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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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Feb 19, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week we go international with Siros Vaziri from Sweden. In this episode we cover the story of Siros' month long clinic tour and how it impacted him. We discuss the journey of creating his Instagram page and how he is converting that into a business for himself to relieve many aspects of his drumming career that he feels isn’t as important as forming his brand. I believe that many listeners, especially who inhabit the Instagram community, will find this episode particularly inspiring and helpful.

 

Who is Siros?

 

Siros is popularly known as “The Fill Guy” which is something he didn’t fully recognize until he went to NAMM and was repeatedly approached with his famous hand gesture. He creates “Fill Packs” that contain 100 fills in each lesson pack as well as mini packs to get people started. Beyond that, Siros is a self taught drummer who has incorporated YouTube and Instagram for educational aid, which seems to be popular with drummers of his generation. By teaching himself he has managed to become a very capable player and before I understood that he was self taught, I would not have thought that.

 

Siros is also a very wise and tactical thinker when it comes to internet marketing and creating influence through social media. Along with many others, he has proven that it is more than possible to create a brand and market yourself to create your own career with drumming content. I believe that Siros will continue to develop his brand and he won’t be permanently known as “The Fill Guy” as he understands the importance to be in the moment and constantly evolve.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

Siros has taught himself everything that he knows that pertains to his content. Filming, recording and the playing. He also lives in a small city of 16,000 people in Sweden that virtually has no music scene, yet he has an engaged following online that is five times that amount. I can relate to this myself. Hosting a podcast that is listened to worldwide and yet I live in a country neighbourhood in a town of just over 12,000 people and there is NO music scene whatsoever.

 

So what is interesting is that location has so little to do with what a musician can accomplish with hard work, quality content and a vision. It is a topic that a feel many of us are contemplating when things will break through or what is “my thing?” but remember….Siros has been doing this for 3.5 years and has worked very hard at developing his content and pays close attention to what people aren’t doing and fills those gaps (no pun intended).

 

Siros’ Socials

 

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DrumGAB’s Socials

 

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Feb 12, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. If you are a Canadian drummer from Ontario, and you take drumming even mildly seriously…you probably know about Mark Kelso. For me, I have known about Mark for years and have wanted to speak to him since starting this podcast. You just don’t start with Mark, ya know what I mean?

 

I invited Mark to the podcast when I got a chance to meet with him at a Yamaha party in Toronto. Ask my friend/past guest/past student of Mark’s, Aaron Spink….he calls me the buffet bandit. A little backstory is in order. At the Yamaha party there was a buffet table for the performing artists. I was near the front of the stage and next to the buffet table and I spotted Mark eating some fried calamari and decided I would join him and introduce myself. I indulged in some buffet, against my better judgement and Aaron spotted me chowin’ down and dubs me, BB.

 

Who is Mark?

 

Mark Kelso has been playing drums for over 40 years, has been featured on over 400 recordings, currently plays in 40 bands (that’s a lot of fours). He is the leader of his own band, Mark Kelso and the Jazz Exiles, he is the head of the drum department at Humber College and he is a husband and father of two children. In other words, a really busy guy that I can’t believe even had time to be on my podcast.

 

He is an enormous fan of Bruce Lee. Mark finds the famous martial artist as his main influence for his approach to drumming, which may seem odd at first, but he provides an very clear and understandable reason for this as he discusses the parallels between martial arts and drumming in this episode.

 

Overall, Mark is a Canadian legend that is highly skilled, educated and has a prolific career with music, drumming and education.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

I have said this numerous times before, whenever I hit a new height with podcasting and that is this episode simply better than anything else I have recorded up until now. There are some gems in the DrumGAB library for sure, but this episode was incredible. That is largely because Mark was a great guest to be interviewed by me. I have known about him for so long and have done extensive research on him, I just knew that the questions I like to ask were ones that he would like to answer. Sometimes you just know.

 

Many times I found myself in the zone with this conversation and it lead to more interesting spur of the moment questions than some of the other episodes I have made. Mark is DEEP and I like deep people.

 

Starting the podcast with his poem that he wrote the night before his Drumeo appearance was a touch that I am glad makes contextual sense to our episode and how we discussed it in our chat. I want people to hear what Mark had to say because it is worth listening to…and to whoever made the YouTube comment “shut the fuck up and play” can suck my arse. It’s all the more reason to put it upfront in this episode because I felt empathetic to Mark on that one. He’s a thoughtful guy and I really enjoy what he has to say.

 

Overall, this is an interview that I am extremely proud of. I am glad that Mark and I had this chat and that it is now stamped in time as a thing we all can listen to whenever we want. Please enjoy the show, this one is special.

 

The opening spoken piece is from Mark's Drumeo performance.

 

Mark’s Socials

 

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Listen to Mark Kelso and the Jazz Exiles HERE

 

DrumGAB Socials

 

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Feb 4, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week I decided to bring you all a solo show with my thoughts and experiences on my first NAMM trip. To add some spice to the show I have included some dope Dan Mayo clips throughout.

 

Big S/O to the following people:

 

Austin Burcham, Gabe Helguera, TJ Hartmann, Adam Tuminaro, Dan Silver, Love Custom Drums, Legado Cymbals, Sugar Percussion, A&F Drum Co., Ramy Antoun, Dan Mayo, Evan Ryan, Earl Talbot, Ryan Claxton, Brandon Green, Dom Toso, Kelly Voelkel, Siros Vaziri, Cam Fleury, Joey Bones, Jared Falk and Drumeo

 

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Jan 30, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This weeks episode goes international with Polish drumming sensation Wojtek Deregowski. For the first time ever Wojtek’s unique story is told through a podcast interview and we go through all of the stages of how his career is forming and what exciting things are to come for him.

 

Who is Wojtek?

 

This twenty-two-year-old drummer hails from Poland and has only been playing for eight years. While he took private lessons early on he later decided to utilize the internet to continue his path of learning the drums and has continued to search and develop on his terms by using YouTube and Instagram for material to inspire himself and learn from over the years. He attended Berklee for one semester before finding himself having to return to Poland, however, this was good enough for him to use his experience at Berklee to his advantage. Currently he is developing online lessons that will be released sometime this year.

 

Key Moments in this episode

 

- Wojtek unravels the story of how he found drums through the popular “Rock Band” video game and shortly thereafter received a drum set for Christmas. With noise restrictions from neighbours and his parents, Wojtek spent the first two years playing very little. Eventually he and his father built his practice space with soundproofing to isolate the racket and Wojtek then began taking the drums very seriously. He would seek private lessons initially but later found that learning on his own through online resources was his preferred method to learn.

 

- At the age of eighteen, Wojtek travelled across the world to the coveted music school Berklee to study. Leaving his family, friends and girlfriend behind was a challenge for him and Wojtek explains some of the hurdles he had to overcome to adapt to his new environment. We also learn why he had to return to Poland after one semester of school and what followed.

 

- So after returning to Poland the opportunities for Wojtek became quite steady and it was apparent to him that there was an impressive “perceived value” associated with going to Berklee. Then came Instagram where he used originally to record his ideas, use his followers to help him determine whether something was cool or a good idea or not and eventually develop a massive following.

 

- A social media account with the proportions of Wojtek’s and also the incredible surge in popularity I must wonder “how do you manage that and is it really addictive to receive so much praise and be that popular?” We discuss at length how social media triggers us and how it can become very distracting and addictive but by managing ourselves and our socials we can remain productive in our “real” lives while still adding value to others with our content.

