Eddy Thrower is the drummer for popular UK rock group Lower Than Atlantis. In this chat we discuss band morale, touring situations, Eddy's clinic experiences, aliens, conspiracies, ghosts, and Travis Barker.
Eddy is an incredible player, whos singles alone are worthy of mention. He cannot read, or write music, and barely understands theoretically what it is he plays, but it goes to show that with a lot of heart and dedication to the instrument anything is possible.
When Tama approached him about doing a masterclass, he was a bit fearful of that because it is so far outside of his comfort zone. Once it was revealed that he didn't really understand theory, it all kinda makes sense why he was fearful. We go into this subject matter in quite a lot of depth.
He then shares an epic story of when LTA was touring North America and how they were robbed after a gig in a shady part of Montreal, Canada. Damn, even I thought Canada was better than this, but the story is one of tragic misfortune and an outcome that was better than what it could have been I suppose.
I learned that Eddy was fascinated with ancient history, aliens, and the unknown at large. We ended up swapping conspiracy, ghost, and other stories about the unknown and had a blast doing so. Never before has a guest got so excited about a subject on the show.
Then lastly we talk about a few run-ins Eddy has had with Travis Barker. This stuff is just legendary and a great way to conclude the episode.
Charlie Engen is a monstrous prog/metal drummer from the Twin Cities who plays for Scale The Summit and Ideology.
In this episode we discuss the mishap with his thumb and how time off to renew our sense of interest is good, but that it has to on our own terms and in this situation, Charlie did not want to be off the instrument but had to be in order for his thumb to heal. We talk about how we can get bored of our own playing, social media returns, the importance of being ourselves and not allowing outside feedback that is negetive to influence our own ideas about our art, practicing with a metronome, and a crazy story at the St. Paul's Cathedral.
This conversation will hopefully help drummers get a better sense of their path with the instrument and realize that by being ourselves and honouring our own creativity is ultimately the most important rule of thumb when we develop ourselves around this instrument.
Forrest Rice is the drummer for bands Covet and The Illustrative Violet. We recorded this interview via Skype while Forrest was driving to San Jose in his Toyota. He was also enjoying a Vanilla Latte on ice from Starbucks, although it was made for Alex. We still don't know who Alex is.
So Forrest is a well known and revered drummer on the gram, but I wouldn't say that he is an "Instagram Drummer" necessarily. He spends a lot of time in real life situations performing, practicing and filming videos beyond his jam room. He had never been on a podcast before, which I still cannot believe, and he hasn't had a published article on him since his 2014 GC Drumoff success. With all of that being said we definitely take a deep dive into his past and how he came to be with the instrument. Most people know that I generally don't take this route with interviews, but considering he has never shared that stuff in an interview and he has lots of fans who would likely want to hear about that, I decided we ought to take that road.
Some takeaways in this episode are regarding his approach to playing, his practice routine, his past with "shedding", how he approaches the band setting, finances, and how to get flowing around the kit. This is actually a very "drummy" episode, which is also rare on this podcast. Forrest is a legit geek with the drums and we straight up nerd out for almost two hours and have lots of laughs along the way as I accompanied him on his drive. There were A LOT of technical difficulties and this was very time consuming to edit, (I think calls dropped around six times during our interview and took over three hours to record) but I am happy with the results and it turned out just fine.
Steve Lyman is a jazz musician from Salt Lake, Utah who has studied under jazz giants Ari Hoenig, and John Riley. Steve is a professor, clinician, and artist who manages to keep a very full schedule with little time off it would seem.
In this episode, we explore some deep musical concepts, the importance of being a student whilst remaining as a teacher, how our society limits us due to the projection of shame and guilt for anyone who focuses on their own wellness, and many other deep subjects. Steve also had a close encounter with death recently and so we reflect on that as well and how that may have changed his perspective.
Steve has an online series that he calls "Drumset Mastery" that he launched back in February of this year that may be of interest to you. The link to check that out is HERE.