Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week’s episode is particularly special. Noam and his wife Louise are authors of a children’s book series called Jungle Jam and Noam has graciously provided the book series to my son Harrison and so I have dedicated this episode to my little boy.
Who is Noam?
Noam is someone that is quite inspiring and if you were to simply watch his Instagram feed you would have no idea to what degree this man has achieved in life so far. He served in the Army, published over 100 books (mostly musical education publications), he and his wife Louise have created a children’s book series called “Jungle Jam”, he is the Principal of a musical enrichment school called “Academy of Rock” and is also a very active professional musician and plays for the chart topping band Captain SKA. He is also a father and a husband and finds time for everything that he closely values in his life. After spending time with him through the creation of this episode we have become very good friends and I find his approach to life very inspiring and left me with some very good feelings about my own life and my personal goals.
Key Moments in this Episode
- Noam talks about his time in the Army and how it was illegal to play in a band if you were involved with the Army. Do you think that stopped Noam from following his heart? Listen to the incredible story of how he performed on national Israeli television for over a year thinking he had fooled the Army and his CO.
- Next we dive into his band Captain SKA. They have topped the charts with their song “Liar, Liar” and made waves with the press. BBC banned them from being played but that didn’t stop the flood of views and support from listeners all over the world. Noam also shares how the band has evolved since then and their new song “Sons and Daughters”.
- Noam is the Principal of the musical enrichment school named “Academy of Rock”. Noam gets into significant detail about both his own vision of how he wishes to teach students and the values of this music school. Noam makes a very important point that teaching music to our youth is far too important to half-ass. You MUST be passionate about education and not just look at it as a means of providing yourself with income. This is a great segment.
- That leads us to Jungle Jam. Noam explains that Jungle Jam was all about giving back to people. He and his wife work on these books together as a family and it has filled their home with more love and support for one another and I just love this. It is heartwarming to hear him explain what Jungle Jam means to him and his family and how this will hopefully become an animated series for television and there are other plans for it as well.
- Noam then talks a bit about his gear and some of the common questions he receives on Instagram. He also shares the purpose of his Instagram page. It is literally just a place for him to experiment with sounds and uses the feedback to help him decide what to keep and what to scrap. He uses Instagram as a large sounding board for his experiments and musical ideas.
- We conclude by discussing social media and this is where I pipe in on DrumGAB’s vision with social media and connectivity between myself and my audience and what I hope to provide to them. By this point Noam and I are just talking and reflecting on how we can make social media more “social” and provide value to our community.
This is the last podcast for Season 1 of the podcast and it marks an important milestone for DrumGAB. Going into 2018 I have discovered the purpose of this podcast and my socials. It is all about providing value and experiences for our community through content and engagement. Much like Noam’s philosophies on life, we share a great deal of common ideas when it comes to giving back and how we view ourselves in our work and our purpose.
I hope that you all enjoyed this past year of content and thank you all for your continued love and support. My goal is to develop further in order to bring more meaningful content to you. It is a journey and I hope that by sharing myself and the guests with you that you find inspiration to stoke your own fire. Make your life what you want it to be. Do the things you want to do. See the results you want to see. Life is precious and incredibly rare so grab life by the horns and make your mark with the opportunity life has given you and shine through. God bless.
Music by: Captain SKA
Song: Sons and Daughters
Welcome to another episode of DrumGAB podcast! My release dates fell on the Christmas holidays this year so I felt it would be nice to have a Christmas themed episode with my good pal Tim Baltes.
A message for listeners
Tim and I wanted to encorporate his quirky karaoke mishaps into this episode. We had a lot of fun putting this one together and even though with the silly karaoke bits, this podcast is actually quite heavy at times. Something that Tim addresses at the very beginning of the episode is how he wondered what people would say when they hear Tim and not "Timbo". Overall a really solid chat about Tim's life, vintage drums and social media marketing.
Also, I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to all you fine listeners out there. I am happy that Tim and I were able to make a Christmas special to mark the near end of season one. I am very excited about what next year will bring and I am very happy with how things have gone this past year. I hope you folks cozy up with some coffee and relax to this fun and informative episode!
Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. This week we are taking a close look into the life of Aric Improta. Aric is the drummer his long time passion project band Night Verses and more recently has taken the throne for Goldfinger and is also the drummer for The Fever 333. This conversation takes a deep look into his highly diversified year in 2017, his philosophies on his approach to drumming and many stories about his journey over the years and what inspires him.
Who is Aric?
I feel that a lot of people found Aric through his viral Guitar Centre Drum Off video, where he placed second to the incredible Juan Carlito Mendoza (which for the record is probably the most incredible champion solo from that event). Beyond that, people will know him for his video series ADD (Attention Deficit Drumming) that has had well over 100K views in total and then of course he is the drummer for Night Verses.
Aric’s style of play is rather extreme in every aspect. He mixes his love for skateboarding and free running/athleticism with drumming, LIKE NO ONE ELSE. Aric is a one of a kind player. He has made headlines with being the drummer to backflip from one drum set to another during a solo and soon to come Meinl will be releasing a 40 minute drum solo of Aric pulling ideas from his six month creative binge that lead to the ADD video series. All in all, Aric is ALWAYS pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a drum set.
Key Moments in this episode
- Before we even really “begin” the interview we talk about the major changes for him in 2017. He joined two bands, Goldfinger and The Fever 333 and he talks about how a Night Verses had to cancel a tour, which resulted in a six month creative binge. This was the time that he released the ADD videos and a slew of other creative projects. We also talk about how these additions to his work schedule has forced him to be more focused with his time and how he utilizes it to ensure that he is always prepared for gigs, recording, practice and illustrative work.
