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Drumeo Gab Podcast

Are ya tired of hearing, "so, like, uhh talk to me about how you started playing drums" in drumming podcasts? I'm gonna say, probably not as much as the guests are. I dunno, I think it's better to cut to the chase and explore pinpoint moments in their lives by forming curiosities around my research :0 IF YOU ARE DOWN FOR THAT; WELCOME! (Side Note: I strongly believe that the best part of the podcasting experience for listeners is the ability to connect with the host. So, don't be shy :)
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Oct 27, 2019

“All the decisions you make have brought you to where you are at this point in your life. You have to live with that.”

Ryan Van Poederooyen is a drummer, public speaker, and drum instructor from Vancouver, Canada. Ryan is best known as the drummer of the former bands Devin Townsend Band and later the Devin Townsend Project. Ryan essentially took over the reins of the drum throne from the legendary drummer Gene Hoglan, who played with Devin in Strapping Young Lad. Since then, Ryan has recruited a supergroup of musicians to create Imonolith. Ryan expects that their debut release will become available in 2020.

Besides drumming, Ryan is a huge advocate of motivating human beings. He has an incredibly strong message that empowers people to rise to their greatness. He has a very unapologetic and realistic take on how our decision making leads us to our current reality. Ryan also promotes goal setting, physical and mental health, doubling down on your dreams and above all, working hard.

I believe that this conversation with Ryan will speak loudly to listeners. This is an incredibly powerful interview that reminds us all that we all have one chance in life to make something happen. We need to set ourselves up for success in activities and career paths that can enrich our lives and help us become better people. Don’t sleep on this one!

You Will Hear About….

  • Our first experiences with Sonor drums
  • Ryan’s dog Frodo and a funny story about Dave Atkinson’s dog Guinness.
  • Ryan’s new band Imonolith.
  • How we can live with our decisions.
  • Can we invest in maybes?
  • Ryan’s goal setting formula called “The Four-Fives”

 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode has so much value in it I can’t even begin to explain. You could spend hundreds of dollars to get this type of information from a person like Ryan. Would you ask the right questions to get the right answers? You can leave that to me. This conversation goes so far beyond drumming. This is about our lives and how to make the most of it.

Music used in this episode:

The Devin Townsend Project - UNIVERSE IN A BALL!

Imonolith - Hollow

 

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Oct 20, 2019

“When somebody good, or something good comes around the world doesn’t trust it and they destroy what they don’t understand.”

Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffett is one of the most important drumming figures in pop music. He has had an unbelievable career with even more unbelievable beginnings. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jonathan began playing drums as a child. He and his two older brothers all played in a band together for a few years until eventually Jonathan was fired because he couldn’t get into the nightclubs to play that his brothers wanted to perform in. This disenchanted Jonathan a great deal but would prove that this was just the beginning of an incredible life of music.

His whole story is something divine or something we might read in a fairy tale. He was in association with Michael Jackson up until the time of Michael’s death in 2009. Jonathan was with Michael on the last night that he was alive on this earth. It was a thirty-year working relationship and brotherly friendship and I am almost certain that we will never hear of something like that happening again.

Jonathan has also performed with Madonna, Sir Elton John, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and many others. His resume is something of epic proportions and he shares so much wisdom in this episode that helps us understand why that may have been.

You Will Hear About….

  • How Jonathan got his name “Sugarfoot”.
  • How Jonathan got the Jackson gig.
  • Jonathan’s beliefs on what is intended for us.
  • The multiplicity effect drumming has on our brains.
  • Michael Jackson’s compassion for all life.
  • How Jonathan feels since Michael’s passing.
  • Jonathan’s thoughts and feelings towards the allegations and controversy surrounding Michael Jackson.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode contains things that are incredibly inspiring and also educational, which makes it a great episode. It also contains a lot of great stories from the legendary career that Jonathan has experienced so far. However, what Jonathan has to say regarding Michael’s passing and the allegations and controversy makes this episode important. I have read and heard numerous interviews with Jonathan and no one goes there with Jonathan. It is some incredibly strong subject matter and difficult to ask as a host. But we went there.

I must say though, given the amount of time Jonathan spent with Michael, he is a very credible person to speak about this stuff. He is both neutral and knowledgeable about what Michael was really like as a person. I believe that anyone who hears this episode will have a sense of confirmation that Michael was a better human being than most of us can fathom.


Music used in this episode:

Michael Jackson - Thriller

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRGTT4Y6LnA

 

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Oct 13, 2019

“The artistic thing needs to happen. Along with being great parents we just can’t live any other way. I can’t live any other way.”

Dan Weiss is a musician from Brooklyn, NYC who is a drummer, tabla player, and composer. He leads his projects Starebaby, his jazz trio, Fourth Floor, and collaborations with Ari Hoenig and Miles Okazaki.

As well as being a sideman in very high demand, he is also a bandleader and composer. He composes through piano, electric bass, and drum set to create these incredibly moody, complex, rich and compelling works that have a distinct presence to them.

Dan also studies tabla with Samir Chatterjee. This study with Samir has been going on for over twenty years. 

In this interview, you will hear Dan’s complete and total honesty. Dan provided an analysis based on his answers in this interview. The results were,

Honesty = 98.9%

Answers on the whole = 87.3%


You Will Hear About….

  • Dan’s creative process with composing and some details on the new Starebaby record.
  • Dan’s discusses the book You Are Not Your Brain and how he has benefited from this book.
  • How Dan's Guru, Samir Chatterjee, teaches him by example.
  • How Dan adapted to being a father and what he has learned from his daughter.
  • If Dan ever thinks about the future state of the world.
  • If we as adults lose the child-like "specialness" of life.
  • Practicing in your mind vs on the drums.


Why Should You Listen?

I am usually very satisfied with these podcast episodes that I create. But sometimes when they are finished, I have an incredible feeling of connectivity to the work. It is remarkable how much Dan and I related to each other in this one. There was a great sense of honesty, openness and human rawness in this conversation.

Dan and I cover a lot of deep topics that apply directly to the artist’s mind and heart. How do we know when our work is done or if it is any good? How do we obsess over detail, without it suffocating us in the process? These are some of the questions raised in this one. I recommend listening deeply and focused with this one to get the full effect.

 

Music used in this episode:

Dan Weiss Trio - Timshel

Prelude

Always Be Closing

Dan Weiss - Starebaby

Veiled

 

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Oct 6, 2019

“We live to learn; to grow.”

Justin Brown is a world-class bi-coastal musician originally from Oakland, California. He has gained a notable reputation as both a bandleader for his project, Nyeusi, as well as a sideman for Thundercat, Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett, Esperanza Spalding among others.

Justin grew up with gospel music, as his mother, Nona is a gospel singer and pianist. Music chose Justin, not the other way around. As he explains in this interview, his mother would feel Justin kicking to the beat as she played her music when she was pregnant with him. He attended Berkeley High School and attended a summer music program for several years. Both he and Ambrose went to the same school and began their friendship there.

Justin eventually would receive a fully paid scholarship to attend the esteemed music school, Juilliard. This lasted for one day. Justin was offered to tour and also felt that for him to grow he had to experience music in the real world instead of being subjected to more traditional methods of education. Essentially, he wanted to form his ideas about music on his terms.

To my knowledge, this is the first-ever podcast episode featuring Justin. He has received a lot of positive press concerning his debut album, Nyeusi, but until now we have not heard him speak on a podcast about his life, career, and artistic process.

You Will Hear About….

  • Justin’s early formative years with music.
  • Does natural talent exist?
  • Justin’s beliefs on giving back.
  • The importance of patience.
  • The costs involved in getting where he is with his craft.
  • Justin’s approach to leading his own band Nyeusi.
  • How to maintain control of yourself when we become overloaded with sensation during a performance.
  • Justin’s thoughts on improvised music.
  • Why we should abandon the security of being a big fish in a small pond.


Why Should You Listen?

This episode is a reminder of why we must remain humble in the pursuit of knowledge and our greatness. It can be easy to become disenchanted with all of what we don’t understand and feeling defeated that we can’t reach our fullest potential.

Justin is a world-class musician who has devoted his life to music. Just listen to how sincerely humble he is. Justin is a fantastic example of a person who understands the importance of learning, giving back, being honest, working hard and exercising patience. We can all use this message to check ourselves from time to time.

 

Music used in this episode:

 

NYEUSI

Lesson 1: Dance

Lots for Nothin’

Lesson 2: Play

Waiting on Aubade

Entering Purgatory

Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot

Burniss

Circa 45

 

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