 

- We conclude our chat with some information about Wojtek’s new lessons plans that he is going to release very soon and how he is coming up with a creative way to distribute this content and package it for consumers. We also discuss how important it is to leverage our accounts to promote our own products for fans as well.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

There are a few European “Instagram Drumming Stars” in our midst, and I plan to interview at least one other as well. These people are the next generation of young entrepreneurial thinkers that are passionate about drums and education but also realizing that with large Instagram profiles, they can focus on a specific goal and attempt to make it their job.

 

It is great to see young people apply themselves in a thoughtful way like this. They utilize their technological strengths along with their incredible drumming and popular socials to create opportunities for themselves. Session work and touring may be more scarce but it also just may not work for everyone. It is becoming increasingly popular for drummers to create content online and find ways to create their own path with music through utilizing the internet instead.

 

Wojtek's Socials

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DrumGAB's Socials

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Jan 22, 2018

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week we are speaking to J-Rod Sullivan from the Atlanta based jazz fusion group, The 4 Korners. J-Rod is also the man behind “Got Pocket” apparel. We talk about creating opportunities for yourself, how education can serve a player, diversifying within your industry and influencing others in a positive way.

J-Rod plays Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth drum sticks.

 

Who is J-Rod?

 

J-Rod began exploring rhythm and drums at the very young age of two years old and stuck with him ever since. Over the years of playing church services, his roots in music are R&B and gospel music. Currently he is the drummer for the Atlanta based jazz fusion group The 4 Korners.

 

Throughout his experiences with this band, he has found a way to apply what he already understood musically and refine his approach and sound to meet the high demands of performing jazz fusion. J-Rod also studied at AIM to further his understanding of music. J-Rod studied during the time that Tom Knight was faculty, who is a past guest and dear friend of DrumGAB. Overall, J-Rod possesses the spirit of music and wishes to inspire as many people as possible with his gift.

 

Key Moments in this Episode

 

- J-Rod explains the story behind how he became the drummer for The 4 Korners. A trip to Best Buy lead to a call which lead to him to join the band. It is a story that shows that opportunities are created and earned, not gifted.

 

- J-Rod spent most of his musical life not understanding how to read music, knowing what it was he played or why he played it. He decided to change that by attending AIM. J-Rod explains how attending school served him well and how it was also a significant challenge for him.

 

- We get back to The 4 Korners and the bands’ writing process for new compositions. J-Rod breaks down their organic and open formula to create their music.

 

- Besides being a musician, J-Rod also programs live shows and produces artists under the name “J-Rod Sullivan Productions”. J-Rod talks about how he began doing this type of work and what programming a live show is.

 

- J-Rod also teaches drum lessons online and so I ask about the challenges with instructing a Skype lesson and the benefits and deficits of an online lesson versus an in person lesson.

 

- We talk about how it is his hope to inspire people all over the world with his music. I ask him if there is anything else that he does in life that can affect people like his drumming does.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

At the end of the day you have to recognize your passions and keep them a priority in your life. Once you develop your craft you then have to begin creating opportunities for yourself and somehow make it your career. Jerrod had a strategy in mind when he asked Clarence and Isaac to help him out with a gig. He wanted to put himself in front of the people that he admires and if the opportunity ever happened, be in the band.

 

Between that milestone and the fact that he went to AIM to up his theory and learn how to read music, constantly diversifying in other areas of the music industry and teaching online….J-Rod is cornering his success. J-Rod is living in his purpose and spreading positivity around with the gift that he has.

 

Music by: The 4 Korners

 

Order of tracks:

 

Table for 2


Orbiting Hands


Phraseology


King’s Highway


Portal of Gold

 

Opening interview sample “The Pace Report” with The 4 Korners

 

J-Rod’s Socials


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DrumGAB’s Socials


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Jan 15, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week is a very special interview with one of my personal favorite modern drummers, Eric Harland. In this episode the discussion is deep. We break down some components of drumming in an interactive exercise that I also explored with Aric Improta recently, being in the moment with music and if there are influences unrelated to music that inspire Eric’s playing, to name a few. Then in the second portion of our interview, we explore spirituality, why we are here and self-perception. This is a very insightful episode and ranks as one of the best episodes to date, IMO.

 

Who is Eric?

 

Eric Harland is a multi-grammy nominated drummer and is one of the most in-demand drummers of his generation. Already in his career, he has been featured on close to 200 recordings, including Joshua Redman’s “James Farm”, “Prism” from Dave Holland and Kevin Eubanks and his very own group “Voyager”. Overall, Eric is an incredibly ethereal musician who has inspired players all over the world.

 

Key Moments in this Episode

 

- We begin by examining 8 components to drumming. Creativity, Timekeeping, Endurance, Independence, Coordination, Groove, Chops, Technique. Eric’s interpretation is far different from what we heard previously on Aric Improta’s episode but each player expresses very convincing points of view that opens up our own minds towards this question.

 

- Next, we explore nonmusical influences towards his music making. Eric explains that everything acts as an influence. As our minds process our surroundings, our moods, and personal circumstances, it all affects how we create music.

 

- What follows is the moment of music. Eric expresses how this varies for him. Sometimes he is hired to fulfill a role musically and how it is not always a situation that he relates to internally and how he wishes to convey creativity through the instrument. Another component of this discussion is subconscious listening and how we can enter “the zone” with music and be on another level of listening.

 

- To wrap up our discussion with music and performance, we talk about musical freedom. How do we obtain freedom on the instrument? Eric breaks down how time is simply a measurement. Anything can happen within time as long as you have internalized it. He encourages people to understand that we as players do not need to lock into time with our playing but rather internalize the space of time and play within that in order to be free.

 

- The second chapter of this episode deals with life and spirituality. We start things off with the beginnings of his spiritual quest, where he grew up in a very religious household and would eventually study theology and become an ordained minister. However, after some time he began to feel that he could do something wrong and ended up leaving the church to explore other spiritual possibilities. To this day he remains open to receive and process what is possible with spirituality.

 

- I ask Eric, “If someone were to approach you who struggled with inner peace, how would you respond?” Eric in all his wisdom replied to me with “What is so important about inner peace?” Now that may seem like he disregarded my question, but believe me, his reasoning behind that statement was what blew my mind in this interview.

 

- Eric had recently received an award from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and he selflessly gave his award away to someone he felt deserved it more. In his speech, he talks about how we don’t really know how we see ourselves, instead we just experience life. So this made me want to ask him his opinion on self-perception and whether we know how we truly live as people. Again, another part of this interview that is so deep and so wise.

 

- To conclude, I ask Eric what the most impactful advice he had received in his life was. At first he had difficulty recalling something specific but eventually, he recalled elderly women telling him “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Simple but very true and he elaborates a bit on that to bring more substance to the point.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

Eric Harland is a musician that I noticed quite a number of years ago and instantly enjoyed how he played. While I wasn’t incredibly familiar with all of the work he has done, the preparation for this interview really allowed me the chance to see more into his life and his values through all of the interviews I have watched or listened to before speaking to him. So typically for me, my favorite conversations are ones that surround spirituality, the beauty of life and music and Eric is all of those things and a perfect guest to explore these topics with.


This was definitely one of my favorite interview experiences as a host and how it translated as a listening experience, it encapsulated the essence of my podcast. Eric is a truly wonderful human being and I am very thankful that he took some time to speak with me and explore some interesting subject matter on the podcast.

 

Music featured in this podcast is from Eric Harland's Journey.

Album is titled Vipassana

Other music is from Eric Harland's loop pack from The Loop Loft

 

Eric's Socials

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Jan 8, 2018

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week I spoke with Etienne Mason from Montreal, Canada. We discuss his process with making a daily video series that he calls “Night Improvisation” and the trials, the successes and the overall vision with this series and what he hopes to achieve with his efforts.

