DRUM kits hand made in County Durham are proving to be a hit with some of the world’s best musicians.
Kwake, the drummer for Coldplay’s support act, the Grammy nominated Lianne La Havas, is just one musician who owns bespoke Liberty Drums.
Many Liberty Drums devotees use the instruments, hand crafted in a factory in Shildon, as their drums of choice at gigs worldwide. Bespoke Liberty Drums kits, made by Andrew Street and his team, are also the centrepiece of stage sets for drummers backing best selling artists such as Nicki Minaj and supporting James Bay.
Andrew is signing up a string of artists as the reputation of the sonic quality and meticulous build of his award-winning drums gathers pace across social media. In 2016 they were named in the top 10 best new drum kits by musicradar cementing their presence on a global stage.
Liberty’s order book has swollen by 60% in three years fuelled by industry buzz and Andrew is aiming to double his workforce in the next year.
Business Durham, the economic development company for County Durham, worked hard with Liberty to find new commercial premises after the company outgrew its previous base.
Since moving to the Business Durham-managed Dabble Duck Industrial Estate near his Shildon home, business is booming with an award as the world’s best wooden snare drum maker from Rhythm magazine capping a rapid rise to global prominence in the music industry.
Four employees – including Andrew’s son Zack – make 50 drum kits and 300 snare drums per year from their workshop. A kit can take up to 40 hours to make and retail for up to £3,000 with a snare drum costing £300.
Andrew, an accomplished drummer, said: “We make drums like a tailor makes suits. We manufacture our drums in Shildon. We have veneers off the log, raw, bundled up and sent to the factory where we press them and make our own veneer combinations for whatever sound or genre it is the artist requires.”