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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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Dec 29, 2019

“I’m doing it because I want to and it’s right for me to do.”

David Raouf, AKA RDavidR, is a drummer and YouTube content creator who explores the possibilities of repurposing drum equipment of all kinds to create new items for your drum set. David has also made a lot of collaboration videos with such drummers as Stephen Taylor, David Cola, Juan Carlito Mendoza, 80/20 Drummer and Drum Beats Online. I highly recommend that you check out
David’s YouTube channel here for drum hacks, repurposing, experiments and other fun creative projects that you may want to try.

David was recently filming lessons at Drumeo and also collaborated with them to create a series of videos on easy DIY projects that almost anyone can do with some simple tools and a bit of know how that David shares. To expand on his Drumeo content, David and I had a chat about his journey creating his channel, the realities of creating a YouTube channel and whether or not he has received any outraged emails from drum product companies regarding his DIY approach.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How David began his YouTube channel and how it evolved.
  • David and I discussing our thoughts on rushing into post-secondary school.
  • Whether earning money from content creating is the reason to start doing it. 
  • What David has learned and benefited from by creating content for YouTube.
  • Why being creative only works well when you feel inspired to create.
  • David’s feedback from companies who make products that can be created by David’s methods.
  • David’s experience at Drumeo.

 

Why Should You Listen?

There are a lot of people who have the desire to create content online. I have personally received a lot of messages over the last three years from people who see this podcast and then decide that they also want to create some kind of media for the internet. More often than not though it seems like people look at it as a potential source of income. It isn’t to say that it wouldn’t potentially be that but it will take a long time before content creating adds any income to your bank account. This is really about spending your time doing something different. Substitute less productive activities for creative activities. 

Given the fact that David’s YouTube channel has been around for years and is performing quite well and he still holds a day job should be enough proof that it is something he enjoys doing but doesn’t expect it to pay his bills.

 

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Dec 22, 2019

“If he can start over, I can start over” 

William F. Ludwig III is the last living Ludwig making drums in the industry. Ludwig is a name that drummers will certainly recognize and some non-drummers may have an understanding of it too. The Ludwig name is made up of rich history, innovation, and passion with many twists and turns along the way. 

When Bill was 59 he decided that he should get back into the drum industry and follow the footsteps of his grandfather. Bill’s grandfather had started WFL drums after leaving Ludwig drum company, which was bought by Conn. He had decided that he wanted to create, for the second time, a company that focused on quality products and great customer service to match. A company that wasn’t as focused on the corporate mentality. He very cleverly indicated below the WFL badge that these were, in fact, a Ludwig product and this helped gain the trust of new customers. Bill’s grandfather would eventually buy back the Ludwig name after a very successful run under the WFL name.

It was Bill’s grandfather’s decision to start over by creating WFL that inspired Bill Ludwig III to create WFLIII drum company. Bill had a strong urge to get back into the drumming industry after a long hiatus. As evidence would suggest, Bill made a great decision starting WFLIII because everything is falling into place perfectly as if it was meant to happen. 

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The humble beginnings of Ludwig which includes information about the silent film era instruments.
  • The start of WFL drums leading to the buyback of the Ludwig name.
  • Ringo Starr and the Beatles’ influence on drum sales for Ludwig.
  • Bill Ludwig III beginnings and future roles at Ludwig.
  • Why Bill Ludwig III created WFLIII drum company.
  • WFLIII drum company’s growth, strengths as a company, and future.

 

Why Should You Listen?

You will understand the entire history of Ludwig drum company by listening to this episode and it is told by an actual Ludwig! The history told by Bill sets up the second half nicely to bring context as to why the WFLIII drums may be appealing to drummers. Not only is it an actual Ludwig heavily involved but I also felt a sense of family and warmth to this company. For example; when you call WFLIII, you get Bill. Also, the drums are based on old shell recipes developed by Bill’s grandfather many years ago that are tried and true. Nothing flashy. Just stuff that works.

One of Bill’s biggest obstacles is to educate drummers on what WFLIII is and what the Ludwig story is really about. This is such an important feature of these drums. For drummers who have a strong liking to the history and spirit of Ludwig, you may feel a pull towards WFLIII once you realize the degree of passion and love that Bill has for this company and the William Ludwigs before him. You may feel like the spirit of Ludwig lives in WFLIII.

 

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Dec 15, 2019

“It was a moment of achievement that I have never felt before.” 

Jeremy Schulz is a repeat guest on this podcast. He is an instructor for his own virtual teaching practice called Beats From The Core. His main focus with this is to empower people through the power of drumming and music. Jeremy has battled Tourette’s Syndrome through learning the instrument many years ago when he was a teen. He noticed that by learning how to communicate through the drums it calmed his stuttering. We discussed all of this in our first interview over a year ago.

However, today we are talking about his walk across America to raise awareness against bullying. Jeremy decided to align with the “Fight for the Forgotten” foundation that was created by MMA Heavyweight fighter, Justin Wren. Jeremy decided to walk from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA. His walk would be just over 3000 miles and would take nearly six months to complete. His walk was completely unassisted and in this interview we hear about the difficulties he faced, his experience with people along the way, and how this walk helped define himself and his purpose.

