Battersea-based drummer supporting chart-toppers


Nathaniel Fuller, who completed a course at London’s South Thames College, is supporting Wretch 32 and also played on Jessie J’s UK tour.


By Laura Jackson

A Battersea-based drummer is now supporting chart-topping artists on tours throughout the country.

Nathaniel Fuller, 20, completed a Music Performance course at London’s South Thames College in 2010.

He is now supporting Wretch 32, an artist known for songs such as Don’t Go, Unorthodox, and Traktor.

Nathaniel also played on Jessie J’s first ever UK tour, has supported American star Alexis Jordan, and last month performed on the Later with Jools Holland show.

“I’ve been in a fortunate position where I haven’t really had to audition. I’ve mainly been headhunted,” he said.

“I was always musical and played the drums at the age of three. I used to pick up sticks and go around banging things in the kitchen.”

Nathaniel had no formal qualifications from school, so went to the college on an entry level course. He describes it as a good starting point, and believes this helped him along the way.

College tutor Nick Osbourne said: “Although he found the academic side hard, he learnt numerous skills at college and maximised networking opportunities through the guest speaker programme.”

In 2009 Nathaniel was part of a band called Livewire that came joint first in the Popular Music category for a national competition called World Skills UK.

Nathaniel playing drums for Jessie J

“During his time at College I really saw Nathaniel grow and he learned to play for the song and not to overplay the drums,” Mr Osbourne added.

“Nathaniel definitely had both the feel and the ability and knew how to do all the fancy tricks but do them at the right time.”

South Thames College has a track record of success with its students, and is proud to offer courses which launch the talent of tomorrow into their chosen industries.

The college caters for over 23,000 students and has four centres across south west London in Wandsworth, Merton, Tooting and Roehampton.

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