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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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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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Apr 29, 2020

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Today's episode deals with our drumming influences. I take a deep dive into my top 10 drumming influences, comment reads, and other ramblings.

 

The beat featured today comes from Austin Koziol.

Apr 26, 2020

“I allow it to be what it is.”

Steve Smith is a treasure to drumming culture. He was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, he’s been awarded many times over in the industry including the Modern Drummer readers poll where he was voted “Best All-Around Drummer” five years in a row. The list goes on and on and you will always find him on the top 100 drummers of all time lists as well. There is no question that Steve Smith is one of the finest drummers in history.

He is probably best known to most people as the drummer for Journey. He would end up recording six albums, including Journey’s most popular album “Escape”, during his tenure with them. However, regardless of his massive success with Journey, Steve is a jazz drummer at heart. He has been the bandleader of his group Vital Information since the early seventies and of course, in between has been a sideman for artists such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Steps Ahead, Dweezil Zappa, Bryan Adams, Savage Garden and many others.

What I find personally fascinating about Steve is his evolution as a musician. When I watch performances from the ’70s and ’80s, I hear a completely different Steve Smith than what he is today. With his introduction to Carnatic music by the great Zakir Hussain, Steve’s path went far in that direction. If you look at his path of development, he has had many deep periods of growth. In my opinion, I can’t think of many drummers who have mastered as many disciplines within drumming as Steve has.

I would imagine that Steve will always be on a path of discovery and refinement with music and drumming. Even quite recently, since COVID-19, he has stated that he has gone back to basics, practicing slowly. Even after over 60 years of playing the drums, Steve is still going back to basics to continue improving and evolving and that is truly inspiring.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Steve’s headaches with being a bandleader.
  • How Steve allows musicians’ true selves to alter the delivery of his music.
  • The fascinating story of how Steve was introduced to Carnatic and Hindustani music.
  • Steve’s approach to learning new music quickly.
  • Steve’s drum art.
  • Steve on pursuing our creative passions.
  • Steve’s experience adapting and transitioning to learning how to play with a click.
  • The value of seeing live music.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Well, an interview with Steve Smith is not something to pass on. He has so much knowledge that is backed up by profound levels of experience. He is someone we should be listening to and learning from. Besides that, his story about how he learned Konnakol and his time with Zakir is truly fascinating stuff.

 

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Apr 22, 2020

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In this episode, we talk about the prospect of taking on big projects.

 

Joshua Green - Instagram

Joshua Green's video from a defunct nuclear turbine (this is amazing and you should watch it.)

Kenton Bell - Instagram

Apr 19, 2020

“I play because I need to play. For me.”

Havana, Cuba native, Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez, has been said to be one of the most innovative and skilled percussionists in the world. He has had a very rich musical life growing up in Havana and then many years later when he left home to become an internationally acclaimed musician. It did not come easily but as Horacio describes in this interview, it has always been his passion in life and he has never considered doing anything else. 

Horacio has had the pleasure of working with so many incredible artists throughout his career including Carlos Santana, Zucchero, Steve Winwood, McCoy Tyner, Michel Camilo, and the Tropi-Jazz All Stars of the late Tito Puente. Horacio is also a Grammy award winning artist, which he received in 1997.

I have personally been in love with Horacio’s playing for 20 years. Back when it was new, the Modern Drummer 2000 DVD featured Horacio. I remember watching his clips, along with Vinnie, Dave Lombardo, Billy Ward and Hilary Jones over and over. Among the roster, it was Horacio who captured my attention the most. He was always smiling and acting so casually while playing incredibly demanding music and displaying some of the most advanced independance I have ever seen before or since then. To have a moment with one of my heroes was simply incredible and it is an interview that I will never forget.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Horacio talks about his performance at Drumeo Festival 2020.
  • What drumming means to him. 
  • Why he was imprisoned at the age of 13.
  • Imitating our idols and Horacio’s thoughts on the younger generations.
  • His three year stay in Rome back in 1990.
  • Horacio’s appreciation for a great instrument to play.
  • His career once he was given permission to emigrate to the USA.
  • Horacio’s health concerns from roughly five years ago.
  • What Horacio learned from playing 20 hours a day at the EGREM studios.
  • Why you don’t see Horacio much on Instagram (usually, until CoV happened)

 

Why Should You Listen?

It is rare to see an interview with Horacio in English. Even rarer is to hear and see an interview with Horacio with good sound and video quality. He is quiet online usually and isn’t that concerned with publicity. For Horacio, this was just fun for him to talk about his life and I feel fortunate that he took the time to do it. Again, he is a veteran musician with a storied career and has almost no need for publicity. 

However, this interview covers a lot of his musical career, his thoughts about drumming and music and a nearly catastrophic medical issue that could have ended his career that he has never spoken publicly about. So, if you are a fan of Horacio you won’t want to sleep on this episode. 

 

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Apr 15, 2020

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Today's episode is themed around two different story types. The first one is about drummers who started playing drums later into their adulthood. The other is about drummers who used to play when they were in their youth and then retired the sticks only to rediscover their passion for drumming years later.

