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Are ya tired of hearing, "so, like, uhh talk to me about how you started playing drums" in drumming podcasts? I'm gonna say, probably not as much as the guests are. I dunno, I think it's better to cut to the chase and explore pinpoint moments in their lives by forming curiosities around my research :0 IF YOU ARE DOWN FOR THAT; WELCOME! (Side Note: I strongly believe that the best part of the podcasting experience for listeners is the ability to connect with the host. So, don't be shy :)
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Now displaying: November, 2017
Nov 27, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. It is hard to say how many people pursue drums because they just know that it is something they want to do. A natural draw that is more of an instinct than anything else. To play drums for some is the same thing as eating food. It is something the mind and body needs and through years of experience, learning and naturally finding a path for yourself, you realize it was never a choice. It is just something that you do.

 

Troy Wright is a fine example of that.

 

Who is Troy?

 

Troy is from the Gold Coast, Australia and tours for Plini and Amity Affliction. He also runs a fine drum education school called "Wright Drum School" where he also has two additional instructors Morgan Blake and Jamie Keys. His style is definitely heavier and quite progressive and often transcribes pieces prior to executing if they are more challenging to play. Besides the touring and teaching, he also has a very successful YouTube channel, with over 100k subs and video views well into the millions. 

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- We get straight to it by talking about our mutual friend Stan Bicknell and how they originally met. Stan suggested that Troy attend a Thomas Lang boot camp, after seeing Troy’s Meshuggah medleys on YouTube, and from there they became friends and have remained since. Troy explains in a lot of detail what the experience of this boot camp was like.

 

- We flip back to the beginnings of Troy’s background in how he began and what proceeded. Immediately you will gather that Troy identified drumming as his true passion early in life and never had to rely on a regular job while he was a teenager. Through performing gigs and teaching drum lessons out his parent’s house, he managed to earn some small income which allowed him to stay consistent with his drumming.

 

- Troy has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Plini and Amity Affliction and spends nearly four to five months of the year touring. So with knowing that I had to ask a series of questions that revolved around touring life. The stories, the issues with being on the road and whether he enjoyed that or not.

 

- The final segment of this interview deals with his drum school, Wright Drum School. Along with how it came to be, I was aware that there is a drum solo ceremony at the end of the curriculum where his students perform a piece in front of an audience to showcase their growth and abilities on the drum set. Troy talks about how this makes him feel to see his students in the spotlight and how this teaches them a valuable lesson about performance.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

I believe that this episode might have the most WPM (words per minute) ever. This is a rapid pace episode and you will want to pay close attention to the things that Troy says. If you miss the flow of this conversation, it will not be received as effectively…..SO pay close attention.

 

Music by: Plini

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast.

 

Troy's Social Media

YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Website

 

DrumGAB Social Media

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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO Artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background Music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

 

Nov 20, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is known as “The Orlando Drummer”. A hardcore YouTuber that has been creating content for the better part of a decade and through trial and error has managed to create a business selling drum lessons and other content online through his website www.orlandodrummer.com

 

Who is Adam?

 

Adam is a unique drummer in that he has learned most of what he knows through the internet and not paradoxically distributes his lessons online as well. He is a very well known musician in the online scene and from all my conversations with him since and before the podcast, Adam is a seriously nice guy and has been quite helpful in personal questions I have had. Overall, he was a blast to work with.

 

Key Moments in the Episode

 

- We kick things off by discussing the process with making content and how he discovers the gaps in online drum lessons to provide useful and needed content to drummers all over the world. We also discuss what aspect of content creation Adam is partial to and this is a moment that I admit is also my favourite aspect as well.

 

- Then get into what inspires Adam to create content and his answer is well…..very interesting and it makes a hell of a lot of sense once it is explained. This segment of the interview is one of the deepest conversations that I have ever shared with a guest before.

 

- Moving right along to something that Adam and I have in common….we both interview artists. I was very curious to why he got into interviewing people and what he has taken away from branching off into this direction.

