Ralph Rolle is the current and long standing drummer for Nile Rodgers and Chic. He has worked with legendary artists such as Lady Gaga, Elvis Costello, Al Green, Sting, Slash, Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Chaka Khan, and Lauryn Hill to name a few.
We discuss his cookie company The Soul Snacks Cookie Company, how he landed the Chic gig (which spans a thirty year time frame), a great story about how Ralph became endorsed with Yamaha through an encounter with the great Steve Gadd, and his experiences as the house drummer for the Apollo Theatre that spanned nearly two decades. We round off the interview with a heartfelt story about the NY Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps and the corps director, Carmelo Saez.
Matt Davis creates audio/video presentations using found footage and sampling original drum performances from the likes of Paul Mabury, Mike Johnston, Aaron Sterling, Dan Mayo, Ash Soan, Brody Simpson, Steve Nadler and many others. Since August of 2017, Matt has created over 200 of these short videos.
Audio samples for the podcast are sourced from the following....
Bloody Well Right by Supertramp
Heather and her Husband
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Residents One-Minute Movies
A NASA recording of the Sun
Harmony Korine interview with Dave Letterman
Bunny Boy playing accordian in Gummo
Bjork 1988 interview where she disassembles a TV
DJ Shadow Endtroducing... Best Foot Forward and Changeling/Transmission 1
The clips I selected of Matt's Instagram feature the following drummers.....
EMAN (Emmanuel Cervantes) is the current touring drummer for the pop artist Andy Grammer. This interview was captured in the tour bus at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, ON.
Recorded on April 2, 2018
Drummer and music educator, Juan "Carlito" Mendoza is famously known as the 2012 Guitar Center Drum Solo Grand Champion. That YouTube video has over 3.5 million views. Juan has also written his own educational book titled, Rudiment Creativity Vol. 1: Rolls and Paradiddles. Volume Two is planned to be the works this coming fall.
In this interview we discuss the importance of patience, being genuine and authentic and why having a creative outlet is beneficial for people.
Recorded March 30, 2018