Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. So in this episode, we wrap up the Sweet Spot Invasion Trilogy with Robert Michl, owner, and operator of Sweet Spot Clutches. This is actually not the first time that I have interviewed Rob. In fact, it is not even my second time. I have spoken to Rob on three separate occasions, including this interview. So, how is it that I have spoken to Rob so many times? Well, even though this marks episode thirteen, back last summer I tried to do a podcast and Rob was a guest. I did a total of six episodes in the summer of 2016 but I had them taken down this past fall and decided to reboot the podcast. So, that still doesn’t explain three times….it explains two of em’, but not three.
So back when DrumGAB first started, I was using a service called Spreaker (I explain this little story in the gag reel) and it sucked. I had to pay for it, I had to save every 30 minutes and if I forgot to save….I would lose it. So, I would imagine you are beginning to realize where that third interview comes into play. I still remember the moment when I realized that I would have to call Rob and tell him that I needed to redo part of the interview. Anyways, long story short, we did an interview last summer. But lemme tell you something, that interview would not hold a candle to this one. It is a much more developed company now, even in short time things have changed considerably and DrumGAB is beginning to turn into a much more developed podcast as well. The results of this interview are fantastic.
We begin by talking about the humble beginnings of Sweet Spot and how Rob was finding it tiresome dealing with the industry norm for hi-hat clutches and decided to make a difference about it and make his own. He had a lathe and knew what to do with it and the rest they say is history. One person tells another person and next thing you know Rob can’t keep up with making them himself and turns to a more serious manufacturing process.
Even though Rob is always thinking about what will be next in his line up of goodies, he also has some people that chip in too. We get to hear the story about how his lightsaber clutch came to be, how sometimes mistakes are are a good thing (the story behind the rat rod finish) and Rob even leaks his most diverse project yet!! The big picture with Rob is to diversify without straying too far from what he originally set out to do. He wants to be at the top of the food chain for the style of hardware he produces and I think that he has done just that.
Before I saw Sweet Spot, clutches and cymbal toppers were kind of all the same more or less. Some are definitely worse than others, but from a 50/50 shot, you can’t really tell much difference. What Rob has done is create something completely new and he has innovated more than once on these rather simple concepts. Between his wear sleeve that he provides with each clutch or the Fuzion clutch that can be altered with an adapter to put a splash or effects cymbal on top of your hi hats, there are many new ways to implement cymbal hardware into your existing setup. Plus, Sweet Spot really blings up your drums, which helps you stand apart from other people. All in all, I really like Rob and what he makes for the drumming community. He is a solid dude that is willing to help wherever he can and it is very much appreciated by all of us.
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Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. This episode marks the second edition to our Sweet Spot Invasion series that we are doing on the show. SO…how did this one go? Well, put simply, I really like bro down episodes. I mean, they are as natural as can be and the experience simply flies by. This episode is that, in spades and it will definitely go down as one of those memorable episodes/nights for me.
So right off the top, no pun intended, we get into his Pimp Fang/Clutch series with Sweet Spot Clutches. Aaron and Rob have worked together to create some very distinguishable hardware. After we get the lowdown on how the Fangs and Pimp Fangs came about, we get into how Gavin Harrison and Gary Chaffee pretty much blew Aaron’s mind and changed his course with drums forever. Aaron can’t keep away from the weird stuff.
So Aaron has been running a YouTube account for six years and he is one of the grand daddy’s of online drum videos. So we talk about the process of building Aaron Edgar Drum and what made him decide to do that. Then Drumeo enters the picture. Aaron was the FIRST satellite instructor for Drumeo and to this day he still works with Drumeo on a weekly basis. Drumeo’s production edge taught Aaron how to make high-quality drum videos and perform live video sessions while interacting with the audience in real time. Hearing the story of how this all began with Drumeo is a great story.
So Aaron is known for his biblical Sonor collection. It is godly. I normally don’t discuss gear on this show, unless it is in fact about gear, but in this case we HAD to gab about gear. So Aaron tells us the story about how he found the Sonor sound and how he never looked back once he heard it firsthand. We learn about the “Jet Set” and how it was the most expensive wooden drum set ever created.
We then get into the Drum Fam Questionnaire. The questions for this week were…………..
Cameron Fleury - How long have you been making videos for and what is the most difficult part about gathering a fan base, especially considering how saturated the market is.
Robb Ryan - How has studying Gary Chaffee’s material changed your outlook on drumming and what do you do to make that material your own. Also….when in the hell is Third Ion coming to Hamilton or Toronto?
Mason Grant - What is your favourite practice routine to develop alternative foot/double kicks? Here is the link to the Modern Drummer article Aaron was talking about.
This is an epic podcast episode. I am very happy with how natural and comical this episode is. It does feature language that some may find unsuitable but regardless I feel that it was just on auto pilot the whole time. Aaron is a fantastic dude to talk to and he is a pure monster on the drums. Until next week, stay happy and stay drumming.
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Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Well, we made it over the ten episode hump with many lessons learned and lots of support from my friends and advocates of DrumGAB. I can begin to see the journey that is laying before me and it is up to me to fulfill it. Thank you all for your support with this project.
