A little bit of history
My real name is José María de Lucas Sacristán, however, I am mostly known in the scene as Chema Sacristán. I am a professional drummer since 2004 and bellow I present a brief biography of my professional career in the U.K.
In 2002 and being only 19 years old, my vocation for music was really clear and I decided to move to Bristol (UK), where I resided for 4 years. In Bristol, I had the chance to be exposed and to experiment with all kinds of music. I performed my first shows of rock, jazz, world music and many more. I was privileged enough to be exposed to musicians of all genres and to work with over 5 different local bands, continuously performing in Bristol and the South West and achieving experience.
In September 2006, I moved to London to study in Tech Music Schools, London, as well known as “ drum tech” , where I completed my higher education studies and obtained the university title: BMUS POPULAR MUSIC PERFORMANCE,
(HONS) licensed by the West London University. Once I finished my University degree in 2011, I started to work exclusively as a performing drummer and as a drum teacher, giving private lessons in my own studio, Oktopus Music Services in North West London.
In the past 5 years, I had the opportunity and privilege of performing, recording and writing with some of the very best musicians, well known in the London and UK scene, such as Kevin Glasgow, (Known as one of the best bassists in Europe) Robin Banerjee (guitarist of Amy Winehouse), Roberto Manzin (Zuchero), Felipe Martíns (Emeterians), Juan Whist (The Voice National Spanish tv) and many other figures of jazz and other genres, performing regularly and showcasing in most London live music venues as well as the very best UK and Europe entertainment agencies such as Scarlett Entertainment, Full Stop Entretainment and many others.
After 15 years of professional experiences, I have decided to fully focus on teaching drums and performing. It is noticeable that my studies, and my extensive professional career, represent my vocation and devotion for music. As a consequence of this, I master many techniques and abilities such as improvising, independence, coordination as well as vocabulary in practically all music styles within the modern popular music and some genres of world music. My target is to transmit my passion for music, drums and percussion in general, not only on the stage, but also on my private lessons. My teachers when I was a Tech music school , always mentioned how strong ability to teach and transmit enthusiasm was, from early stages in my studies, as I completed the music education module on the 3rd year of my degree.
In this website, you can check out my videos, photos, a list of artists and reputable musicians I have worked with. You can also find details and contents of my drum lessons and my contact details to enquire about it, as well as details about hiring any of my bands for events and performances.
Professional drummer and private teacher