Windsor McGilvray – DrumsPosted by stunorm_ru5rrlq5 on November 25, 2015 Biogs | Windsor | | No comments
Windsor McGilvray – Drummer in ‘Genesis Visible Touch’
Pearl MMX drums (in Sapphire Sunburst finish, which I just love!)
Zildjian and Paiste cymbals
(similar to what Chester used with Genesis in the late 70s and early 80s)
More about Windsor…
I first heard about Genesis in my formative years of studying music and drumming in my teens. My first ever instructional drumming video (of which I have many) was given to me as a gift, the now rare Chester Thompson Star Licks VHS tape. Reading it’s back cover I saw that Chester played for bands including Genesis and Weather Report but at the time I had no idea who those bands were and I hadn’t heard their music.
It wasn’t until after I graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music (as ‘Outstanding Student of the Year’ nonetheless) in the early naughties and started doing my own research into the history of popular music’s back catalogue that I discovered Genesis, the Peter Gabriel era at first, and then the post-Gabriel Phil Collins-era. At that point, Chester Thompson was already a drummer that I knew and admired, and as I began to study his work with Genesis my appreciation for his musical ability increased and continues to increase and my appreciation for the music of Genesis increases in synchrony with that.
Outside GVT, I enjoy teaching at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey, where I have been a lecturer for over a decade. I also work as a session musician* and play in musical projects that enjoy.
I devote my life to doing what I love and I continue to develop my interests and skills which include music and drumming, photography and videography, writing, building and enjoying my music collection, hifi and headphones (I am a bit of an audiophile and have written product reviews for Sennheiser and online publications), creating fun new vegan recipes and exploring this infinite Universe.
I have a YouTube channel which is www.youtube.com/windsordrums and mostly contains videos of me drumming.
*I have performed and/or recorded with a variety of renowned artists including Blondie (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Hugh Cornwell (original guitarist/vocalist of The Stranglers), Paul Martinez (Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, George Harrison), B.J. Cole (Elton John, Sting, Bjork), Paul Turner (Jamiroquai, Annie Lennox), Fish (founding vocalist/frontman of Marillion), Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex), Brian Tench (Tina Turner, Kate Bush), Andy Hill (Celine Dion, Vanessa Mae, Bucks Fizz), Terry Barham (Bob Marley) Chris Goulstone (Goldfrapp, Film + TV music composer for Lost, American Pie, WWF etc), Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, Cheap Trick), and Andy Todd (Republica, S-Club). In the process of doing so, I have appeared on international TV and at many prestigious venues from the UK’s Cavern Club to the Royal Albert Hall.
My contributions to music education include being a tutor at ACM’s drum school since 2001 (from the part-time drum school right through to drum course degree level) and at Bath Rhythm Course. I have also created written content for ACM’s courses and Rhythm Magazine.