A few weeks ago I had a late night epiphany and decided to capture my thoughts while they were still fresh in my mind. I had no intention of releasing this as content but after listening back to it, I felt that perhaps there is some value to this recording. I sent it to my dude Matt Dudley to check out and get his perspective on it and he agreed that it has value to you, the listeners.
So here we go, the first installment of Midnight Thoughts. Me just rambling about what is floating around up in my cranium. This was done a week after my episode with Carson Gant and just before I interviewed Scott Pellegrom, so it is slightly out of date but the concepts are very relevant to how I produce the show. I hope this gives you guys some insight to how I produce my show and how I approach my interviews...errr I mean conversations.
The tracks in the background are a mashup of some J Dilla beats to set the mood. Hope you dig.
#humpdaygiveaway Week 3 - What cymbal is Scott ranting and raving about?
Last summer I was writing a weekly piece that I released on Sunday mornings that I called "Weekly Warrior". The "Weekly Warrior" were articles about drummers that I really liked. I would just randomly pick a drummer from my head and then I would write an article on drummer I had chose. One of the reasons that I was writing the weekly piece was to practice my writing. I also had to create a routine around DrumGAB, or it would have died early on. Projects like this require constant effort or else they don't work. So in the very beginning, I had to create content from my inspirations and Scott Pellegrom was one of those first 6 articles.
Once the article was all done, I tweeted it to Scott and thought nothing of it after that. Until a couple days rolled by and I received a message from him that he had read it and he said thanks for the thought. So, thinking back, you could say that Scott was actually the first confirmation for DrumGAB directly from the artist. Fast forward about 10 months later and we got in touch to hang on my podcast. This is kind of a special episode to me because it is a full circle moment and how it all played out and how it all turned out, is so rad and I am so thankful.
So what is this episode about? Well, it is really hard to answer that OR break it down into any kind of formula. It is simply a great conversation with a down to earth guy that seemed to enjoy the "no pressure" zero "agenda" that my show can offer someone. It is really a place to just be yourself and hang out and this episode captures a fine energy.
Also, Scott hooked us up with a trio of SP3 (Scott Pellegrom Trio) tunes that are wild. If you dig the vibes you can check out the entire album SuperNaturalBang right here!
i) Bees Knees
Enjoy the show!
#humpdaygiveaway Week 2 - What is Daniel's favorite band?
In this episode, I spoke with Daniel Potts, an armless drummer. I recall the first time that I saw Daniel on Instagram, was from a share account and you can't ignore the first impression of seeing Daniel play drums. I actually could not believe what I was seeing. He doesn't just play either, he plays really well. He is very clean in his execution, his ghost note consistency is advanced, his accuracy is incredible and he does it all from a vantage point that makes me question if he can even really see what is going on. It is a sight to behold.
Naturally, I am curious about how this all came to be. People are naturally drawn towards things that are out of the ordinary, for the majority. You somehow need to know how details like how you approach something new, how to deal with everyday life or how you learned to play the drums!? And his answer is simple. "Can I?"
As Daniel explains, he has had to approach everything with an open mind and figure a way to do the things that most of us take for granted. This constant challenge is obviously the driving force behind Daniel's motivation for life. With drums, it took a long time to find a setup that would be comfortable for him and much trial and error in his technique, just like anyone learning drums. In the long run, all that I can say is that it is hard to believe that someone can operate the lower half of their with that much accuracy and dexterity. To me, that is absolutely incredible. Just how a person can adapt to their surroundings, physical conditions, and situations. The human body is a fascinating thing.
Daniel and I get into some pretty personal detail about his life. The podcast is filled with honest conversation and there are many bright shining moments. It is a podcast to reflect on your own personal challenges and how we can negotiate them with the idea of "Can I?" rather than "How do I?" One sounds much more optimistic in tone, wouldn't ya say?
#humpdaygiveaway Week 1 - What brand of drumsticks did Aaron receive on his birthday?
