Lesley McLaren (The Hedrons - Button up)
Lesley, or Soup is she is otherwise known, has had an amazing journey as a drummer since she first picked up the sticks at age 12.
Lesley joined the The Hedrons in 2005 who released three singles on the Glasgow based label, Measured Records. Two singles went top 5 and one went top 20 in the Scottish Chart. Their debut album One More Won´t Kill Us was released on 5 February 2007. The Hedrons have been special guest openers for bands such as Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones and Alice in Chains.
Lesley has played at several UK music festivals including Download, T in the Park and Isle of Wight. She also has numerous UK tours under her belt. She toured America three times also appearing at SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Quebec City Music Festival. In 2007 she toured Germany alongside the Pigeon Detectives and The Wombats. In California, she toured with Social Distortion playing sold out shows at House of Blues venues across the state and Las Vegas. During her stay in America she was part of a series of Club NME gigs and featured in an article in NME (UK) written by music mogul Alan McGee. She also appeared on the catwalk at Dressed to Kilt in New York in 2007 with her band mates.
Lesley appeared on Tubridy Tonight in Ireland with The Hedrons playing out the show and also on a Channel 4 documentary about Isle of Wight Festival. The Hedrons´ music videos have received numerous plays on MTV.
She was interviewed prior to playing a live session on the Janice Long Show on BBC Radio 2 and has been interviewed live many times on Xfm and other national radio stations. She featured on BBC Radio 1 with The Hedrons as part of Steve Lamaq´s show.
In September 2007 The Hedrons were nominated for a BT Digital Music Award and found themselves in the same category as Dave Gilmour, Robbie Williams, Stereophonics and The Rakes. Their feat as the first ever European band to play a live gig in the virtual world, Second Life earned them the nomination.
Lesley also plays with Button Up, a Glasgow based mod/soul band who have so far released 2 singles and an album ´Modena´, all of which are available on iTunes or from
Lesley runs a extremely popular drum tuition business called Hit Squad. She currently has 30 pupils enrolled with this number growing steadily. Lesley teaches her students from age 8 upwards to read drum music and trains them to keep good time by scoring the songs they like for them to play along to. Videos of her students in action can be seen at www.youtube.com/souphedron Lesley recently graduated with a Music Diploma and secondly a BA Commercial Music which has enhanced both her theory and business skills.
Lesley has featured in 2 books about rock n roll history in Glasgow. Minstrels, Poets & Vagabonds by Robert Fields (2009) Rock and Roll Tourist by Graham Forbes (2009)
To contact Lesley, please see her website: www.iamLesley.com