Neil Blandford is a 24-year-old musician from Hampshire, England. Having started trumpet lessons at primary school, he started playing the drums at age 11 and continued both instruments until he was 18, taking piano lessons along the way. Since leaving Sixth-Form College he has dedicated his time to the drums, studying jazz for 2 years at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and is currently finishing a degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM). Brought up on his dad’s record collection of Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Neil’s musical influences differ somewhat from the other members of the band in that he doesn’t listen to much jazz at all. He spends the majority of his time playing jazz and pop, listening to metal, DJing and going to see any gig that takes his fancy, be it thrash metal, drum & bass, blues, hip-hop and anything in between. As well a playing for WorldService Project, Neil is also the drummer for Flight Brigade, a group consisting of 7 members from London who’s sound is best describes as acoustic-folk-rock. They are due to release their debut album in the coming months. Neil also plays for various function bands and teaches one-on-one drum lessons, both privately and in educational establishments. When not playing the drums, Neil can be found pursuing his interest as a DJ under the name “Breaks Embrace”, playing funk, breakbeat, drum & bass, dubstep, electro and general booty shaking grooviness.