It’s not about ego; it’s about intuition. As one of the most in-demand drummers in the industry, Dave Jenkins Jr.’s versatility is evident in his outstanding resume. Dave has worked with the likes of Daniel Johns, Andy Bull, Bertie Blackman, Kirin J. Callinan, Eves The Behavior, Dustin Tebutt, Samantha Jade and international artists Rob Thomas, Zak Starkey, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Adam Lambert.
Like a chameleon, Dave is able to adapt to his surroundings. There is a breath in his technique and a sensibility; an innate understanding and an ability to absorb the vision of the artist he is working with. This can be attributed to being a producer, songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. When he is not drumming, he is working on his own solo material under the moniker NOT A BOYS NAME.
Dave started playing drums at 8 years of age. His father Dave Jenkins Sr is also a drummer and one of his major influences. Other influences include Stewart Copeland (The Police), Keith Moon (The Who) and Rob Hurst (Midnight Oil).
With his heroes as the foundation, Dave has built a career on exploiting the technological advancements in music. His passion for technology led him to create a hybrid drum setup comprised of electronic elements mixed with acoustic drums and other bespoke pieces of equipment.
This talent has propelled him to the role of Music Director for artists such as Bertie Blackman, Vera Blue, Gordi and Nicole Millar. Dave’s role as the Music Director relies heavily on his skills in engineering and constructing within Ableton, from backing tracks to building an entire show from a technological standpoint. He is a consultant for all aspects of performance. With years of touring under his belt, he utilises his experience to help artists translate their recorded works to a live audience in the best possible way.
Despite a jam-packed touring schedule, Dave has found more ways to fill every second with music whether it be working on his personal projects to helping other musicians and specialists. In 2013, he co-founded The Echo Creative, an agency dedicated to showcasing the talents of creatives in music direction, tour management, audio engineering and production. To date, the agency has worked with massive artists including Chet Faker, Jarryd James, Aluna George, Taylor Henderson and Samantha Jade.
Dave is no stranger to the stage having played at iconic venues around the world such as the Grande halle de la Vilette in Paris, Handelsbeurs Concertzaal in Belgium and the Sydney Opera House. Dave has also played at major festivals such as St Jerome’s Laneway, Splendour In The Grass, Pitchfork Festival (Paris), Sasqwatch (USA) and NRMAL (Mexico). He has embarked on international tours in the US, UK, NZ and Europe. In television, he has worked on The X Factor as the house drummer for four seasons, and has had a number of appearances on Sunrise, and the Morning Show.
Being a prolific drummer has secured him endorsements with Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Blackbird Drum co and Roland electronics.