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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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Nov 24, 2019

“You just keep working and you have short-term goals. For me, it was a very slow up-hill climb.”

Glen Sobel, an L.A. born and raised drummer, is a familiar name within the industry. He has held the gig with Alice Cooper for over eight years and has also been working with Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice, Joe Perry, and Johnny Depp! That is quite a heavy list of names, isn’t it? Beyond that, he has also toured with Chris Impellitteri, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson's guitarist), Tony Macalpine, Gary Hoey, Warner Bros recording act Beautiful Creatures (Ozzfest tour), Cypress Hill and many others.

Glen has a reputation as being a quick study. He can learn a whole set of live material in a day or track an entire album worth of material on very short notice. He has a method of creating a cheat sheet that has helped him achieve such remarkable results and maintain his successful career over many years. Two examples of where he was thrown in the fire were when he subbed for Vasco Rossi’s Matt Laug and also Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. Both of these gigs were sudden and forced him to learn and execute material quickly.

I was excited to speak to Glen because of his pistol hot reputation as a hired gun. It is a fiercely competitive career and Glen has proven his worth over and over again. I thought that having Glen speak about his expertise on the podcast would bring a lot of value to anyone who either is already slugging it out in this role or those who are just beginning their journey. There is a lot of useful and promising advice in this episode for our community.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Glen talks about his first band ever, Bourbon Street.
  • Us talking about how deep interest and passion in something can lead to success over time.
  • CBG’s (Character Building Gigs).
  • When is it time to move on or stay on board to see if what you envision becomes reality.
  • The advice and mentorship that Gregg Bissonette has provided Glen with.
  • How Glen prepared and executed some major sub in gigs. We’re talking about Matt Laug and Tommy Lee.
  • Glen’s neck injury several years ago and what he does now to preserve himself and also future proof his career.
  • If Glen couldn’t play drums anymore, what else would he do?
  • How real is the rock n’ roll image? Is it just an image?
  • Are there too many samples in modern rock music?
  • Are typical bar gigs for 50 people better or worse than playing sold out arenas with Alice Cooper?

 

Why Should You Listen?

To have a lengthy conversation with one of rock music’s finest hired guns in the business is a rare opportunity. I felt it was paramount to have him share his first-hand experiences being a hired gun. It is so that all of you can both have a better vantage point to the real side of this industry. You could get caught up with dreams and visions of a life better than your own and maybe something like what Glen does is the answer; in your mind.  

I wanted to both demystify this fantasy and also provide helpful tips for working drummers told through the vast experiences that Glen has had. I think that we managed to create a fine episode that will serve listeners on a very practical level.

 

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Nov 17, 2019

“When I got there I definitely had to compose myself.”

Pat Petrillo is a world-class drummer and educator from New Jersey who has been featured many times on Drumeo live and pre-recorded lessons, satellite instruction, and development of the P4 practice pad. Besides his vast library of lessons with Drumeo, Pat is one of the pioneers of educational media content. His very first video, “Snare Drum Rudiments” was, in fact, one of the first instructional videos ever produced. He would later create his DVD/Book, “Hands, Grooves, and Fills”.

In addition to his vast contributions to drum education, he is also an incredibly versatile performer who is capable of blending into nearly any situation with authenticity. He has performed with Gloria Gaynor, Patti LaBelle, Dee-Lite, Patti Smythe, and Glen Burtnik. He also has performed many times on Broadway in New York City including such shows as “A Chorus Line”, “Grease”, “Footloose” and “Dreamgirls”.

I was first introduced to Pat at NAMM this year (2019) and we had discussed the idea of having an interview. We decided to wait because Pat had a very special project in the works. He was recording an album with his NYC Big Rhythm Band covering a cherry-picked selection of Beatles tunes. The drums were recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios exactly where Ringo would have tracked drums many years ago. So Pat and I got together to talk about this experience.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The album cover of Abbey Road and the coincidence that took place for Pat’s album cover.
  • Pat’s initial reaction to being at Abbey Road studios.
  • Details about the recording process at Abbey Road studios.
  • Pat reflecting on his love for The Beatles music and how this project means so much to him.
  • Pat’s thoughts on how musicians are undervalued by consumers of music.
  • How drum videos online can end up having no value other than to impress others and gain notoriety among other drummers.
  • Whether Pat would trade places with a young drummer in this generation in favor of his generation and upbringing.
  • How do we maintain intensity without the intensity of volume?
  • Being a responsible musician and not an irresponsible drummer on the bandstand.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Given the fact that Pat is an educator, it becomes almost unavoidable that he will educate people during an interview. Not necessarily “how to” stuff but instead a “why you should” approach, or “why you shouldn’t” for that matter. There is a lot of that stuff in here. It is also really inspiring to hear about his travels to Abbey Road and those days spent in a studio that Pat would only have dreamt about recording in as a child.