 

Who is Etienne?

 

Etienne is a fellow that I met through interesting circumstances. Back in 2016 I competed in a drum solo contest for the Victoria Drum Festival and through those efforts DrumGAB was born. A year later I checked 2017’s winners and Etienne was one of them. After looking at his Facebook profile I decided to reach out to him and make a connection. This started a friendship and I have been very interested in his journey since then.

 

Etienne is a jazz enthusiast that goes about his own way in learning about music, making videos, recording audio and using social media to distribute his content. Through his efforts he has created a very unique sound and visual aesthetic to his videos. He also incorporates keyboards into his music and controls everything live. I have heard several times that people find Etienne to be mysterious and so hopefully this podcast will allow people to understand him better.

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- Etienne begins by explaining how he developed his drumming abilities, which for the record are impressive. After one year at McGill University, Etienne dropped out because he felt he couldn’t have fun practicing anymore. Etienne prefers to learn his own way and likes to explore and mess around to learn new things. He used the money saved from leaving school to find his own place to rehearse.

 

- Next we discuss the level of composition that goes into a musical piece. We debate a little about whether he a drummer first or a composer first. Etienne walks us through how he goes about creating his music and what is revealed as a very lengthy process that he does every single day.

 

- So how does Etienne make these videos? What exactly did he have to do to make it happen daily? Well, the story to that may be the most important aspect of the interview. He literally had to set up and tear down every single day. He would ride his skateboard for twenty minutes with all of his gear in his hands to get to the space that he only had access to from 10 PM to 5 AM. He didn’t sleep much to say the least and whenever he had band rehearsals, he didn’t really sleep at all. I have never really heard of a story like this of how difficult it would have been to uphold a daily routine like this for the first eighty videos he would make. He had to make a change to survive the winter and continue with this series.

 

- Before these videos and his EP’s, Etienne played in TWENTY bands! All original music and it was up to him to keep it all organized. When he told me this, I was impressed with his will to work. It is nearly impossible for me to imagine how difficult that had to have been. He eventually burned out and had to remove himself from that situation and so he began making his own music again to fix himself.

 

- We then discuss what brought him to the Victoria Drum Festival and how that experience changed his outlook with his career that he is now trying really hard to establish.

 

- Our final point that we discuss is the topic of failure. Why is failure so important to personal growth and whether Etienne feels regret for any of the decisions he has made up until now.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

I think the thing that people will take from this conversation is that we as artists and musicians need to approach our projects and develop our skills from an internal perspective. There is nothing wrong with referencing other people to help inspire us, but ultimately we have to be okay with who we are and what we want to create. Once that is identified, we have to push as hard as we can to become noticed. There will be many times when we all question our efforts and whether they are a waste of time, but every once in a while a wave will come by and introduce us to the next stage of our journey.

 

It is the hardest part of doing this. The not knowing part. Believing that we are moving in the right direction and whether anyone really cares or not. Etienne is not quite halfway through his daily series and it will be interesting to see what comes of his efforts. But whatever the case may be, it cannot be denied that what he is doing is unique, good quality and is a testament to what he is prepared to endure to see it through.

 

Tracks featured (in order) all performed by MaySun

 

1. Flashbang

2. Black Silver

3. White Peafowl

4. 009

5. One Sky

6. Wanderlust

 

Click this link to listen to all of Etienne’s EP’s.

 

Etienne’s Socials

 

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Dec 31, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast! This week’s episode is particularly special. Noam and his wife Louise are authors of a children’s book series called Jungle Jam and Noam has graciously provided the book series to my son Harrison and so I have dedicated this episode to my little boy.

 

Who is Noam?

 

Noam is someone that is quite inspiring and if you were to simply watch his Instagram feed you would have no idea to what degree this man has achieved in life so far. He served in the Army, published over 100 books (mostly musical education publications), he and his wife Louise have created a children’s book series called “Jungle Jam”, he is the Principal of a musical enrichment school called “Academy of Rock” and is also a very active professional musician and plays for the chart topping band Captain SKA. He is also a father and a husband and finds time for everything that he closely values in his life. After spending time with him through the creation of this episode we have become very good friends and I find his approach to life very inspiring and left me with some very good feelings about my own life and my personal goals.

 

Key Moments in this Episode

 

- Noam talks about his time in the Army and how it was illegal to play in a band if you were involved with the Army. Do you think that stopped Noam from following his heart? Listen to the incredible story of how he performed on national Israeli television for over a year thinking he had fooled the Army and his CO.

 

- Next we dive into his band Captain SKA. They have topped the charts with their song “Liar, Liar” and made waves with the press. BBC banned them from being played but that didn’t stop the flood of views and support from listeners all over the world. Noam also shares how the band has evolved since then and their new song “Sons and Daughters”.

 

- Noam is the Principal of the musical enrichment school named “Academy of Rock”. Noam gets into significant detail about both his own vision of how he wishes to teach students and the values of this music school. Noam makes a very important point that teaching music to our youth is far too important to half-ass. You MUST be passionate about education and not just look at it as a means of providing yourself with income. This is a great segment.

 

- That leads us to Jungle Jam. Noam explains that Jungle Jam was all about giving back to people. He and his wife work on these books together as a family and it has filled their home with more love and support for one another and I just love this. It is heartwarming to hear him explain what Jungle Jam means to him and his family and how this will hopefully become an animated series for television and there are other plans for it as well.

 

- Noam then talks a bit about his gear and some of the common questions he receives on Instagram. He also shares the purpose of his Instagram page. It is literally just a place for him to experiment with sounds and uses the feedback to help him decide what to keep and what to scrap. He uses Instagram as a large sounding board for his experiments and musical ideas.

 

- We conclude by discussing social media and this is where I pipe in on DrumGAB’s vision with social media and connectivity between myself and my audience and what I hope to provide to them. By this point Noam and I are just talking and reflecting on how we can make social media more “social” and provide value to our community.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

This is the last podcast for Season 1 of the podcast and it marks an important milestone for DrumGAB. Going into 2018 I have discovered the purpose of this podcast and my socials. It is all about providing value and experiences for our community through content and engagement. Much like Noam’s philosophies on life, we share a great deal of common ideas when it comes to giving back and how we view ourselves in our work and our purpose.

 

I hope that you all enjoyed this past year of content and thank you all for your continued love and support. My goal is to develop further in order to bring more meaningful content to you. It is a journey and I hope that by sharing myself and the guests with you that you find inspiration to stoke your own fire. Make your life what you want it to be. Do the things you want to do. See the results you want to see. Life is precious and incredibly rare so grab life by the horns and make your mark with the opportunity life has given you and shine through. God bless.

 

Music by: Captain SKA

Song: Sons and Daughters

 

Noam’s Socials

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http://academyofrock.com.sg/

www.jungle-jam.com

 

DrumGAB Socials

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Dec 24, 2017

Welcome to another episode of DrumGAB podcast! My release dates fell on the Christmas holidays this year so I felt it would be nice to have a Christmas themed episode with my good pal Tim Baltes.

 

A message for listeners

 

Tim and I wanted to encorporate his quirky karaoke mishaps into this episode. We had a lot of fun putting this one together and even though with the silly karaoke bits, this podcast is actually quite heavy at times. Something that Tim addresses at the very beginning of the episode is how he wondered what people would say when they hear Tim and not "Timbo". Overall a really solid chat about Tim's life, vintage drums and social media marketing.

