University of Salford lecturer scores top ten hit

Wednesday 11 March 2015

A University of Salford lecturer has scored a top ten hit, after taking up drumming duties on ‘Keep Enough’, a track from the Charlatans latest album ‘Modern Nature’.

David Tolan, Lecturer in Audio Production, appeared alongside a host of star names on the top ten album after joining the band at a recording session last spring. In the same recording session, he also drummed along to a number of tracks by lead singer Tim Burgess which may be released at a later date.

David was part of a stellar list of drummers who appeared on the album, including Steven Morris from New Order, Pete Salisbury from the Verve, and Gabe Gurnsey from Factory Floor, after the band’s long-time drummer Jon Brookes died from a brain tumour in 2013.

In the past, David has played drums for Salford Honorary Graduate and guitar legend Johnny Marr, in addition to producing for a number of other well-known artists such as Tori Amos, Denise Johnson of Primal Scream and Tears for Fears. He has also penned several hits for the Ministry of Sound record label.

He said: “I just happened to pop in the studio one day to visit their engineer when the band was kicking around a breezy sort of idea with a real laid back Curtis Mayfield feel, this was the start of ‘Keep Enough’.

“I was really into it and pretty enthusiastic about it at the time, so they just asked if I fancied playing on the track? It was simple as that really. It didn’t take long and was a real pleasure to do, so as you can imagine it was a real buzz when the album came out and reached number seven in the album charts.”

Despite adding a top ten hit to his list of accolades, David has no intentions of resting on his laurels and is planning to open a new recording studio in Manchester.

He said: “It’s nice to have any success. Of course, it’s nice but I’m always thinking about the next record.

“I do really appreciate it but you don’t just go ‘well that’s it now.’ The next project is to open a recording studio in Manchester which will allow artists and producers to work in a great acoustic space and simply add to the music they have previously recorded at home as well as functioning like a more traditional recording solo.”

The lecturer, who previously appeared on the Charlatans 2008 album ‘You Cross My Path’, does not rule out the possibility of appearing on any of the band’s future records.

He said: “It’s always possible I guess, I don’t try and influence things really, but hey if another album comes along, I’d be more than happy to contribute.”