This episode consists of three interviews. The first interview is a short ten minute chat on the day that he left the Brooklyn Bridge. The second interview took place in Arkansas and finally the third part was recorded roughly one month after he completed his walk in California.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Why Jeremy decided to walk across America.
  • Our inner commentary and how to grow through difficult situations.
  • The dichotomy between people’s behaviour towards others online versus in person.
  • Stories about Jeremy’s mishaps and close encounters with possibly life-threatening situations.
  • What Jeremy learned from his walk.
  • How Jeremy is adjusting to regular life again after the walk.
  • The feelings Jeremy had when he walked upon the Sundial Bridge.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode really focuses on Jeremy’s journey and the inner growth experienced by taking on such a massive challenge. It is very conversational with respect to Jeremy’s observations about the people he met and how people do in fact come together and unite when they witness someone with a strong will to do good. I would also say that this episode proves that by taking a leap of faith we grow as a result. 

 

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Dec 8, 2019

“I had a laser focus in what I wanted to pursue in terms of being a professional musician.”

Jim Riley has been in Nashville, TN for quite some time now and has enjoyed a very balanced and successful career in music. He is the drummer and musical director for the very famous pop country act, Rascal Flatts, a drum teacher for his home studio called “The Drum Dojo”, a clinician and has appeared on Drumeo more than once as well. During the years between 2011 - 2015 and 2017 Jim had been voted “Best Country Drummer” by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine and he also won the distinction of “Best Drum Clinician” in 2009. Jim has also authored two drum education books, “Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer” and “Song Charting Made Easy”. A third book is expected to be released very soon.

Jim has enjoyed a very full career and seems to have found a firm seat at the table of Nashville drummers. He moved to Nashville in 1997 and for the first couple of years Jim’s experiences were touch and go. Early on, he had worked in a drum shop and in fact slept there during the nights on soft drum cases. After that business closed its doors, Jim found himself sleeping in his truck with his dog for a couple of weeks. (Click this link to read more about this story at Drumeo “The Beat”) However, Jim never doubted that the path he had chosen was indeed the best decision for him in the long-run. Jim’s luck began to turn around when he would eventually become roommates with Rich Redmond.

Jim had secured a good gig with Mark Chesnutt and everything was going well. On the side he was playing $40 gigs with the guys, who would eventually become Rascal Flatts, and also performed regularly with Hank Williams III. One day, Jay Demarcus said to Jim that if their new project, Rascal Flatts, ever got a record deal they would love to have him as their drummer. And well, we all know how that turned out. A big risk turned into a big reward. Jim never gave up on his dream and it turned into a reality.  

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Jim’s talks about a lecture that he gave at his old high school, Natick High School
  • Jim’s assured confidence that his future was in music
  • The story about Larrie Londin
  • What Nashville is actually like as a music city and advice on approaching it if you just moved there hoping to create a career for yourself
  • The Nashville number system
  • Jim’s story about when he first moved to Nashville and how he eventually got the gig with Rascal Flatts
  • Jim’s advice for musicians who haven’t yet hit their target and definition of success
  • Jim’s new book releasing soon “Improvisational Tools for the Modern Drummer”

 

Why Should You Listen?

Jim Riley is living proof that if you want something badly, you can achieve it through hard work and perseverance. Sometimes it is nice to be reminded that the success we desire is obtainable with enough effort put forward. That is a big message behind this episode.

You will also have a great explanation of the Nashville number system if you have ever been confused by other explanations or haven’t yet heard of what that is about. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMIQG9heAXg

 

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Dec 1, 2019

“Well, I don’t wanna sound like that guy but I am the happiest I’ve ever been in my life!”

Gregg Bissonette has enjoyed an amazing career in music. The Detroit native has had the pleasure of playing with such artists as David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr, Maynard Ferguson, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, his brother Matt and many others. As you can probably tell based on those names alone, Gregg is incredibly versatile musically. Beyond that though, Gregg is also known for being down to earth, professional, comical, and friendly. All of these attributes have certainly helped him in sustaining his life in music.

Gregg proudly endorses Dixon Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, DW Drum pedals, Samson Audio, LP Percussion, Audix Mics, Gregg Bissonette signature stick bag by Kaces, XL Specialty road cases, Beato drum bags, LT lug locks.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Gregg’s experience recording lessons at Drumeo
  • Some advice he received from his parents at a young age
  • Why we need to love and accept everybody
  • Gregg’s experiences with being a dad
  • Gregg and Matt’s first band together “Today’s People” and how beneficial and enjoyable it has been for them to perform music together over the years
  • Gregg talks about his state of happiness and the importance of being positive
  • Who is Skippy Skuffleton?
  • How Gregg got into voice over work
  • Gregg shares some priceless advice for working drummers

 

Why Should You Listen?

Gregg’s name has come up before in DrumeoGab interviews and it always seems to come back to the same overall message. Besides the fact that Gregg is a great guy, it boils down to his great experiential advice that he provides the pros with. When he speaks, you listen. So, with that being said we have an hour of that here. It’s great fundamental wisdom that you can’t go wrong with.

From the importance of being positive, grateful, professional, able, down to earth, helpful and versatile. It is all here. There is a particularly strong message in there where he talks about other people who can try to rob you of your happiness and why we should just stay in our lane and keep working on being the best version of ourselves. 

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

 

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