Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What a Feeling! Welding Tutor Gets Flash of US Fame

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

What a Feeling! Welding Tutor Gets Flash of US Fame

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But singer is back to work after 'surreal' brush with celebrity

It's not uncommon for college lecturers to have a part-time job to supplement their income. But few lead as remarkable a double life as Des McCabe.

At Forth Valley College in Scotland, he works as a fabrication and welding lecturer. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, Mr McCabe is better known as the frontman of chart-topping rock band Dead Man Fall.

The 35-year-old's unlikely brush with fame came after his band's song Bang Your Drum attracted the attention of Scottish-born Craig Ferguson, presenter of The Late Late Show in the US. This triggered an extraordinary series of events, which resulted in the song hitting the top of the American iTunes rock chart and being used in a video featuring Hollywood A-listers Samuel L Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Quentin Tarantino (pictured below).

But despite his band's international success, Mr McCabe is now back in his workshop at the college where he has worked for more than 11 years. "I enjoy welding," he told TES. "It is an art that you have to master and a bit of a challenge."

After playing local gigs for several years without making a mainstream breakthrough, Dead Man Fall decided to try to gain some more publicity.

"One day, we were sitting, talking about how we could get the [Bang Your Drum] video seen and we wondered who we could tweet it to - and then Craig Ferguson's name came up. We tweeted him the link to the song and he then posted it on his timeline," Mr McCabe said.

Shortly afterwards, one of his bandmates received a phone call, inviting the band to appear on The Late Late Show. "The band member who found out first couldn't reach us for a while and he said that was the closest he had ever felt to spontaneous combustion," Mr McCabe said.

However, it appeared that the dream would be dashed when the band were unable to secure US visas in time. …

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