 

The submissions for this week came from Ed Koop, Bill Granville, Robert Daughtridge, and Jorge Bazo.

 

I also read a bunch of comments from last week's question on my Instagram

 

"Who started playing drums later in life, or picked up the sticks after a long hiatus?"

 

We received over 70 comments, so I read a few of them. I also share my own experience with a long hiatus from drums that took place during my twenties.

 

To top it all off I have included a teaser of the upcoming interview with Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez. Enjoy and stay safe :)

 

Apr 12, 2020

"My pain is my sound"

Chris Coleman’s story will give a lot of hope to drummers out there who are trying their absolute best to become who they want to become. He is a fighter, a survivor and has been put through hell to get where he is today. He has been considered, in the public’s eye, a fantastic drummer for many years. His win back in 2001 for the Guitar Center DrumOff was such a huge affirmation to Chris that he was indeed on the right path. But it always wasn’t so clear.

In this interview, you are going to hear about the pain and struggle that was necessary to get to the place that he has arrived. Chris has such a long and meandering path of little victories and big setbacks. At a certain point, he tried to kill his passion for drumming that he had inside of him. It is incredible how he persevered and once he moved to LA things started to work in his favor and he was well on his way to his well-earned destination.

When we watch Chris perform we can sit back and enjoy the product. And really, we should. But to hear where that sound was born from adds a completely new layer of depth. This is why interviews can be important. His career was born out of something that was constantly working against him and eventually through sheer determination he managed to forge an elite tier status on the instrument. Simply incredible.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Chris arrived at a good place with the Drumeo Festival
  • His early years growing up with music in Church
  • Discovering the true you
  • Don’t copy other drummers’ licks. Instead, Focus on your sound.
  • Chris on haters
  • The importance of control over speed
  • Why he couldn’t be a pilot or Navy Seal
  • The road to LA
  • Instant gratification and investing in maybes

 

Why Should You Listen?

In these times during COVID-19, this interview may have more power to it? Regardless, in any situation for any person, there is some pretty significant value here. Chris’ story is filled with darkness and then at the end, parting clouds and some sunshine. But I just see life screaming at Chris, “STOP DOING THIS!” and he responded with a hard NO. I have so much respect for that. That takes some serious determination and willpower and it is great to hear it told in such raw detail from an elite drummer. It is an unbelievable chat with a timeless message.

 

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Apr 8, 2020

Sign up for only $5 (all proceeds go to the Covid Solidarity Response Fund) to enroll in the Drumeo Learn Songs Faster Masterclass. This is for a limited time only. (Closes April 10th at Midnight)

 

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Update on Ian - Ian and his wife Joanna have returned home to Toronto safe and sound. Yay!!

 

Lou Santiago Jr. talks about his experience working in the ER in NYC during the Covid pandemic.

 

Here is the link to the podcast where the astronaut Scott Kelly provides advice for people in isolation.

 

Here is the link to Austin's new podcast.

Apr 5, 2020

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“Something changed. It was a heavy time.”

Anika Nilles has built quite an impressive career for herself over the last six years or so. Her profile blossomed into international status almost overnight with the release of “Wild Boy” on YouTube. From there, she has gained considerable exposure and has been in high demand for clinics and other educational platforms, such as Drumeo. It could be argued that Anika was one of the main influencers on the popularity of quintuplet phrasings but also disguised them well to make these odd-phrasing ideas approachable and musical.

This was the second interview opportunity that I have had with Anika. The first was over two years ago where we spoke over Skype while she was home on a quick break. It was amazing to have her on the podcast but also quite disappointing to me personally due to the outcome of the audio I recorded. It was compromised heavily due to static and other noise that I couldn’t remove from the recording. I have always been a bit upset by that. However, this episode sounds quite good and the conversation is so much more compelling than the first one we had. I feel like I got the interview with Anika that I always wanted.

Anika opens up here. She discusses things that she has never discussed publicly and perhaps to an even further extent, at all. I am very thankful that she was so willing to be transparent and honest about her career, the obstacles that have been challenging and the things that still trouble her to this day.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Stage fright
  • Needing control
  • Anika’s thoughts on musical freedom
  • What really happened on October 18, 2017’s announcement
  • Anika’s objectives right now
  • Looking on the bright side
  • American influence on European drummers
  • How viable is the online influencer option today?
  • Does Anika know how to future proof her career?
  • The best nights of music aren’t always the ones you thought were great at the time.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This is the interview you have never heard before. In fact, I was in disbelief after the interview just how open Anika was. I pushed a bit into territory that was a bit vulnerable for her but she didn’t shy away from the questions. She really put herself out there in an honest and transparent way. Anika has a lot of fans who see her as a deeply inspiring drummer and personality and the things she discussed with me will likely end up furthering that feeling for her fans. She is an exemplary person who shows us that the top level professionals have fears too. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1AtfdNKYug

 

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ANIKA”S NEW ALBUM - For A Colourful Soul

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Apr 1, 2020

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Ned's Facebook Live interview that I talked about.

https://umatter.ca/2020/03/28/embracing-kindness/

 

Rich Stitzel's DrumMantra podcast where I was interviewed live.

https://player.fm/series/the-drummantra-podcast

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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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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