My guest this week is a fellow Ontarian and while we have some mutual friends….but we have never met or spoke until this interview. Well, all I can say is that Ryan is a really great human. I feel that he is at the apex of a major moment in his life. He is about to call it a day with his current HVAC career and turn drumming into a full-time gig. Not completely cold turkey, he did get his smart serve to have a little bit of insurance while he makes the brave transition. There is no doubt, he is definitely taking the plunge and I am so stoked for him. It takes guts to follow your passion. He has a good plan though and he is driven, so I believe he will succeed.
So in the beginning of the interview, Ryan discusses where he comes from as a drummer. It all started when Ryan’s father tried to teach drums to Ryan, however, he only wished to play with his toys and it wasn’t looking like Ryan was going to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Jump ahead a decade and Ryan begins to face some facts. Drums are cool. Ryan learned from his father until one day Ryan got a Jim Chapin DVD and changed their lives forever. It spawned the desire for them to get playing with better technique and ultimately Ryan discovered a whole new layer to drumming that opened his eyes wide open. Ryan has been receiving instruction with Aaron Edgar for about a year now and this has expanded Ryan’s vocabulary entirely.
Today, Ryan has a website www.claxtondrums.ca where he has drum cover videos, drum groove exercise videos and more. It is all executed with care and in particular, the exercise videos are explained incredibly well and are totally worth checking out! He is also playing in a metalcore band Lungless. In this podcast we have a special DrumGAB exclusive of Lungless’ brand new, never been heard track “The One and Only” and we also feature “To the Part of Me That’s Missing”, which they just released a video of. The link to that is at the bottom of the podcast notes.
We round out the podcast by talking about motivation and the way life ought to be. Ryan and I connected on a very deep level throughout this interview and we leave feeling very positive about both of our choices in life and where things are heading. It was a very cool interview that I won’t soon forget.
Welcome to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Well over here at DrumGAB we have learned many lessons about troubleshooting technology, recording equipment and how to conduct an interview. I think it is fair to say that a lot of these major hiccups have since past us now that we are into our tenth episode. Of course there will always be plenty to learn and grow upon, however, the shaky beginnings of working on a new podcast project seem to be behind us now...and for that I am thankful.
So for our tenth episode, we are speaking with a very little known player from Atlanta, but if this guy starts to push himself into the right directions in the industry, he could be a giant. This is one of the most amazing things about Instagram and the drumming community. There is a ridiculous talent pool out there. It is incredible, to say the least. There are plenty of fantastic drummers out there that are simply waiting to be heard by the right people and Instagram can absolutely provide those opportunities.
So what do Justin and I discuss? Well, we start things off by discussing his background as a player. We go all the way back to the very beginning and then work our way all the way to the present. One notable thing about his growth as a player is his crazy work ethic through it all. He wanted to be the absolute best player that he could possibly be.
We also talk about some practice tips to increase efficiency, of practice time. He has a lot of good advice about how to maximize your retention levels and it actually pretty refreshing material that we discuss. He also talks about how to utilize rudiment patterns with different accents, note rates, and orchestration. This is also straight up up golden material, as far as I am concerned.
Towards the end of the interview, it becomes clear that Justin had not considered what he can do with this drumming thing, especially considering his talents. He wants to be a clinician, or bring his education to the online space and it could even go beyond that. The point to this section is that doing masterclass clinics around the world isn't just meant for drummers like Benny Greb and Ash Soan. Justin could also enter that world and you can tell that some light bulbs go off and that he felt very inspired towards the end of the interview.
Overall, this is a very in-depth interview that tackles a lot of valuable subject matter and it was an absolute pleasure having Justin on the show.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. I think Hunter S. Thompson would enjoy Episode nine. I normally get to know my guests beforehand through private messages in order to find out what makes them tick. I did that with Ian and got to know him a little bit. After a while, he mentioned to me that he had some crazy stories to tell me if I wanted to go that route in the conversation. On this podcast, there aren't really limits to content I guess. What Ian told me was apparently watered down a bit, but that's kind of like watering down gasoline I think.
The first part of the interview is about Ian's time growing up in a highly musical family. His brother Eli can play pretty much anything and do it well and his mom and dad play several different instruments as well. We talk about our mutual interest in electronic music and we reflect on the lore of Aphex Twin.
The main part of this interview is the story of when Ian was in college. He and his girlfriend were heavily caught up with heavy drug use. Ian explains some of the things that happen to them during this time and how addictions lead to a lot of unfortunate situations. The things that he shares in this interview is pretty intense. I will leave out the details on the notes.
But Ian is clear of all of that now and the future is bright indeed. He and his band mate, Tony Grey, are releasing their new album. The music featured in this podcast is Ian and Tony's band Galactic Duo and the song is titled "Awaken". He has many great opportunities ahead of him I am certain as well, with his attitude and musical skill he will go very far. I wish him all the best.
In closing, Ian has many great opportunities ahead of him I am certain as well, with his attitude and musical skill he will go very far and I wish him all the best. It is remarkable that Ian is alive and well today, as you will soon discover. It is another testimonial regarding how drums bring good quality to life and that some of us truly live for the drums.