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Bryson admires the drummers of history such as James Gadson and other legendary artists of a bygone era. He identifies with these historic drummers and the drum sets they played. This is why he is attracted to vintage gear and has developed the habit of buying and selling them.
Bryson was a touring drummer for quite a long time before Nelson Drum Co. came into existence. It was on his drive up to Nashville from California that he decided to start a drum company and had his friend draw the logo straight away. Bryson was just buying and selling vintage gear from his home and inviting drummers to be filmed and recorded in “guest features” for his social media.
It hasn’t been two years and Bryson is stepping into retail and growing at an incredible pace. Between the striking visual aesthetics, fantastic selection of drum equipment, the superb videos and Bryson’s good hearted nature, it is no wonder how he has grown so rapidly.
It was really nice to have Bryson on the show. It was a lighthearted conversation between a couple of drum dorks discussing our love for gear and the drumming world as a whole. Make sure to check in October 4th for his grand opening with Andy Foote Drum Supply. Best of luck to you buddy!
Also, huge shoutout to my dudes Ian Maciak and Chris Freeman for their contributions for DrumGAB’s brand new theme music. Thanks fellas you guys rock! I am very fortunate to have such talented friends. In addition to the great music I also had the incredible talent of Tom Knight to do the VO work that is now included in my show. Thank you so much brother!
Just back from China from a three week clinic tour and in two weeks heading back to Australia and New Zealand with his band Childish Japes to perform clinics and band performances, not to mention ANOTHER album. JP Bouvet maintains a high level of productivity and has for years. JP is a really prime example of someone who respects the principle of “earning your place” as he realizes to be top tier in the drumming/music industry, you have to make sure people don’t forget you and move on. So he keeps his schedule full and is always working at evolving and pushing the envelope.
This interview goes over some of what he experienced in China during his clinic tour and what touring the world is like for him. Being that the week that this podcast is published, Childish Japes’ new album is being released to add to the three singles that you may have heard up until this point. I think as a band they are really on to something and as it develops further, I anticipate that we will be continuing to hear good sounds from them. We get into quite a lot of detail about the band’s formation and what the general mission was for this band. In my opinion, I feel their reason for making music will generate great results and they will enjoy doing it for longer than had they simply created music for fame.
At the end of the episode JP and I talk about the reality behind his 2011 Guitar Centre Drum Off and Roland V-Drums competition wins, in the same year, and what that ACTUALLY meant to his career. JP makes a lot of sense here and I hope people listening remember this part of the interview specifically. The facts presented by JP are not projections. When you win a major competition you will have people’s attention for a little while and eventually, if you make no effort to preserve your popularity, you will be forgotten. This message is so key to understand. It takes years of your life to even be skilled enough to win a competition like Guitar Centre drum off… You have to then try to win and lose…and then try again and lose again. In JP’s case it took him multiple attempts before he won. All of this prepares you for the many letdowns your life and career will throw at you. And then finally you win. But that is just the beginning for the workload to now execute and carve a career. Which then takes the rest of your life.
JP is a drummers’ drummer. He’s really honest with himself with who he is but also who he wants to be and he knows there aren’t shortcuts…if you want to last. He is most definitely on a good path for longevity and good public interest. I think on a level beyond simply playing drums, he understands the moves he needs to continue making and the work that goes along with that and is fully committed to that.
Music by: Childish Japes
Songs: After your born (feat. Courtney Swain), Insight (feat. Joanna Teters)
Halloween is in August this year apparently. This episode is filled with chilling sounds and an overall soundscape that brings a haunting tone. A specific goal for the last while has been to make each episode as an offering to the guest and I make them special for them. Zack Austin is a death metal drummer who is all about the dark side. Hell, we even use a song by Devourment to cap off the episode.
So we kick things off by discussing the incredible “GHOUL” snare drum that was just built for him by Mike at Predator Percussion. Zack had just received the coffee nut wood 14”x 6.5” snare drum and he couldn’t be happier with it. We discuss the sounds, the looks and the special hand carved Jack O’ Latern faces that are featured on it. This drum has been in the making for quite a while and now that it has arrived, Zack is like a kid at Christmas about it.
Moving along, we discuss how Zack’s sound has changed over the years through his influences and his evolution of gear. Zack has a very unique setup with beautiful Istanbul Agop cymbals, DW Drums and of course his centrepiece snare from Predator Percussion. It isn’t often that I discuss gear on this podcast, but this had to be explored with Zack and we learn a lot about his setup and why he selected the gear he owns.