 

Also, I just wanted to say Happy Holidays to all you fine listeners out there. I am happy that Tim and I were able to make a Christmas special to mark the near end of season one. I am very excited about what next year will bring and I am very happy with how things have gone this past year. I hope you folks cozy up with some coffee and relax to this fun and informative episode!

 

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Dec 18, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. This week we are taking a close look into the life of Aric Improta. Aric is the drummer his long time passion project band Night Verses and more recently has taken the throne for Goldfinger and is also the drummer for The Fever 333. This conversation takes a deep look into his highly diversified year in 2017, his philosophies on his approach to drumming and many stories about his journey over the years and what inspires him.

 

Who is Aric?

 

I feel that a lot of people found Aric through his viral Guitar Centre Drum Off video, where he placed second to the incredible Juan Carlito Mendoza (which for the record is probably the most incredible champion solo from that event). Beyond that, people will know him for his video series ADD (Attention Deficit Drumming) that has had well over 100K views in total and then of course he is the drummer for Night Verses.

 

Aric’s style of play is rather extreme in every aspect. He mixes his love for skateboarding and free running/athleticism with drumming, LIKE NO ONE ELSE. Aric is a one of a kind player. He has made headlines with being the drummer to backflip from one drum set to another during a solo and soon to come Meinl will be releasing a 40 minute drum solo of Aric pulling ideas from his six month creative binge that lead to the ADD video series. All in all, Aric is ALWAYS pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a drum set.

 

Key Moments in this episode

 

- Before we even really “begin” the interview we talk about the major changes for him in 2017. He joined two bands, Goldfinger and The Fever 333 and he talks about how a Night Verses had to cancel a tour, which resulted in a six month creative binge. This was the time that he released the ADD videos and a slew of other creative projects. We also talk about how these additions to his work schedule has forced him to be more focused with his time and how he utilizes it to ensure that he is always prepared for gigs, recording, practice and illustrative work.

 

- Because Aric has such a unique approach and sound, I ask about how much time he invests in discovering new techniques and the development of his sound. Basically his point to the question of discovering “your sound” is about the importance of finding a unique way to blend in. How can you be “you” and still remain inclusive to others and to be an adaptive musician. That is difficult to pull off I think but Aric has some great thoughts on this that listeners can apply to their mental game.

 

- The next section was an activity that we have never done on the podcast and it may be interesting for you to give this thought as well. I had Aric organize the following components in order of most important to least important - Creativity, Time keeping, Endurance, Independence, Coordination, Groove, Chops, Technique - This is a killer part of the episode.

 

- Along with drumming, Aric also draws a lot. Something that you often see in his drawings is the “Eye of Providence.” We talk about why he draws this symbol so often and we also explore the three common meanings to the symbol and what it means to Aric. Long story short, Aric will tell me a few years from now. It spirals into a deeper conversation about “creating your own world”. Brian Eno references and the discussion of science vs art for example.

 

- We wind down by talking about the effect of music. How music can transform your perspectives and how people click with music in their own personal way. At this point great moments were captured and there was weight to this part of the conversation.

 

- Recapping 2017 and how Aric’s 2018 is looking.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

There are times when I speak with a guest and there is just undeniable synergy. For me, it is tough to relate to most people because I tend to have unpopular tastes and I am very personal with how I feel about most things. So it is rare when I sense someone else comes from a similar place. What this synergy created was a very spontaneous and free flowing conversation that is packed with good vibes. Great points were touched upon and there is a very unique angle to a lot of Aric’s thoughts and I really enjoyed listening to his reasonings.

 

Another fun aspect of this show was the editing of it. I am a very big fan of abrupt and “vibey” production. I enjoy Aric’s approach with his ADD videos. There is an intangible grime to those videos and I really wanted to model this podcast after that “vibe” and so I used a lot of clips from the ADD videos and they will abruptly come in and partition the conversation at key points that were very intentional and there was an effect I was looking for with each one. Overall, I spent more time on this episode than most because I related to it a lot and it was very fulfilling to make. This is one of my favourite shows I have made so far, Top pick.

 

Music by: Night Verses

Song: Introducing: The Rot Under The Sun

Album: Lift Your Existence (2013)

 

Aric’s Bands (Soundcloud links)

Night Verses

The Fever 333

Goldfinger

 

Aric’s Socials

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Night Verses Website

 

DrumGAB Socials

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Dec 3, 2017

Recorded Live at Canadian Drum Gear.

Bradford, ON Canada.

November 18th, 2017

 

Drumtacs Social Media

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DrumGAB Social Media

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Nov 27, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. It is hard to say how many people pursue drums because they just know that it is something they want to do. A natural draw that is more of an instinct than anything else. To play drums for some is the same thing as eating food. It is something the mind and body needs and through years of experience, learning and naturally finding a path for yourself, you realize it was never a choice. It is just something that you do.

 

Troy Wright is a fine example of that.

 

Who is Troy?

 

Troy is from the Gold Coast, Australia and tours for Plini and Amity Affliction. He also runs a fine drum education school called "Wright Drum School" where he also has two additional instructors Morgan Blake and Jamie Keys. His style is definitely heavier and quite progressive and often transcribes pieces prior to executing if they are more challenging to play. Besides the touring and teaching, he also has a very successful YouTube channel, with over 100k subs and video views well into the millions. 

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- We get straight to it by talking about our mutual friend Stan Bicknell and how they originally met. Stan suggested that Troy attend a Thomas Lang boot camp, after seeing Troy’s Meshuggah medleys on YouTube, and from there they became friends and have remained since. Troy explains in a lot of detail what the experience of this boot camp was like.

 

- We flip back to the beginnings of Troy’s background in how he began and what proceeded. Immediately you will gather that Troy identified drumming as his true passion early in life and never had to rely on a regular job while he was a teenager. Through performing gigs and teaching drum lessons out his parent’s house, he managed to earn some small income which allowed him to stay consistent with his drumming.

 

- Troy has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Plini and Amity Affliction and spends nearly four to five months of the year touring. So with knowing that I had to ask a series of questions that revolved around touring life. The stories, the issues with being on the road and whether he enjoyed that or not.

 

- The final segment of this interview deals with his drum school, Wright Drum School. Along with how it came to be, I was aware that there is a drum solo ceremony at the end of the curriculum where his students perform a piece in front of an audience to showcase their growth and abilities on the drum set. Troy talks about how this makes him feel to see his students in the spotlight and how this teaches them a valuable lesson about performance.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

I believe that this episode might have the most WPM (words per minute) ever. This is a rapid pace episode and you will want to pay close attention to the things that Troy says. If you miss the flow of this conversation, it will not be received as effectively…..SO pay close attention.

 

Music by: Plini

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast.

 

Troy's Social Media

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DrumGAB Social Media

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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO Artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background Music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

 

Nov 20, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is known as “The Orlando Drummer”. A hardcore YouTuber that has been creating content for the better part of a decade and through trial and error has managed to create a business selling drum lessons and other content online through his website www.orlandodrummer.com

 

Who is Adam?

 

Adam is a unique drummer in that he has learned most of what he knows through the internet and not paradoxically distributes his lessons online as well. He is a very well known musician in the online scene and from all my conversations with him since and before the podcast, Adam is a seriously nice guy and has been quite helpful in personal questions I have had. Overall, he was a blast to work with.

 

Key Moments in the Episode

 

- We kick things off by discussing the process with making content and how he discovers the gaps in online drum lessons to provide useful and needed content to drummers all over the world. We also discuss what aspect of content creation Adam is partial to and this is a moment that I admit is also my favourite aspect as well.

 

- Then get into what inspires Adam to create content and his answer is well…..very interesting and it makes a hell of a lot of sense once it is explained. This segment of the interview is one of the deepest conversations that I have ever shared with a guest before.

