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Drumeo Gab Podcast

Hi! I am your host Seamus Evely :) Let me tell you a couple of things that you can expect with this podcast. It has been said to me by many listeners that this podcast is unique, honest, insightful, entertaining, and highly educational. I also hear a lot of feedback about my laugh! Yes, I try to keep this show fun but it is serious too. My mission is to gain deep insights from some of the greatest drummers on planet Earth. Connect one to one with my audience. Deepen my own sense of what matters to me and how to improve upon myself each day. And finally, to demonstrate that if we have an idea and a great reason to do it, we can achieve anything in this life. Come join me on this journey and dive into this vast library of content that spans from my early grassroots interviews up until what it is today!
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Aug 22, 2021

“I wake up every day and have many ideas for what sounds I would like to try.”

 

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Wiktoria Bialic is a great live and studio drummer from Poland. She has been working hard towards making a career in music and was even told that it wouldn’t work out because she lives in Poland. I think it is fair to say that she has busted that myth.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Location and how it plays a role in how we approach the music industry.
  • Experimentation with sound.
  • Wiktoria breaks down her financial situation.
  • Whether or not Wiktoria’s parents have been hesitant for her to become a musician.
  • Why passion leads people to a higher chance of success with whatever they do.



Why Should You Listen?

 

Wiktoria is a drummer that I have been following for some time now. I have seen her sound, ability to play, and success come through in a big way in the last year or so. To listen to a young person talk in such a mature way about their goals and where they want to be in life is really satisfying. This episode may just lift up your spirits a bit.

 

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Aug 15, 2021

“I need things like skateboarding, or surfing, or art, or like you, building to just balance myself out.”

 

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Brandon Scott is an online drum educator through his very popular YouTube channel. Most of the content he produced was while he lived in Cape Town, South Africa. Recently, however, he made the move back to the USA with his wife. 

 

With a growing YouTube channel, a huge uproot, and sorting out his next moves, this was a great time to sit down and chat about what is going on with him.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • What makes something good and letting go of certain things during the creative process?
  • His experience recording 400 minutes of content at the Drummers Collective.
  • Is Brandon getting bored of what most drumming content consists of?
  • The big uproot that Brandon and his wife are currently going through.
  • Some thoughts about Covid.
  • The fine line between overdoing the drumming thing and not doing it enough.
  • What is Brandon’s ultimate goal with his YouTube channel?
  • Self-esteem and imposter syndrome.
  • Some opinions regarding social media.
  • The importance of having a connection with nature.



Why Should You Listen?

 

Because this is nearly the end of this podcast I felt inclined to discuss some stuff that isn’t talked about much but I feel is thought about often. I get the sense that there is a lot not discussed so that people’s brands aren’t put into jeopardy but because I have cancelled myself, I figured I would venture into some of that territory. You might like this just because of the nature of the conversation and how uncomfortable most of this stuff is to talk about.

 

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Aug 8, 2021

“The one environment that I cannot lie in is music. Music tells the truth all the time. Either you can play or you can’t.”

 

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Our second episode with the great Billy Cobham. In this episode, we are talking about the nature of creativity.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Billy shares his thoughts on where creativity comes from.
  • Does creativity ever tire for Billy?
  • With advancements in technology are we better off nowadays or was there more of a hotbed of creativity in the past?
  • The importance of taking notes to capture creativity that would be fleeting if not captured somehow.



Why Should You Listen?

 

Creativity is a deep subject and it is one that I enjoy exploring with my guests. In particular, to hear testimony of an incredible musician stating that his creativity never ceases to exist is inspiring to hear. I just wondered if there ever comes a point where you run out of ideas.

 

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Aug 1, 2021

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The time has come for me to part ways with the DrumeoGab podcast. It has been a blast making this show but my time has come to move onto other things. 

 

I also share a prank call that I made to Drumeo where Jack Thomas answered the call.

 

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Jul 25, 2021

“It’s been told to me that our minds are like Teflon when it comes to positive and velcro when it comes to the negative.”

