Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Episode eight is all about social media and personal networking. For anyone who is curious about how to properly grow an Instagram account, how to use Facebook to the fullest advantage, or what people are looking for with your content when you are being scouted, then this is definitely the episode for you.
Richy's story starts with a dream. A dream to perform in front of a sea of 20,000 people and actually make a living from it. He felt, even at seventeen, that it was important to avoid the 9-5 grind altogether. So how did he do it? He starts by moving out of Inland Empire and getting down to L.A. It was a make it or break it strategy. He received a scholarship for music and decided that he was going to take his drumming to the next level. After completing 2 years of a music program, he decided a third enrollment wasn't worth it for what he wanted to do in the music industry. He was learning plenty by asking questions and observing the pros and taking pages out of THEIR books.
Richy goes into great detail about creating YOUR brand. Whether that is a podcast, like DrumGAB, a drum manufacturing company or an artist page, there must be certain aspects of your content that have to be in check for it to benefit you. We talk about understanding Facebook boosting vs sponsored ads. Richy is a wealth of knowledge on how to utilize your social media.
It is clear that it means a lot to Richy to help his community. He throws down some hard facts about the state of musical education in L.A. It doesn't exist to children until they reach grade four. He shares a compelling story about this young girl that was living in a ghetto and he used to walk by her house and saw a drum set in the window. Eventually, he felt compelled to approach her mom about giving this girl lessons. Richy gave this 11-year-old girl lessons for almost nine months and it made a huge impact on her life. The outcome of these lessons inspired Richy to create Unik Education. It is a very positive initiative that Richy and his partner Marius create. The big picture is to get Unik Education in every school in L.A. I hope they reach their goal.
In closing, Richy explains that he wants to represent himself as a helpful and resourceful drummer. He wants to give back to people and let everyone know that you have a choice to pursue your dreams. You can play drums for the rest of your life if you want to and Richy wants to demonstrate how it is possible. Very inspiring conversation overall.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. So episode seven turned out to be a very spontaneous episode. Every episode has a pretty clear path for how it will go but sometimes things go off in a totally different direction. When this happens and it is feeling good, it MAKES the episode. This is one of those interviews, I think. I had to figure out a different way to present the interview to include something that....just happened.
So the interview starts off discussing how Francois started playing the drums. Long story short, he bought a $50 drum set and with support from his parents and advice from his father, who also played drums, he began his journey. Eventually, he would become a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In this segment, I ask him questions about his education background and certain benefits and deficits to attending such a prestigious music program.
In the second section of the interview, we get into some of the aspects of being a working drummer. How important is reading music? How does the scholastic advantage play into how employable and desirable you are for gigs. We get into a bit of detail on this. We also discuss his accolades. For example, in 2010 Francois won the PASIC International Drumset Competition for R&B/Funk/Gospel category. Quoted by David Garibaldi about Francois, "Solid timekeeper. Good facility and very ”loose” looking hands and feet. Really creative. He’s very good!" That's a pretty glorious statement. Nuff said.
The third phase deals with the loss of his father and how music and his family kept him on the right track, which in my opinion, highlights those achievements further. How this ties into how Francois was introduced to drums by his father and their relationship through the instrument is really touching stuff. It is very clear that he is a very focused person that carries his father's spirit with him. His dad always said, "Just go have fun".
Francois is also putting together a project, which I am stoked about. It is pretty clear that he is a fan of jazz/funk and likes to groove his ass off. Francois is a very smooth player. While going on a tangent about how I like the groove videos but that I am tired of chop videos. Then....we conclude the interview.
And then Francois asks me if I do the "Ketchup, Mustard thing", which alludes to the first interview that was wiped off my hard drive....I explain this in the intro. I tried doing this bit at the end called "Four off the Floor" and I decided to forgo this bit in the second interview. But then I try to say goodbye and see ya next week and then Francois says the nicest thing about DrumGAB and it got me going. I started getting introspective about why I do DrumGAB and my time developing it so far and how it adds a lot of value to my life. I become my own guest in a way and it is totally out of nowhere and it kind of turns into a confession about my time so far with this project and my thoughts about a clinic that I am trying to prepare for. Basically admitting that I have very little theoretical knowledge of the drums and how that presents a major challenge when performing a clinic. Then Francois suggests that it is important to let some of the theory go when it comes time to play music. I also suggest my thoughts on how I abstractly look at music and approach drums.
Then we conclude the episode.
Throughout this episode, I include "System" by Brotherly. Francois performs some incredibly tight and groovy drums on this track. There is some intense soloing towards the 3/4 mark in the interview.
Check out Francois' website
Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. It's only days away from Valentines' Day and ironically I interviewed Buddy Love from Love Custom Drums. Buddy and Steve make some beautiful kits and I don't think you can argue that. However, after speaking with Buddy, I am beginning to understand that this company is so much more than gorgeous drums. There is an overwhelming sense of...well....LOVE in this company.