With a popular Instagram account comes many many questions from fans. We explore a few questions submitted by fans but prior to that I had to ask what Zack is asked about most often, to which he replies….SPEED and how you develop it. This section of the podcast is loaded with incredibly valuable advice and knowledge from one of the very best blasters in the game. There is definitely something to be learned from Zack in this respect, as he has spent many years developing his speed and endurance to play with the level or control and precision that he does.
So there was something that Zack and I had prepared ahead of time and it concerns literature. A particular book that Zack swears by for advice on living your life and gaining perspective. It is titled Emanuel’s Book - A Manual for Living Comfortably in the Cosmos. I had requested that Zack look up an excerpt from this book and expand on how it may factor into his life. I knew that by exploring this with Zack would lead to some very interesting conversation and I wasn’t disappointed….this is definitely the highlight to the interview and again, YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS.
Closing things out I ask Zack a million dollar question. If your favourite band asked you to do a 30 week tour for $30,000, would you do it? You will have to listen to his response because it says a lot about who he is as a person.
Despite Zack’s love for the macabre, he is a very positive and uplifting person. He clearly enjoys the creativity of darker subject matter and he likes the high energy of death metal but it doesn’t mean that Zack is a reflection of his musical interests. This is one of the best hangs I have had on the show and we just had a blast on here. It was an absolute treat featuring Zack and I wish him all the best in his future on and off the kit.
Music by: Devourment
Song: Festering Vomitous Mass
The goal with DrumGAB is to find the fire in the belly of the artists that I feature. Every person has baggage and experiences that make them unique and ultimately, interesting. Normally I dig deep ahead of time to find the key to the doors that contain great conversation and true honest perspective. With Billy, things went a little differently. I have been listening to MMW for years and have always enjoyed their performances and Billy Martin has been an artist that I have admired for years. Now, I must confess that beyond Billy’s music, I am not very familiar with his complete range of work.
For me personally, I have been curious about his process of creating, his philosophies on improvising and what life means to him and how being an artist fits into that. In all honesty, while this episode may feel like it’s an interview, the reason for that is because Illy B has so much wisdom to shed on every single question I had. I discovered quickly that if I were to continue peeling layers on a single topic, this could have easily become a two hour plus episode and I have to keep brevity in mind for the sake of my monthly podcast allowance. So we explore a handful of interesting ideas that are unfolded with unprecedented detail on a DrumGAB podcast. This is a podcast you may find yourself replaying just to capture the depth of his explanations. It is nothing short of incredible. Billy shapes his responses into a powerful string of sentences that are coupled with vivid metaphors time and time again that gets your brain moving.
Early in this episode, we discuss Billy’s music camp, Rhythm, Sound, and Magic, which I mistakenly addressed as a festival, oops. Illy B discusses the purpose of the camp and what campers can expect to take home with them and the concept is simply wonderful. This camp attracts all walks of life who share the love of rhythm, sound and the magic of creating in the moment with your peers. The result is a beautiful celebration that I can only imagine leaves the campers feeling inspired and fulfilled. Billy seems to have a strong inclination to implant radical ideas into people to help them find their true path for creating and find themselves in the process. It is one thing to copy someone else and shape yourself around someone else, but it is another thing to gather and store knowledge as your tools and use those tools to experiment, fail, succeed and eventually develop something that is truly you, which acts as a genuine and sincere contribution to the world.
Bob Moses is also a topic of discussion in this podcast. Billy has known and mentored, unintentionally, with Bob for many many years. The stories about Bob and Billy are treasures. It is pure gold what Billy shares with us. I won't spoil any details here, you'll just have to listen. Although I will say that I do ask about the reason why Bob and Billy both often use branches and sticks to play the drums and how it changes your playing from using conventional drumsticks. In my ignorance, I referred to the branches as "twigs" so I am somewhat regretful of how I addressed my question, however, the reasons for using this technique surely has opened my mind considerably to this idea.