 

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We are back with Larnell Lewis! Our first episode dealt with Larnell ranking some facets of drumming in order of their importance and I think we all learned a lot from that one. Today though, we are dealing with something very different.

 

What happens when life gets in the way of your drumming? It happens to all of us. Even the pros. Larnell has had his fair share of interruptions and having to deal with balancing his professional career and the rest of his life. He shares some invaluable wisdom that struck a chord with me not just when I interviewed him but also today as I write this.

 

For those drummers out there who feel guilty for not feeling like they are spending enough time behind the kit then this one is for you.



You Will Hear About….

 

  • Reaching your greatness and the balancing act that comes along with that.
  • The importance of your brand.
  • How interruptions in life happen and how we can keep the flame lit for our passion for drumming.
  • Some final thoughts regarding today’s episode.



Why Should You Listen?

 

When I connect with listeners it is often said that they feel like they don’t play enough drums or that they feel as though that they should be better than they are. It seems to me that their lifestyle has other plans in store for them. Family, work, events, other interests, emergencies, health, stress, and so forth. This episode will help you.

 

I share a lot of my own personal thoughts too because like most of you, I am not a pro drummer. I love the drums but I honestly never felt like they were going to be my all. I just never could justify that. But there is always a big ol’ gushy spot in my heart for them and that will never die. I think y’all might connect with what I had to say also.

 

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Jul 18, 2021

“I have to play stuff that I truly love.”

 

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When I interviewed Todd Sucherman for the top five unique snare drums (and five honorable mentions) we also discussed endorsements. 

 

I feel that endorsements will always have a gravitational pull for most of us. If someone gets offered one what do you think the likelihood of someone accepting it be? My guess is that it would probably be quite high. Even if it isn’t really something they need for their career or if it meant that they would need to take out a line of credit to buy the cymbals, or drums.

 

So, what are endorsements for? 

 

Well, I share my views on it and Todd shares his.



You Will Hear About….

 

  • What does it mean when drummers switch companies a lot?
  • Why you should play the instruments you love.
  • Some common misconceptions about endorsements.
  • How Todd got hooked up with Sabian.



Why Should You Listen?

 

I have spoken to many artists. I have observed many posts regarding endorsements. I have spoken about endorsements and my thoughts about them but I have always been slightly cautious about what I say….until now. I mean no disrespect but I had to share my thoughts about them.

 

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Jul 11, 2021

“That’s old history. Great history. Like I said every now and then I’ll think back on it.  Especially when someone asks about it.”

 

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Dennis Chambers is involved with Billy Cobham’s “Guide To Stress-Free Drumming” and so for that ongoing event, I was invited to speak with the legend himself. Due to a house fire situation, all of Dennis’ recording gear was offsite which meant that we would need to do this over Zoom. Or did it…?

 

I decided that maybe it would be a vibe to just record a phone call. You know, an old-fashioned phone call! It was amazing. I was sitting out on my hammock on a beautiful sunny day talking to one of my all-time favorite musicians. It turns out that Dennis is funny, charming, and down-to-earth. That made this all the more incredible. Sometimes they say “never meet your heroes”. This was certainly an exception.

 

You will hear about many things in this messy and natural conversation. No notes. No prep. Just a phone call that I will never forget. I hope that you experience this episode like you were listening in on us like a fly on the wall. This episode is as casual as this podcast will ever get.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Honestly, there is too much going on here to even begin listing off everything within this conversation. Just as a general overview though, we talked about his dog, his incredible collection of historically important instruments, the house fire, his health scare, playing in a band, and much more.



Why Should You Listen?

 

This is Dennis Chambers talking on the phone with me in a funny and memorable conversation. Need I say more?

 

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Jul 4, 2021

“I was lazy until I found something I liked to do.”

 

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Since I started doing this podcast thing I have been friends with Jefferson, a quirky woodworker out of Santa Cruz, CA. I can almost see his eyebrows raise when I refer to him as being quirky. What I mean by that is that he doesn’t give a shit. I mean, he definitely gives a shit about the whole people and drums thing, but at the end of the day he really just does his own thing. That is probably why we both connected like we did.

