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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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Now displaying: May, 2020
May 31, 2020

“Social media is what we make of it.”

Tommy Igoe is an intensely passionate guy. He is a world-class performer, educator, and speaker as a result of a lifetime of hard work. His educational materials, “Great Hands For A Lifetime” and “Groove Essentials" Vol.1 and 2 are iconic and used by an incredibly vast amount of drummers all over the world. 

If you have been following Tommy’s career for any length of time, it is fair to say that excellence and the pursuit of it is a leading priority in Tommy’s life. And again, if you have been following Tommy for a little while, you already know that he is very direct and vocal, especially when it concerns conduct on social media.

I think the friction that occurred back in 2019 had so much positive effect to cut through the noise online. I mean, at one point or another, someone in the world was probably talking about the trolling stuff this time last year. People love drama and this was the best soap going in the drumming community. 

It was a moment where his audience would be able to 100% trust who they were aligning with because I have never seen Tommy break his word online. If he says he is doing something, he does it and doesn’t stop doing it. I have serious reverence for that level of commitment. His #igoechallenge is going on over two months! He has been serving while out of work to improve other drummers and by doing so he is also improving. Setting a positive example. 

This #igoechallenge became the reason why I saved this one for last. His words have become more substantiated by his actions during these difficult times. He is doing a great job of including people, creating a safe place for drummers to develop, providing quality education, encouraging drummers in an honest way, and showing respect based on what is deserved. He rewards strong work ethic and good behavior. He is a very good leader and that cannot be argued.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The world debut of WIM Trio.
  • Shit on a snare and other Instagags.
  • The purpose of Tommy’s Instagram.
  • Tommy’s thoughts on what happened in 2019 with the trolling.
  • Tommy addresses the trolls.
  • The importance of leadership.
  • Only providing feedback when it is being asked for.

 

Why Should You Listen?

For starters, this episode has some hilarious moments, often. And, haven’t we all been wondering what was going on in Tommy’s backstage with the trolling stuff? I mean, let’s be real. The whole thing with Tommy getting trolled was like a rabid pack of hyenas on the biggest hunk of roadkill imaginable. If I went through that, it would most definitely become a constant thought throughout my day and negatively affect my life. 

I would imagine that there will be people who will listen to this and still mutter to themselves that Tommy is an asshole or something or avoid listening out of spite. At the same time, at the heat of the Tommy vs Trolls war last year, my episode with him shot up in downloads immediately. There is something attractive about the whole thing but what is great is that now he has risen to the occasion that befalls every working musician on the planet and is practicing what he preaches. I think Tommy is hard to fault these days. If you do because of what you thought last year, then you have a life with very little worry or concern and you should be stoked AF. 

I wanted to host an interview getting Tommy speaking what matters to him and further strengthen his name in the community. I think we did that here and we had a lot of fun too.

 

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May 27, 2020

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Today we are talking about practice! I have reached out to several friends to contribute their thoughts about practice. Each of these artists has services available. Click the links below if you wish to learn more about these amazing musicians/educators.

 

Todd Sucherman

Stephen Taylor

Jared Falk

Dan Weiss

Dave Atkinson

Bruce Becker

Yoni Madar

Riccardo Merlini

May 24, 2020

“We are making music for the people. For everyone.”

Sput and Nate have been sharing the bandstand together for 15 years. They both played together for the world-renowned band Snarky Puppy but eventually they decided that it was time to develop their own thing and that thing was called Ghost-Note. A wonderful collection of diverse musicians all working together to bring, as Nate had said, “peace, love, harmony and unity to the entire world.”

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The trip to the Drumeo Festival.
  • How did Ghost-Note develop into what it is now?
  • Their intentions with their music.
  • What they represent is what they attract.
  • Mailbox money, incentives, and culture within the band.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Ghost-Note is everywhere, especially within the drumming community. Vic Firth’s VFJams, Zildjian Live, essentially you are listening to Ghost-Note. You will get to hear a lot about how the band operates and what their intentions and aspirations are. It is all for the love of music and creating a movement. So, if you are a fan of Ghost-Note, Sput, Nate or Snarky Puppy, you will dig this episode.

 

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May 20, 2020

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This week we are discussing our favorite drumming instructional DVDs and VHS tapes.

 

Opening funk groove performed by Brian "Brain" Mantia from the video "Shredding Repis on the Gnar Gnar Rad" (my favorite drumming education video.)

 

We have two beats. The first submission is by Jacob Randall and the second one is by Tomas Hoces.

 

The other two beats are performed by me. I want to start tracking my progress by ending episodes with a groove to Tim Baltes' Drumless tracks.

 

 

May 17, 2020

“How much good can you have before the bad comes around?”

Harry Miree is a dude. Actually, let me rephrase. He IS dude. Harry is a touring and session musician who currently lives in Nashville, TN but is originally from Alabama. He also has his own YouTube channel which is fantastic and I strongly recommend that you check it out. Overall, Harry has forged a good career for himself so far and spreads his dudely vibes wherever possible.

The most common response to anyone that knew about this interview was, “oh man, that is going to be so funny!” and I am not sure if this will come as a disappointment or not but this interview is not really funny at all. It is actually the heaviest interview I have ever released. In fact, I think we were both a little disoriented after this chat. It went to some dark places and as it turns out, Harry and I share a lot of parallels in our life experiences. 