There is one more particularly special element to this episode as well that I would like to share. I have a friend that I have made through creating DrumGAB and he has become a devout listener and I am grateful for him. Mayo Coates created the intro music for Ep.35 with Freddy Charles and I was so impressed with the results that I asked him if he would like to create an intro for this episode with Billy. Mayo probably thought about the offer for about a second because his response was a resounding YES! He told me he would spend the week working on something and because Mayo is an enormous fan of Billy, he wanted to make it perfect in honor of the opportunity. So he sent me the tracks and while I loved them, I didn’t see it as an intro this time around but rather one piece in particular, “Grooves for Whales” as an outro piece. It features the beloved Morfbeats Marvin in action and it just works, so instead of going the usual route of featuring the guests’ music I decided to use Mayo’s music as he saw it as a tribute to Billy and I personally believe in sharing and adding value to people’s lives whenever I can. I am sure that Mayo will treasure the experience and I love how it is a true extension of Billy’s teachings as Mayo has been indirectly mentoring from Billy for years through his books, videos, artwork, and music. You can also hear Mayo’s creative sounds when the call drops between Billy and I, in a trippy void of technological misfortune.
As for the intro that I put together, there is a small reflection of myself in this. I am an only child and I spent a lot of time experimenting with recordings and sounds as a child and I feel that as we age and we become more and more objective and realistic and as a result, we lose the ability to be open to our imagination. The man in the interview is Captain Beefheart, whom I am fascinated with and have been for years. Beefheart had an often brutal, dictatorial approach to controlling his creative environment but one thing cannot be denied. He pursued his creativity with no barriers and with a childlike nature that made him one of the greatest creative minds in the 20th century. I find that there are mild parallels to Illy B and Beefheart in terms of exploration and their prolific catalog of work but beyond that, this intro was simply interesting and fun to create, albeit dark and sinister in tone but I like that sort of thing.
As a final thought, I will never forget my involvement with this podcast. Besides the incredible experience of speaking with someone that I have been admiring and listening to for so many years, I was in the Bruce Peninsula cottaging during the editing process and I found myself in the perfect headspace for working out this episode. While I was up there I kept thinking about how honored I am for the responsibility of making this special episode. The task of creating media that features Billy's wisdom and knowledge for people who truly appreciate Billy is something I don't take lightly. I consider this episode as one of the most important episodes that I have done so far and I am completely humbled to have been the director of such a thing. Amazing. Thank you for this opportunity Illy B, it has been a slice.
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Music By Mayo Coates
Freddy Charles is old hat. If I could sum up our conversation quickly, I would simply say that Freddy respects traditional values and he finds the world is a place that is quickly removing themselves from this frame of mind. Freddy is a nomad and has been to over 200 countries in his lifetime and has seen a lot of culture. He draws comparisons to the many societies that exist in the world and how ours just isn’t that great in many ways.
Now, this stems also to drumming as well. I throw a Steve Gadd tweet at him and as you will hear, Freddy gets excited about the subject matter and he just goes for it. Freddy discusses the decline of innovation, dynamics and musicality in the majority of modern drumming. The Steve Gadd tweet was certainly suggesting that drumming is devolving and Freddy is convinced that this is true. It is difficult to pinpoint one reason why this is the case, but Freddy and I generally believe that the gold standard is whack.
I have to mention that I feel that Instagram sometimes feels like a diluted format for drumming. I see a lot of the same content. I see a lot of the same drumming and the overall engagement is lousy. You also can’t make a living in the drumming community with Instagram either and it more or less is a place for people to feel validation in their skills. That is definitely a lot of major points against it but there are things that happen that can’t happen without it. I feel if people are truly engaged in their community on IG, you can make some real friends and you develop your own fold of “true followers”, and that is pretty dope. It is because of Instagram that I am able to do this show and I have met some great friends along the way. I guess you can say that both Freddy and I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram.
In many ways conversation is just what is on our minds and what we wish things would be and what it could be if more people became truly involved. It’s also an example of unapologetic truth.
Opening music by Mayo Coates
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At one point or another, I had decided that my goal for DrumGAB was to have conversations with drummers about their lives and get to know them as people rather than talking about drumming. Don’t get me wrong, drumming is the hinge to the door of DrumGAB, but that is all. I want to explore the life experiences, wisdom and general knowledge of each guest to gain a multitude of unique perspectives from each and every person who appears on the show.
I have to admit that this episode with Tom Knight in many ways is the interview I have been waiting for. I don’t want to sound like I don’t enjoy my other episodes, because they all have their place with valuable insights, information and in general I feel that most of them are entertaining to listen to but I am a person who is drawn to history and legacy and I have yet been fortunate enough to speak with someone with at least 30 years of professional experience in this industry, with the exception of Ramy Antoun. It is these style of interviews where stories are found and if the person is well spoken and descriptive, it can make podcast gold. This episode is exactly that, and it is exceptional listening.
