Toby Partridge

Freelance Session Drummer


Toby Partridge is a versatile, freelance session drummer who has been playing the drums since the age of 10. He was taught by the likes of Robert Brian (Peter Gabriel/Siouxsie Sioux) and other well-known drummers including Jason Bowld (Bullet For My Valentine, Bill Bailey, Pitchshifter) and Mark Whitlam (Jim Mullen, Iain Ballamy).

Toby’s work includes live tours, studio/live sessions, radio and live stream performances. He regularly plays different kits/set ups, including electric and acoustic, SPD-SX electronic pad, as well as using percussion instruments for stripped back performances.

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Toby studied Music Performance and Professional Musicianship at the British Institute for Modern Music (BIMM) and now session drums with up and coming and established artists . Toby has gained his experience by touring and playing live all over the UK and parts of Europe at music venues, festivals and recording studios which include performing at Glastonbury Festival (click to watch) on the BBC Introducing Stage. He also does MD work, mixing backing tracks, remote sessions and drum technician work. Toby has worked in numerous recording studios, tracking drums for bands and singer/songwriters including Real World Studios, Metropolis Studios, and FindSpire, Paris.

Toby is always interested in working in all areas of drum and session work, with all styles of artists within the music industry.  For more information, to receive his full C.V or to book Toby for session/dep/tech work please email him at 


Drum Technician – Mallory Knox ‘Wired’ UK Tour

20 March 2017

Drum Technician for the band Mallory Knox. UK Tour @ Bristol, Cardiff, Norwich, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cambridge, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Oxford, London. UK Tour 20th March – 6th April

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Tracking Drums @ Real World Studios

14 January 2017

Recording/Tracking Drums @ Real World Studio, ‘Big Room’ for the weekend, for French duo – The PFP.

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Toby has been session drumming for Meadowlark since September 2014 and came in during a time where we needed a competent drummer to not only play songs from our record but help us find the best way to translate them from a recording to a live sense. Since coming on board he's done a number of tours, studio sessions, festivals and one off shows with us which include sold out shows at some of London's most prestigious venues and appearing on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival. Toby is able to pick up songs very quickly (sometimes on the day of the show), his knowledge of how to produce the best natural and synthetic sounds is second to none and is someone you can always rely on. He has a great personality and is very mindful of not overplaying the drum sound and being attentive to the needs of the band. Meadowlark - Musician/Band
Having had Toby in the studio, it is refreshing to see and hear such a relatively young gun paying such attention to detail. From the tuning of his kit, to making sure his played parts are exactly as required. Not overplayed, but musical, tight to the click with subtle nuances that make the drum track dynamic and alive. A good solid session drummer, book him before he is too busy! Engineered by Sebastian Pecchia at Riverside Studios, Bath
Toby is a lifesaver and great guy! He volunteered his very attentive drum tech skills. I had great piece of mind knowing he was bang on it using great knowledge. A truly talented man and musician. Knows his way round a drum kit! Ben Hirst - Tour Manager for Amber Run, Nimmo and Teleman
Toby is an incredibly talented musician, a focused individual and great to have on the road or in the studio. He is versatile in many styles and techniques, very tight to click, picking up tunes very quickly, even on the day of performing! He is very confident in the technical care of his instrument and is also sensitive to the needs of the artist. Toby would be a valuable asset to any tour, studio or session with a great personality! Ben Allen - Front of House Sound Engineer/Musical Director (Izzy Bizu, Amber Run, Sugababes, J'Danna and Charlene Soraia)
Toby is a very professional minded musician. I have known him since 2012 and he is a very hard working conscientious, talented and serious touring/session drummer. Toby has recently been working as a tech for me on drum clinics and masterclasses. He always does a fab job and his inside knowledge means that I can leave him to set up the electronics or the acoustic kit with no trouble at all. His company whilst traveling to the venues makes for a relaxed and enjoyable journey! Any artist or manager looking for a drummer would do well to contact and work with him. Robert Brian: Professional drummer (Siouxsie Sioux, Simple Minds, Miles Kane and Peter Gabriel)
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