 

The drums are second to none. I play Sugar drums and they are simply spectacular instruments. There is a sense of occasion every time I play them but the time is never spoiled with unrealistic expectations of yourself. Good drums can sometimes feel like they expect a lot from me and it has gotten to my head before. With crappy drums I feel like it is more of a surprise when someone sounds good on them. So, nice drums, I feel, set up a scenario of expectations. The worst case scenario with Sugar drums is that you just look like a player who has fine taste. But this is all totally subjective and my personal experience. 

 

Of course, it goes without saying that I recommend that you look into these drums if you like the idea of owning furniture grade drums that sound magnificent and have incredible tonal range. This episode is more about highlighting personal and emotional connections to the company and how it is affecting people. 

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Some details about Jefferson’s recent move.
  • How the name of the company affects what Jefferson does with the drums he builds.
  • The thought process behind Jefferson’s high quality standards and where the neurosis comes from.
  • Noah and his role at Sugar Percussion.
  • The charitable work that Jefferson commits himself to.
  • What 2020 was like for Jefferson.
  • The FedEx thing.



Why Should You Listen?

 

It is great to hear about what matters to Jefferson and how that works itself into the company values. It isn’t just about the drums. It goes deeper than that.

 

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Jun 27, 2021

“It took me two years to convince my parents that I needed a drum set.”

 

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Greek metal maestro and drummer for Nile, George Kollias, is on another level when it comes to extreme metal drumming. He has authored the trilogy, The Odyssey of Double Bass Drumming and has also released his two DVD’s Intense Metal Drumming 1 and 2. 

 

In this episode you will hear a lot about George’s thoughts about comparisons, creating independent learners, Nile, Derek Roddy, whether blast beats can groove and much more.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Has having an abundance of convenient knowledge hurt or helped drummers?
  • George’s observations on students discovering their potential.
  • What does George think about comparing ourselves to others?
  • What does George’s practice routine look like currently?
  • Hobby versus professional career. Which is better?
  • Derek Roddy and Nile.
  • Can blast beats groove?
  • How George goes about creating independent learners.
  • About George’s teacher Yannis Stavropoulos.
  • How is big band jazz similar to metal?
  • How exhausted George is after a Nile show?
  • George’s love for drumming and where that comes from.
  • Invictus and what George would have done differently?



Why Should You Listen?

 

George is one of the greatest metal drummers in the world. If you are really into what George does then you will be really into this episode.

 

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Jun 20, 2021

“It’s all about the why. If you figure out the way then you figure out purpose.”

 

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Juan Mendoza is a classically trained musician who is one of the smoothest, knowledgeable and musical drummers around. Hailing from New Jersey, Juan has developed his own home studio where he films his lessons, teaches his students and records for artists. The results that he manages to achieve are second to none.

 

In addition to being a fantastic performer, Juan is also an incredible teacher. He has filmed courses at Drumeo where he got into, what I feel, is his specialty. Rudiment applications. I highly recommend checking them out.

 

I wanted to have Juan on to talk about how he interprets his students and how they can become better students but this also means how can teachers become better teachers because they work hand in hand. 

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • What is it like to teach the next generation?
  • How recordings help with education?
  • How Instagram clips might be hurting our abilities.
  • Some tips on how to become better at improvising and creating.



Why Should You Listen?

 

Juan shares his opinion on why results may not be being met with our youth, how Instagram is foiling our ability to play through entire tracks and so much more. They are hard truths. They should be heard. This will also be a helpful episode for educators and how we can better connect with our students.

 

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Jun 14, 2021

“What is the impression that we make when we say what we say with regard to speed, ya know?”

 

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Part two of my conversation with Dream Theater’s drummer Mike Mangini.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Rhetoric and the importance of knowing the true meaning of words.
  • How do we define music that has feel? 
  • Mike’s thoughts concerning speed and musicality.
  • A dream Mike had and Virgil Donati.
  • Thoughts about gratitude.



Why Should You Listen?

