From The Frontline - Myke Heath Blog - August 2016
Hello lovely people of www.mikedolbear.com I’m afraid this is goodbye for the time being. The Wounded Kings unexpectedly split only a few days previous to this blog being posted, so my main gig is now toast which means for the foreseeable future I won’t have a great deal of relevant drumming and life-on -the-road/working-a-day-job type things to talk about.
What started off at a rehearsal session as a conversation about calling it quits after completing a European and UK tour to promote the new album (that’s still coming out at the end of August) quickly became “Let’s pack up our gear and call it a day right now then!”
A myriad of factors contributed to the final bow, but it wasn’t musical differences or tension amongst band members, but the progression over the last few years since I joined the band has been very slight. Plus we looked very likely to make a loss on our upcoming European Tour and not everybody in the band felt inspired to continue making the music we were making anymore.
There was perhaps another more sinister and larger contributor to our demise but I’m not here to slag people off and yet again there were multiple factors involved with that too but we’re not the first and won’t be the last band to have suffered with such problems. The biggest kick in the spuds is that we’ve been rehearsing all the songs from the new album for over a year now as we were going to play it in full and nobody is ever going to hear or see us play it live, and if I do say so myself it was sounding really good.
So apart from a few projects here and there I’m on the shelf looking for my next full time gig. I’ve learnt a lot over the last few years, got to travel, got to meet some really cool people, play some great gigs and got a taste of the good life on the road. At the same time, I dealt with the challenges of balancing work, family life and money whilst trying to make it in the industry as a full time working drummer.
I’m determined to keep going and keep working my way up the ladder. I’ve got the taste for it now and I’m not ready to let go yet. I’ve made some good contacts and I’ve become much more confident in my playing abilities, so it’s onwards and upwards as they say. A special thanks to Simon and Mike for letting me write this blog and to continue posting it even though at times I’m not sure if I was totally worthy, [You were, Myke! - Simon] but the pleasure has absolutely 100% been all mine and big thanks to you, the readers of www.mikedolbear.com
Who knows where I’ll show up next but for now take her easy and keep on drumming!
X Myke Heath
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