Tom Knight has a colorful career filled with larger than life stories and he captures these tales with incredibly vivid detail. Tom is a great story teller. It also doesn’t hurt that he is a seasoned professional in the VO (Voice Over) industry, so along with having a high-quality microphone for recording, what he says into it is simply great to listen to. We riff some VO bits for fun and discuss how he found himself in this industry, which was basically by mistake. He tells us the story of how Don LaFontaine produced a wedding gift on Valentine’s Day for Tom’s wife and how he got to know him very well in the last couple of years of his life. In this segment of the interview, there are a lot of laughs, stories and we learn a side of Tom's career that is possibly even better to him than his drumming career.
While I was preparing for this interview, I stumbled across a name that immediately caught my attention and I knew we had to talk about….none other than Dave Weckl. Yes, Tom studied under Dave and developed a friendship with him over the years and he tells us stories about Dave that are so personal and would seem to border on fiction if it weren’t told from a person who experienced it firsthand. The stories and how Tom vicariously describes Weckl is a true pleasure to listen to and a definite highlight in this episode.
Next, we discuss how Tom almost blew it with Zildjian. Let this be a cautionary tale to any cocky, overly confident players out there that thinks their shit don’t stink. Tom explains that the head of AR at Zildjian would field between 75 to 150 endorsement applications PER DAY! This is the reality of the matter. This is one of the most realistic and valuable pieces of advice, told through his own near fatal move with Zildjian. The main thing that held the Zildjian deal together was the fact that he was about to hit the road with TLC and obviously TLC being an international sensation, it was in their interest all along to sign Tom, but first, he had to be knocked down a peg.
So what is road life like with a major act? Well as Tom describes it, “utterly boring for 22 hours of the day and earth shatteringly amazing for 2 hours.” The truths that arise about Tom’s true feelings towards touring is so refreshing and only because I feel that many people would imagine him to respond with unwavering positivity. Instead, his perspective is one where the novelty has worn off and he has to factor in living away from family, the local business relationships he forged and all of the physical and mental struggles of touring. He makes it clear that this was how he viewed it but that others may LOVE the nomadic nature of touring but that he wasn’t really wired for it and now that he has three children and a marriage to nurture, the money would have to be of epic proportions for him to leave his family these days. He has no plans for touring in other words. However, it seems to me that he has no regrets about touring and that perhaps it needed to happen in order for him to gain the perspective he needed for down the road.
Tom shared this concept of neurobics on his Instagram recently and it really caught my interest, which led me down a rabbit hole of research to learn more about this incredible learning tool. It is essentially aerobics for your brain. Keep that muscle sharp with certain exercises so that your brain doesn’t turn to mush is the general message here. We review different methods to train yo’ brain and the importance of neurobics. Are you noticing yet that drums like never came up in the chat we had?
Before we get into concluding statements, the conversation takes a turn into left field and Tom shares with us how he conquered fear and how people should just do the shit they don’t want to do. Break old habits, forge new pathways in their lifestyle and live out their true potential. Both of us agree that we are not saying this stuff to appear like we are “perfect”, hell I can speak personally that I have a lot of growing to do and that I make mistakes all the time and Tom expresses himself in a similar fashion, but that we have a better understanding of what we CAN do and that we are working on it while encouraging other people in the process.
Overall, this is an episode that acts as a true snapshot of a person that I now admire more than ever after speaking to him. An episode filled with tales of an illustrious past and how to adapt to your situations in life to remain busy and employable in what is a very competitive industry, especially these days. This is an episode that will rank high in the DrumGAB podcast library and I am so eternally grateful for Tom’s time in creating this fantastic episode.
Music by: Adam Nitti
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What is a prodigy? A prodigy is a young person who is endowed with exceptional qualities or abilities. The word prodigy bears a lot of meaning. People that are described this way generally go on to do great things and reach high levels of achievement early in their lives but also have big expectations placed on them. I think in a lot of cases the expectations can be seen as motivation for a young person. Without the distractions of adult life, it is the perfect time to really focus and hit the woodshed to develop your skills.
