Travelling on the Underground with a Full Drum Kit: Tips from Daoud Merchant
Travelling with drummer Daoud Merchant post-gig recently, BF had an insight into navigating with full drums on the Underground. Here are some top tips BF learnt from him!
1) Pack Tight and Small: Daoud has an amazing pack down kit (Whitney Drums Nesting Penguin) which he has on a trolley attached using bungie cables, then cymbals on his back. Literally a walking drum kit.
2) Aim High with Raised Paving: Some platforms have raised paving to meet the height of the carriage (especially the Victoria line). This is for wheelchair and luggage access: aim for this part of the platform! It means you don’t have to lift heavy equipment – you can just roll it on.
3) Look for Young Couples: One of the biggest obstacles to tube travel is stairs. However, show you’re struggling near to a young couple and often the gentleman will want to impress his lady by showing strength and helpfulness. Two birds with one stone: kit transported down stairs, chap glowing in his lady’s eyes.
4) Stand by the door most used, Kit in front of you: Otherwise all passengers will see is a gap in people at the other end/side of the carriage – and keep pushing. They can’t see all your kit on the floor. That way they know straight away that there is less space available (not sure if this will prevent irritation…though, we try!)
5) Get Ready Early: so you can get off quickly. It takes time to get everything ready!
Thanks for the tips Daoud!
First Published 11/10/11