Gavin Harrison, moved to take up the drums around the age of 6, became known as a London-based session musician in the late 1980s when he recorded successful albums with artists such as Sam Brown, Black, Gail Ann Dorsey and Tom Robinson. While networking Gavin met local guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, and together formed the critically acclaimed Dizrhythmia project with legendary bassist Danny Thompson and Indian percussionist Pandit Dinesh. From 1990 on, Gavin started to gain interest in the Italian music scene as he worked along side King Crimson bassist Tony Levin with one of Italy’s biggest artists, Claudio Baglioni in 1992.
In 2007, Gavin Harrison began a long-term collaboration with singer and bassist 05Ric, and together released Drop, Circles and The Man Who Sold Himself in 2007, 2009 and 2012, respectively.
In 2008, Gavin was invited by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp to join the band. As of 2017, the line-up consists of: Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums, keyboards), Jeremy Stacey (drums, keyboards), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass), Mel Collins (sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitars, vocals), and Robert Fripp (guitars).
In 2017, Harrison was a guest on the The Pineapple Thief’s album Your Wilderness and its subsequent tours.
Gavin Harrison is known by drummers everywhere for his inventive and musical playing style, and his use of “rhythmic illusions” (shifting the beat).
“… you’re one of the most celebrated drummers in the business and you’ve won numerous awards and whatnot. What’s your secret of staying grounded and not to get carried away with it?”
Gavin: “It just distracts me. I didn’t start to play drums to become famous. I don’t want to be famous or to be recognised when I’m walking in the streets or when I’m in a shop buying a can of beans. It’s all about the music for me. It’s very nice to get the awards, but at the end of the day it’s just a popularity contest. It’s doesn’t mean that you really are the best prog drummer in the world. I don’t even know what that means. Music is an art form and not a competition. How do you compare someone like Stuart Copeland with Neil Peart from Rush or Neil Peart with Buddy Rich? They are all from a different time and they all play differently. So the whole question of who’s best or any top ten is completely void in my view. It seems kind of immature. It’s like when you’re a schoolboy and you got your top ten of favourite football players or your top 10 of favourite bands. You believe in that list so much that you’re willing to have a fight with another boy who says that another drummer is better over this and that. It’s completely silly.”
Richard: “Unbelievable drummer, miserable bastard.”