In 2015, BMus Popular Music Performance Drums student Gabi King, joined Declan McKenna’s band as drummer through our careers service, The Hub.
Declan McKenna is a young singer-songwriter, who won Glastonbury Festival’s 'Emerging Talent Competition' in 2015. He was soon snapped up by Q Prime Management (home to Muse, Metallica, Foals, Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and signed to Sony Records.
Towards the end of 2015, Q Prime Management approached The Hub at ICMPICMP with a view to holding auditions to find a drummer for Declan's band. This resulted in Declan asking Gabi to join his band.
In 2016, the band now featuring Gabi on drums, supported Foals in Paris, headlined an NME Awards Show in London and toured the UK with Mystery Jets. That year they also headed to the USA for shows at SXSW and in New York, those dates were followed by summer festival appearances across Europe. Throughout this period, Gabi juggled worldwide touring with her studies at ICMP.
Gabi's career has continued to flourish alongside Declan's, as she gains crucial experience playing at festivals as well as performing on TV to huge audiences both here in the UK and the United States.