Emily Dolan Davies is a UK-based drummer. She was born 4 June 1987 and is widely known for her work with The Darkness, Bryan Ferry, Kim Wilde, and is currently the house drummer on ITV’s The Voice Kids. Emily Dolan Davies is an extremely talented and well-respected drummer. She has had an impressive career thus far, playing with some of the biggest names in music.
Emily Dolan Davies has also worked with several other artists, including Taking That (for their live performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony), Pete Lawrie, David Essex, The Planets (former Spice Girls backing group), and Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay.
In 2018, Emily Dolan Davies was announced as the house drummer on ITV’s The Voice Kids. She will be appearing in every episode of the program, alongside judges Pixie Lott, Danny Jones, and Will.i.am.
Emily Dolan Davies Drumming Journey
Davies began playing drums at the age of 10 and started her professional career in the music industry at the age of 15 when she was selected to play with The Darkness. She has toured extensively with the band, both in the UK and internationally. In 2010, Emily Dolan Davies joined Bryan Ferry’s touring band and has toured with him throughout Europe and North America.
In 2011 Emily Dolan Davies toured the UK with Kim Wilde, and later that year she joined Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle on her solo tour. In 2012 she played drums for all dates of Kylie Minogue‘s Aphrodite World Tour, as well as joining Scottish rock band Gun on their UK tour.
Performance and Tour
Davies also regularly performs with the West End production of We Will Rock You, and has toured and played live shows with artists such as Jamiroquai, Jason Derulo, Tom Jones, Little Mix and Lawson. Emily Dolan Davies was recently invited by drummer Pete Thomas (of Elvis Costello’s Attractions) to play drums on a track for his new album.
Join The Voice Kids
Furthermore, in early 2013 Emily Dolan Davies was asked to join The Voice Kids house band and can be seen on ITV every weekend. In April 2013, she released her debut drumming DVD/book ‘Drum Play’. The book features a series of lessons and tutorials from Emily herself, alongside contributions from other drummers such as Steve White, Gavin Harrison, and Pete Thomas. Her work on ITV’s The Voice Kids will no doubt introduce her to even more fans.
Featured in Several Magazines
Davies is highly regarded as a drummer in the music industry and has been featured in several magazines and online publications, including Rhythm, Modern Drummer, and Drummer magazine. Emily Dolan Davies has also been featured on several drumming websites, including The Stick Player and Groove3. Her theatrical drumming experience includes playing on the UK and European tours of Mamma Mia! The Musical, as well as the film version of the show.
Not only very talented in drumming, Emily Dolan Davies is also a regular contributor to the UK drum education website Drumsense and is also involved in running her own music production company, Studio D. She is a regular endorser of Drum Workshop drums and hardware.
Emily Dolan Davies Musical Influences
Davies’ musical influences are varied. She grew up listening to artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, and AC/DC among others. These influences have had a significant impact on her drumming style. More recently, she has become interested in Brazilian percussion music – specifically bossa nova – an interest reflected in the ‘bossa nova’ groove she has developed for The Darkness’ song, “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”.
Role Model for Young Girls
Emily Dolan Davies is a fantastic role model for young girls, showing them that there are endless possibilities for those who possess the drive and passion to pursue their dreams. Emily Dolan Davies also helps young drummers make their way in the industry with her video series and offers remote recording via her website.
Not only build her career as a drummer, but she also owns her own remote recording business, has a website called EmilyDrums.com, where she records for artists from all over the world from her own drum studio, and now teaches other musicians how to run their own successful remote recording businesses too with her online course.
Her recent work has created a resource, Drum Stem Club – a growing collection of drum multi-tracks that other musicians can use on their music to record, write and produce with, and release, all for free.