 

Mike’s thoughts regarding the words we use and their true meaning is important to hear. We hear folks talking about how speed isn’t musical and certain genres having feel while others don’t. These topics are interesting to a lot of people and Mike makes a lot of sense with what he has to say about this stuff. Plus, a dream that Mike had enabled him to achieve a goal is very interesting stuff.

 

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Jun 6, 2021

“It exists for you because it exists.”

 

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You are probably familiar with Mike Mangini, drummer for Dream Theater. He was known for his speed, independence, crazy drum setups, odd time and subdivisions, and much more. There is no doubt that he is one of the greatest drummers alive today. Whether you like his style of play or not, he is remarkable.

 

He is also a great teacher. He developed the renowned “Grid” system for improvisation and turned this system into a DVD pack several years ago. 

 

This is the first of two parts where I sat down with Mike and had a very lengthy conversation with him.



You Will Hear About….

 

  • How Mike felt about the original interview I had with him and why we decided to do it again.
  • Why practice?
  • The importance of writing things down.
  • How to manage our thoughts.
  • How can practice change a person for the better?
  • Creating discipline.
  • Mike and his history with hockey.
  • Why it is good for people to have their hobbies and passions.
  • Perception.
  • How our personal history can be a negative bias towards forging new paths in our lives.



Why Should You Listen?

 

Mike is a very interesting person to speak with. He is deep, well-read, and very scientific with his approach to things. We touch on some very compelling ideas over the course of this discussion that we can translate and apply to many different areas of our lives.

 

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May 30, 2021

“It was so good to just be alive and walk down the street in the rain. I’ll never forget it.”

 

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Continuing from last weeks’ episode, we are now going to hear what life was like for Jason Mills AFTER surgery. What is Yummy Sounds about? How did an outlet for musical creativity allow him to weather a terrible storm? 



You Will Hear About….

 

  • Jason and John talk about the project “Yummy Sounds” and what it means to them.
  • Three stories told by Jason that were very meaningful to him post-surgery.



Why Should You Listen?

 

This whole experience of making ‘Drums As Life Preserver’ was so organic and fun. We are both stoked that Jason’s story is now out there. He told me that his buddies were telling him to get his story put into a book or something. 

 

So, basically, we are happy about it and a lot of love went into it. I just hope that you enjoy the story and the power behind what drums and art did for a human being out there. I could see this one inspiring a lot of people for many different reasons.

 

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May 23, 2021

“I’m just glad to be alive.”

 

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Jason Mills wrote me an email late last year to talk to me about how my interview with Jack Thomas deeply resonated with him. He then proceeded to tell me about his story. Before this email, I had never been introduced to Jason but the depth of his story immediately inspired me. I wrote him back to say many things but among them was an invitation to host him and tell his story.

 

Drums as life preserver. A fitting title considering that drums happened to be one of a few aspects of his life that kept him sane during a major rehabilitation. I won’t spoil anything but please listen closely to this and reflect upon it with your own experiences as a musician. Have they ever saved you from tremendously difficult times? Are they a dependable companion to you? If you answered yes, this will likely resonate deeply with you.



You Will Hear About….

 

  • Today’s episode goes back over twenty years when Jason began having crazy neurological symptoms throughout his career in STOMP until he was finally properly diagnosed and received major surgery.



Why Should You Listen?

 

This episode has many lessons in it. Our lives can change immediately and this episode highlights this fact of life.

 

 

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May 16, 2021

“I’m not gonna get a scholarship but I’m gonna go in there and I’m gonna try!”

 

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Taylor Gordon, AKA The Pocket Queen, originally from New Orleans is a drummer and producer who has been through some big ups and some big downs. We are mostly all aware that in order to succeed, you must also fail. Taylor embodies this statement very well. 

 

You will hear about her story from the time that she was accepted with a Presidential scholarship to Berklee, her mishap with a harddrive, her spontaneous encounter with someone important in a fast food restaurant, and how she took it upon herself to begin creating her own music. Which you can listen to right here.

 

This is a nice reminder that we will all experience ebbs and flows within our lives and they become more drastic in either direction when we take more risk. 



