della Batteria). Since he has moved to London, Daniel has obtained a diploma in popular music performance from Tech Music School and a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music in popular music performance from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP). He had the chance to study with great drummers and percussionists such as Benny Greb, Gabor Dornyei, Claus Hessler, Darren Ashford, Chuck Sabo, Justin Scott, Neil Martin, Toby Goodman and Fergus Gerrand. Daniel is very active in the London’s music scene and has been gigging regularly with up-coming pop, rock and soul artists and bands. Besides running is own party and wedding band Take Cover UK, Daniel is a full-time band member of the hard-rock band Leader Of Down and currently plays for the electro-soul artist Sunny Gray as well. Most notable performances include: Leader Of Down's "Cascade Into Chaos" Tour 2019, "Primo Maggio Festival" in Olbia (IT), Leader Of Down's "Coming to get you UK tour 2018", Reckless Jacks' "Outsider EU Tour 2018", Ronnie Scott's, London Live TV, BBC Radio Kent, O2 Academy Islington, Bus Palladium and Supersonic in Paris, "Fete de la Musique” in Neuchatel and Lausanne, “Palco Ai Giovani” music festival in Lugano. Daniel Akaoui has gigged and/or recorded with the following artists/Bands: Leader Of Down, Sunny Gray, Reckless Jacks, Take Cover UK, Viridiann, Cesare Augusto Giorgini Trio, 2 Tone Red, Matt & The Cookies, Mattia de Luca, Estèe Blu, Jazz Mino, Alia, Silence Is Chaos, Andrew's Tie, Hopeless Child, Evil on Hell, Re-Count, Beyond The Shape, Macabre Structure. Daniel also teaches at his studio in north London, a branch of the swiss school Gotthard Drum School and at Harrow Drum School by Gabor Dornyei in Harrow.
Daniel has proven himself to be a fine and committed drummer who is always learning and growing as a musician. It’s a pleasure to watch and help him progress.
I am also aware that Daniel cares about passing knowledge on, so if you are looking for a Drum teacher who can teach in English and Italian!... He has a great temperament for teaching and is sure to deliver properly and inspire". Toby Goodman - Drummer, percussionist, educator
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