 

- Moving right along to something that Adam and I have in common….we both interview artists. I was very curious to why he got into interviewing people and what he has taken away from branching off into this direction.

 

- We close things out with a completely improvised discussion about social media and the ironic disconnect between people. It spawned from Adam talking about how he spends so much time locked up in a box making video content and how he wishes to spread out more into public masterclass events and the clinic world. This is again…not planned and it turned into one of the best conversations I have ever had on the show about the state of social media and how it’s amazing but at the same time, limiting for “real” connections.

 

Concluding Thoughts

I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed working with Adam with this episode. He was very prompt, professional and incredibly generous of both his time and the resources in order to make this a high quality episode. It makes all of the difference as a host when a guest, regardless of public stature, gives you so much of their attention and treat you with humility.

This episode is more “in the moment” than planned. While I had points that I wanted to discuss and an objective going in, I found myself just talking to Adam. He made a few comments that I pounced on immediately in order to create a situation within our chat. These moments make up the best parts of the episode. Overall, there is a lot of incredible knowledge shared and insight to Adam’s life and what motivates him to create content for people.

Also, something worth noting is that Adam is very selective with people and projects he associates himself with, so I feel quite privileged to be given this opportunity to create with him. Adam has not been on the record with many journalists and of what I could find, this is likely the most in-depth and personal interview Adam has ever been featured on….SO GET ON THIS!

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Adam's Social Media

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DrumGAB Social Media

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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background Music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

Nov 17, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Well, I made it to 50 episodes and I can't believe the growth that has happened over the course of this project. I wanted to celebrate by having two past guests and friends, Joey "Bones" Parasole and Carson Gant on the show in a round table chat about nothing in particular. This is kind of like my "Seinfeld" episode. We had wrote random questions for one another to answer and then I took that audio and chopped it all up.

 

It is a very quirky episode that I modeled after two things. Frank Zappa's "Lumpy Gravy" and the Quasimoto albums. It is a mixture of Carson's IG videos that I reduced to audio and our conversation. I believe I took 17 beats from Carson's account to make up the music. It is the most experimental podcast I have made and it was one of my favorites to make because it was nothing more than an art project for me.

 

Thanks to everyone who has taken time to listen to this podcast. It is the single most important thing to me that people tune in and enjoy this content. It is a pleasure to provide it and I hope everyone is looking forward to next year as much as I am and continues wandering this DrumGAB road with me to see what is discovered.

 

For people who love this show, I made this episode for you.

 

Music by: The Morgan Freemasons

 

Carson Gant's Social

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Joey Bones' Social

Instagram

 

DrumGAB's Social

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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background Music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

Nov 13, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is Mike Johnston. Widely regarded as one of the leaders in online drum education with his business Mikeslessons.com, Mike has incredible positive influence and affinity in the drum industry with his friendly and relatable demeanor. He has been creating instructional content for years now and is very careful in his approach to ensure that his audience and students can be as engaged as possible and fill their minds and hearts with positivity to trudge through with learning this incredibly challenging, and often times, frustrating instrument. I don't think anyone does it better either. He was an absolute treat to interview and has affected how I think as well about my DrumGAB podcast and how I engage my audience.

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- Mike talks about how his new musical project, Man on the Moon, came about and how Mike hasn’t been involved in a band for ten years since he decided to start his own online teaching business, Mikeslessons.com. We also learn about how the album was originally tracked elsewhere but the drum sounds and vision from other producers weren’t matching what Mike had in mind….so Mike recorded it himself at the Mikeslessons.com facility.

 

- The next segment of the interview is perhaps the most valuable to listeners. We talk about the differences between company culture and client culture. The concept of client culture has personally spawned a more focused effort for how I build DrumGAB and my listening community. Anyone who has a product or media that they are trying to get off the ground needs to really listen to what Mike has to say here. It contains the special ingredient for long-term success and maximum engagement.

 

- Next up in the interview is Mike’s drum camps and that whole experience. If you are a softy, you may want to have Kleenex nearby. This also, in an indirect way applies to the client culture discussion as I believe Mike’s drum camps are a perfect solution to client culture. It is great to hear how the camps started and what people are getting out of them. I’d be surprised if you don’t love Mike after this part….but let’s be honest you probably do already anyway.

 

- The final chapter of this interview deals with the 500-pound elephant in the room…..what Mike thinks about online drum education. Mike lends some major knowledge about this side of the industry and for anyone trying to become online educators, he explains what you need to do and what to expect for this long and arduous journey that lies ahead. In many ways, Mike and a few others got on board at the right time and while it hasn’t been easy for any of them, the level of saturation was next to nothing compared to today. Mike started doing this before the term “streaming” was a thing, it was simply called “broadcasting” and the technical limitations were extreme and the frustrations must have been high back then. In any case, Mike reassures the listeners with some great advice on this subject.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

This episode marks a huge milestone for the DrumGAB podcast. It sits perfectly at Episode 49 and everything that has led up to this moment has been a whirlwind of learning, experience, and fond memories. Mike provided such a positive experience to me personally and I feel listeners will gather that from our chat. Overall, this episode provides some of the best knowledge shared on DrumGAB and I feel it is a precursor to other great opportunities on the show. Thank you to all the listeners that have supported the show so immensely and for Mike giving me a chance to produce a top quality episode with him. This one, on a personal level, was an incredible session that I won't soon forget.

 

Music by: Man on the Moon

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Mike's Social Media

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DrumGAB Social Media

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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

Nov 5, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB podcast. Today’s guest is Brody Simpson: drummer, engineer, and producer who runs his business Real Drums for You at Underground Studios in Perth, Australia.

 

Who is Brody?

 

Brody Simpson is an exceptional studio drummer that hails from Perth, Australia. He has been a co-owner of Underground Studios in Perth for nearly six years and has developed an online service business named Real Drums for You. He specializes in many genres of music and he then applies his expertise in audio engineering and production to create bespoke drum tracks that in my opinion is hard to match in regards to his level of detail and quality.

 

Key moments in this episode

 

- After we finish joking around about huntsman spiders and some funny anecdotes we get straight to business. Brody tells us how he and his business partner Mark got into owning their own studio, Underground Studios. Brody then describes the obscene level of talent in the city of Perth and a number of high-level studios that Brody and Mark ultimately have to compete with to not lose their shirt. You immediately understand that this was a risky move and that they had to get good fast in order to not go bankrupt.

 

- What follows is a fantastic conversation about the Childish Japes sessions that took place during JP Bouvet’s Australia and New Zealand clinic tour with Childish Japes. We learn about the band’s creative process in the studio and Brody describes just how measured and tidy the musicians in this group truly are and how this was an amazing session to track.

 

- Brody Simpson is highly specialized in creating a vibe in his drum tracks and he is fascinated with sounds and how to pair them in order to create a strong musical impression. We go into great length discussing how sounds play an important role in providing the right "vibe" to a song and how a “middle of the road” approach to creating drum tracks simply isn’t good enough in order to create a strong reputation around your brand.

 

- So what is the experience that a client can expect when they employ Brody and Real Drums for You? Well, Brody breaks that down for us and all I can say is that no stone is left unturned. He goes to incredible lengths to ensure that the client is satisfied and that he gets the job done right the first time.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

Brody doesn’t want to tour, he doesn’t want to leave his family and friends in Perth BUT he wants to engage further with bands and individual artists. So, how do you do that? Brody’s solution is to capture the worlds’ attention with the work he does in Underground Studios and use the internet and social media as his medium for exposure and reputation.

