M-People, Soul II Soul, Nightmares On Wax, Primal Scream, Jamiroquai, Sting, Roots Manuva, Boy George, Jocelyn Brown, Chemical Brothers, Manic Street Preachers, Natural Life, N.O.W., The Beloved, Chicane, Atomic Kitten, Hearsay, Death In Vegas, Kenny Thomas, Wolfgang Haffner, The Sandals, Bud Nubac, Defected Records, Pacha Ibiza, only some of many prestigious names associated with one of the most unique and prolific hand drummers on a global scale. Welcome to the world of Shovell the Drum Warrior… get your groove on.
Spending the better part of his his youth in South East London, UK during the 1980s, Andrew Lovell was far from being a Drum Warrior then.
Throughout all these hard labour years, he never gave up on his dream and spent many nights after work & on weekends in rehearsal rooms and live locations just to keep going, absorbing all sorts of grooves like a sponge. Deep inside he always knew his time would come.
When finally dance music exploded back in the UK in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Shovell took the chance to rise to the occasion. After experiencing the life changing vibe of a certain club night he went to on a regular called “Shoom”. Andrew decided to swap his draining daytime job for a career as a self employed professional percussionist once and for all within months of his first Shoom experience.
In the last decade or so, Shovell has played alongside nearly every influential club DJ and with a lot of music’s greatest in the finest locations around the world… among them a residency at Ibiza’s renown Pacha Club as a regular for the highly acclaimed Defected label nights – which also take him around the globe to places like Saudi Arabia, India, Africa, Asia, America, South America, Europe and wherever party people are in need of that certain surplus Drum Warrior groove.
Ever since moving to Ibiza in 2010, Shovell can be experienced doing his thing as part of regular Nightmares On Wax sound system events on the white island (and elsewhere)… his friendship with N.O.W. mastermind DJ Ease goes back to 1994, and Shovell has provided percussion for many legendary N.O.W. tunes over the years both live and in the recording studio.
Lately, Shovell has set up the Universal Rhythm umbrella for tailor made drumming workshops, keeps himself busy working as a certified Cranio-Sacral Therapist (London College Of Cranio-Sacral Therapy diploma 2010) and has developed a huge interest in Shamanism, attending workshops on a regular basis. He’s a practicing Nichiren Buddhist, and also very honoured to be a patron of The Midi Music Company based in Deptford, South East London, and an Ambassador for the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation .