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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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Mar 29, 2020

“Technique is just legwork. It’s not a paradigm shift for the most part.”

This interview with Jojo was the last interview that I recorded during the Drumeo Festival in 2020. The night prior to this interview was when NERVE closed the festival with a tremendous performance that blew the minds of the audience in attendance. I have been listening to NERVE since early on, in fact, it was the Prohibited Beats album where I discovered them with the incredible tune “Far”. 

Prohibited Beats was the first NERVE album release but there were also major parties that Jojo hosted in NYC that he called “Prohibited Beatz”. At the Drumeo VIP dinner he shared that entire story of how he was no longer allowed to host these parties, as people well into the thousands would attend. Look up what the “Cabaret Law” is for some nice casual reading. It was that among other contributing factors that forced Jojo to stop the Prohibited Beatz parties. 

Jojo Mayer is a very creative and ingenuitive musician. It has been commented on many times before that Jojo possesses very high technical abilities both in his hands and feet. He broke all of this technique down in his two highly acclaimed instructional Hudson Music DVD’s “Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer”. The first release was dedicated to hand technique and the second release was for feet. Combined, these DVD’s covered everything you’d ever need to know about technique.

There is no question that Jojo Mayer is among the greatest drummers of all time and has been incredibly influential in music and the arts.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The message, “you can’t do that” and how Jojo basically ignored that.
  • How New York isn’t matching the creative output it used to produce.
  • Whether a musician who hasn’t struggled as much is missing something musically?
  • Jojo on “Rock n’ Roll”.
  • Jojo on technique.
  • Jojo is concerned about the safety and prosperity of mankind.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Jojo is obviously an expert musician and I love his music but his interviews are always interesting too. His thoughts about society, art, culture and beyond always have an enlightening edge to them. Speaking for myself, I find the words he speaks to be almost as enjoyable as the music he performs. Much like Frank Zappa in that regard. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to have one on one time with a hero of mine and to have captured something of value for listeners.

 

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Mar 25, 2020

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This episode was a massive collaborative effort by listeners, past guests/friends. This was created to bring more strength, hope, and perspective to people. It is not just for drummers. It is instead, from drummers FOR people. I am very proud to present this MEGA episode to you all. Many thanks for your support and PLEASE SHARE THIS CONTENT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES!!

 

Contributors were

Colin Boyd

Tommy Igoe

Ray Carega

Greyson Nekrutman

Curt “KIRKEE-B” Bisquera

David Frank

Shawn Lafferty

Raghav Mehrotra

Mark Tuure Pederson

Estepario Siberiano

Sugar Percussion

Sharon Ransom

David Cola

Ash Soan

Greg Hersey

Ned Burwell - UMatter Website

Earl Talbot

Ryan Van Poederooyen

Chris Smith

Scott Pellegrom

Ian Maciak

Mike Michalkow

Tim Baltes

Mar 22, 2020

“Try to think ahead of what you really want. The end goal. Where you really wanna be.”

Nick D’Virgilio is a name that if you are tuning into YouTube and other social media platforms likely recognize due to his presence at Sweetwater. That is certainly Nick’s main gig these days but he has had a very rich musical career leading up to Sweetwater. He has worked with Genesis, Tears for Fears, Cirque Du Soleil, Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train and more.

Can you imagine actually recording on the final Genesis album? In that studio that produced some of the most important prog-rock in history? Or touring with Tears for Fears? But leading up to the time where he met Kevin Gilbert randomly at a ski resort was a long grind of sameness, very little momentum and in Nick’s words, “what am I doing with my life kinda stuff.”

Nick’s story is one of perseverance. He just wouldn’t accept an alternative even though he wasn’t going where he wanted to be for years. He found his break with Kevin and had the desire and abilities to make his mark and the rest is history. A truly amazing life of music and a story that will resonate with so many people.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Whether Nick thinks that social skills have changed over the last fifteen years.
  • How Nick felt about interviewing people in the beginning.
  • Kevin Gilbert and what that did for Nick’s early career.
  • Recording for Genesis
  • The days at the Jolly Roger and when Nick was at odds with his music career.
  • Trusting your instincts.
  • The cost involved with a career in music.
  • Nick’s new concept album.
  • Nick’s take on brand loyalty
  • A bit about Sweetwater
  • How Nick likes his lifestyle now compared to before when he toured a lot.

