When I was 13-years-old, I heard the
Radiohead song Paranoid Android and instantly became a fan. Ever since
then, Radiohead's music has inspired me to pursue my passion for music
When I read the news about the stage
collapse at Downsview Park in Toronto, I was quite devastated.
Scott Johnson, Radiohead's drum technician, was killed in the incident.
Even though I did not know Scott Johnson personally, I empathized with
his family and the entire Radiohead team for their loss.
In turn, I decided to hold a series of benefit concerts in memory of
Scott Johnson. In 2014 I used the money raised from the benefit show
to purchase an electronic drum kit which I donated it to the Fort York
Library in Toronto in memory of Scott. The great part is that anyone
with a library card can play that drum kit for free!
When Radiohead’s drummer, Philip Selway, was in Toronto, I had
the pleasure of meeting up with him at the Fort York Library so he could
see and play the drum kit.
Philip then informed me that the Radiohead team liked my drum kit donation
idea so much that they planned to do the same at Manchester Central
On September 6, 2015, live on BBC Radio 6, Philip Selway, alongside
Guy Garvey (Elbow), Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order), and Jim
James (My Morning Jacket), presented the drum kit donated in memory
of Scott to Manchester Central Library. Both Philip and Stephen also
gave Guy a drum lesson on the donated drum kit.
This entire experience has been quite a joy to see my small idea resonate
with so many. It also excites me to think that these drum kits will
most certainly inspire people to get into music like I did many years
- David Porteous
Selway of Radiohead and David Porteous at the Fort York Library, Toronto,
standing beside the electronic drum kit which was donated in memory
of Scott Johnson.