Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. This weeks’ guest, Tim Buell, speaks to us from Nashville, TN. Episode four is quite anecdotal. It spirals into several rabbit holes throughout the interview and for the most part is completely spontaneous. Like all interviews that I perform, I always have notes and questions prepared for each podcast, however, on this occasion, I referred to them twice.
Tim has such an interesting background with drums. The stories about his time in Belmont University are a definite highlight in this podcast episode. He studied under both Derico Watson and Chester Thompson, while at Belmont, among other teachers. Tim shares some of his experiences while studying with these two iconic players. In particular, the story about him and Chester is something you won’t want to miss.
Tim also elaborates on the fine balance of being yourself as an artist and “getting the job done” as a Nashville session musician. We go pretty deep here, to say the least, and I believe we uncover some really interesting points of view that perhaps you, the listener, might take into consideration when you enter a studio or a live musical setting.
Later on, we talk about the great Brian Blade. I don’t want to spoil anything here in the podcast notes but this story is the cherry on top with this episode. A close encounter with this magnificent drummer and how any great player can make any situation work for them.
Finally, we wanted to promote Tim’s new Ableton Live video series titled “Ableton For the Working Drummer”. This video series that Tim has produced focuses primarily on how to run tracks in Ableton. Up until now, there haven't really been any resources, according to Tim, on how to run tracks in Ableton so he wanted to remedy that. Catch the video series, it will launch today, 01/25/17 and he will have this available for a limited time before he will take it down for further refinement.
The track at the beginning of this episode is titled “Sides of the North” by Remedy Drive. Tim endorses Vic Firth and The Drum Wallet.
I hope you enjoy the anecdotal nature of this interview and please subscribe and leave a review, every little bit helps!!
Drummer on the Move. It is an aptly titled project for Marlon Williams, a.k.a. @williamssnare. Episode 3 of DrumGAB Podcast takes an in depth look at the man behind his videos on Instagram.
Marlon became a prominent Instagram drumming account when he started receiving shares by such acccounts as Grooveshare, Vic Firth, DrumGAB and many many more. Hundreds of thousands of views later and Marlon is still innovating and creating truly spectacular drum videos that have this spontaneous quality to them.
I have personally been a fan of @williamssnare since the summer and it has been on my agenda since then to talk to him about how he makes his videos, what inspires him, his growth since Drummer on the Move began, who the photographer is for all his videos and his background as a musician. We tackle all of that and then some in this podcast episode.
What is important to mention about Marlon is his passion for drums and life in general. He is such a humble and thankful person and it seems to me that he is surprised that his videos have received as much notoriety as they have. I think we can all take a page out of Marlon's book on life and apply it to our own.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed making it with Marlon Williams, a.k.a. @williamssnare, a.k.a. Drummer on the Move.
Robb Ryan is a deep pool of knowledge. He will forget more than I will ever know about playing the drums. In this interview we go into every little nook and cranny about his past, present and future, uncovering a sprawling 30+ year career behind the kit.
Currently, Robb is a private drum teacher, recording artist, clinician, online educator, blog writer, father and husband. He explains that time management and knowing your goals is the key to balance a heavy workload with positive results. He is endorsed by Mapex Drums, Dream Cymbals, Los Cabos Drumsticks and Aquarian drum heads.
In the late spring last year Robb had developed Rhythmic Vocabulary (Instagram tag @rhythmicvocabulary). Under this moniker, Robb has written articles for Drumeo, 180Drums, theblackpage.net, Canadian Musician Magazine and the Los Cabos educational page. Also in April this year he will be appearing for his first time as a drum instructor for Drumeo in some recorded lessons! He also has some recording projects on the go with artists ranging from pop music, metal and even D&B. Hard to believe that in 9 months Robb has established himself so firmly in the drum industry, and this is only the beginning for Robb. While all of these successes have propelled him into some major canals in the drumming industry, he remains humble and courteous.
I asked about any records that he may have bought lately. He is currently listening to David Bowie's Black Star album (which comes highly recommended), Tower of Power, Galactic and Maggie Koerner.
Enjoy Episode 2 of DrumGAB Podcast!