A question that I often wonder about is whether it's natural talent that makes a prodigy or is it a natural interest that is well nurtured early on? Take, for example, Tony Royster Jr. for who I am certain the day people first saw that famous video of him crushing a drum solo at the age of twelve, everyone thought that he would go on to be one of the worlds’ greatest drummers. And as it turns out, he is.
Tosh has played drums since he was two years old and has a drumming father as well. He was always encouraged to follow his curiosities with the drum set and because Tosh is homeschooled, he has been able to spend more time drumming while still completing his school work. I think that it is this level of encouragement and freedom that sets Tosh up for success in music. To make matters even better he has had received private lessons from Thomas Pridgen over the years to enhance his skills. Those are great building blocks in establishing a life long career in music, wouldn't you agree?
Lately, all of this hard work has paid off as he was recently employed by Nik West as her touring drummer which has brought Tosh all over the world. Up until this point, Tosh has been playing local gigs and getting his feet wet in the industry, so this gig with Nik West is by far his biggest success as a drummer. It is hard to imagine what a rush that must be for a teenager to be performing with an artist like Nik West. With most teenagers searching for their purpose and finding confidence within themselves, it is rare to see younger people that are so sure footed in their path and actually doing something about it.
So what will Tosh’s future look like in the music industry? It is impossible to even know where he will find himself in the next five years, but it is almost certain that he will be drumming and kicking major ass doing it. In this podcast, we explore his mental attitude towards his career and his own progress, where his musical roots stem from and we try to project what his future holds. Keep your eye out for Tosh, he’s the guy without the shirt.
Daily content is a sure fire way to gain the attention and admiration of social media users. Part of the reason why I feel these types of projects gain so much notoriety is the level of dedication and discipline that is required to actually stick with daily content. I am certain that many of Tristan's followers are looking to him as a source of inspiration for their own aspirations and admire BeatADay. Tristan Kelley is an individual that pursued this (at the time this was written - 07/19/17) 1173 days ago. That to me is really impressive and really difficult to fathom. Heading into this interview I had so much curiosity surrounding the idea of daily content and the process that he uses to constantly keep up with this daily obligation. Can he do it forever? Does he ever find it difficult to continue this pursuit? Is there pressure from sponsors or from the followers to continue? I will admit that my mind runs to the defeatist mentality with daily content, but only because I could never do it.
Tristan and I begin by discussing his personality type and how BeatADay serves him to move past the perfectionist mentality that plagued him, prior to BeatADay, to complete projects. To Tristan, larger projects are mentally crippling and so BeatADay is perfect for him for just putting out content. It has in many ways relieved the need to perfect everything he produces and that’s not to say the quality of his content is poor. In fact, it is some of the most polished and consistent material you will find on Instagram, but if the notation to his videos are off slightly or there is an additional note played from one slide to the next, he doesn’t let it get to him anymore, unlike in the past. He actually states that an error in his content in the past may have led him to delete his account and start from scratch, regardless of the time invested.
So what will succeed BeatADay? Tristan explains this next avenue as a “sophomore syndrome” as he feels that BeatADay has been very successful but that he isn’t sure what can top that and so that places pressure on someone like Tristan who is in high visibility online. I can understand this completely. As one project becomes successful, the audience places expectations on your next effort. Also, Tristan is considering his personality when it comes to his next project. He is considering a subscription based venture but this will mean a lot more work for him and again with his “perfectionist” mentality, he will have to negotiate this trait and use it to leverage the quality of his work, instead of allowing it to prevent him from moving forward.
In short, Tristan has gained a great deal of support from his fans and his sponsors who include, Meinl, Ronn Dunnett, Vic Firth, SJC, Lowboy Beaters and KBrakes. Through a simple yet effective concept that he has managed to uphold for over three years, he has put himself on the map and I truly believe that if Tristan utilizes strategy moving into the next transition of his brand that he has firmly established, the world could be his oyster in the music industry.
You can find Tristan on Instagram and at his website www.tristankelley.com
Music by: Instant Empire
Songs in order:
1) Young Adult Fiction
2) Mirrored Mouths
Podcasting is a very interesting prospect. In the beginning, it is terrifying and exciting. I was so unsure of my first publications but you have to almost pretend no one heard it until I began receiving good feedback from people. Over time I began to adjust to the idea of making a forever time capsule that anyone, at any time, can access and I am being held responsible for this content. That is a lot to process at first and every host has their story on how this experience went for them. In this episode we reach back to the beginnings of Drummers I Like podcast and Behind the Kit podcasts and we learn how Rich, of Drummers I Like and Matt from Behind the Kit, adapted to the pressure of hosting and how their first experiences as podcast hosts treated them.
