Originally from Northamptonshire, UK, Terl started drumming aged 8, a passion which he largely contributes to his late father.
He writes, “Music was huge for my Dad and I have many great memories of the ways in which he inspired me. One time, aged about 10, we pulled up outside school in the car. My Dad’s music was on loud and then, on the track, there was this great drum break. I remember the immense pleasure we shared rewinding the tape and mimicking the part with imaginary drumsticks. Moments like that change everything."
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Martin Barre Band (Jethro Tull guitarist) touring USA, S.America and Europe. 2023 solo album compilation release ‘Seven Times’. Barbara Dickson farewell tour and album release 2024. Continued writing and producing tracks for film and TV (Netflix, BBC, Audio Network, Topline Music).
BORN IN: Walgrave, Northants, UK
LIVES IN: West Sussex, UK
DRUMMING SINCE: 1969. Left school to join a band.
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Listening to Paice, Bonham, Blade and Keltner have really helped shape my playing style. But working with John Paul Jones, Steve Levine and Iona helped me find my rhythmic voice.
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: Iona’s ‘Beyond These Shores’ and John Paul Jones’ ‘The Thunderthief’. Peter Murphy’s US No.1 ‘Cuts You Up’.
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: The brilliant ‘Black Dub’ by Daniel Lanois.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing the music of Jethro Tull with legendary Tull guitarist Martin Barre and his band. Working with John Paul Jones (Zeppelin).
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: My AA Apollo 22” ride is pure butter, my Omni is gorgeous, the Legacy 18” crash, all the HHXs…. it’s the combinations that do for me.
CREDITS: Recording and touring with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones (‘The Thunderthief’ album and world tours), Peter Murphy x-Bauhaus (4 albums, USA No.1 ‘Cuts You Up’ world tours), Barbara Dickson (4 albums, UK tours), Faith Hill (Europe TV tour ‘Cry’), Elizabeth McGovern (4 albums, USA and Europe tours), Arthur Brown (God of Hell Fire), Iona (5 albums, tours, ‘Journey Into the Morn’), Peter Gabriel (Real World sessions), Maddy Prior (5 albums and Steeleye Span tour), Steve Taylor (US Grammy artist, tours ‘Limelight’ album), Louise Redknapp (UK chart album ‘Woman In Me’), Graham Kendrick (UK tours and TV dates), Lulu, Honeyz, Adrian Edmondson (Bad Shepherds UK and Oz tours) and many others. Terl also has a studio based in Sussex and has written music for the BBC, Netflix, Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic along with a catalogue of recordings released under his own name.
Terl's Go-To Cymbals
22” AA Apollo
22” AAX OMNI
20” HHX Evolution Ride
18” HHX Legacy Crash
18” HHX Evolution O-Zone Crash
18” HHX Evolution Crash
17” HHX Evolution Crash
17” HHX Evolution Effeks Crash
14” HHX Evolution Hats
9” HH Radia Cup Chime
19” HHX Omni
10” HHX Evolution Splash
15” AAX Medium Hats
18” HHX Anthology High Bell
HHX Anthology is the pinnacle of essential HHX technologies, uniting traditional and contemporary sounds. These cymbals embody Jojo Mayer’s philosophy that it is the player who decides what the cymbals are.