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TIMOTHY DRURY (Whitesnake,The Eagles)

Timothy Drury has played keyboards with amongst others the Eagles, Bryan Adams, Don Henley and now with Whitesnake. He is about to release an all instrumental album and he is also a photographer.

1. What are you currently up to?

I'm currently playing keyboards in Whitesnake on our European Tour. A three month tour all over Europe, Scandinavia, The UK and Russia. I'm also promoting my latest CD "The Crossing" cinematic / instrumental project which I'm very excited about. And...I'm writing and recording songs for a new rock/pop record as a solo artist and another record with guitarist Reb Beach, so I'm fairly busy right now!

2. Corridor is the name of your new instrumental album/project. It's very cinematic in sound - what sort of images/ideas did you picture whilst composing the music?

The idea of this project is to combine this music with my own photographic images which I have shot over the last several years. I'm represented by several galleries and have done photo exhibits all over the world but I thought it would be very powerful to write music that would act as a "score" for the presentation of these images. That is how I intend to perform this project....with screens showing the images, and perhaps some video collage while the band plays on.

3. Have you had any work used on TV/film yet? What would be the ideal director/film genre for your music to be used on if you had the choice?

I've done scores for several PBS documentaries which was very cool. It's really been a dream of mine to score major feature films for as long as I can remember. There are so many great directors that I admire so much...I would love to score a film by Anthony Minghella ( think of The English Patient and that amazing score by Gabriel Yared) or Luc Besson (The Professional, La Femme Nikita)....anything with a great deal of emotional depth whether a period piece or a very urban contemporary piece, as long as emotion was the key.

4. I see from you website that you are also a photographer. How did you start in this field and how easy/hard has it been to get exposure for your work?

I started shooting photos about 20 years ago as a means of coping with the long tedious hours on the road when you're trying to fill up the time with something productive or at least distracting. Plus, when you travel as much as I do, it's great opportunity to shoot people and places all over the globe which is very inspiring. Just like the music industry, getting your photography seen can be very difficult and frustrating but I've been very lucky in that regard. I can use the fact that I tour as a musician with so many high profile artists to increase the interest in my photographic work so both pursuits kind of feed each other.

5. Whitesnake - what has it been like touring with the band? Is this purely a touring line-up or is there a chance of some studio work sometime in the future?

Whitesnake has been so much fun! I've played with other well know acts that are not as much fun for a variety of reasons, but Whitesnake, and David Coverdale, as an artist and as a man, rewards my skill and my diligence in such a cool way. He creates an atmosphere where I am not afraid to try new things, to be bold, to smile and give out strong emotion to an audience which is a completely new feeling for me as a hired musician.

I think there is a very strong chance that this band will be doing some recording and writing's all a matter of the dynamics of this funny business we're in but I think the desire is definitely there to have this band work in the studio.

6. Is there any band/artist you'd ideally like to work with in the future and why?

Honestly...I've toured with some greats already and at this point, I want so badly to get out there with this multi-media project of my own. That is my main focus and desire and intent at this time. All that said though, to play with Peter Gabriel would be fulfillment of a long standing dream....especially after seeing his last tour for the UP record.....possibly the best thing I've ever seen live.

7. You've toured with Don Henley, the Eagles and more. How did you adapt to each band/artist and which were the most demanding musically for you?

You have to become very sensitive to not only the musical needs of that artist but their behavioral needs as well. How broad can you they want someone to merely reproduce the tracks on the record or do they want someone to bring freshness and personality to the table. Do they like you telling jokes in the airport or do they want to keep a very low profile.

So many little things that become very important on the road...almost more important that the actual playing of the gig. At this level, it's assumed that each of us has the facility to be able to execute the songs, but off stage, on the bus, in the planes, at dinner....that's where the real human skills come into sharp relief.

Henley was quite demanding musically and technologically with all the samples and sophisticated arrangements, etc. Whitesnake, fun atmosphere aside, keeps me well on my toes as well, especially as a background singer. The Eagles were by far the most emotionally demanding....explaining would take pages and pages... but suffice it to say it was a bit tense..on and off stage on that tour. Great, huge tour but extremely taxing for the soul.

8. What have been the most memorable live shows for you and why?

So many great memories. Playing with Whitesnake in Athens on top of a mountain, right near where my Mother grew up....that was breathtaking. I'm fluent in Greek so I was able to speak to that audience and thank them, in Greek, and they went completely nuts....which isn't really a far stretch for most Greeks! but it was something I will never forget.

The Millenium concert with the Eagles in Los Angeles was a great way to spend that special New Year's. Playing some songs from "The Wall" with Roger Waters at a Don Henley benefit concert in L.A. was amazing....I'm a huge Floyd fan. My very first gig on my very first tour with Don Henley, in St.Louis...unforgettable. I knew I was doing what I was meant to be doing.

9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?

Spare time?????!!!!!!! When I'm home for any length of time, I like cooking a great meal and sharing it with my close circle of friends. Cooking is so creative...with this great immediate result to playing live!

I also enjoy watching films... and taking trips up the California Coast with my wife.

10. Message to your fans?

I can't wait to get some reactions to my new record. I put a lot of heart and emotion into this work and I can only hope that will be felt when people listen to the record. That is my simple wish...that listeners will be moved and be able to let their imaginations fly on the wings of this music. Please go to my site: and look at my photographic images as well. On that site you can acquire my CD, and you can mail me directly with your thoughts and comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes to you all! Timothy

Interview © 2004 Jason Ritchie/
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