- Ben Johnston (Scottish musician)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Ben Johnston
Landscape = yes
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Ben Hamilton Johnston
Born = Birth date and age|1980|4|25
Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
Instrument = vocals, drums
Years_active = 1995 – present
Biffy Clyro Marmaduke Duke
Ben Hamilton Johnston (born on
25 April 1980in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland) is a drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, best known for his work with Scottish group Biffy Clyro.
Johnston was born and raised in
Kilmarnockwith his twin brotherJames Johnston (who would go on to be the bassistfor Biffy Clyro), and his younger brother, Adam (who went on to be Biffy Clyro's drum tech ["Puzzle" Album Booklet, p.2] ).
Having previously played drums with schoolfriend
Simon Neiland brother James Johnston in a band called Screwfish in 1995, the trio moved to Glasgow. They were soon discovered by manager Dee Bahl and then signed to Beggar's Banquetin 2001.
Johnston plays drums when the conceptual rock duo
Marmaduke Dukeplays live.
Johnston is fond of playing
Golfand PlayStation 3and has recently rediscovered a fondness for fishing, on tour he can often be found on a riverbank with Biffy's stage manager Churd. [" Kerrang!" #1159, p.21] He also supports his hometown footballteam Kilmarnock F.C., and wore their home shirt when interviewed on Soccer AM.
Musical equipment used
The following is a list of musical equipment used by Ben Johnston.
* Johnston is endorsed by Sabian
** HHX Ride Cymbal [http://www.biffytabs.biffierthanthou.com/e_ben.htm BiffyTabs Equipment – Ben] ]
** 14" Stage/Fast Hi-Hats
** AAXtreme china cymbals
Johnston is also endorsed by Pearl.
* Pearl Reference Kit colour:Rootbear Fade
** Pearl Chad Smith Signature 14x6.5 Snare
** 22x18" Bass drum, 12x9" Rack tom, 14x14" and 16x16" floor toms
** Pearl Eliminator Double Bass Pedal
Biffy's Tour Manager Neil told fans on the BC forum that Ben is now using a 'Pearl Eric Singer Signature Snare Drum' and is waiting for a new totally custom Pearl Masters Kit
Pearl Masters Colour :Black
22x18" Bass drum, 12x8" Rack tom, 14x14" and 16x16" floor toms
** Pearl Eliminator Double Bass Pedal
*Blue Xylophone 2 Octave Chromatic. 
[ [http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kv_ykdPfBM4 YouTube - Biffy Clyro - Machines (Live) ] ]
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