The Soul XL band is an ever-changing cycle of great musicians. Daryl and his partner Andre Banini carefully hand pick the musicians they choose to work with. Their repertoire consist of great versatility and their delivery is always colourful. Here are a few of our favourite musicians.


Andre Banini

Andre Banini is the Soul XL´s right hand man. He has been working alongside Daryl for the past 22 years, and is his best friend and most trusted partner. Andre Banini is an Italian/ Canadian who came to Norway in 1977. He studied music at the Humber College in Toronto, Canada and has studied with many known percussionists both in Canada and in Norway. Working on projects with different musicians, artists and bands is important to Andre and he has recorded with people like;


  • Paul Weeden -  (jazz-blues git./ vocal USA)
  • Doris Spears (jazz vocal USA) 1998.
  • Vegard Iversen (norweigan pop vocal/writer/git.) 2010.
  • Kosmoratik (pop/rock band project) 2014.
  • Soon Sessions (w. Gisle Gundersen and Kai Dybendahl) 2015.
  • FolkPort (Norwegian and British inspired roots & folkrock)2015.
  • Daryl McDade & Soul XL  release date in 2016

Andre Banini is very active as a studio and live musician. His style of drumming is steady and tight, and he has a great ear for the changes in the rhythms that occur. Andre Banini knows all the moves. He is currently working on new material with Daryl Mcdade.


“Friendship aside, Andre Banini is by far the best drummer I´ve ever played with.“
- Daryl Mcdade


Jim Shearer
British guitarist, currently playing in his own band “The Poor Boys”.


Tiago Mendez
Brazilian bassist, currently working with artist “Samsaya. “


Helge Ellingsen
Norweigan bassist, music conservatory teacher, studio and concert bassist.


Roger Jacobsen
Norweigan bassist


Dan Tømte
Norwegian keyboard player. W. C.H. Handy award winner.


Adrian Du Monceau
Swedish bassist

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