“The Goof" is the groove master. He holds down that reggae beat better than most. You would never guess that he is a totally self-taught drummer and has never had even a single formal lesson.
Goofy’s best friends were all musicians. In Jamaica, he worked as a stagehand and set up and broke down all the equipment for their gigs. He was the brunt of a lot of jokes because he was always around musicians and equipment and couldn’t play a single instrument. “Most of my friends were well-respected musicians and people always looked at me funny. I wanted to prove to people that I could be someone too."
So, the Goof, at age 24, took this situation and began working toward turning it around. He started practicing drumming on the couch, chairs, tables and anything else that would be still. He would try to remember what he heard and what he saw earlier in the day. He kept his “drumming" a secret. One day, eight months after he began this training, he returned and set up all of the band’s equipment in the practice room after their gig. When he thought everyone had left for the evening, Goof took a seat behind the drummer’s drum set and began to play. This was the first time he had ever played a real drum set. Little did he know that the bass player had returned. The bassist couldn’t believe what he heard and said “Wow, that was good!" After Goofy received that compliment, he was so pleased with himself that he stopped practicing. Word got around that there was a new drummer around.
Larry Graham, yes, the Larry Graham, lived and performed in Jamaica. He was the entertainment manager at Richmond Hill. He called Goof and asked him to play drums for his gig that evening. Goof replied that he should get someone else. A couple of hours later, Goof got another call saying that they needed him because no one else was available.
Showtime was at 7:30. Goof went there with wobbling knees. He was overwhelmed when he saw the huge 11-piece drum set. When he started playing, he had to use his left hand to hold down his left leg to try to stop it from trembling. Then he was able to relax and focus. He playing so well that Larry complimented him on his ability. That was his first big break and greatest confirmation of his skill as a drummer.
In 1994, Goof went to work on Carnival Cruise Lines playing drums for a group called New Birth (no, not the New Birth). He did this for two years working on the M.S. Holiday and the M.S. Imagination.
In 1996 Goof returned home and started a reggae band called Mystic Vibes. They played at Tino’s Restaurant and developed some fame on the island by doing the Hotel Splash circuit. So people knew that if they wanted an excellent, solid reggae drummer, that they should call Mitchell Osbourne – or Goofy. He has played behind international artists such as Yellow Man, Gregory Isaacs, Ninja Man, General Threes, and Michael Black.
Mitchell migrated to the U.S. in September of 1999 and came to Hartford, Connecticut. Here he was introduced to Crucial Massive and became their drummer.
The most amazing thing to him though is that he happened to run into his childhood sweetheart, Diane. After seven years of separation and having had no contact whatsoever, they crossed paths. They were married right away and have been happily married since.
Also since being here, Goof has played with High Voltage, Alley Cat and Calbut Production. They’ve opened shows for some pretty big names such as: Beres Hammond, who was nominated for Grammy, Damien Marley at Toad’s Place, Wayne Wonder at the West Indian Club in Hartford, CT, Junior Holt and Lynford Brown Eyes Nugent. Not bad for someone who started playing by banging on couches, tables and cushions when he was 24 years old.
Goof is the reggae groove master, but also plays calypso, R&B, swing, jazz, and other styles. His goal is to be the best he can be and to be known as one of the best.