My name is Andy Walker.

I do a few things.

I drum

I taught myself to drum at the relatively late age of 21 or thereabouts, after having realized that a lifetime of tapping on desks, doors, beds, mugs and other people was clearly an omen. Nowadays I'm making up for lost time.

I currently co-lead the Harbingers Drum Crew, a bloc of varying size (up to 25 occasionally!) playing pavement-smashing beats inspired by metal, taiko, samba and drum'n'bass.

I am sometimes found playing with the Beastie Drummers, blasting out some party beats.

I played for about seven years with the Edinburgh Samba School.

Current projects: learning to play kit better, learning a bit of West African drumming.

I code

My most used language is JavaScript. Not my favourite language design, exactly, but the language I constantly reach for whenever I have to automate some trivial browser-based task. It's like that old saying about mobile phone cameras: the best camera is the one that's always with you. I also spent three years building a CoffeeScript-based rich web app in a distributed team, which has given me some opinions about type safety and the usefulness thereof.

My other main languages are Java and Ruby.

I write music

Current stuff

Mixed Signals (I like singing)

Digital (I like dance music)

True Analogue (live music and field recordings)

Old stuff

Not necessarily chronologically - these just don't represent my current work. Some of them aren't very good. Take them as a documentary timeline ;)


New stuff always goes up on my SoundCloud page before it arrives here.

Occasionally I draw and paint and make things

Say hi?

You can catch me on Facebook, check out my CV on LinkedIn, or email me.

Photo credit: 'birds - tendrils - hearts - flowers {curtain pattern}' by quapan

Vital statistics

Height: quite tall

Weight: due to gravity

Eye colour: brown

Favourite food: things without meat in

Favourite editor: Vim

Favourite drum fill: tak takarak takarak tak takarak tak takarak tak takarak takaraka