 

Why Should You Listen?

I think that this episode will be particularly beneficial for listeners who are grinding at the bars, playing small festivals, tracking for low budget artists, and essentially sticking with it in hopes that they will get their big break. With Nick, he couldn’t have imagined what was in store for him. It is good that he stuck with it and worked hard on his craft. His story will likely strongly resonate with working drummers who listen.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1rYSLqWqoM

 

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Mar 18, 2020

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In this episode you'll hear:

- A word of encouragement, concerns about social distancing and coronavirus.

- An update from a friend of the show, Heather Thomas.

- Ray Byrne from Byrne Cymbals on endorsements.

- Comment reads. The question was "Do you want an endorsement and why? Commenters who I read in this episode were @Karlgrohmanndrums, @freddycharles, @thefitdrummer, @mattcordier, and @davidraouf.

- Instagram clip shoutouts. I asked IG who their favorite Up and Coming Drummer was. The drummers were randomly selected after being voted in the comments. They were @vinnywrk, @joelturcotte, @nathshinglerdrums, @lioncamp, @7tomi8, @dimitrifantini, @zackaustindrums and @oliverlab.

- A small clip from Nick D'Virgilio's episode about endorsements and whether we invest in gear that is brand-specific as a potential investment for down the road.

- A small clip from the upcoming Chris Coleman episode.

- I share a story about when I first met Larry Davidson and thought I was going to get an endorsement.

Mar 15, 2020

“Everybody says, “Yeah, you gotta practice your rudiments.” Normally I am always putting a question mark behind that sentence.”

German drummer Jost Nickel is affiliated with a golden generation of German drummers including Anika Nilles, Marco Minnemann, and Benny Greb. In fact, he is Anika’s teacher and even provided Benny Greb with some private lessons. This past year in 2019 was a really big year for Jost with the introduction of his new X 9 signature snare from Sonor and his brand new ‘Snare Book’ that was recently published through Alfred Music. 

Jost has performed with many great artists including Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Haslip, Barry Finnerty, Mitch Forman, Brandon Fields to name but a few but he is maybe even more well recognized in the drumming community as a premier educator. With three books now to his name (The Groove Book, The Fill Book and The Snare Book) and his nomination as “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2016 and being featured on MusicRadar’s list of “the 10 best drum clinicians in the world” in 2016 & 2017, it is no question that Jost is one of the finest educators in the world. To add to his list of credentials in education, he is also a tutor at the prestigious University of Pop in Mannheim, Germany. 

Jost endorses Sonor Drums, Meinl Cymbals & Percussion, Vic Firth, Remo, Ahead Armor Cases and Beyerdynamic Microphones

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Our thoughts about electric drums vs acoustic drums.
  • His new X 9 signature snare drum with Sonor.
  • The process of creating the X 9 drum video with Sonor.
  • Jost’s game changing moment.
  • Jost’s opinion on rudiments and if we need them.
  • Perfection and how it doesn’t exist.
  • How Jost prepares for clinics.
  • Details for what Jost is doing in 2020 including his new record.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Jost is someone who when speaking, should be listened to. Jost’s thoughts on perfection, whether rudiments are really the answer to playing music on the drums, taking chances and removing yourself from a comfortable place in life to start something new, is all amazing insight. To have an hour to listen to our chat, in person, about all of this and more will hopefully provide listeners with some invaluable knowledge right here in this podcast. Just imagine if you had an hour with Jost and he offered his time to you for free. Would you take it?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh0mAk8DSM4

 

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Mar 11, 2020

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In this episode you'll hear:

- Shoutouts to Sugar Percussion and Fork's Drum Closet regarding Nashville tornado relief work.

- Listener story from Frank Ferraro III

- Comment reads (The question was "Why do you love drumming?)

- Two Instagram clips - @elestepariosiberiano and @maxbeatwerk

- Anika Nilles episode teaser

- a thought about thinking

Mar 8, 2020

“For me, when I hear something I see a colour.”