We begin by really dig deep into Drummers I Like’s history. Rich has really turned it up with his podcasting obligations and as a result, he is a very sharp host/guest. With lots of practice, yields great results. He realizes that the Daily Fill is a training ground for the big picture. It is the hamster on the wheel. I was really impressed how he performed as a guest and it is a true result to his 50+ Daily Fill episodes in less than 3 months.
Rich Ducat, is a fucking beast ladies and gentlemen. It is hard to deny the work he puts in and his growth personally and as a brand. I have been a steady follower of Drummers I Like for several months now (roughly since Episode 29) and the show, the brand, the community, and the brand image has really focused and is attacking with everything Rich can throw at it. It is very inspiring and respectable, so the dude has my vote right there.
Echoing that question to Matt, his story is just as amazing. He just kept acting on his impulses and stuck with it to produce something to leave behind. We learn that Matt’s motivation was to be comfortable in his own skin and do what comes naturally to him. Give back to the community and keep the focus off of him. I always admire a person who is genuine about being this way. Matt is as transparent as they come.
He evolved into a podcast host, which is echoing how I began as well. I can really understand Matt’s approach to creating content. The objective is to explore your interests and create a time capsule for yourself. It’s a method of creative expression and the process of podcasting suits our personality. Learning about the forging process to a podcast is good story material it turns out.
There is always something I think about with Drummers I Like and it is how Rich manages the workload and maintains the scheduled behavior to their product. The quality seems to only improve in ALL areas. Rich opens up big time on this topic of time management and how he manages to keep this all running as smooth as possible. He goes into incredible detail about how imagines the future of Drummers I Like and what he plans to achieve with it. He also talks about his concept behind Drummers I Like PRO and what this platform is designed to accomplish. It is all very well thought out and it is quite obvious that Rich has got something here.
But sometimes good things must come to an end. Matt hosted a well-received podcast called “Behind the Kit” and it ran for over 50 episodes. So why he shut it down and if he plans to get it running again was a major question I had. His response to this reminded me of someone who gets injured at the gym and has to take time off to heal. Between scheduling conflicts, technical obstacles and fewer download figures than desired, Matt called his 54 episodes, Season One. Whether the show will return is not a priority but certainly not an impossibility. As a result of this section of the interview, we all speculate the idea of when our shows will end and if that our shows are even something we can give up.
To finish out the episode we all run through a questionnaire to get some opinions on common podcasting practice.
Music By: Matt Dudley
Album: Trial, Transition, Advance
Songs: Interlude, Trial
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(Episode 30 is a tribute to the late John Blackwell Jr. - 1975 - 2017)
In this GearGAB series we have the host of Drummer's Guide to Gear, Chris Gura, and he selects three pieces of gear that he has reviewed and/or owns personally himself. For a few years now, Chris has run his own gear review site www.dg2g.com and features a wide variety of products, ranging from accesories, drum heads, drum sets and much more. He is an everyday drummer that loves gear and so we have him on the show every three months. This is the second volume to our special series. In tis episode we cover....
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There are podcasts in the DrumGAB library that are resourceful, others are purely conversational entertainment and somehow Episode 29 with Stan Bicknell lies somewhere in the middle. I don’t really think that it was intended to become an episode where people could learn anything, besides the life of Stan Bicknell of course, but it unfolded in such a way that reveals a strong underlying message. You see, I draw a strong parallel between myself and Stan. We are both family men that are self-employed and drumming is a big part of us but it is no longer the forefront of our existence. While life presents new responsibilities and obligations, it begins to determine what is most important to us as people and how some things in life may take on a significant value that we couldn’t possibly understand in our younger years.
It is widely understood on the Instagram medium that Stan is easily one of the most popular drumming figures on social media currently. What he holds is something that many of us would, for lack of better words, give a testicle or two as a trade for the kind of success Stan’s Instagram profile bears. However, even given the tremendous growth and rise of popularity, Stan does not ignore the life he lives in the flesh for this digital circus of likes, comments, and shares that he so regularly receives. Instead, he sets time aside when his family is sleeping to produce his content and share his thoughts with his followers through blogging in his captions. He very responsibly restricts his use of Instagram to be present in the moment with his family, friends and business partners. In short, he consumes the Instagram drug with a great deal of caution and regulates his intake.
