Joe Clegg is a session drummer and Musical Director based in the UK.
After hearing an acoustic demo of Ellie Goulding online in 2009, Clegg became her touring drummer and musical director. Clegg met Ellie just as she signed her deal with Polydor in the UK and has had the unique opportunity of playing a part in the development of her live show, from clubs all the way to worldwide arena tours.
As Ellie’s career developed Clegg had the opportunity to play on her first major album release, Lights, (“The Writer,” “Every Time You Go”), followed by the repack Bright Lights, (“Human”), both certified platinum in the UK, followed by “Without Your Love” on her second album Halcyon. Clegg has appeared onstage and on TV with Ellie countless times around the world, from festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Lollapalooza, to Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live and Later with Jools Holland.
Alongside his musical work with Ellie, Clegg contributed creatively to her live show (Creative Director on Ellie’s 2010 Lights UK tour and 2013 Britain’s Got Talent UK TV appearance), and a series of short films made whilst on tour, with a 9min short Paper Planes and Playground Games appearing on the physical release of Halcyon in 2012.
Clegg works as a musical director for multiple artists with his company Artclub Live, helping to create and develop the live shows of artists at every level.
Clegg has been a Gretsch Drums artist since 2009.
Featured image by Ed Peers.