In the beginning, Buddy modified his DW drum kits. He had multiple kits and did everything from reworking bearing edges and even wrapping a shell in skateboard grip tape. After a while, he wanted a kit with tube lugs and DW was not able to hook that up. So what did Buddy do? He took matters into his own hands and began building drums. There was a problem that was beginning to occur, though. Every time he built a kit, it would sell. He saw this as his opportunity to begin Love Custom Drums.
I ask Buddy a variety of questions regarding different wood shell construction. Ply vs Steam Bent vs Stave shells. It is interesting and educational what Buddy has to say about the different build techniques, which leads us into, my question as to why he feels the need to learn everything there is to learn about building drums. His response to this question is inspiring.
We discuss another prospect with Love Custom Drums..."Old Steel". What is "Old Steel"? Well, it is kind of a crazy story about the original idea and how it was turned into something so much greater than Buddy could have imagined. Buddy goes into explaining how he prefers metal drums over wood and how the gnarly patina is where it is at for Buddy.
Getting to the near end of the interview I thought it would be nice to talk about the late Johnny Craviotto and his fondness for him. This was Buddy's hero. He goes on to explain his encounters with Johnny and a special dinner invitation by Ronn Dunnett. A truly touching segment of the interview and it is just great to hear the level of respect that Buddy has for this true legend....plus we geek out about his 2002 DW Craviotto snare and my 2001 DW Craviotto snare...kinda cool that we both own this rare drum.
I then ask Buddy to reflect on the past two years and try to imagine where Love Custom Drums might be in two years. You cannot deny the huge amount of growth and level of interest in the brand and that they had a successful year. I wish the Love team all of the best and it was an absolute treat to speak with Buddy on this incredible little company.
Visit Love Custom Drums @ www.lcdcustomdrums.com
Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. This weeks’ guest is coming to us from Asbury Park, NJ. This episode will go down as one of those podcasts that you don’t forget. It is amazing to think that I can archive this recording and listen back to it years later. I know it would make me happy to remember this time that I recorded a podcast with Joey “Bones” Parasole. First and foremost, Joey is so filled with positivity. The vibe came blasting through my laptop and into my headphones. It was impossible not to have fun with this guy.
Joey had just arrived back home from Winter NAMM 2017, days before we spoke. His experiences while being there were still very fresh in his mind and so I opened up the conversation with asking about his time at NAMM. We discuss those damn sound police with their DB meters and how Ramy, from A&F Drum Co. could have been shut down. He reveals the three booths that he thought were major highlights of NAMM as well. I also ask Joey about being at NAMM as “Joey Bones”…..his answer is so candid and I love it.
When he arrived home from NAMM, what awaited him!? Oh, just a Predator Percussion stave snare drum!!! We talk about the level of service you can expect with Mike’s company. The process that Joey describes is the seal of approval for me on why we should ALL consider boutique brand drums if you want high end. There was just so much care and involvement between Mike and Joey when creating this drum. It is really inspiring to hear the story behind his drum.
Then there is the beard. Lemme say this much…..that boy can grow a god damn beard. I am super jelly about it and I only wish I had such capabilities in that regard. He goes on to express the common challenges with being a cable guy and having such an intrepid beard. The hot, sweaty, summer days where he must power through with courage in order to reach the ultimate goal of Wizard status. Honestly, this part alone is worth the price of admission. Pure jokes.
It’s no surprise that Joey is a pretty sensitive dude. I mean sure, he’s covered in ink, has a shaved head, and a monster beard that could eat you at will, but at the core, he’s all heart man. With that being said, I asked him about what it is like seeing his son take interest in drums and what it must be like to jam with him. It is hard to not be touched a little with this segment.
At the beginning of this podcast, we feature a song by Joey's band The Morgan Freemasons, "Dragonfly". We discuss who his bandmates are and the good times they seem to have together as a band. Make sure to check them out on Instagram @the_morgan_freemasons.
We then round things off with a tough question and some of you may even question why I asked him this. I ask him if Instagram hinders his life. I relate to him on this because let's be honest for a minute….if anyone had a video that eclipsed 100,000K….more than once, you can’t tell me that it wouldn’t give you a rush. Bigger accounts, like Joey’s, see a lot of action and so I had to know the scoop on how this plays into his daily life.
At the end of the interview, I feel that we discussed some interesting topics. If you read between the lines, it is clear that this episode focuses on what it is like to be an everyday guy who is becoming a celebrity within a specific online community. Think about it…….It is all done in the man’s basement with a GoPro, phone and computer. He then goes to California and is recognized by tons of people. He has scored endorsements, millions of views and a whole lot of love from our drumming community. What I think most people appreciate is how Joey is taking it all in and then he spreads it back out again. This is the sign of a true gentleman and I consider the guy a friend at this point. I hope that you enjoy this very exciting and natural episode of DrumGAB podcast.
Joey “Bones” Parasole endorses Love Custom Drums, Predator Percussion, and Zion Cymbals.