Music used in this episode:

Pat Petrillo NYC Big Rhythm Band - The Abbey Road Sessions

Magical Mystery Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLRKons5zzo

 

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Nov 10, 2019

"My favourite playing that I’ve ever done is when I’m in this space of no-mind."

Eric Slick is an accomplished musician from Philadelphia who is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the drummer for the band Dr. Dog and his past credentials include, The Adrian Belew Power Trio, Ween, and Natalie Prass. Besides playing drums for Dr. Dog, Eric also has his own solo project, aptly named Eric Slick, and his punk band Lithuania.

Eric discovered his sense of creativity at a very young age. He and his sister, Julie, would write songs about low budget movie posters and perform these songs for their parents in the living room. To aid this outlet, Eric’s father taught Eric and Julie how to overdub recordings with two boomboxes daisy-chained together. From what I gather, the Slick household was a creative one.

At the age of eleven, Eric discovered Paul Green at the Griffin Cafe. Paul is the creator of the now-famous School of Rock. Throughout Eric’s pre-teen/teen years, he would play drums at the School of Rock, while Julie joined later to play bass. At the School of Rock, they learned a broad range of music ranging from Pink Floyd to Frank Zappa. Towards the end of Eric and Julie's time spent at the School of Rock, Paul had suggested to Adrian Belew that Eric and Julie were his best students and thus Adrien hired them to play in his trio.

Eric has had many twists and turns throughout his professional career. He is a vastly deep musician with the desire to explore his creativity to the fullest degree. Releasing solo works “Palisades” and “Bullfighter” it is clear that Eric is not limited to simply one musical role and that his artistry beckons for more. In this interview, we explore many of Eric’s philosophies, stories, and personal growth throughout his life.


You Will Hear About….

  • Eric’s introduction to the School of Rock.
  • Why he left the Adrien Belew Power Trio.
  • How Eric wrote Palisades and why he left Philly.
  • Eric’s experiences with his dream therapist.
  • Eric’s interpretation on my dream.
  • Overcoming panic attacks and how they affected him.
  • Why to go with the flow of life.


Why Should You Listen?

If you are a fan of Eric Slick and Dr. Dog then you will find this to be interesting because of the depth that we go into. If you have never heard of Eric before, you will likely still find this to be an enjoyable podcast episode and may hear echoes of previous episodes in it.

There is a common theme lately with the podcast. That is we need to let go of our egos and expectations. We need to go with the flow of life instead of man-handling it into what we think we want it to be. Stop overthinking. Be present with what you are currently doing. Be kinder to yourself.

The big picture of what we are here to do is such an important and valid topic. This episode continues to explore these concepts and shed more light on this vast subject.


Music used in this episode:

Eric Slick - Out Of Habit

Release

Broken Down Volvo

Eric Slick - Palisades

Evergreen


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Nov 3, 2019

"It doesn’t matter where you are. It doesn’t matter who you are playing with. Stand out and be the best you can be."

Brian Tichy is an incredible drummer who stands out in the hard-rock and classic rock genres. Most notably he has performed with Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Sass Jordan, Foreigner, Dead Daisies and many others. His projects include the brand new Silverthorne and past project with Sass Jordan, S.U.N. Besides his work as a musician, he also took on the role of organizing Bonzo Bash. This is a party event that he came up with years ago where he and other drummers pay tribute to John Bonham by performing Led Zeppelin tunes. This event has brought quite a buzz along with it over the years where some famous drummers, including one of Tichy’s biggest influences, Peter Criss, came out to partake in the fun.

Brian has also appeared on Drumeo where he breaks down some of the most famous Bonham grooves, tasty triplet licks for rock drumming and more! There is a link below to check out five essential Bonham licks! Brian is a human encyclopedia for classic rock music and specifically Led Zeppelin. Very few can come as close as Brian to sounding like the greatest rock drummer of all time, IMO.


You Will Hear About….

  • Brian breaks down twelve different famous guitar riffs.
  • Is Brian doing Bonzo Bash again in January? Brian also explains all of what goes into creating an event like that.
  • The distinct differences between the side-man role versus bandleader/event organizer.
  • Brian’s new band Silverthorne and what their action plan is to bring this band to the public.
  • Brian’s thoughts on click-tracks in the studio, quantizing drum parts, autotune and why he thinks the industry went in this direction.


Why Should You Listen?

A lot of DrumeoGab episodes go deep and often have a heavy tone within the conversations. This episode with Brian Tichy has a lighter vibe and gets into our mutual love for classic rock and the good old days of what was considered pop music. Along with that conversation comes Brian’s thoughts on the current state of audio recording in popular music and essentially how the human component is being removed little by little.

There is also some great insight into what goes into planning events or running a band. So for anyone out there who is wishing to walk the more entrepreneurial path of the music industry, there may be some very helpful insights within this episode for you.


Music used in this episode:

Silverthorne - Tear the Sky Wide Open

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aEz6B7wRfA&t=109s

 

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