Cameron Carbone is a drummer from Austin, TX who performs with CYTERA and also a brand new project called Alter Mind. Along with performing, Cameron also teaches upwards of thirty students and is also a content creator.
I spoke to Cameron a couple of months ago over Skype and got to know him and his situation over the course of our chat. Because of our talk, I thought that a conversation on the podcast would be a good way to indicate to people what he had been going through and what he was doing about it. Most of us realize that sometimes life throws us curveballs and Cameron had some thrown at him. As Cameron explains in the interview, his life at the moment isn't at all what he was expecting. He mentions that he is thinking a lot about his future and what he wants that to look like, however, sometimes things are out of our control and even when we try our best to create the desired outcome it doesn't always work out that way.
So in this episode, we discuss the concept of self-awareness quite a lot. We both relate to the subject matter to help provide some real perspectives and some real solutions as well.
Ronn Dunnett is a colorful character who I had the great pleasure to finally meet at Victoria Drum Festival this year. He is a one-man show who is responsible for some of the finest instruments crafted in our industry today. Both with his Dunnett Classic Drums line and his continuation of the George Way legacy, Ronn pours love and care into each creation. He has high standards and does not sway off the path of excellence, as he has been known to be quite outspoken about certain aspects of the drum industry on social media and is misunderstood sometimes in the tone of his message. As we said (off-air) in our pre-chat, he is the guy who kicks the ball when others stand around waiting for someone else to take action.
The bulk of our conversation is focused on his revival of George Way Drum Company. In 2006, Ronn decided to restore the old company and honor its roots and tradition. Ronn is very interested in the history of the man, the story of the company and George Way, and the brand both in its innovation and focus on quality and sincerity of the products. Ronn realizes just how much responsibility he is faced with and he holds a high standard to honor what George might have wanted in regards to what the company would eventually evolve into if George were still alive. Listening to Ronn speak on this is very interesting and it says a lot about his character and what he values.
Beyond that we talk some shop, have some good laughs, discuss his lifetime acheivement, and contemplate the future of Ronn's companies and when he may decide that it is time to live out the rest of his days outside of his "factory".
Audio is taken from Carter McLean's Drumeo lesson and a demonstration of the George Way birthday kit, played by Carter McLean.
Rob Mount is the drummer for the rock legend Lou Gramm, who is most famously recognized as the vocalist for Foreigner. Rob has been an active drummer for a great deal of time, although his big breakthrough gig with Lou did not happen for him until his 40's, which is rather late for a musician. Even though Rob didn't get his major gig until much later in life, it did not stop him from believing that it was possible. He always kept that part of his life hopeful and miraculously his big opportunity came along.
In this interview, Rob and I discuss the process of getting that gig, but in a much more conceptual way than the actual literal side of the story. We hypothesize about whether he could continue working his day job and gigging smaller gigs on the weekend forever. This is particularly interesting because Rob did sub in for Lou once when Lou's brother, Ben, was sick. After that, however, Rob had to wait a long time before another opportunity came along. It was a bit painful for him.
Further along the episode, we get into some very unlikely topics including propaganda, media, mental health, and some fundamental basics for human beings.
Tommy Igoe is an iconic figure in the drumming world with his long and fascinating career spanning from instructional DVD's (Groove Essentials), Broadway performances (Lion King), and a wide range of sideman and bandleader roles throughout the years. Son of Sonny Igoe, who was a well-known drummer from the bop era (Benny Goodman) Tommy found his calling for music very early in life. In fact, Sonny had wished Tommy not to follow in his footsteps, insisting that Tommy become a dentist or something more sustainable for his career. The rest is history as they say.
In this conversation, we discuss everything from the current state of affairs with our youth, parenting, passion, greatness, online education, what it takes to be a bandleader, and how Tommy feels about his career thus far and what he wishes to achieve in his future. It was recorded at the Marriot Inner Harbour Hotel restaurant in Victoria, British Columbia during the Victoria Drum Fest event. Recorded simply with a Zoom H6 recorder, we captured some interesting thoughts and points of view that is unfiltered, raw, and honest.
Performance audio courtesy of Drumeo