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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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Aug 5, 2020

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Today we are talking about comparing ourselves to others.

 

Opening drum clip performed by Joel Turcotte Taken from Dimitri Fantini's YouTube video "Impossible Hi-Hat Licks"

 

Drum madness midway through is by Forrest Rice.

 

The 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 etc. song by @soytiet

 

Voice Memos this week are from

Jacob Evans (his YouTube video on comparing process instead of results)

Greg Hersey

Joao Lebre

 

Email reads this week are from

Scott Amitrano

Curt "KIRKEE B." Bisquera

 

Comment reads this week are from

@dan_smith_music

@dunnettclassicdrums

@soundslikeadrum

@akhamie.music

@davidstanochschoolofdrumming

@rewellmusic

@ryanthomasmusician

@gregveachmusicalyeets

@jthomp10

@rolandjericlintag

@benedictlimbrey

@migueld.drums

@jon_on_drums

Aug 2, 2020

“I went so deep into the rabbit hole that I got lost.”

Andy Prado Jr. is an LA-based musician with some of the meanest chops around. He isn’t all chops though. Andy possesses a mixture of explosive creativity, dynamics, groove, and abstract rhythmic phrases within a large range of musical styles. He has his own progressive instrumental trio called Coevality while also being hired for a variety of other acts such as Sabrina Claudio.

Andy is a true devotee to the art of drumming and music. He has played for nearly his entire life and has sacrificed a lot over the course of his career to become the musician he is today. He considers his checkpoints in his journey to have come a bit late but he never lost hope. In this podcast, we discuss the costs involved to get to where he is today.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Adapting to the times as a musician and what Andy is specifically doing about that
  • Andy’s thoughts on sacrifice to the craft in order to obtain a balance with life
  • Why we need to enjoy the process
  • Setbacks throughout Andy’s path
  • Listener questions

 

Why Should You Listen?

There are many drummers out there who have an all or nothing approach to their craft. In Andy’s case, the obsession of drumming almost cost him his marriage. So, maybe we want to check this one out just to re-evaluate our priorities in life and make sure that everything that is important to us is being looked after and not neglected due to our obsessions.

 

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A Story by Andy Prado Video

 

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Jul 29, 2020

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Today we are celebrating 200 episodes of DrumeoGab podcast. I love you :)

 

I featured a beat by Jules Stewart who was performing to a drum loop created by Tim Baltes.

Jul 26, 2020

“If we can address the deepest issues in our life at home and build that foundation, then everything else above us can’t really hurt us.”

Matt Greiner’s story is one that a movie script could be written about. He is a small-town farmer who assembled his high-school friends at the farm to form a band. I heard a story once where Matt was in the farm field kicking around rocks daydreaming about what music could be for him and his friends. His dreams came true. They got signed with Solid State Records and August Burns Red became one of the major metal-core groups in the world.

Since the time that people had discovered that Matt and I were having a conversation for the podcast, I have heard the same thing from everyone. That Matt is one of the nicest people they have met or that they believe he is a nice guy from all the content they have seen with him featured. I can certainly confirm that Matt is an incredibly nice guy but also that he is a very deep thinker and spiritually connected in his life. 

Matt and Tim Anderson have created a podcast called “Holy Ghost Notes” where they discuss Christianity and drums. I have listened to several episodes and the content is loaded with spiritually wealthy messages. I encourage folks to check out their podcast!

The goal of this episode was to provide listeners with a feeling of happiness and joy. I hope we achieved that result.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • A quick rundown on Matt’s early beginnings with music
  • How we listen to music
  • Insecurity with ourselves and how that changes our approach to drumming
  • A wake up call when you’re the best in town
  • Integrating with technology and the challenges with that
  • Anxiety
  • The possible silver lining with COVID-19
  • Why you need to be your own source of spiritual wealth
  • The pain that comes with enlightenment

 

Why Should You Listen?

Personally, this is one of my favorite episodes to date. The reason is that Matt and I had a very strong connection here. We talk about the things that we feel leads to a more peaceful life. I think that listeners will be filled with a deep feeling of positivity by listening to this conversation. These topics we discuss are important for people to check out and introduce into their lifestyle. During these trying times, we can all use a little pick-me-up and I feel we achieved that in this episode.