You Will Hear About….

 

  • Taylor gets into Berklee.
  • Her mom said no to Berklee but also wanted Taylor to challenge this instruction.
  • How Taylor’s family success influenced her own.
  • A publishing deal that she got.
  • The upsets along the way and what she did about it.
  • Why Taylor decided to begin making her own music.



Why Should You Listen?

 

A lot can be learned from a good story. Taylor’s story outlines what can go right but what can also go wrong. I think there are many people who truly fear taking matters into their own hands and being true individuals. Whether the fear is born from our sets of beliefs within ourselves, the unknown territory, or what will happen to us along the way. It can be very intimidating to branch out from what feels safe but many people still likely want to feel the rewards of taking action and pursuing dreams. This episode can provide some reassurance that living our lives the way we want to is more than worth it.

 

 

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May 9, 2021

“It has to start with the why.”

 

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Benny Greb recently released his book Effective Practicing For Musicians: The Ultimate Guide For How To Become Better At Your Instrument. So far we have discussed how to practice more effectively and in part two we talked about the importance of recording yourself. Today we focus on why we are making an effort to improve, practicing gratitude and always doing your best with what you have in the moment.

 

So, how did I make out with the EPM system? It is a bit of a surprising conclusion that I didn’t see coming whatsoever. 

 

I consider this book an essential resource for drummers who are committed to becoming the drummer they wish to become. You can get it right here.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Your why.
  • The right way to compare yourself.
  • Practicing gratitude.
  • My conclusion to the three-month EPM cycle.
  • Staying on course.
  • Doing the best you can with what you have right now.
  • Why practice should be exciting.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

This episode rounds out the series, so if you have been listening since part one you will likely want to know how it ends. It was an ending that was bitter-sweet but it highlights how priorities can change within a person. 

 

Music Featured In Today’s Show

 

Benny Greb - Grebfruit: 0:06

Moving Parts - Soulfood: 1:51

Moving Parts - Spacecake: 17:33

Benny Greb - Polka: 36:49

Moving Parts - Kalimba: 49:31

 

 

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May 2, 2021

“I was a good person but I was just miserable. I hid it well but I was not happy.”

 

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Steven Wolf is a bi-coastal drummer, programmer, remixer, producer, and songwriter who has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Katy Perry, Pink, and many more.

 

With all of his efforts made towards his musical career it hasn’t come without some difficulty regarding physical and mental health. But are they connected? Body and mind health is something that may seem disconnected but Wolf believes that they are absolutely connected. He shares his personal experiences with mental health and his thoughts regarding body and mind health in today’s episode.

 

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  • Wolf’s brief history with mental health issues.
  • Physical activity, BDNF, and endorphins.
  • Completing small tasks to get you moving when you feel down.
  • Distractions can keep you from improving your mental health.
  • The problems associated with the labels we place on ourselves.
  • Stored trauma in our bodies.
  • A little message from me to you about why we shouldn’t ignore our troubles.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

Mental health is something I have had my battles with. Feeling better about who we are, investing in our relationships and being mindful of how we interact with ourselves and our environment has helped me a lot. I do believe that the quality of our mental health is a contributing factor to how we express ourselves creatively as well.

 

 

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Apr 25, 2021

“I felt like I didn’t have any time to finish my project which was kind of hard.”

 

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Jost Nickel returns to DrumeoGab to talk about his new record “The Check In”. 

 

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  • How the project to record an album started for Jost.
  • Did the pandemic play a role in the album’s completion?
  • Managing expectations.
  • Exploring different types of microphones with Victor Guidera.
  • Jost’s involvement with creating the album.
  • Did he write this music to satisfy drummers or a general audience?
  • Were there any new senses of vulnerability with creating this album?
  • What surprised him the most about the process?

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

For anyone who has considered writing and recording their own album or have done so in the past will connect with this episode today. Jost also contributes some great thoughts about making things to satisfy your own creativity and quality standards first. Another major theme in this episode is adaptability. You can reflect on your own projects and perhaps see some value in today’s episode to help you see the value and purpose in your own endeavors if that is something you struggle with.