He wants to work with the best musicians possible and create some incredible music without having to leave the comfort of home and his studio. We are now in an age where we can do just that and Brody sees this as his ultimate goal. His dream is to one day not have nearly as many physical bodies in his studio but rather correspond and create purely through the power of the internet. With the quality of his work and enough time I believe this will happen for him because of his imagination, creativity, pure skill on the drums and his no bullshit approach to correspondence and knowing what he needs from his clients in order to create a bespoke product.

 

Music by: The Siren Tower

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Brody’s Social Media


Instagram | Facebook | YouTube


http://realdrumsforyou.com/


http://www.undergroundstudios.com.au/

 

DrumGAB’s Social Media


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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums


VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice


Background music: Etienne Mason @maysun.music

 

Oct 29, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast! I am pleased to introduce this weeks’ guest, Elie Bertrand, who hails from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She is the final guest for our exciting October podcast series that I call, Chicks with Sticks.

 

Who is Elie?

 

As a young child Elie describes herself as “crazy” and had to hit something other than her sister and thus turned to drums. She was only five years old when she received her first drum set and as she puts it, “it was my therapy” to deal with her anger and frustrations as a young girl. Fast forward years later and Elie has continued to pursue drumming as her career and has become well established as a “hired gun” for hard rock gigs all over the world.

 

Key Moments in this episode

 

- We begin with some typical DrumGAB banter and we discuss her feature in Batterie Magazine, which is the largest drum magazine in the world that is published exclusively in French.

 

- When Elie turned 17 she and her Father drove from Montreal to Toronto to get Elie setup in her new living space that she would share with twelve other people. She had 500 dollars, a single mattress and some of her belongings. She had no idea how she would survive but the stories she tells about her early years in Toronto with Scarlett Sins is very entertaining.

 

- Elie talks about the differences between being a band member versus the freelance approach that she now takes. She reveals real world pros and cons to each and provides valuable insight to what people can actually expect in this industry.

 

- Elie has eluded to this “American Thing” a few times here and there but hasn’t really revealed what that actually meant. She is currently in a transition phase to try and broaden her opportunities in this industry and the challenges she will face reaching a new market.

 

- Finally, we talk about what would happen to her career if she became a Mother. Strange to ask in a sense but it is an interesting conversation.

 

Concluding Thoughts

 

Elie is a fun loving person with exuberance for life and lives by the seat of her pants. She travels often and is never quite too sure what her life will consist of month to month. This is a common story told in this industry and while it is exciting to hear about, it cannot possibly be for everyone. However, I feel young musicians who haven’t quite begun the process of living the “rock and roll” lifestyle, really don’t understand what is truly gained and lost by being involved in this profession. There is a lack of stability and your next paycheque only arrives if you can deliver the goods and hustle to make the opportunities happen to prove your worth. Elie is standing proof of all of this and has done this for a decade professionally and she has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

 

Music by Sticks and Strings

 

Join me next Monday for another episode of the DrumGAB Podcast!

 

Elie’s Social Media

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DrumGAB Social Media

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Oct 22, 2017

It was a little over a year ago when I met Sarah Thawer for the first time. I was at D’Addario speaking with the AR rep for Canada, Larry Davidson, about some ideas for my brand at the time. This was in the very beginning of DrumGAB. It was a trial season for the podcast and I had a few episodes up, that are no longer online. At this point I was still experiementing to find the direction for the brand. Anyways, after speaking with Larry for the better part of a half hour, in walks Sarah. Larry introduced us and Sarah and I chatted for a bit about what each of us were doing around that time of our careers. After a tour of the D'Addario headquarters Sarah and I left the building and exchanged our social media handles and I haven’t seen her in person since then.

 

When I got home I loaded up Instagram and looked up her profile and immediately I was blown away. I had no idea that the girl that I had just met in Larry's office could play like THAT! Ever since then I have been checking in on her career and making mental notes because from that day forward I knew that we were going to collaborate on something at some point in the future. That brings us to the present with Episode 46 of the podcast and all I can say is that this episode is absolutely incredible.

 

The past year for Sarah has been a rollercoaster of opportunities and as a result of those opportunities, major growth in her career that is taking the drum community by storm. After seeing multiple reposts from Drum Talk TV, major endorsement announcements and some prestigious events that she is performing I knew all too well that this was the perfect time to catch her for a session on the show.

 

The week that we recorded this session was in fact a week of many firsts for Sarah. This week has marked her first drum solo show, her first clinic and she has now assembled her very own band as band leader for the first time and this was her first podcast interview, which I am still in disbelief considering the quality of our conversation. It is an exciting time for her. It is abundantly clear to me, and many others who follow her, that she WILL be a recognized professional in this industry in no time. It could be argued that it is already happening even. Now, I am not suggesting that she will be world famous and a star, because I don’t have a crystal ball on my table, but it is certain that with her work ethic, musical knowledge and dedication to her craft big things will continue to happen for her.

 

I typically don’t outline my episodes in these articles but instead provide an overall impression of the person I spoke with and how I internalize the conversation. Many people who have appeared on this show have bright futures but many of the podcast episodes aren’t quite at peak timing for the artists, unlike this one. I feel that this episode is one that Sarah and her peers will reflect on in a year or two and recall how all the stars were beginning to align and that we all knew that something big was in store for her but we weren’t yet sure what it would become.

 

This is easily one of the best shows in the history of the podcast purely for its humility and honesty. I have never once had a guest be so honest with me on the show. So as I listened to this episode once I was finished producing it, I felt a great sense of happiness for her. I hope that you connect with her on this level too when you listen to this incredible podcast episode.

 

Sarah Thawer's Social Media

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Website

 

DrumGAB Social Media

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Oct 15, 2017

If you have internet and social media, you know who Anika Nilles is. An artist who started professionally late in life and yet in a small time frame has captured a wide audience all across the globe with her high level production quality drum videos, original compositions, tireless work ethic and touring. It was an absolute pleasure and honour to feature her on this podcast and the results of our conversation are terrific.

 

Some of the particulars about her that I find fascinating is how widely recognized she is in this industry. She, along with a handful of others, discovered the power of social media and producing high quality content distributed through YouTube before it became a saturated platform and I believe this is a major contributing factor to her success. I certainly don’t want to discount her amazing abilities, attention to detail and innovation, but had she started last week I cannot assume she would have had the same level of fortune in her career. It is this topic that I find most compelling about her.

 

We discuss this at length as well as her transition from a regular working life to full time professional drummer. The incredible advice and council that she received when she was 21 years old from the renowned drummer Benny Greb. It all comes together to shape this incredible journey she has had and to hear it first hand is great listening.

 

Some other points that we talk about are whether she finds it hard to keep her performance levels high when she is travelling so often in different countries. I recall a time when I saw her on Drumeo and she had talked about having jet lag and she seemed very tired. You have to wonder, how do you keep your performances at a high level when you are experiencing so much exhaustion?

 

Another subject is how she feels about her fanfare. What is it like to be recognized and admired across the globe? Anika, for the record, is a genuinely humble person who is incredibly friendly. She was one of the nicest people I have ever had on the show and she was gracious towards the invitation to be on the podcast in the first place. She talks about how she views the fans who appreciate her and that she feels so appreciated that she can only give that back to her fans. Her attitude towards life seems to be consisting of hard work, appreciation for herself and others and to focus on what brings joy and value to her life.

 

We also had some great questions come in from fans. Here is what the fans wanted to say….

 

- Jamie from Greenfield drums: What was your dad’s background as a drummer and how was he an influence to you early on?

 

- @Ethangarofalo: Why do you utilize quintuplets so often in your music?