So what was the reason for Stan creating an Instagram account you may ask? Well, he had stopped touring with a band named Kimbra due to this little thing called, your self-consciousness, and felt that it was only going to get deeper and deeper and so he passed off the sticks to another player and quit the band. He continued playing drum set in his coffee warehouse, Rumble Coffee Roasters, but it just wasn’t satisfying enough playing to no audience. So he began using Instagram and all he was trying to do was keep a low profile but it obviously hasn’t worked out to plan as his acquisition rate for followers has been well over 1,000 per week over a course of over 52 weeks.
So, what do 112 thousand followers in 15 months do to a person? Well, that all depends on the person. I would imagine for most people it would improve a persons’ self-esteem, and depending on your ego, it could turn someone into a complete arsehole. For Stan, it seems that what he enjoys most about having so much rapid growth is that it opens up a very wide audience to make a positive impact upon. For example, Stan receives many messages from fans all over the world who thank him for being the reason they are getting back into drumming. These kinds of comments are a highlight for Stan and is definitely a contributing factor to his continuation on social media.
However, he is clear about his love/hate relationship with social media. It would be tiresome to keep up appearances and respond to every single message, in fact, you wouldn’t even have a life to speak of when you have that many followers. So Stan had made a reference to “Good Will Hunting” where he exclaims, “What if I deleted my account one day and didn’t tell anyone about it?” And it’s not that Stan is unappreciative, I think he’s just accessing, hypothetically, how much he really needs social media.
In the interview, we discuss the fact that Stan will never leave his family and business partners to become a star and seek fame and fortune. He takes great pleasure in his day to day life and at the end of it all….he still gets to play his drums. And simply, that is what's important. Not the where or the who or for how much. He just wants to hear the crack of his snare.
This puts a great deal of perspective in this conversation. A person who is at the forefront of popularity on Instagram and the drumming community at large is a simple man who knows what he needs and why he is needed. It is truly amazing someone who holds this in his hands has complete control over what his destiny is and that it hasn’t corrupted him with temptation. That is exemplary and it is the reason why this is such an interesting listen. A conversation captured at the apex of where a healthy perspective is absolutely paramount. I believe Stan could become an A-list drummer for a very major act and it could all have been seeded in Instafame. I wouldn’t put it past Stan, that if this all becomes too much and he has to decide what to do, he may do as Matt Damon did, and just not be there one day.
Photography courtesy of @jessbicknellphotography
Music Credits | Band: The New Caledonia
a.) Breathing Space (coffee montage)
b.) Solar Parade
c.) Celestial Satellites
Stan's Social Media
Rumble Coffee Roasters Media
#humpdaygiveaway | Week 7 Q: What is the name of the studio in Cambridge, MA that Jon frequents?
Since I have been diving into the drum industry, I have thought that session work was extremely hard to come by and I often hear is dead and a thing of the past. I have also heard that “the hang” is almost as important as your level of skill when talking about getting hired. But I never thought so much about an effective way to approach the session game and how one may put it all together. This episode, with Jonathon Ulman, turned out to be so valuable in terms of information. He goes into splendid detail about basically how he makes a living and openly shares, what would seem like common sense after his explanation, his approach to it ALL!
For starters, Jonathan has an incredible attention to detail. He is strictly organized and professional and makes sure he has a solid plan when approaching his gigs, content, schedule, and performance. He is very THOROUGH. Secondly, Jonathan is very self-aware and incredibly conscientious, in regards to how he reads a situation and the people it involves. He basically takes the form of a chameleon and blends himself into whatever situation he falls into. He is quite ADAPTIVE we’ll say.
During this process of booking the interview, exchanging content and material to make this show possible and general keeping tabs on approaching the release of this episode….Jonathan has been so nice to work with. He is incredibly PROFESSIONAL with his work and when this spreads around, it won’t be long and even more people will want to work with him.
You always hear wise people saying the phrase, “I just treat people the way I want to be treated”, and it seems SO SIMPLE! Yet, not everyone does this. I really do appreciate it when people go the extra mile to make sure someone’s needs are met and exceeded upon, and Jonathan makes sure to assume this task with his clients. He is ATTENTIVE.