 

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Jul 22, 2020

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Today we are talking about balance. Are you an all or nothing person? Did your dreams of becoming a household name slip away? I read comments, play three voice memos, and read one email that was all sent by listeners. This one is gonna be interesting...

 

Today's beat is by Carson Gant aka OneUpDrumVids

 

Voice Memo's: @muxmike

@christiannardelladrums

@alanvaudagna

 

Email sent by: Johnny Katchisin

Jul 19, 2020

“Ya gotta learn how to control your instrument.”

Aaron Comess moved to New York over thirty years ago and began his amazing journey of music. The New School kicked it off where he met the musicians Chris Barron, Eric Schenkman,  and Mark White to make what would be the classic Spin Doctors lineup. Who knew that they were creating what would be a multi-platinum rock band? I would imagine that those days were a great time to come up as a musician. We definitely had to talk about that stuff.

Aaron talked to me before this interview on a phone call about how he is a heavy practicer. He is constantly honing his craft. It is no wonder how he has carved out such a great career with sessions, producing, touring, and of course, being with Spin Doctors since 1989. He has a really positive attitude towards the music industry and doesn’t get hung up on “the good old days” and remains busy to this day.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Does Aaron think live music will ever change?
  • Stepping away from the drum set during the quarantine.
  • Aaron’s time with Bernard Purdie and The New School in the ’80s.
  • Truthful playing.
  • Delta Phi.
  • Aaron tells a story for the first time about a blown opportunity.
  • Advice for musicians who are playing gigs they aren’t stoked about.
  • The Good Ol’ Days.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This is subjective perhaps, but for anybody who enjoys hearing stories regarding the bands they grew up with if you are born in the late seventies to mid-eighties will like this conversation. The Spin Doctors were some of the heaviest grooving bands of that era and made a mark that hasn’t really dulled much. It is timeless music. So, for me at least, hearing stories of that time period is always good.

The other side of this episode is the advice on controlling your instrument. Aaron is a serious musician and knows what to do in order to keep getting calls. He shares so much good advice on career stuff that is important to check out. A bit of fun with New York mythology during a highly influential time and conversations about what to do presently to help your future.

 

Watch Aaron Comess “Sculptures” on YouTube

 

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Jul 15, 2020

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Today we are talking about motivation. And it isn't what you are likely expecting to hear.

 

Today's featured drummer is James Burgess. Follow him on Instagram here and also check out his profile on Spotify!

Jul 12, 2020

“I am totally ignorant. I don’t look for joy on a goal. I look for joy on my path.”

El Estepario Siberiano is an online drummer from Valencia, Spain who has been blowing up these last few months. He is creating covers, lessons, and other social media content for YouTube and Instagram but does not currently perform with artists. 

This is the first time where he is being featured on a podcast, so while I don’t usually interview up and coming drummers anymore I thought it would be great to be the first podcast to feature him because there is no one, to my knowledge, who is growing faster online than him. 

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How El Estepario doesn’t completely understand why his channel is growing so fast.
  • What drives his work ethic.
  • Why you need to just be yourself within your online content.
  • A bit on El Estepario’s background.
  • What does he think he will do with the fanbase he is creating?
  • Some listener questions.

 

Why Should You Listen?

The biggest takeaway, in my opinion, is the concept of having no goals. This is so incredibly contrary to the narrative online. But as you listen to El Estepario’s reasoning behind it, I would say that it makes a lot of sense because it is actually my own personal experience as well. Neither of us had to be convinced through motivational content to dream big and execute this huge goal. We just love what we do and seem to have a lot of desire to work consistently at it and we didn’t really understand what it would turn into. It is just an outlet for what we feel we need to be doing.

Goals are great, don’t get me wrong. But make them bite-sized and realistic. Something that you can actually envision and execute. Try not to think about where it will all lead you to in a few years or question the purpose of why you are doing what you do. If it is moving you forward and you are getting better at whatever it is you are doing, then I would say continue doing it.

 

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Jul 8, 2020

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Today we are talking about your dreams. Not the ones you have at night but the ones that you think about consciously during the day.

 

The groove today is by Dimitri Fantini performing a song called "Sirocco". You can check out his website here and his Instagram page here.

Jul 5, 2020

“Out of pure necessity he started to produce cymbals in his basement on his own.”