 

- We close things out with a completely improvised discussion about social media and the ironic disconnect between people. It spawned from Adam talking about how he spends so much time locked up in a box making video content and how he wishes to spread out more into public masterclass events and the clinic world. This is again…not planned and it turned into one of the best conversations I have ever had on the show about the state of social media and how it’s amazing but at the same time, limiting for “real” connections.

 

Concluding Thoughts

I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed working with Adam with this episode. He was very prompt, professional and incredibly generous of both his time and the resources in order to make this a high quality episode. It makes all of the difference as a host when a guest, regardless of public stature, gives you so much of their attention and treat you with humility.

This episode is more “in the moment” than planned. While I had points that I wanted to discuss and an objective going in, I found myself just talking to Adam. He made a few comments that I pounced on immediately in order to create a situation within our chat. These moments make up the best parts of the episode. Overall, there is a lot of incredible knowledge shared and insight to Adam’s life and what motivates him to create content for people.

Also, something worth noting is that Adam is very selective with people and projects he associates himself with, so I feel quite privileged to be given this opportunity to create with him. Adam has not been on the record with many journalists and of what I could find, this is likely the most in-depth and personal interview Adam has ever been featured on….SO GET ON THIS!

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Adam's Social Media

YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | Website

 

DrumGAB Social Media

Instagram | Facebook | Website

 

DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background Music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

Nov 17, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Well, I made it to 50 episodes and I can't believe the growth that has happened over the course of this project. I wanted to celebrate by having two past guests and friends, Joey "Bones" Parasole and Carson Gant on the show in a round table chat about nothing in particular. This is kind of like my "Seinfeld" episode. We had wrote random questions for one another to answer and then I took that audio and chopped it all up.

 

It is a very quirky episode that I modeled after two things. Frank Zappa's "Lumpy Gravy" and the Quasimoto albums. It is a mixture of Carson's IG videos that I reduced to audio and our conversation. I believe I took 17 beats from Carson's account to make up the music. It is the most experimental podcast I have made and it was one of my favorites to make because it was nothing more than an art project for me.

 

Thanks to everyone who has taken time to listen to this podcast. It is the single most important thing to me that people tune in and enjoy this content. It is a pleasure to provide it and I hope everyone is looking forward to next year as much as I am and continues wandering this DrumGAB road with me to see what is discovered.

 

For people who love this show, I made this episode for you.

 

Music by: The Morgan Freemasons

 

Carson Gant's Social

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Joey Bones' Social

Instagram

 

DrumGAB's Social

Instagram | Facebook | Website

 

DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background Music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

Nov 13, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is Mike Johnston. Widely regarded as one of the leaders in online drum education with his business Mikeslessons.com, Mike has incredible positive influence and affinity in the drum industry with his friendly and relatable demeanor. He has been creating instructional content for years now and is very careful in his approach to ensure that his audience and students can be as engaged as possible and fill their minds and hearts with positivity to trudge through with learning this incredibly challenging, and often times, frustrating instrument. I don't think anyone does it better either. He was an absolute treat to interview and has affected how I think as well about my DrumGAB podcast and how I engage my audience.

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- Mike talks about how his new musical project, Man on the Moon, came about and how Mike hasn’t been involved in a band for ten years since he decided to start his own online teaching business, Mikeslessons.com. We also learn about how the album was originally tracked elsewhere but the drum sounds and vision from other producers weren’t matching what Mike had in mind….so Mike recorded it himself at the Mikeslessons.com facility.

 

- The next segment of the interview is perhaps the most valuable to listeners. We talk about the differences between company culture and client culture. The concept of client culture has personally spawned a more focused effort for how I build DrumGAB and my listening community. Anyone who has a product or media that they are trying to get off the ground needs to really listen to what Mike has to say here. It contains the special ingredient for long-term success and maximum engagement.

 

- Next up in the interview is Mike’s drum camps and that whole experience. If you are a softy, you may want to have Kleenex nearby. This also, in an indirect way applies to the client culture discussion as I believe Mike’s drum camps are a perfect solution to client culture. It is great to hear how the camps started and what people are getting out of them. I’d be surprised if you don’t love Mike after this part….but let’s be honest you probably do already anyway.