 

- @Travisonthedrums: What is your song writing process?

 

- @Man_francisco - Is it possible for music to be technical and still have as much heart as a Motown classic like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?”

 

- Mike at Predator Percussion - What was your inspiration in creating your own album and do you write the parts for the other instruments?

 

- @Davidszieber - This fan was actually at your Expo in Hungary and he wants to know how you tune your drums.

 

- Jared Falk wanted me to ask Anika about her ping pong skills. (The response to this is priceless!)

 

All in all, this interview was a dream of mine when I started the podcast and I am a huge fan. I feel this interview holds a great story and advice within and I hope listeners feel like they got to know her as a little bit better because of it. Enjoy DrumFam!!!

 

Song performance by Anika Nilles - Those Hills

Watch the YouTube performance **HERE**

 

Anika Nilles Social Media

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DrumGAB Social Media

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Oct 8, 2017

Are you ready for blast off? The second edition of Chicks with Sticks is a stellar episode. It follows a recent podcast with Earl Talbot, who is Jessica Burdeaux’s instructor. It becomes quite clear after watching Jessica’s videos that Earl can produce some amazing musicians through his teachings. I don’t want to discount the fact that Jessica has poured her heart into her craft, because it all boils down to personal diligence to succeed with most things in life but when you combine hard work and a resource like Earl Talbot, Jessica is the product.

The players that I have on the show this month are all very unique to one another. They all have their own unique voices and background with music and Jessica is no exception. She came onto the Instagram scene by learning about the hashtag #VF15 and decided to make a video based on the paradiddle and created a groove using this common rudiment. Much to her surprise, Vic Firth had shared this on their page and it created a lot of buzz and it really acted as a sign that she should develop her social media platforms and use them to forge new opportunities for herself, which she has certainly done.

Recently she became an official Destroy a Drum artist and earlier this year she was featured in Drum! Magazine, which is really quite impressive and as she describes, “a surreal experience.” We talk a fair bit about how incredible it is that we can make world wide connections with people throughout the industry by creating content from the comfort of our homes and that while it is a saturated platform, if you are consistent and create quality content, anything is possible.

In each episode of the DrumGAB podcast, I focus my interviews along a theme. The theme to this episode is that content creators need to stick with it. We use the time frame of six months specifically in a particular part of the interview. The example was the following……if you post daily content for six months, it can seem like a long time and it can feel especially long if nothing major is happening and your growth is happening at a snail’s pace and that it is within this time frame people start to feel like nothing will ever come of their efforts. It is hard to describe how a person’s attitude should be in order to MAYBE get a breakthrough that will help their name become recognized, especially when it can take a long time for some people and not so long for others. One thing that people DO respect, however, is persistence. Just don’t quit. You have to allow a space in your mind that believes that anything could happen at any time and that people WILL notice you over time.

The truth is tough sometimes to come to terms with. The music industry is famously unpredictable for better or for worse and sustaining a career is even more challenging than getting it started in the first place sometimes. If you truly believe in yourself and you really love what you are doing, just try to enjoy the process and the journey. Don’t get hung up on the fact that some accounts are massive and get tons of exposure and yours doesn’t. Remember and tell yourself that those massive accounts didn’t just happen overnight. Many of those people went through the same trials in their first months and years and likely have spent several years developing their exposure and influence.

I hope that listeners take this away from this episode. Jessica has over 50,000 followers on Instagram BUT that was realized through her amazing content, her persistence and her belief that anything could happen if she applied herself. It is a valuable message and it is something I believe many people need to hear and internalize. All in all this was a terrific episode that covers a lot of ground and delivers a strong, positive and useful message to listeners.

Jessica Burdeaux’s Social Media

Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

DrumGAB Social Media

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Oct 2, 2017

First up for the “Chicks with Sticks” month is Nashville drummer, Kayleigh Moyer. The idea to do this series came from my friend Kenton Bell who had recommended that I check out Kayleigh and Elie Bertrand for podcasts. It started off as that only, until I started to consider the fact that I had not had a series in quite some time and the times I ran a series I really enjoyed having a common theme throughout. So with that I decided that I would put together a month of female drummers only and I decided to call it “Chicks with Sticks”.

 

Kayleigh has quite a history with drums as it turns out. She studied with Chester Thompson since she was twelve years old and maintains the relationship to this day. Kayleigh shares her stories about what it was like to have him as his instructor, how it played a tremendous part in her moving to Nashville and even how he supported her outside of drumming as a true genuine friend as well. Chester Thompson is one of those drummers that I personally quite admire, for his playing abilities but also his storied career. For Kayleigh to have the opportunity to study with him for so many years is instrumental in her growth as a player and she attributes who she is on drums to his influence and direct tutelage.

 

At 24 years old, Kayleigh carries a very solid career and she is a true musician in every sense of the word. After speaking with her, it seems that her focus with playing drums, is what I personally feel they do best and what makes the biggest impact overall, is supporting a band. It isn’t to say that she can’t blow chops and play flashy stuff, it is just that she doesn’t see that as being the main purpose for the instrument and it’s role musically. She has a great deal of sensitivity and wisdom with how she carries her playing and it makes sense that it is due to Chester’s great teaching and Kayleigh’s willingness and openness to grow into the player she is today.

 

This interview also wanders into current events with passion projects and her current gig for hire in China. It turns out that she is quite enamoured by stringed instruments and finds herself in this musical landscape more times than not. She is also classically trained, so she has no issues with performing in an opera pit either. Overall, she is very well balanced in her knowledge and approach and it lead to some very interesting conversation.

 

This is a fine first instalment of what will be a very exciting series for the podcast. Music provided for the special intro is performed by Oli Bernatchez.

 

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Sep 26, 2017

** Circles for more important things.
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We're teaming up with the fine people at Sugar Percussion, Paul Mabury and That Sound, Drummers Corner Group and the team at Drumeo to give to those in need. Drum fan or not, help us help out.

Details on the raffle are as follows. Sugar Percussion is offering a 14x6 Eastern Black Cherry snare drum with a gig bag. Tickets are $5 each and there is no limit on tickets purchased.

. Payment sent as gift via PayPal to js@sugarpercussion.com
. Send an email to js@sugarpercussion.com with your name, address and telephone number.
. The Raffle runs for the month of September, and we are sending payments to organization every week.
. The charities we have chosen to support is Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team and for Hurricane Irma we are sending money to Direct Relief.

Thank you everyone so much for showing your appreciation and support for our raffle. We love all of you. **

 

The intro to this episode is a montage of audio clips from Aaron Edgar's SQ-590 "The Holy Grail" unboxing. Music is by Oli Bernatchez

 

So as many of you recall I had interviewed Aaron back in Episode 12 about six months ago. After that session we touched base every so often, mostly in the form of bug pictures and snow storm videos. But one time he sent me a really interesting update. Aaron said he was changing his studio, his business and also about how he was working on a book, but nothing more. At this point, I decided that he needed to be back on the show because of these major transformations that were happening but I didn't understand much beyond that.

 

In many cases with DrumGAB everything is fail-safe and proofed for any catostrophies while recording the show. I plan the show pretty meticulously as a rule. Aaron's show was no different. However, once we got chatting and the show started going, I only used the notes a couple times for major points I wanted to discuss and to direct the show. But in this episode the conversation took over pretty fast. This episode is as real as it gets I feel. I am blown away with how well this session turned out.

 

The main thread in this episode is the idea of self awareness and evolution. What you need to understand is that Aaron has been biting off big portions for years as a way to prove to himself that he can do anything he wants. In addition to that point, Aaron is a workoholic and has difficulty with saying no and because of this he felt that he was becoming spread too thin. Aaron had reached a threshold and had to reinvent himself.

