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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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Now displaying: February, 2020
Feb 26, 2020

An introduction to VIP:

 

When I traveled to Vancouver to Drumeo Festival 2020, I had one thing on my mind only. Interviews. I learned a lot about that too but the biggest lesson was how I saw Drumeo's culture. Everyone was so relaxed with each other and happy. How we involve those people who choose to spend their time and energy with us is everything.

 

Drumeo does things right. Personally, every time I have been hosted by Drumeo, it is handled with such care and generosity. You are made to feel great and accepted. This is what they as a company did for hundreds of drummers all in one place at one time. The power of the festival is what will keep our industry moving forward. In the meantime, when there aren't huge drum festivals happening, you feel like you want to watch more live music. It is all great.

 

So, back to the interviews. That is why I thought I was there. And it was by and large in fact the case. But there was an extra thing that I honestly wasn't expecting. People in real life, in abundance, knowing about the show and glowing about how much they enjoy it. Like I have never had before and it was truly inspiring. I want to thank everyone for coming to talk to me at the festival. I would have liked to be more available but of course, I had to get you some great interviews. Ten of them!!

 

What I learned from having these exchanges with everyone, is how much more you deserve and be more involved with. I have trouble including that kind of thing on the interview episodes. They are their own thing IMO. These episodes are more like the "B-sides" vs the main releases.

 

I always enjoyed the cut and paste element of my old show and I want something kinda scrappy again but polished. Audio only. Just a donation to everyone who loves this show as much as I do. Shoutouts, community stuff, suggestions, your story told by you. Whatever we want it to be. But I want to make it with everyone. I'll kick it off but eventually, this could be something cool.

 

I love knowing that people care about this podcast. So, how cool is it to have something of you in it too? Sharing is caring. Rad.

Feb 23, 2020

“I think there’s more drum sets and pianos collecting dust than are being sold each year.”

Jared Falk is the CEO and co-founder of Drumeo. Jared was a private drum instructor earlier in his life but eventually he began to integrate his drum lessons with media after a student of his, Rick Kettner posted a heel-toe instructional video on a Pearldrummers forum. It was the response of this video that got Jared’s gears turning. Unfortunately, Rick had to take down the post because of the incredibly high cost for bandwidth due to the excessive number of people downloading the video. In response to the video’s success, Jared proposed to Rick that they should create a video which would become, “One-Handed Drum Roll” which was filmed in Jared’s shed at the time. This video was produced in 2005. Fast-forward fifteen-years later and we have Drumeo what it is today. 

Jared often says that if he didn’t go in the direction he did with Drumeo, he would have likely worked on his parents’ duck farm “Fraser Valley Duck & Goose”. While working for his parents’ farm Jared would drive to Chinatown, Vancouver selling ducks to different barbeque shops. His goal was to drive there with a full load of product and return home empty. Repeating that process over and over must have been instrumental in teaching Jared the skills of communication and business.

So, when you combine strong business acumen and a love for drumming you end up with a businessman whose business is selling drumming. Recently, Jared has been standing up strongly towards some of the issues he sees within the industry. Partly out of self-preservation he has chosen to find ways to not just create more drummers but also to keep active drummers engaged with their instrument. Drumeo is constantly innovating within the tech space to create enticing methods of gauging a drummer’s growth with their educational materials, inspire the community and support those who need to regain their passion for drumming.

Jared endorses Paiste and Evans.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The story of how Drumeo got off the ground.
  • What is the Drumeo Method is.
  • Jared’s thoughts on making your strengths stronger as a drummer.
  • The stagnation that exists in the drum industry.
  • How Jared balances his personal life amongst Drumeo.
  • Some reasons why we think drumming is great for youth.
  • The process of creating the Drumeo Festival.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Jared is a very unique individual within the industry. He has knowledge and perspectives that are specialized because of what he does. This insight can only really come from a handful of people in the drum industry and perhaps even less within the tech/media space. Jared loves data and studying the market and uses that data to make better decisions within Drumeo. In this interview you will hear about his thoughts on the current state of the industry, how he and Drumeo are making efforts to keep drummers drumming and how he balances this all within his personal life.

 

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Feb 16, 2020

“It’s not about the drums. It’s about the song.”

Ash Soan is a British drummer from Norfolk, GB. Both he and his Windmill Studio have caught everyone’s attention. I know that Ash’s commanding and slippery groove caught mine. For those of you out there who grew up listening to anything with Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd or Manu Katche’s fingerprints on it, chances are high that you will instantly love Ash’s sound. 

In over twenty years experience, Ash has recorded 56 top ten records. He was also, until recently, the drummer for the UK television show “The Voice” for a tenure of seven years. Some of the artists that he has worked with are Cher, Robbie Williams, Adele, Snow Patrol, Billy Idol, James Morrison, Trevor Horn, Rod Stewart, Seal and the list goes on and on. 

His career is one where hard work and luck met at the right time and things took off from there. In this interview you will get to hear that story, his thoughts on modern drumming, second-hand weed, first take and; just listen to it already!