- Because Aric has such a unique approach and sound, I ask about how much time he invests in discovering new techniques and the development of his sound. Basically his point to the question of discovering “your sound” is about the importance of finding a unique way to blend in. How can you be “you” and still remain inclusive to others and to be an adaptive musician. That is difficult to pull off I think but Aric has some great thoughts on this that listeners can apply to their mental game.
- The next section was an activity that we have never done on the podcast and it may be interesting for you to give this thought as well. I had Aric organize the following components in order of most important to least important - Creativity, Time keeping, Endurance, Independence, Coordination, Groove, Chops, Technique - This is a killer part of the episode.
- Along with drumming, Aric also draws a lot. Something that you often see in his drawings is the “Eye of Providence.” We talk about why he draws this symbol so often and we also explore the three common meanings to the symbol and what it means to Aric. Long story short, Aric will tell me a few years from now. It spirals into a deeper conversation about “creating your own world”. Brian Eno references and the discussion of science vs art for example.
- We wind down by talking about the effect of music. How music can transform your perspectives and how people click with music in their own personal way. At this point great moments were captured and there was weight to this part of the conversation.
- Recapping 2017 and how Aric’s 2018 is looking.
There are times when I speak with a guest and there is just undeniable synergy. For me, it is tough to relate to most people because I tend to have unpopular tastes and I am very personal with how I feel about most things. So it is rare when I sense someone else comes from a similar place. What this synergy created was a very spontaneous and free flowing conversation that is packed with good vibes. Great points were touched upon and there is a very unique angle to a lot of Aric’s thoughts and I really enjoyed listening to his reasonings.
Another fun aspect of this show was the editing of it. I am a very big fan of abrupt and “vibey” production. I enjoy Aric’s approach with his ADD videos. There is an intangible grime to those videos and I really wanted to model this podcast after that “vibe” and so I used a lot of clips from the ADD videos and they will abruptly come in and partition the conversation at key points that were very intentional and there was an effect I was looking for with each one. Overall, I spent more time on this episode than most because I related to it a lot and it was very fulfilling to make. This is one of my favourite shows I have made so far, Top pick.
Music by: Night Verses
Song: Introducing: The Rot Under The Sun
Album: Lift Your Existence (2013)
Aric’s Bands (Soundcloud links)
Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Our guest this week is probably best known as the drummer for the Jason Aldean country artist but he is much more than just that. He is a motivational speaker, an author, actor and producer as well. In this episode we explore the concept of finding your “calling” and journeying that path until success is reached. This is an incredible discussion that will speak to two different categories of people. Those who know their calling and are working diligently to find career success or those who didn’t heed the calling and may have remorse about their decisions.
Who is Rich Redmond
Rich has been a drummer for 40 years and has been a working drummer in the Nashville scene for nearly 21 years. He and his friends Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy, AKA “The Kings” have been working together for nearly two decades as a professional rhythm section that fuelled one another with work in the Nashville scene and make up the Jason Aldean rhythm section. The idea behind “The Kings” is that power is in numbers when working as professional musicians. Besides being a drummer, Rich has recently created a second life in Hollywood to pursue acting. He views this as the next season of his life that he feels he is supposed to focus on for the next 20 years of his professional life.
Rich is also a motivational speaker, using his CRASH course for success to bring good message to the public about how to develop the tools to be the person you want to be in life. I find this particular aspect of his career incredibly interesting and Rich shares some good wisdom with me and ultimately listeners of this show. Rich also ran a production company called New Voice Entertainment which he and the Kings helped produce demos for up and coming musical acts but has since dissolved about one year ago. All in all, Rich is a super eclectic artist who merges entertainment and education to help bring positive influence into peoples lives and is quite possibly the most diversified guest I have ever had on the show.
Key Moments in this Episode
- We briefly discuss how Rich is now diving into acting and how he feels this is the next step in evolving as an entertainer.
- Is being a dreamer unhealthy? Rich goes into incredible detail about how dreams are what fuels our curiosities to attempt being someone other than simply average. Following our dreams will have its ups and downs but believing that you know the path is what is important. One day it may all work itself out.
- I then ask a question that opposes Rich’s discussion about not quitting and following your path. I ask him how long must a person wait until they need to reassess their path and possibly create a plan B for themselves. Again, we have an unreal conversation about this.
- After all of this it becomes apparent that we had discussed everything that encompasses his CRASH course for success philosophy - Commitments, Relationships, Attitude, Skill and Hunger - We then discuss how this message affects his clinic audience.
- At this point of the interview we go full circle. I ask Rich how we know we are on the right path and how to find it. Rich then goes into detail about his thoughts on people who never heed the calling because of life’s circumstances and certain barriers that our journey in life can create that keep us from selfishly pursuing our own goals and dreams. To be selfish is not necessarily a bad thing as long as you allow to balance it out with selflessness. We can be better to people if we pursue our dreams and this includes our loved ones as well as society as a whole.
- We close things out by talking about his now dissolved company, New Voice Entertainment. This includes discussion of The Kings and how they worked together as a team for years to help create the success they now have in their careers.
So….this podcast is one I will always enjoy listening back to. Yes I listen to my own show but it is because I pick it apart for things I wish I did better or new approaches to interviewing people. It would be like making drum videos and never watching them to see how you played and how you can improve. This is the first episode i have made where I feel I executed the interview to my likings. I am so proud of this one and it is something I would like to reflect on years down the road. Capturing a conversation like this one is something that gives me relief. It is relieving because I know I couldn’t have done it better with the equipment and knowledge I have at this stage of my journey as a podcast host. Rich and I managed to create something that I feel is quite worthwhile listening to and I hope it gets some people thinking about their own lives and how we can alter our course and pursue the things that bring us real joy in life. This is a motivational episode.
Music by Rockett Queen
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