Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Episode 19 is with none other than Ramy Antoun, CEO of A&F Drum Co. and it is a trip. It is hard to recall every moment in this podcast, but it is so stacked with greatness....and let that be known, Ramy is a person that has a lot of unique life experiences. Ramy is truly blessed.
So the official interview begins with Ramy giving us an overview of his experiences as a musician. Whether it was some of the people he made records with or toured with, Ramy has had some incredible moments as a musician. As an example, there was no audition for the Seal gig that lasted four years, you won't believe that story. Beyond that, Ramy talks about Buckethead for a bit. I don't want to spoil anything there. In general, Ramy's experiences as a musician are on the cusp of fable nature.
Then enters A&F Drum Co. We touch on the beginnings, the current affairs, and Ramy's future plan to preserve this ever growing company. We talk about how the A&F Family were found and came together as a collective unit, harnessing each persons' strengths as they contribute their skills to this amazing company. It is a very organic process that took place and it explains why it seems like they have all known each other for ages. Ramy also discusses his philosophy behind how he designs and creates these instruments.
I then ask Ramy what his chief motivation is in life. His answer is short and mine is long. For a time, I became the guest. Ramy is a very empathetic person and I believe it was hard for him not to ask more questions, but it was beautiful how he took the wheel and challenged me. Very rare to hear something like this in my podcast, or others podcasts that I have heard. It was a great moment in the conversation.
That leads us to perhaps the most compelling part of our conversation. A couple of weeks ago Ramy sent me a text and the message contained a story about how Ramy dreamt about a Syrian immigration agency named CRIS. No word of a lie, he sent me the link to the website and there is an agency that focuses on helping Syrian refugees reach and sustain self-sufficiency by integrating these people into communities throughout Mid-Ohio. So, Ramy wanted to know if we could discuss this stuff in the podcast and send a message to the drumming community. I, of course, said yes to that and so we discuss some ideas in this podcast and we urge you folks to consider thought to our idea.
In conclusion, this podcast is very intimate, thoughtful and funny. Of course, there must be some good laughs in there too. I hope you enjoy this raw podcast session and hopefully enjoy the in-depth look at why A&F is a thriving company and family.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. With each passing interview, I feel more and more able to connect with my guests and it translates to better podcasts. It was some time ago that I booked a date with Dan Mayo and I had thoughts of what I would want to ask him. Dan is a drummer that I am personally a huge fan of and as a podcast host, I wanted to capitalize on that opportunity by producing a memorable podcast. My focus is ensuring that I am steadily improving my ability to communicate with people. I do this so that down the road, I will have some profound experiences and memories with my drumming brothers and sisters. Dan Mayo's interview is a personal turning point in how I perceived my podcast.
We don't discuss Dan's history for much, although we do briefly touch on this. Basically, Dan has played drums since before he can accurately recall. The heart of this podcast, besides some discussion on his amazing band TATRAN, is about how Dan approaches drumming. When a player shows so much physical and mental freedom, I have to know the liberties that are included with that. How does he become so engaged so quickly in these one-minute clips on Instagram from a cold start? How Dan answered some of my questions were unlike what I was expecting. I won't spoil anything else, you will just need to hear it for yourself.
Welcome to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. I am going to keep this short and simple. This is a special bonus episode for all the people who listen to my show, graciously support and encourage me to continue this project. Without the support of my listeners and the participation of my guests, it wouldn't be possible. So thank you all.
Robb Ryan is a familiar name to DrumGAB. Besides my wife Amanda, Robb was literally the first person to know about DrumGAB and he was the guy who literally said, "Get off your ass and write a blog." That blog turned into an actual total of 20 articles if you count my original series "Weekly Warrior" and my three review articles.
Then the podcast came along and I recorded 6 trial interviews that are no longer online. I put DrumGAB down for a bit when my son Harrison was born but after a while, I realized it had to continue and my wife and friends agreed. I then rebuilt my website and relaunched the podcast in January. The podcast is an absolute blast and I take a great deal of pride in it. I try to treat it like an art form and I want to create memorable experiences. So to commemorate this anniversary, I wanted to do something special for you, the listeners and my friend Robb who is only days away from going to Drumeo to film some lessons.
It is an amazing opportunity for Robb and I wanted to have a chat with him before he goes. I wanted to know how he felt about things and if it was a matter of confidence. Robb is solid on this. He is so well practiced and this material is second nature to Robb. We just have a good conversation and it is reflective. So grab a glass of wine, bourbon or cold beer and sit back and listen to what might be history in the making.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. This episode is very special. It is the first of three episodes under the "Royal Podcast Series." TODAY is DrumGAB's first birthday and we are also approaching A&F Drum Co. first birthday on May 1st. To mark this special occasion, I really wanted to do something unique.
For one year I have learned so much about producing a podcast and also finding my vision within it. It is now a lifestyle and a duty to some degree. It is taking on a life of its own and I can sense many great things in DrumGAB's future. The same can be said for A&F and I feel very connected to their company and I am becoming familiar with some of their artists too. The day I get to play an A&F kit will be a very special day and may involve tears, if I'm honest.
Our first guest of this mega series is Daniel Dufour. A supremely talented player from Austin, TX. He showed up on my radar several months ago. I guess I had some questions then too, but I am glad I waited. We get into a lot of good stuff here. We discuss his new musical project and record coming soon.....Side note (the opening track in this podcast is from Daniel's upcoming album. The song is titled "Push Back.") We talk in depth about the recording process and how the band formed and so on.
Next, we dive into some of the artists Daniel has performed with. A couple of names are pretty serious and I couldn't believe it....and then Pete Rodriguez. Daniel played for a few years with Pete and cut the record Caminando con Papi (Walking with my Dad). We feature the track "Shut Up & Play Your Horn" at the very end of the podcast for an added bonus. The story of how Daniel gets involved with Pete was a true test of his abilities.
I then ask Daniel a series of deep cut questions. Dealing with subjects such as Daniel's mental game when recording and how it compares to a live situation. I ask him what his dream gig is and his answer is so humbling.....you gotta hear it.
We then break open the story about how Daniel came to join the A&F Family. He explains just what makes them so special to play, what he enjoys most about them, and how Ramy left the door unlocked and he had his first moments alone with them. It is no surprise that Daniel is overjoyed with what he has found in this drum set. Overall, this is a great chat, recorded from top to bottom.
I hope that you enjoy this session.
Daniels' Website - www.danieldufour.com
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Custom builders are coming up everywhere you look. Many different people are putting their woodworking skills to use and creating some really nice instruments. With common woodworkers, stave builds seem to be a favorable choice of build. While many are doing this type of construction, one brand, in particular, is receiving quite a lot of recognition lately. Meet Mike Martin. He and his partner, Steve Tepee, are tearing up a storm on Instagram lately with their stave drums.
I wrote an article a few months ago about Predator Percussion but wanted to revisit thier company because of all the updates since I spoke to Mike last. He is really trying to find a way to make Predator Percussion his full time job. By streamlining certain aspects of his business and creating entry points for new customers on a more restrictive budget. It is clear that Mike has been strategizing and I think his ideas are sound.
Take a trip with us while we explore these topics and many more on this podcast episode. You can find Predator Percussion at the following social media.
Allow me to present a brand new quarterly series "GearGAB". In this series, I am joined by Chris Gura from Drummers Guide 2 Gear @officialdg2g.
First product - Galaxy Drum Lights
Second product - Sweet Spot Clutches
Third Product - 78 Custom Drums