Drummer | Educator | Writer | Programmer | Clinician
In 2006 he branched out into writing, producing and remixing for artists, labels, media adverts, the gaming industry and companies under the name of Dr oKtopUs and in 2010 the very first Dr oKtopUs album, “oNe” was launched to wide acclaim in the music industry. Off the back of this, Craig launched his “Electronica Groove Challenge” in March of 2011 and has since gone on to compose music for many companies globally including TV theme tunes and adverts.
Craig is a real innovator of his trade and continues to push the boundaries of his instrument with his relentless workload, drive and motivation. His tireless, infectious energy and desire to help others makes him one of the most respected players and educators in the world.
Craig is also a very well respected educator and is regularly lecturing at universities and drum seminars on his experience in the industry and the power of self-motivation. He has a hugely successful teaching studio, which produces some fine talent month after month and continues to grow with students from all over the world. He is a regular contributor to many magazines and is always asked to contribute at education seminars and events because of his unique perspective on drumming and the positivity he brings within it. 2017 will also see the launch of Craig's eagerly anticipated drum project, "365, a Year in Study"
Outside his busy lifestyle as a player, international clinician for Roland, Mapex Drums and Paiste Cymbals, he is very much involved with a lot of companies in the research and development of their respective designs and also features highly in their adverts and videos. He is a key part of the R&D team at Roland Japan and has had input and designed patches and sounds for the TD-9, TM2 TD-30, Handsonic, TD11, TD15 and TD-50 and has written many backing tracks and soundtracks for press release videos
In more recent times, Craig has gained huge respect in the Drumming community and features in many Drumming publications and has regularly been featured in their readers polls. He's always in high demand to perform live or record for many artists, producers and record companies for many artists and projects spanning many different genres and has a reputation for getting the job done quickly and efficiently. He has played in many different settings and genres over the years, from serving in the Royal Marines Corps of Drums aged 16 to performing at the world's biggest drum festivals. He has performed with members of iconic bands including King Crimson, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Rainbow and has written for mainstream television but it's the Progressive genre where he is establishing himself globally and where he's most at home. Craig is currently touring and recording with with Frost* and Steven Wilson and records for a lot of international artists from his home studio in the UK.
Craig has been playing drums since the age of 3 and is now recognized in the top handful of “Progressive” drummers, educators and clinicians in the world. Over his decades of playing and studying, he’s dedicated hour upon hour studying his trade and gradually built up his profile and reputation over the last few years as a true ambassador for British drumming on the international scene. Millions of people a day listen to his recording and programming work on television and radio globally every day