 

Music Featured In Today’s Show

 

Jost Nickel - I Understand: 0:00

Jost Nickel - Bloon: 13:04

Jost Nickel - Silk: 20:25

Jost Nickel - The Check In: 39:01

Jost Nickel - Cookies: 44:37

 

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Apr 18, 2021

“Just lay it down. And if that happens, you work until you get sick of playing.”

 

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Billy Cobham is a name that echoes throughout the history of drumming. Known for his power, finesse, dynamics, speed, musicality, metric modulation, and well just about every attribute that we drummers admire, it is impossible not to recognize the impact Billy had on music. Whether it was his work on several of Miles Davis’ records including Bitches Brew, Mahavishnu Orchestra’s early recordings, several Stanley Clarke records, Billy always brought a certain energy and sound that could be identified rather quickly. While he worked on many important early fusion recordings and beyond, he also led bands that produced important works, in particular the 1973 record Spectrum.

 

Billy has also been quite involved with drum education as well. In fact, he was performing educational drum clinics back in the early ’80s. He has also hosted drum retreats and masterclasses as well. Currently, he is hosting a masterclass series titled, “Billy Cobham’s Guide To Stress-Free Drumming” which consists of ten classes that are three hours in length. He is joined with his co-host Dom Famularo each month and there are two classes each where special guests Dennis Chambers, Will Calhoun, and Gary Husband offer their expertise.

 

Click here to sign up for Billy Cobham’s Guide To Stress Free Drumming

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Knowing what you are playing to maximize your sound.
  • How to deploy rudiments musically.
  • The problems with alpha dominant musicians and how to deal with them.
  • Are musical choices like opinions?
  • Making the band comfortable and creating great feeling music.
  • Billy’s out-of-body experiences with Horace Silver and Mahavishnu Orchestra.
  • Do artistic compromises create a long-lasting negative impact on musicians?

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

Billy and I really dove headfirst into a dialogue about how musicians can better serve a band. This isn’t about how we become better drummers through exercises and practice. This is about taking what you know and utilizing it tastefully to create great music. Forget the thrills of speed and complex patterns, while they have their place once we have a firm grasp on their musical qualities, just laying it down and making our bandmates comfortable is critically important if we want to become great musicians. This is a beneficial message to any musician.

 

Music Featured In Today’s Show

 

George Duke and Billy Cobham Band - Hip Pockets: 1:40

Billy Cobham - Red Baron: 8:40 & 9:52

Billy Cobham - Life & Times: 18:15

Billy Cobham - Stratus (Intro): 18:42

Billy Cobham’s Glass Managerie: AC DC 24:27

Billy Cobham - Stratus: 29:54

Billy Cobham - Le Lis: 43:15

 

 

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Apr 11, 2021

“That’s the fun thing about practicing. That it actually does something. It actually changes you!”

 

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Benny Greb recently released his book Effective Practicing For Musicians: The Ultimate Guide For How To Become Better At Your Instrument. In part one of our three-part series, we discussed how to become more effective during your practice. Today, we are focusing, mostly, on the benefits of recording yourself. 

 

This also marks two months of work within my three-month EPM cycle. So, you will hear my journaling and thoughts about the process so far.

 

I consider this book an essential resource for drummers who are committed to becoming the drummer they wish to become. You can get it right here.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • The different types of recordings and how to use them.
  • What you show social media vs what is really going on.
  • Defining the word discipline.
  • Going deeper with what you know.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

If you heard the first episode and thought that it was a worthwhile listen, then you will consider this to be a continuation from where we left off a month ago. Recording yourself is crucial to understanding how we really sound and what progress has been made within our development. 

 

Music Featured In Today’s Show

 

Moving Parts LIVE - September: 0:00

Greb/Husband - Deep Breath: 30:50

Benny Greb - No.5 (looped): 46:57

Benny Greb - No.6: 47:29

Moving Parts LIVE - 3/5Tel (Intro): 48:28

 

 

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Apr 4, 2021

“If there’s no groove. What do ya got?”