This episode features a new interactive weekly contest. #humpdaygiveaway is a brand new weekly giveaway that is being brought to you by Nick at Canadian Drum Gear and DrumGAB. Every week I will open up the podcast with a question pertaining to the podcast. Here are three ways you can win....
1. Repost the podcast art on your Instagram page and tag @drumgab1 and @canadiandrumgear you will immediately receive 1 ballot.
2. If you are really bringing your eh! game, DM me on my Instagram page @drumgab1 with the correct answer between noon-3pm EST and you'll be entered into the draw with 2 ballots.
3. Combine 1&2 and you will have 3 ballots!! Yeah, math! Everybody has a chance to win but if you listen to the show your odds just got a whole lot better. The window for the contest is each Wednesday 7am-7pm EST.
So what do you win? Well, you get to choose your own pair of drumsticks and your choice of Aquarian Drumhead. We are also kicking in a #DrumGAB coupon code that will save you 15% on all purchases at www.canadiandrumgear.com for the week of the contest (Thursday - Thursday).
On with the program...Aaron is a true working drummer. He is a master educator at the Yamaha Music School in Toronto and has been teaching there for a decade. He has studied under guys like Mark Kelso and Paul DeLong and because of this Aaron has some ridiculous facility. Aaron is what I would refer to as a "true drum nerd". Aaron will gladly spend a Friday evening studying something music related over a loud night at the club. So that is why this podcast is so filled with good stuff. He has so much info crammed into his dome and he just spills it in this podcast.
This is also an episode that is heavily diverted from an "Interview". Both Aaron and I appreciate a good conversation and so we had one. I am not going to get into detail about every little thing we talked about...cause I would miss a bunch. You will just have to listen to it and hear it for yourself.
Artist: Exes for Eyes
Songs: Remember Savannah \ Shot in the Dark
Aaron's Social Media
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. One-Up Drum Vids is a very interesting project to me and in a lot of ways speaks to me in terms of how to create content. I enjoy seeing people that are creative and have a high attention to detail. Carson’s videos are consistently great and I when he posts something, I never skip over it. I always want to see what it is that he is up to and the music he is creating. In many cases, I prefer what he comes up with for drum sounds, compositions, and execution over the originals. You can’t replace human interpretation and performance with a drum machine or computer.
So with the rad content, he puts out, I felt like he and I were going to have many common interests that we would discover and talk about throughout the podcast. Sometimes you just know the guest suits the show. I had prepared an outline for the interview, fail-safe shit, and I pretty much botched my own interview. Within a few minutes, I glossed over about half of the points that I wrote down and so as a result, most of this is ACTUALLY just a conversation.
Carson, on the day of the interview, hit 10K subs on YouTube, so we open things up talking about his content on YouTube and the challenges that were involved. Carson logged 60hrs on the Matt Garstka Challenge video….and I believe that video just shy of 8 minutes. That is seriously crazy. Here is the link to that video.
Back a few months ago, Carson got a chance to do some work with a band names Paper Route. It came out of nowhere for him and it involved processes that he has not really had much experience with. Carson played some gigs that were out of his comfort zone. Low volume situations playing in highly resonant rooms were a particular challenge. We talk about playing with intensity at low volumes and reference a particular musician that does this with considerable conviction.
Both Carson and I both feel that “chops” videos are overdone and we have a mutual love for groove and feel. It is refreshing to see videos that focus on the importance of knowing how a beat really sits. The devil is in the details with the stuff Carson does. He creates a new level of pocket that I don’t hear much and it is so addictive to listen to.
One of the biggest factors as to why I had Carson on the show, was because I knew we both loved instrumental hip hop….and we are talking about the good stuff. I enjoy talking about records and music and so there is some time in the podcast dedicated to some good tune GAB.
Overall, this is a really fun hang. It’ll go down as a classic in the library of DrumGAB podcast. Check it.