I had wondered why Harry had chosen humour as his method of delivering content. It just seemed to me that everything he creates for YouTube or the times he has collaborated with Drumeo is focused on comedy. Even my content has been cited by listeners as funny and people always have something to say about my laugh. So, comedy to me is also a big thing that I consider with my content. I believe it has so much to do with my dark past and my path to find happiness. I am getting closer and closer all of the time to realize that but there are definitely setbacks from time to time. So, I wondered if Harry experienced some hard times too. Once I found out what that is, everything started to make sense.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Harry found his career in music but not without opposition.
  • Feeling guilty for having joy.
  • What is “dude”?
  • What did Harry learn about Carter Beauford?
  • Visualizing our target.
  • Making difficult yet simple decisions.
  • Karmic bills.
  • A tragic part of Harry’s past.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

How this interview unfolded was something I have not experienced yet as a journalist. As Harry and I had our chat it became apparent that both him and I share a lot of the same experiences in life. We also have a lot of painful experiences that we are both trying to find a way to process without ignoring. You probably won’t hear this side of Harry anywhere else and it was truly a moment of real connection. Hearing it will likely bring up things in you that you have been ignoring or stuffing down.

 

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May 13, 2020

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This week we have a listener story submitted by Gene Gonzalez. Check out his drumstick holders here :)

 

Here is the TED Talk video Reuben Spyker was talking about.

 

Beat submissions were provided by Lucas Farran and Vinny Werneck

 

Today we are talking about our first drum set. I read comments, I share my own first drum set story, a Harry Miree podcast teaser clip and we have a lot of laughs too.

May 10, 2020

“When you know you’re well prepared and you have the passion. No one can stop you.”

Aquiles Priester is a national treasure to Brazil. Without question, he is one of the best and most well-known heavy metal drummers alive today. His career spans over thirty-years and features credits such as playing drums for W.A.S.P., Tony McAlpine, Angra, Hanger, and up until this Covid pandemic, he was gearing up to perform with DragonForce. Of course, his list of artists that he has worked with is much longer than what I listed here.

Aquiles’ career is an incredible story of perseverance and passion. It took him many years to reach the level of success that he enjoys today. He gave up on his dreams for music being his full-time career to work for Dana Incorporated and dedicated himself to that job. He actually made a good career for himself by working up the ranks. However, his passion for music took over, once again, and this time for good.

It took many years but since the year 2000, Aquiles has found his success in the music industry. His story is one of how passion can guide us to our true selves and that without enough patience and effort anything is possible.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Why Aquiles puts so much pressure on himself.
  • Aquiles, the soccer player?
  • What was Tropical Band?
  • Aquiles’ first drums.
  • How Aquiles finally found success in the music industry.
  • What practice looks like for Aquiles.
  • How Aquiles feels about his son not taking up drums.
  • What Eloy Casagrande taught Aquiles.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Aquiles Priester’s story is very inspirational. It creates a wonderful backstory to what you witness now when he plays. I see someone who is doing what they are meant to do. That feeling of, “finally, we’re back here again!”, when you step behind the kit. Even if it was only an hour or two since you last played, you are so happy to be back. That is what I see when I see Aquiles play.

It is a tremendous takeaway to behold when you are hearing about how much work it takes to get to an elite level. It is well earned and we can all have our own version of that with enough passion and commitment to something.

 

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May 6, 2020

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Huge shoutout to Austin Koziol (groovi_drums) for his voice memo this week. I always had hoped that at some point the podcast would provide a strong positive influence on our drumming community. For everyone who has ever reached out to inform me of your love of this podcast; thank you! It means a lot to me that drummers from all over the world look forward to future episodes and that it is part of your weekly routine. You will have content to enjoy for years to come and I hope that you will continue to pop by and say hello.

 

We have two beats this week. Tim Buell and Bucket & Sticks

 

The music collab was with Donald Waugh and me.

May 3, 2020

“We only own now.”

Dom Famularo is probably the happiest guy that you will ever meet in your life. He maintains a high degree of optimism all of the time and is simply infectious. It is no wonder why he is known as the “Global Drumming Ambassador”. He has traveled all over the world to present his masterclasses and clinics and was also the first western drum educator to perform clinics in China. Dom has been one of the most sought after drum teachers for over forty years and to this day maintains a student list of 2500 students. He has also authored two books, “It’s Your Move” and “The Cycle of Self-Empowerment”. The list of accolades and achievements are immense with Dom and he shows zero signs of slowing down.

Besides the educational side and the public speaking, Dom is an incredible drummer as well. His solos tend to have dramatic peaks and valleys dynamically. Dom really sucks you in with his storytelling. I always hear a stealthy army approaching the enemy quietly creeping in and then a battle ensues! An absolute brutal assault from pounding double-bass drums thundering beneath the flurry of cymbal crashes and tom rolls. It is unmistakable. 

Dom’s enthusiasm for life and music is the kind of genuine inspiration that is great for people. In many ways, he is my personal role model and I feel very fortunate to know him and to have had some incredible moments with him. This interview with him was very fulfilling and many times over I felt my body tingle with his positivity and energy. I hope that everyone feels that when they listen to this.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How Dom became the speaker he is today despite having a stutter when he was a child.
  • Learning why it is important to focus on how you deliver a message.
  • Dom’s 3 E’s.
  • Whether Dom’s drum students show signs of improvement in other areas of their life due to drumming.
  • Why do people squash their passions?
  • Why is drumming a great option for people to take up?
  • How would Dom help convince a drummer to stick with drumming?
  • Whether Dom can tell true passion from temporary inspiration?

 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode with Dom is vitamins. Despite the short length of this episode, there is so much jammed into it. It is an incredibly full episode with nothing to waste. Dom’s message is one that could make a difference in a person’s life and for that reason alone, it might be worth your time. To learn a bit more about human compassion, communication skills, diving headfirst into your passion, and living a life that is purposefully yours.

 

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