Ash endorses Gretsch Drums, Remo, Vic Firth, Zildjian

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Ash’s famous musician neighbour in London back in 91’ and how that changed the course of his career.
  • A conversation about how we as drummers are kinda sounding the same.
  • Certain drummers we are both digging…JD Beck, Daru Jones, Chris Dave, Yussef Dayes.
  • Ash’s take on ‘Dilla Beats’.
  • Ash’s reading and why he left The Voice.
  • How intense performing film scores are.
  • Comfort levels and the Windmill Studio.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Ash is one of the most popular drummers on the planet right now and there aren’t many appearances of Ash on podcasts currently. To get a little deeper, however, this interview has some controversy in it that is really interesting. Did I mention that this was recorded first thing in the morning in the LA sun on an eleventh storey hotel balcony too? That certainly didn’t hurt. Overall, we had a lot of laughs, it was laid back and it was real. Are you listening to it yet?

 

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Feb 9, 2020

“I believed in myself and I knew I could fight past it. I knew I could find a way.”

Mike Sleath is one of Canada’s most in-demand drummers who is performing all over the world with Shawn Mendes. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Mike, like most of us, spent his first few years playing for $200 per night. And yes, he had to share that $200 with the band. After being rejected from Humber College three times he had a heart to heart with his mom one day and the conversation was along the lines of, “well you can keep music in your life but maybe it is time to find a job.” 

Even considering the constant rejection he continued to apply himself the best he could and he wasn’t going to back down. Mike is a determined musician who is pushing himself with practice, bringing hybrid drum sets to the next level, touring non-stop, and keeping himself in good health and a healthy state of mind. Mike Sleath is proof that when the universe is signaling you to give up, respond with a good strategy and try again, harder.

Mike endorses DW Drums, Remo, Los Cabos, Sabian, Drum Dots, LP, Big Fat Snare Drum, Roland, Stone Thrones Drum Seat Covers.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Details about the recent Shawn Mendes tour.
  • Mike’s earliest days with the drums and his Uncle’s Ludwig drums.
  • Mike’s crazy hybrid kit for Mendes gigs and the steep learning curve to learn that setup.
  • Some tips for playing big stadiums and large rooms.
  • How much Mike is playing below his technical abilities for a pop gig.
  • How Mike finds a routine for drum practice during his tour life.
  • We hear Mike’s story of how he worked past being rejected three times from Humber College.
  • Are your social skills more important than your drumming skills?
  • How we can get bored with “our sound” but to continue working toward your strengths as a musician.

 

Why Should You Listen?

For starters, this episode is FUN! Mike is a total bro and we had the best time hanging out and discussing his career and thoughts. A lot of interesting points came up that I think will inspire drummers to work hard and not beat themselves up over rejection. Mike could have easily thrown in the towel and said to himself that drumming professionally wasn’t meant for him to do as a career. A saying that I really love is, “nothing good is easy, and nothing easy is good.” I think this applies directly to Mike’s career and I really respect him for sticking with it and making something great happen.

 

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Feb 2, 2020

“If you want something, you can make it. You don’t have to wait to have someone else do it for you.”

Heather Thomas is a straight-up badass. She is a great drummer, singer, educator and most importantly, person. We met up at NAMM to shoot an interview and where this one went was incredible. She has been performing and teaching out of Seattle for many years but for 2020 she has decided to take on a big adventure. She plans to visit a major music city each month until she returns to Seattle in December.

Heather has big dreams. She told me off-air that her dream is to play drums on the moon and to be the first to do it. Her personality is simply wonderful. She is a fearless woman in pursuit of a life filled with adventure, experiences and growth.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Why Heather decided to sell all her stuff and begin her 2020 with a year long adventure to evolve.
  • How she created her own version of Patreon for herself.
  • Heather’s incredible insight to what holds people back from pursuing the best life possible.
  • Our thoughts on the void inside of us and how filling the void with “stuff” just doesn’t fix that.
  • How Heather uses fear as a signal to move towards her personal growth.
  • Having realistic expectations when you first begin learning something new.
  • The impact negative inner commentary has on your growth.

 

Why Should You Listen?

We all have moments in our lives where we become fearful and uncertain of how to proceed. In these situations, we can have a strong pull towards the easiest solution or one that has the least resistance. But what is the best decision to make? A lot of the time, I feel that the harder decision is the best one to make.

With so many conversations with friends, acquaintances and of course the many artists I have interviewed, I get the sense that those who push the hardest for growth yield a better life. It saddens me to think that people aren’t believing in themselves enough. Or that people are cluttering their lives with a mess of stuff that conceals their fullest life. We can all benefit from looking deep within ourselves to find the thing that excites us to work hard and desire something truly fulfilling.

In this episode, we take a deep dive into this subject matter. It comes across in a confident and empowering way that has clarity. It sounds so simple but it isn’t. The concept in and of itself isn’t complicated but taking the time to explore the unknown, face our fears, and realize that we all should be accepting of great things for ourselves is a lifetime of work. We should all consider putting our negative commentary in time out and search for our best life.



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