 

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Larnell Lewis is among the elite modern drummers of the last decade. Whether you found him through his many notable Snarky Puppy performances, his solo work or perhaps his several appearances on Drumeo, including the viral video where Larnell hears Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for the first time, you know that Larnell has got the goods.

 

I thought it would be fun to revisit my list of essential drumming skills and have Larnell rank them from most important to least important. As a bonus, Larnell also offers a helpful tip to improve upon each skill set. 



You Will Hear About….

 

  • The BIG 7: Speed, Independence/Coordination, Time Keeping/Groove, Personality, Sound, Repertoire, Technique. This list is then ranked by Larnell from least important to most important. 
  • A tip from Larnell for each item in “The BIG 7” to improve upon these skills.
  • A word from Larnell about confidence.



Why Should You Listen?

 

This list is by and large what drummers, and all musicians for that matter, need to develop in order to become competent on their respective instruments. But what needs to be addressed first? Which of these things doesn’t need to be entertained until other skills have been sorted out? Clarity brings focus. Focus brings direction. Direction served with diligent practice brings results. This is the purpose of today’s episode. To help you see results in your drumming and beyond.

 

Music Featured In Today’s Episode

 

Larnell Lewis - The Forgotten Ones (RTM)

Larnell Lewis - Change Your Mind (RTM)

Larnell Lewis - In The Moment (RTM)

 

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Mar 28, 2021

“It’s an uncomfortable space to be in especially when you’re playing with a metronome.”

 

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Donald “DJ” Johnson is the drummer for Khruangbin, an instrumental trio hailing from Houston, Texas. The irony of today’s episode is due to the fact that Khruangbin does not record their records to a click track. They approach their recordings in a very “old school” kind of way. The band has recorded each of their records at Mark’s family farm in Burton, Texas, which is a rural area between Houston and Austin. 

 

The need for a band to have impeccable timing to record music without a click is paramount, otherwise, the editing would be far more nightmarish. To gain a strong internal pulse that is in time is a skill that every musician needs to continually work on. With that being said, today’s episode focuses on practical exercises to strengthen your timing through metronome practicing methods. 

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • A brief history lesson on the metronome.
  • A gap click exercise.
  • Rob “Beatdown” Brown shares a lesson on displacing the metronome.
  • An active listening exercise featuring a Khruangbin tune.
  • What is a hemiola?
  • How I learned to love the metronome.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

We all need to submit ourselves to the metronome at some point. For timekeeping is arguably the most important skill set to develop as a drummer. This episode provides at least two very effective exercises to sharpen these skills.

 

Music Featured In Today’s Episode

 

Khruangbin - People Everywhere (Still Alive)

Khruangbin - So We Won’t Forget

Khruangbin - Friday Morning

Khruangbin - Hasta El Cielo

 

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Mar 21, 2021

“Get the drum set of your dreams.”

 

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Todd Sucherman, the drummer for Styx, has one of the most immaculate and astonishing modern drum collections I have ever seen. It was during a Drumeo Coaches session where I heard him speak in fascinating detail about a Serenity drum that he owns that I decided to reach out to him to talk about his impressive collection.

 

So, this is what we have here. Todd goes through each of his most unique snare drums in his collection. These are all bespoke drums from custom builders all over the globe. Whether it is Sugar Percussion’s Sequoia snare drum that was harvested from wood ranging upwards of 5000 years old or his Providence snare drum crafted from the cylinder head of a Rolls-Royce, each of these drums that Todd describes is works of art with a tremendous sentimental appeal.

