100. I have thought about what I would do with my 100th since the time I started DrumGAB. It's the episode that I have looked forward to the most. I always knew it was going to be long, quirky, wandering, nostalgic, and challenging and not just for me to make, but for you to listen to as well.
I see it as a symbol of devotion and commitment to something. Not to say that this thing is important in any way at all, but it was tough to make and it meant something to me to assemble something purely from my own personal warm fuzzy places. And I don't consider myself a content creator, but rather a content assembler. In fact, I am really trying to get out of the way more and more often as time goes on. I am less concerned with creating a character; I am the character. I am also less interested in forcing the conversation to suit my prep. I dunno, this is all just shit that you learn when you do something that you know nothing about and decide that you will give it a try. Nearly two years later and I have assumed the role and position and that is a weird realization to me still. Little transformations and adjustments have been happening on a subconscious level. It is all slow and consistent, so you never notice the spikes of progress and change. You just realize one day that you do it now, and you are comfortable doing it.
So what is DrumGAB to me? Is it anything similar to what it means to you? I do receive a lot of detailed feedback from listeners and it is usually a few months after someone discovers the show. The things that are said to me is just fucking awesome. It really is. I don't take this shit lightly because I have now developed a show that I felt didn't exist in the drum industry and threw myself directly into it without noticing, and for reasons beyond my control people feel it's their show too.
And that is what I want!
I have ALWAYS been the odd duck who would show other people and friends things I have made or something that I really like and most of the time it isn't accepted. I used to be really self-conscious about shit that I liked or how I wanted to go about making something. Acceptance is a big issue with me that I struggle with, but at the same time I have always been an anti-pop weirdo who can't seem to fit into an easy place, so I really work against myself in that way. But here we are with DrumGAB, and I have always just made what seemed like the right thing to make at the time and it seems like there are a group of individuals who are kinda like me too. I found a lot of my people through this show. So connectivity is maybe the biggest components to the success of this show.
But back to the 100th. This episode features fifteen interviews (technically speaking) from both good friends of mine or fans of the show. In a couple of cases, I think it was just something seen as an opportunity to be on the podcast, which is fine too. We also have six original compositions from my friend Matt Davis who accepted the challenge to create the music to some drum tracks that I sent him. We have numerous studio recordings featuring my beautiful Sugar Percussion drum set played by yours truly and tracked by the talented recording engineer and drummer Michael Marucchi. We have VIKING!!! Fucking Viking man. He made this so special both with his VO impersonations and the interview that we had that was based on some fan-generated points on what annoys a drummer. It was absolutely wonderful to have him involved with the project, as he is a dear friend of mine. There are four different flashback chunks of some of the funniest moments in the show's history. I recorded three separate narrations to guide you along this incredibly long episode and also to offer some perspectives on my experience with creating DrumGAB. Fuck what else is there.....? Oh right, there are tons of audio snippets that I yanked off the internet. All of it is stuff that I have loved for years, whether it be Monty Python, Beavis and Butthead, Norman McLaren, The Big Snit, or the Twilight Zone, it's all in there. I use these clips to bookend the interviews and sporadically throughout the actual interviews.
There is a lot of stuff....thirty mp3 sessions were created and then all assembled into one session to create 100. A LOT of time and effort went into making this thing. I am not sure if I have ever put something together of this scale ever before and I am so happy with the results. It is a winding road of many different perspectives, stories, messages, music, culture, and it all stems from the keen interests that I have and how I used DrumGAB to explore and share them with you. Thank you all again for taking time from your life to get inside of mine a bit.
Here are the running order and times for 100
Viking Intro (0:00 - 2:13)
Old Jingle (2:13 - 3:23)
Narration One (3:23 - 22:02)
New Jingle (22:02 - 23:02)
Flashback One (23:02 - 35:02)
Hunter Krasa (35:02 - 50:00)
Adam MacEachran (50:00 - 1hr32:40)
Viking 1 (1hr32:40 - 1hr40:17)
Steve Nadler (1hr40:17 - 2hr21:50)
Flashback 2 (2hr21:50 - 2hr30:48)
Viking 2 (2hr30:48 - 2hr46:01)
Kevin Nordeste (2hr46:01 - 3hr21:09)
Brandon Green (3hr21:09 - 4hr20:57)
Charlelie Fusillier (4hr20:57 - 4hr52:53)
Viking 3 (4hr52:53 - 5hr04:06)
Narration 2 (5hr04:06 - 5hr12:25)
The Big Snit (5hr12:25 - 5hr22:16)
Anthony Lafrate (5hr22:16 - 5hr42:32)
Ryan Claxton (5hr42:32 - 6hr06:17)
Alex Kaufman (6hr06:17 - 7hr03:24)
Flashback 3 (7hr03:24 - 7hr12:59)
Viking 4 (7hr12:59 - 7hr26:07)
Joe Mintz (7hr26:07 - 7hr49:24)
Boyd Little (7hr49:24 - 8hr05:16)
TJ Hartmann (8hr05:16 - 8hr59:09)
Flashback 4 (8hr59:09 - 9hr12:23)
Travis McGowan (9hr12:23 - 9hr49:58)
Rob Maybee & the flower shop family (9hr49:58 - 9hr53:47)
Vinny Werneck (9hr49:58 - 10hr42:55)
Viking 5 (10hr42:55 - 10hr57:16)
Narration 3 (10hr57:16 - 11hr10:07)
Vikings’ Outro (11hr10:07 - 11hr11:42)
I hope you enjoy this piece and thank you again for listening to DrumGAB, it was my pleasure creating it.