Nick Mason Saves Drum Shop
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has saved the shop where he purchased his first drumkit.
The musician stepped in after Foote’s Music of London was threatened with closure after running into financial difficulties.
Now the establishment will reopen in a new location, with Mason as a co-owner alongside sales director Rob Wilson.
He tells MIPro: “After 40-something years of playing, I still have great affection for a real drum shop. And Foote’s has a special significance for me.
“In 1958, I headed down to the west end of London to a basement in Denman Street, where a kindly man called Sid, in a white coat – maybe that’s significant as well – sold me my original kit for £7.50.
“Armed with this devastating kit I joined my friends to form The Hotrods. The fact that none of us could actually play our instruments seemed a minor problem on our road to stardom.”
Mason insists there’s more to a musical instrument shop than just the financial transaction. ” There’s an opportunity to catch up with any new ideas from the manufacturers, new sounds that you simply can’t appreciate online and, of course, to talk drums and equipment with an expert,” he says.
New business partner Wilson, who’s helped buy the firm from the family who ran it since the 1930s, says: “At the eleventh hour a business loan was turned down by our bank. It was a major blow to our plans, but Nick came to our rescue.
“Without him, and our collective of generous investors, Foote’s would be no more.”
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