Brett Sawmys career, like his playing has been dynamic and fluid. He began playing drums in local bands at the age of 18, but it was with the band Ether that he came to international prominence. Ether signed a five-album contract with Parlophone records in 1996, and released their first, self produced, album, Strange, in 1997. Strange received critical acclaim and the first two singles from the album made the Radio One play list and were big network radio hits.
His recording diary with Ether reads like a rock music Whos Who of collaborators and musical associates, with producers John Leckie (Radiohead, The Stone Roses), Roy Spong (Oasis, Shed Seven), John Cornfield (Supergrass), Hugh Jones (The Bluetones), and Al Stone (Jamiroquai, Sting) amongst others.
An explosive live act, Ethers touring diary includes artists as diverse as Meredith Brooks, Alishas Attic, Baby Bird, Ben Folds Five, Mansun, Stereophonics and Catatonia and the band gigged extensively throughout the UK, Europe and America.
TV work includes documentaries about the band by BBC and HTV, live shows in Switzerland for MTV Europe, and a range of regional and national music and entertainment shows. Add to this Bretts experience in radio sessions, video shoots, interviews and promotional work and, theres the whole package a music industry all rounder.
It comes as no surprise then that Brett is a regular on the pages of Rhythm. Hes been the subject of interviews and tour diaries and his feature article, A Matter of Credit, about the problems drummers face getting recognition for their contribution to music, voiced the concerns of many players.
Ether split in 2000, before their second album, The Answer To It All, could be released. But Bretts desire to share his knowledge and experience of the business found expression in his work as a Mentor for the New Deal for Musicians and he passes on his drumming skills on to up and coming drummers as a Drum Tutor for Community Music Wales and Percussion House (Cardiff). He is also a Tutor with the The Princes Trust and has guided young musicians from all over Wales through a punishing week long schedule of writing, rehearsal and performance in three Princes Trust Rock Schools. As lead Tutor in the Rock School in Rhayader, Mid Wales he met Prince Charles himself.
Whatever the situation whether it be in workshops, sessions, jam nights and clinics Brett always seeks to promote music, musicians (especially drummers), and the music industry and communicates the benefits and joy of music in his playing. Brett was the house drummer on BBC Wales satirical show, Large, and represented our Celtic brothers Scotland in S4Cs Six Drummers series of trailers for the Six Nations Tournament in 2002.
If you want to find out more about Brett and his career to-date, check out his website www.brettsawmy.co.uk