In this episode, we are speaking with the awesome Richard Spaven about a lot of juicy subjects, some of which are my favorite. We go over “The List” (creativity, time keeping, endurance, independence, coordination, groove, chops, technique), we talk about "The Zone", which Richard speaks passionately about, and we go deep into his creative process.
We also reflect on Richard’s work, and in particular on "Spaven's 5ive", his first, original recording and my favorite of his. We close with a conversation about how he feels once an album has been created.
Drumeo Gab’s Socials
Welcome to the second episode of our roundtable series! In this episode we are speaking with Tim Baltes, David Cola, TJ Hartmann, Adam Tuminaro, Austin Burcham, and Dan Silver. The topics covered deal with risk taking, changes in life and how it affects our personal goals, social media perfection vs process, artist vs entrepreneur, and the isolation that comes with being a content creator. For all of the drummers out there taking risks, subjecting themselves to significant change, or using the internet to create a presence and potentially a career within the music industry will find this episode valuable.
Drumeo Gab’s Socials
In the 1st round, we talk about learning how to embrace yourself as a player, the appropriate time to be disappointed in yourself, and the current state of perfectionism with social media content.
In the 2nd round, Brody talks about his experiences as a recording engineer and session artist. Siros shares how playing saxophone helped him develop as a drummer and why he chose to pursue the drums as a profession. And we discuss how both physical and mental health, plays a huge role in how we perform.
Drumeo Gab's Socials
Ryan Brown is the drummer for Dweezil Zappa, Keram, The Fuxedos, The Young Royals, and Black Belt Karate. Ryan is also an instructor at MI in Hollywood, CA.
Originally from Colorado, Ryan had a choice to pursue his music career either in New York or Los Angeles. Who knew that a 50/50 decision would bring him the fortune of playing his dream gig. In this episode, Ryan shares important knowledge that will help working drummers in their pursuit to a fruitful career as well as the epic story of his audition to play with Dweezil Zappa, and how he channels the mega lineup of past Frank Zappa drummers in his own performances.
Key moments in this episode (in order)
Ryan Brown talks about playing the Black Page with a Morfbeats Marvin
Since 1999, Ryan hasn’t seen much snow since living and gigging in the LA scene. Ryan gives his thoughts on networking and how social media isn’t enough to seal that deal.
So how did Ryan Brown land the Zappa gig? It’s kind of a long story and it involves Pete Jones.
The story about the audition process for Dweezil Zappa is unreal. Ryan shares the story about the stress that he endured capturing an opportunity of a lifetime.
Replacing Joe Travers as Dweezil’s drummer was no small feat. Ryan reflects on his first year as Dweezil’s drummer and how the audience received him.
Ryan talks about his approach to channel the many great drummers who held the Zappa throne into his own performances with Dweezil and how he manages to inject his own personality into the music as well.
I asked Ryan who his favorite Zappa drummer is/was and this turns into a story about how he found Zappa’s music as a young man.
Ryan is an only child, which happens to be something we have in common. We discuss and relate to each other over the virtues of being only children and how it affects us as artists.
Ever wonder what improvisation might be like in Dweezil’s band? Ryan breaks down the hand signals and some of the musical escapades that occur on stage.
Ryan shares his advice on making a good decision when you approach an intersection where more than one choice can be made.
Drumeo Gab's Socials
Music Credits by Dweezil Zappa
Inverted Commas, I'm Sorry You Had to Hear That, Greasy Owl Bacon
Music Production/Mastering - Kingmobb
Voice Over - Tom Knight
Drums - Me
Recording Engineer - Michael Marucci