 

- The final chapter of this interview deals with the 500-pound elephant in the room…..what Mike thinks about online drum education. Mike lends some major knowledge about this side of the industry and for anyone trying to become online educators, he explains what you need to do and what to expect for this long and arduous journey that lies ahead. In many ways, Mike and a few others got on board at the right time and while it hasn’t been easy for any of them, the level of saturation was next to nothing compared to today. Mike started doing this before the term “streaming” was a thing, it was simply called “broadcasting” and the technical limitations were extreme and the frustrations must have been high back then. In any case, Mike reassures the listeners with some great advice on this subject.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

This episode marks a huge milestone for the DrumGAB podcast. It sits perfectly at Episode 49 and everything that has led up to this moment has been a whirlwind of learning, experience, and fond memories. Mike provided such a positive experience to me personally and I feel listeners will gather that from our chat. Overall, this episode provides some of the best knowledge shared on DrumGAB and I feel it is a precursor to other great opportunities on the show. Thank you to all the listeners that have supported the show so immensely and for Mike giving me a chance to produce a top quality episode with him. This one, on a personal level, was an incredible session that I won't soon forget.

 

Music by: Man on the Moon

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Mike's Social Media

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Website

 

DrumGAB Social Media

Instagram | Facebook | Website

 

DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

Nov 5, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is Brody Simpson: drummer, engineer, and producer who runs his business Real Drums for You at Underground Studios in Perth, Australia.

 

Who is Brody?

 

Brody Simpson is an exceptional studio drummer that hails from Perth, Australia. He has been a co-owner of Underground Studios in Perth for nearly six years and has developed an online service business named Real Drums for You. He specializes in many genres of music and he then applies his expertise in audio engineering and production to create bespoke drum tracks that in my opinion is hard to match in regards to his level of detail and quality.

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- After we finish joking around about huntsman spiders and some funny anecdotes we get straight to business. Brody tells us how he and his business partner Mark got into owning their own studio, Underground Studios. Brody then describes the obscene level of talent in the city of Perth and a number of high-level studios that Brody and Mark ultimately have to compete with to not lose their shirt. You immediately understand that this was a risky move and that they had to get good fast in order to not go bankrupt.

 

- What follows is a fantastic conversation about the Childish Japes sessions that took place during JP Bouvet’s Australia and New Zealand clinic tour with Childish Japes. We learn about the band’s creative process in the studio and Brody describes just how measured and tidy the musicians in this group truly are and how this was an amazing session to track.

 

- Brody Simpson is highly specialized in creating a vibe in his drum tracks and he is fascinated with sounds and how to pair them in order to create a strong musical impression. We go into great length discussing how sounds play an important role in providing the right "vibe" to a song and how a “middle of the road” approach to creating drum tracks simply isn’t good enough in order to create a strong reputation around your brand.

 

- So what is the experience that a client can expect when they employ Brody and Real Drums for You? Well, Brody breaks that down for us and all I can say is that no stone is left unturned. He goes to incredible lengths to ensure that the client is satisfied and that he gets the job done right the first time.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

Brody doesn’t want to tour, he doesn’t want to leave his family and friends in Perth BUT he wants to engage further with bands and individual artists. So, how do you do that? Brody’s solution is to capture the worlds’ attention with the work he does in Underground Studios and use the internet and social media as his medium for exposure and reputation.

He wants to work with the best musicians possible and create some incredible music without having to leave the comfort of home and his studio. We are now in an age where we can do just that and Brody sees this as his ultimate goal. His dream is to one day not have nearly as many physical bodies in his studio but rather correspond and create purely through the power of the internet. With the quality of his work and enough time I believe this will happen for him because of his imagination, creativity, pure skill on the drums and his no bullshit approach to correspondence and knowing what he needs from his clients in order to create a bespoke product.

 

Music by: The Siren Tower

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Brody’s Social Media


Instagram | Facebook | YouTube


http://realdrumsforyou.com/


http://www.undergroundstudios.com.au/

 

DrumGAB’s Social Media


Instagram | Facebook | Website

 

DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums


VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice


Background music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

 

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