Kaz Rodriguez is an English drummer whose hard work over the years has resulted in a lot of mega opportunities these last couple of years. He is touring with Josh Groban, performing clinics worldwide, and he writes his own music. His drumless tracks have been a huge hit in the international scene with drummers like Sput, Chris Coleman, Aaron Spears, Tony Royster, Ricky Lewis and the list goes on. His philosophy regarding the drumless music is to share it with the drumming community so that drummers can put their sound to his music.

So, there is one thing I should point out in particular about Kaz that is incredibly unique. He has a condition called synesthesia. Basically, in layman's terms, he hears colours. He doesn’t read music but instead memorizes music with the colours he hears. 

Kaz endorses Tama, Zildjian, Remo, LP Percussion and Roland.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How Josh Groban saw Kaz on Drumeo and hired him.
  • Kaz’s experience so far touring with Josh Groban.
  • How Kaz came to realize that pop session gigs weren’t enough for him.
  • Kaz’s friendship with Aaron Spears and how grateful he is for that.
  • The importance of giving back and how Kaz’s music was meant for that.
  • Synesthesia.
  • The aftermath after Kaz was stabbed.
  • Kaz’s decision to discontinue studying architecture for music.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Kaz projects so much positivity. His spirit for music and giving back to the drumming community is quite exceptional and his take on gratitude is a great reminder for every drummer out there. Getting a chance to hear his process with how he understands music is also incredibly interesting. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1rYSLqWqoM

 

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Mar 4, 2020

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In this episode you'll hear:

 

- What is DrumeoGab VIP?

- A word from Gary Husband

- Listener stories from Joeyboom and Myles Philpott

- IG post this week from Maison Guidry suggested by Jonas Kocnik

- Adam Morford IG post

- Comment reads: Mike McLaren and Gregory Soham Meredith

- Episode leak of a future episode that the audience voted for

- Final thought...

Mar 1, 2020

"If you have something that someone hates or loves, you have something right?"

Curt “KIRKEE B.” Bisquera has been highly active in the music industry for over thirty-years. He has recorded and/or toured with the likes of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Sir Elton John, Mick Jagger, Morris Day and the Time, Pharrell Williams, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and that is literally just scratching the surface. Curt is known as a “groove master” and in many ways it has become expected of him to deliver the groovy goods.

Beyond simply drumming, Curt has been branching out recently with West Co. Pedals to create the “Grease Juicer”. Yes, a drummer is working together with a guitar pedal company. It goes to show that even the most top level drummers with an equally impressive resume still need to diversify in other areas to ensure a more comfortable career in music.

In this conversation Curt opens up a lot about the changing music industry and what Curt likes and also doesn’t like about it. This episode focuses heavily on Curt’s observations of the industry over the last thirty years.

Curt endorses DW Drums, Paiste, Vater, Remo, SKB, LP, Audio-Technica, Canopus, Jerry Harvey Audio, Big Fat Snare Drum, Tuner Fish Lug Locks, Big Bang Distribution, Slug Percussion, Randall May, Dauz, CRS.

 

You Will Hear About ...

  • Why Curt released his own guitar pedal “Grease Juicer” and why he went in that direction instead of a drum product.
  • Curt’s take on the drumming community vs the guitar community.
  • Curt’s early days and beliefs on natural talent.
  • Some first hand stories and thoughts about Jeff Porcaro.
  • Our thoughts on the current state of social skills.
  • Metronomic music and why we don’t like it very much.
  • One of Curt’s mantras
  • Personal advice and messages from Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elton John.
  • Curt’s thoughts on the music industry today compared to twenty years ago.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Curt had asked me if he could listen to this episode prior to release to give it the seal of approval. The next day he responded with, “It’s good. It’s my truth.” I think that really sums this one up. Curt has had over thirty years of experience in this industry and has seen a lot of change. He isn’t entirely happy with the changes but he still loves music. You will hear his emotive explanation about how he has been under the microscope and beat detected in the studio for years. He is tired of that. He just wants to be free. To play music without a click. To have a recording truthfully represent what happened in the moment. To hear this from Curt was incredibly powerful.

This episode is filled with truth. Curt’s truth. Whether you agree with it or not, this was a wonderfully unfiltered and organic conversation between two people who have a deep love for music.

 

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