Norbert Saemann is a name that I have heard for nearly three years now. He is the AR Rep for Meinl Headquarters in Germany. He has been employed by Meinl since the age of 18 and has been there for 30 years now. He has seen the many evolutions the company has made since 1990 and essentially how Meinl has become one of the leaders in creating cymbals and percussion instruments.

This interview is going to be quite appealing to fans of Meinl mainly due to the fact that up until now there has not really been much content about the actual company. There is, of course, plenty of entertaining content surrounding their artists, cymbal models, and performance videos but there is very little about the actual company and their history. To my knowledge, this is the first time where this is actually being discussed in some form of media.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How COVID-19 has been affecting Meinl.
  • An extensive look at Meinl’s history.
  • Some insights to R&D and even some products expecting to launch soon.
  • What makes Meinl unique?
  • Meinl’s philosophy on customer service.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Well, because if you are a Meinl fan this will be the first time where you are hearing a major representative discuss the company’s history. Until now, that was only available on their website within a few short paragraphs. It is also really interesting to hear about what makes Meinl unique and how they managed to capture such a large percentage of the market. It was less than twenty years ago when their cymbals were not regarded as professional quality. All in all, you have never heard anything like this before regarding Meinl.

 

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Meinl Cymbals

 

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Jul 1, 2020

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Today we are talking a bit about the male ego and my own struggle with my ability to be a "man's man" and whether I chose music because I didn't feel like I had a skill that I could access to prove my worth.

 

Today's musical clip was by @currencyaudio

It was @ianhitsdrums who recommended today's clip to me and I suggest that you follow them both!

Jun 28, 2020

“New decade. New year. New Goals. New Energy.”

Brian Frasier-Moore is one of the GOATS in the pop music scene. He has been a major player in the business for nearly three decades and has worked with some of the biggest names in pop. Another aspect of Brian that is quite exceptional is his ability to continue adapting and also innovate within the industry. I am not kidding when I say that BFM World will soon have VR capabilities for students. You will hear more about it in this episode.

I interviewed Brian at the Victoria Drum Festival all the way back on episode 118. It was my first time meeting him and the interview went great. We had a really nice time breaking bread and having some drinks together at the dinner table with our friends after the interview. It was an incredible moment that I won’t soon forget.

The theme of that interview was something that I felt was unique and Brian said that he had not experienced an interview quite like it before. I took some of Brian's “gems” and we got talking about some of the ideas and concerns that he has addressed in the past. I wanted to have Brian on the show again simply because he has such a real attitude. He tells it how it is and it is all based on considerable amounts of experience. So, we went with some newer “gems” and we get down to some very real subjects and break down some big issues here.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Adapting to the times and VR innovations for BFM World.
  • Social media and the lack of authenticity that exists.
  • How is this year affecting Brian’s goals and ambition?
  • Why don’t people want to pay for content?
  • The “old you” and how people can hold you to that standard.
  • Brian’s new signature snare from Pearl drums.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This is not evergreen content. Meaning that we are talking a lot about the times we are currently living in. However, this was recorded during the COVID crisis but not during the BLM protests after George Floyd’s death. So, keep that in mind when you are listening. 

Overall, we need to self-evaluate as people. What are your relationships like with people and technology? Do people hold you to old standards when you are indeed making a strong effort to be the best version of yourself? Would you consider supporting more creatives in the industry who are providing us with music, apparel, or other collectibles? Did you have big dreams this year that have been somewhat crushed by the events happening in the world? If you reflected on any of these questions, consider deeply listening to this conversation.

This is literally Brian and I just hanging out and being real about some big subjects. I hope that you enjoy the ride.

 

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Jun 24, 2020

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Today we are talking about lessons learned. I read a bunch of comments, tell a couple of personal stories about lessons I have learned and we have some great news from a fellow listener Mark Pederson.

 

The beat featured is by Joe Lyle

Jun 21, 2020

“Don’t be afraid to sing in your own voice.”

Stephen Taylor is a drummer and drum set educator living in Nashville, TN. He is the founder of StephensDrumShed.com and also the creator of the Drum Better Daily system. While Stephen has been utilizing the internet and social media to create an online drum education business for quite a while now, he started off playing a lot in clubs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. He eventually left that scene to further his education by attending University of Southern Mississippi and obtained his jazz studies degree under the instruction of Dr. John Wooten.

