Since graduating from ACM’s Drum Higher Diploma in 2012, Moses Sonson – AKA Mo Slicks – has played the UK’s biggest arenas with some of the biggest UK artists.
From touring with Naughty Boy, Krept & Konan and Jason Derulo, to becoming an official Tama Drums artist, even starring in a film documenting his musical career so far – it’s clear to see that Mo Slicks is a drummer in demand. We sat down and caught up with everything Mo has been up to since we last chatted in 2013…
So, the last time we spoke you were gigging with Misha B. What have you been up to since?
Since playinig for Misha B in 2013, I began working closely with Naughty Boy. Thanks to that gig we played,
- A full UK Tour
- The MOBOs
- iTunes Festival
- Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball
- Top Of The Pops
- La La La radio promo in Europe & The USA
In 2014 I toured Australia with Naughty Boy at the Future Music festival & played at many festivals in the UK & Europe – think Belgium, Latvia, Portugal, France, Norway, Switzerland, Monaco, LA & New York.
After touring Australia in March of 2014, I then joined Krept & Konan supporting Tinie Tempah on his UK arena tour.
I played a load of festivals with Elli Ingram, such as Wireless, Glastonbury and Reading & leeds to name a few. We also supported De La Soul and Childish Gambino on their UK tours.
I worked with Sinead Harnett, performing with her as support for Professor Green at the Chelsea Underbridge, part of MTV’s Brand New Spotlight.
From October 2014 through to February 2015 I began working with Kwabs. In my time playing with Kwabs, we played three headline UK shows and a TV performance in Norway.
Earlier this year I completed two UK tours with George The Poet. The first was a tour supporting Maverick Sabre and the second was his headline “sold out” uk tour. Great fun!
I have since worked with Conor Maynard playing for him on the National Lottery, Friday Download (CBBC) & MTV Live Lockdown.
I have also worked with Jason Derulo playing with him at this years Capital summertime ball. You can see me in this video miming the bass part! Crazy.
ACM have just upgraded all of our drum kits with brand new Tama kits. You’ve recently announced you’ve joined the Tama family as an official Tama Artist. How did that come about?
I think it’s amazing, or should I say TAMAZING, that ACM now have all Tama kits in the Academy. They are quality drums that project an incredibly honest sound.
My good friend Kaz Rodrigez mentioned me to a guy called Ian Bush (Artist Liason) at Tama. Ian and myself had a conversation about what I have been up to and what I have coming up. He was very supportive of me and wanted to get behind what I was doing. I have always been a fan of Tama Drums for a number of reasons, the main being that some of my favourite drummers play this brand – Spanky McCurdy, Billy Cobham & Robert Sput – After a number of conversations with Ian, I got the vibe that Tama really care about their artists and this was a massive contributing factor in me deciding to be apart of their family.
What kit do you play and does your set-up massively differ between your studio / gigging sessions?
I currently play the Superstar Hyper-Drive in maple. My set up varies depending on the type of music / gig i’m playing. When I record in the studio I only use 2 toms & 2 cymbals (10 or 12inch tom & a Ride and a crash), compared with a live gig where I’d have all toms 10,12,14,16 etc.
What’s coming next in the near future?
I’ve literally just got back from a UK tour with rapper Stormzy before heading back out on the road with Naughty Boy in the new year promoting his recent single ‘Running’ featuring Beyonce & Arrow Benjamin.
I also have a short film coming in the new year which gives an insight into my career & journey so far. My time at ACM will be included as well, so be sure to check it out!
Make sure you keep up to date with everything Mo is up to via his Twitter, Instagram & Facebook accounts, whilst keeping an eye on Tama’s website.