 

We are also treated to the sounds of the top five unique drums that were recorded directly from Todd’s home studio. This is a special episode for drummers. An episode that will hopefully ignite our inner drum nerd.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Incredible details and stories regarding each of Todd’s top 10 unique snare drums.
  • A blindfold test to see if you can tell which drum is which.
  • A story about Todd’s Signature Series Bubinga drum set and why we should buy the drums of our dreams.
  • My own story about the Sugar Percussion drum building workshop.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

I know that part of being a drummer is the admiration of gear. The history, the details, the sounds, and the dreams we all have for those particular pieces we would like to see in our own collection one day. I know that this episode re-ignited my passion for the gear. I used to drool over DW’s kit builder as a teenager and I looked through the Modern Drummer magazines to see what new shell technology was being developed or the newest line of Zildjian cymbals that were available. If that sounds similar to your own experiences, well, you will probably enjoy this episode.

 

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Mar 14, 2021

“To stay on course there has to be a course in the first place.”

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Benny Greb recently released his book Effective Practicing For Musicians: The Ultimate Guide For How To Become Better At Your Instrument. It took him many years of research and several years to write it as well. He wrote me late last year to ask about hosting him on the podcast to discuss his book to which I replied, “Absolutely! Send me the book and we will do it!”. Upon receiving his book I began reading and put together my own EPM system using the book and its sets of questions to determine where I wanted my drumming to go and what needed to be addressed. Since then, I have never been so happy and determined in my drumming life. 

The book calibrates you and fills you up with momentum to tackle the lessons, whether online or in person, with more focus and purpose. Whenever I look for lessons on Drumeo Edge, I now know exactly what I am looking for.

I consider this book an essential resource for drummers who are committed to becoming the drummer they wish to become. You can get it right here.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Why we must separate playing from practicing.
  • Benny’s ratio between time spent practicing versus playing.
  • How should we treat ourselves during practice?
  • A story from the book outlining how small changes applied consistently over time can create an enormous impact.
  • The Whale Method.
  • The Feel Good Factor.
  • What should you practice?

 

Why Should You Listen?

Do you want to become better at your instrument? If you said yes to that question then I suppose you should listen to this. This is only the first part of three parts of the EPM series and I think this is a nice coat of primer for what’s to come. A lot of the material in the book and within this podcast episode resonated with me deeply. These are things that most, if not all, of us, go through and to have some empathetic advice to steer us towards more clarity is valuable.

 

Music Featured In Today’s Show

Moving Parts - Celsius: 0:00

Greb/Husband - Immune System: 1:33

Greb/Husband - Icebath: 11:50

Greb/Husband - Meditation: 32:53

Benny Greb - No. 1: 43:37

 

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Dec 6, 2020

“Everybody should be given the opportunity to enjoy the drums and play music.”

Mike Dolbear has been serving the drumming community and industry through MikeDolbear.com for over twenty years now. What started off as a website to promote the launch of his book “Rhythm & Fills” quickly became more than that. He became a host, interviewer, event organizer, and journalist all while maintaining his career in drum instruction. 

In 2020, Mike has risen to the challenges our industry faces during these restrictive times by utilizing his platform to bring even more awareness to drummers by interviewing nearly one-hundred (at the time of this release) interviews through Instagram. These interviews have been with artists, company reps, and shop owners primarily. To see another individual in our industry take it upon himself to contribute something of value is always appreciated and I felt like now was a great time to catch up with Mike and see how this year has been for him.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Mike’s early years leading up to and including the creation of MikeDolbear.com.
  • Why when you fall you must get back up again and to portray confidence you don’t really have.
  • Creating your own luck.
  • Mike’s take on teaching and students.
  • Social media and mental health.
  • An incredible story regarding a student of Mike’s in the past.
  • Danny Boyle and why he is so humble.
  • What it is like broadcasting in 2020 for Mike.
  • Some thoughts about anxiety.

 

Why Should You Listen?

The story about the kid with cancer that Mike coached in order to play drums at a major sporting event is worth the listen alone. That story is incredibly inspirational and heartwarming. In general, Mike sticks up for the little guy. That is kind of his thing. Everything he does for drumming is certainly appreciated.

The other reason to listen is that Mike Dolbear is rarely a guest on podcasts. I suppose I am lucky in that sense that we have some mutual friends and he trusted me enough to host him. In any case, to hear his thoughts about luck, confidence, anxiety, teaching, and broadcasting media is very interesting and it is coming from a very good source.

 

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