 

Now, what's really interesting about this interview is that he shares so openly about all of this. I sensed some self-reflection, almost like the podcast session was a time for Aaron to unwind to someone. So within the first 30 minutes the chat hits some deep points and then we "close" on some snare shop talk. Aaron talks about his SQ-590 snare drum that has some of the most incredible providence I have ever heard about. The story behind how Aaron became the owner of that drum is a story for generations to tell. Legendary stuff. And then we begin concluding and it sounds like the show is over.

 

I remember how I felt during this part when we recorded it. There was an awkward tension in the air as it didn't feel over yet somehow. I can't really explain why, but I decided to blurt out a question concerning Stickman out of the blue. I didn't even see it coming. Aaron says it was great and next thing you know he's telling me about how he rewrote his clinic and lead a meditation et cetera. At this point shit got real. He opens up like I have never heard on this show. He openly talks about what his life is like and how blindfaithing his career had really taken a toll on him. He discusses a particular book he read several times called "Effortless Mastery" and how it changed his life. He talks about being kinder to himself and treating himself like a human being, not just locking himself away in his basement teaching, making video content, freelance gigging and working on projects. His entire adult life has been without much of a social life. It has just been drums and music and he is now realizing that he needs to reform in order to keep the fire going strong within.

 

When I think about all the caterpillar pictures he sent me over the summer, all I can think about is what those caterpillers represented to Aaron. As he explains, "What does a caterpillar represent? It gets into a cocoon and turns into a completely different animal." It is amazing when your guest lives in the moment on your show. It is rare when it is this genuine and I am so glad I captured it.

 

Music by: Third Ion

Song: Van Halien

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Sep 18, 2017

** Circles for more important things.
.
We're teaming up with the fine people at Sugar Percussion, Paul Mabury and That Sound, Drummers Corner Group and the team at Drumeo to give to those in need. Drum fan or not, help us help out.

Details on the raffle are as follows. Sugar Percussion is offering a 14x6 Eastern Black Cherry snare drum with a gig bag. Tickets are $5 each and there is no limit on tickets purchased.

. Payment sent as gift via PayPal to js@sugarpercussion.com
. Send an email to js@sugarpercussion.com with your name, address and telephone number.
. The Raffle runs for the month of September, and we are sending payments to organization every week.
. The charities we have chosen to support is Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team and for Hurricane Irma we are sending money to Direct Relief.

Thank you everyone so much for showing your appreciation and support for our raffle. We love all of you. **

 

Earl is a blaster and no I am not referring to blast beat drumming, but rather the concept of taking off and never stopping. The stories told in this episode are just incredible. Some of the major highlights in this podcast are when we discuss his time spent in Cameroon and France, his mentor and friend Christian Bourdon and reflecting on life’s journey. To list all of the things we talk about would be nearly impossible, as this interview is so sprawling and vast.

However, you will notice that there is a constant theme throughout this episode if you read between the lines. Earl famously uses the rocket emoji in all of his posts online and there is a profound reason for this. Earl wants to make the most of the time that he has available to him. He calls it “blasting” and in a very complimentary fashion, Arrow Custom Drums made a signature snare and named it “The Blaster” to pay tribute to Earl’s career and mindset. The snare drum features the skyline of Cameroon and features the rocket emoji burned into the wood. I feel that when someone puts so much of their life into something they are passionate about, the nicest and most supportive thing you can do for them is pay homage to their way of life.

In response to that idea, I wanted to create a special intro for him. What I had in my mind was to create an intro that features a space shuttle blast off sequence and that was as far as I got with this idea until I heard some incredible music from an artist in Montreal, Etienne Mason. This music complimented my concept perfectly and I felt that it was essential to have this music paired with the blasting sequence. It is difficult to quantify a human reaction, but all I can say is that if you can identify the significance of a person’s life and how this blast sequence and music is a metaphor to comment on life’s journey, you may be quite moved by these sounds.

To further this concept, I wanted to take listeners on a journey in space. It was my intention to establish an atmosphere within the episode that would speak to the idea of exploration. First you blast off and space travel is what follows. Deep travel into someone’s life story, thoughts, concepts and ideas that shapes the person they are. I have provided a track list and times for each audio sample featured in order.

In short, the detail in the story telling here is legendary. Earl recalls deep memories and shares them openly with us and you feel as if you are on the journey with him. When you combine the sounds of space, the stories and the honesty in the delivery, you can’t help but get lost in the experience of this podcast. This is a very special episode. It checks all the boxes for me in what I consider a “great” podcast episode. So to capture this content in the best possible way, please listen with headphones in a quiet space without any aggravation and just sit back and enjoy the ride.

a) Jupiter (0:00)
b) Miranda (10:50)
c) Neptune (21:56)
d) Rings of Uranus (29:02)
e) Saturn (40:28)
f) Saturn’s Rings (45:44)
g) Song of Earth (1.03:02)
h) Sphere of 10 (1.23:19)
i) Uranus (1.35:45)
j) Voice of Earth (1.40:16)

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Sep 11, 2017

** Circles for more important things
.
We're teaming up with the fine people at Sugar Percussion, Paul Mabury and That Sound, Drummers Corner Group and the team at Drumeo to give to those in need. Drum fan or not, help us help out.

Details on the raffle are as follows. Sugar Percussion is offering a 14x6 Eastern Black Cherry snare drum with a gig bag. Tickets are $5 each and there is no limit on tickets purchased.

. Payment sent as gift via PayPal to js@sugarpercussion.com
. Send an email to js@sugarpercussion.com with your name, address and telephone number.
. The Raffle runs for the month of September, and we are sending payments to organization every week.
. The charities we have chosen to support is Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team and for Hurricane Irma we are sending money to Direct Relief.

Thank you everyone so much for showing your appreciation and support for our raffle. We love all of you. **


During the course of making DrumGAB podcast, I have had the pleasure of speaking with a wide variety of guests, all of which having their own unique stories that are an absolute pleasure to listen to. But every once in a while I have a guest that completely blows my mind with their incredible wisdom, experiences and advice. Jared Falk is a guest that fits this description to a T.

Because of the unique opportunity to speak with someone that holds so much experience on this kind of scale, I had to take advantage of this and create a unique and deep podcast episode. This episode will resonate with people who are building their own brand online and the conversation we have about this topic is incredibly realistic. I personally hope that people will reflect on their personal efforts and feel encouraged that the ebbs and flows are just part of the process.

In this podcast we take it from the ground up with how Jared and Rick Kettner got this project up and running. The level of risk that was assumed in creating Drumeo, which is a name that was chosen much later, is kind of insane. Borrowing money from his brother and maxing out his credit cards, Jared is an all or nothing kind of guy. He was either going to succeed or crash and burn. Most people do one of two things, play it safe or they put themselves at great risk for great rewards. To hear where Drumeo started and where it is now is nothing short of incredible.

I absolutely found it necessary to discuss his thoughts with online education. Not to set him up in anyway, but Drumeo is widely regarded as the most successful brand in this segment of the industry and I had to ask his opinion on this subject. What he says is both positive and negative in a sense but all his feedback is very objective.

In this episode Jared and I have a lot of laughs, deep conversation and overall amazing rapport. For someone who’s time is limited and brand is so large, he remains approachable and truly humble about himself. As a quick little side note, I want to say that Jared is standing proof that with enough willpower, patience and strategy, you can do great things.

I am going to refrain from really going into any great detail about this episode in the notes. It is a strong episode that will open your mind and make you feel empowered to encounter your own dreams.

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