Stephen did have a professional career as a touring musician with the band, Lovers and Liars and was signed to Universal Republic Records but in other interviews I have heard Stephen talk about how this situation was as amazing as people may think. It was time for him to take control of the wheel and do something that was his own.

Since this time, Stephen has poured his energy into Stephen’s Drum Shed. He has a close relationship with his online students and focuses on providing value to the drumming community. 

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Our thoughts about engaging with our audience.
  • Living in the culture of where music originated from and how that adds a legit quality to music.
  • Why you may not be happy with your sound.
  • Establishing rules to work within to explore your creativity.
  • Making your strengths stronger.
  • Why your story matters.

 

Why Should You Listen?

There are many things that I enjoy about Stephen’s content but one thing in particular is how pragmatic he is about character building. It is something he tends to focus a lot on. Basically, how you develop your character off the kit helps your playing while on the kit. The two things exist simultaneously. So, knowing this about Stephen, we dove headfirst into topics about self-acceptance, courage, your voice, making your strengths stronger and why your story matters.

All of these topics are inspirational and it is all obtainable with enough soul searching and kind spritness towards yourself and others. I think that there is something for everybody and every skill level in this interview.

 

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Jun 17, 2020

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Today's episode is a solo episode where I improvised late at night last Thursday. I began talking into my phone to record some ideas and realized that I was actually making something. I expressed some concerns about the financial burdens of living in an amortized world that I feel prevents people from experiencing more freedom. Also, the heightened stress of living outside of your means when something like COVID hits the world. I also mention some stuff regarding virtue-signaling online and how social media infiltrates our lives and I do talk a bit about BLM and how I am learning a lot but also that I am discovering in the process how complex institutionalized racism really is. Each day I am looking into this stuff further and further and my mind is getting blown each time I dig. And finally, I talk about the preciousness of human life and why we need to be in touch with what is going on and how there is no guarantee for anything.

 

I featured some music from my friend Sam Cino's band "Chipotle" and share a brief story about how Sam and I met many years ago. 

Jun 14, 2020

“Find the benefits it has, draw it out and use it to your ability. It doesn’t have to be a roadblock it can actually be a leg up.”

 

Gregory Storey has a very compelling story. He has been featured on many BBC documentaries regarding his life with Tourette Syndrome. In these documentaries you will see just how severe his tics were during his childhood and into adulthood. Interestingly enough, drumming seems to be his relief from this awful neurodevelopmental disorder.

 

Once he began playing the drums the tics went away. He experienced such an overwhelming feeling from this relief that it brought him to tears. An entire childhood of having no control over his tourette’s and now suddenly the big red guy with a megaphone has been silenced. 

 

Gregory is now a full-time streamer on the platform Twitch. He has hosted a handful of streams where he performs on the drums for over 10 hours to raise money for certain charities concerning Tourette's. For a person to overcome so much in his life and continue to shine positivity certainly makes Gregory a great role model for other kids and adults who suffer from Tourette's and other disorders.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Gregory talks about his, now dissolved, tech company Aspartech.
  • How Gregory became a streamer on Twitch.
  • Gregory’s past with Tourette Syndrome and how drums helped him overcome that.
  • The language he invented “seldom”.
  • What tolerance means to Gregory.
  • Some details regarding his Roland drums and a story about his hero Craig Blundell.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

I think in order to understand how amazing it is that Gregory was able to perform this interview the way he did, you need to watch some of the documentaries he has been featured on. Check this one for example.

 

He coughed maybe six times in this interview, which is hard to determine whether it was simply a cough or a tic. He explains in this interview how he manages to maintain as much control as possible. He was, in fact, using a technique during the interview to not tic. What he was doing is astounding to say the least.

 

I think that this episode really educates people about Tourette Syndrome. For years, I thought it was just people who shouted profanity and had physical tics. As it turns out, I knew nothing about it. Only 10% of people who have Tourette Syndrome shout profanity though. Gregory is part of that 10%. 

 

You will also understand the willpower that Gregory has. For a person who has been through so much torment in his life has managed to achieve considerable success for himself. Gregory is a tremendous example of perseverance who we can all learn from.

 

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Jun 10, 2020

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Today we are talking about our favorite albums. Take notes and maybe you will find something new to listen to.

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 :)

 

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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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