Lastly, and seemingly, least importantly, you need to be able to do the job. Can you play? Can you do the song justice by playing some solid time and getting in and out of the studio quick so that people’s time and money aren’t being wasted on your ego to chop out? This is important stuff when you plan to work in a studio. It may be at the bottom of the list for a good reason. The other stuff at the end of the day is what gets you called back, you are not just being called for your SKILL.
So what does that spell when you put THOROUGH, ADAPTIVE, PROFESSIONAL, ATTENTIVE and SKILL?
Normally Tapas is a gathering of small Spanish savory dishes but Jonathan uses this as a metaphor to explain the framework of what makes him successful as a session musician. All of these components are important and the way Jonathon explains this is brilliant. Overall, this philosophy he has adopted is a brilliant recipe for success and every drummer who hears this will totally get it.
www.jonathanulman.com | Instagram | Facebook
The musical sounds featured in GAG REEL are taken from Frank Zappa’s Uncle Meat - Track titled ProjectX
Song Credits: Holly Miranda - Midnight Oil
#humpdaygiveaway | Week 6 Q: What does the acronym PAP stand for?
Our health is something that many young people take for granted and older people wish to have back. Most of my listeners range from the ages of 18-40 and obviously play drums. Even though symptoms of joint pain and other issues with our body may not appear obvious at the present moment, it may rear it’s ugly head later in life and by that point it will be much more difficult to remedy.
Brandon Green is a health and fitness expert that has been studying biomechanics for about 11 years and owns his own facility called Strata Internal Performance. Brandon and his team commit themselves to improving the lives of people who live with daily pain in their body and with tremendous success, manage to help educate and in the process relieve major discomfort that prevents his clients from living an active and pain free lifestyle.
Brandon’s goal is to help educate drummers across the world about how our bodies operate while playing the drums and how we can prevent injuries and keep on doing what we all love to do. Brandon’s suggestions to improving posture, warm up routines and many other facets of our physical relationship to the drum set are all reinforced with a firm scientific arm and his concepts are all explained with tremendous clarity and undeniable proof.
In this podcast we explore the fundamentals to ensure that our listeners can easily apply these important facts to their setup and help with creating a more comfortable and suiting environment for drummers to play within. We discuss the importance of proper throne height, a warm up routine to trigger PAP and increase our endurance and performance, the basic physics of the human body and how they apply to technique on the drum set and how to manage injuries. They are simple, yet effective and universal concepts that will help you in your daily grind on the kit.
Instagram | @drummechanics
Instagram | @stratainternalperformance
#humpdaygiveaway | Week 5 Q: What are the names of the two students that I spontaneously interview towards the end of the show?
Episode 26 has been in the works for a bit of time now. A couple of months ago I saw a video of Omari’s father, Cyril, playing drums, on his IG account. I understood from Episode 37 on DrummersILike’s podcast that Omari had watched his father, Cyril, play drums a lot during his childhood. It was clear in the tone of Omari’s voice on the podcast that he was truly inspired by his father and strongly looked up to him. I was inspired by that episode and I really enjoyed Omari’s personality on the show and I kinda decided that I needed him on DrumGAB after that.
But after seeing Cyril playing, the thought hit me like a wall, I HAD to have them both on the show together. So, literally within minutes of having this idea, I messaged Omari to ask whether or not we could have Cyril on the show as well.
Omari’s response to my request was unanimous. My wish had come true. A father and son podcast was going to happen on my show!! I had not ever seen something like this before on a drumming podcast before and that made it even more reason to do it.
The main goal with this podcast for me was to capture an honest reaction from both of them once we became more involved in the conversation. There was such a great opportunity to create some magic on this one.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OMARI
Omari is a coveted drum instructor from Trinidad and Tobago. He has multiple endorsements including Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drum Heads, D’Addario, Serenity Drums, Tru Tuner, LowBoy Custom Beaters, Drumlite and Drumtacs. He is also a certified Drumeo Teacher, a drum tutor at Angelic Sounds Music Centre, a drum coach at CJ’s Coaching Institute, and he performs with many musicians including Curtis Jordan, GIEL, Helen Baylor, Koen Duncan, Shiselon, Tiko Angelos, and Wave. That is quite a pedigree!
Oh right, I almost forgot…..Omari is an absolute beast!! Best not forget to mention that.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CYRIL
Cyril is a self taught player and it was his Uncle, who also played, that introduced Cyril to the drums at age 11. Cyril’s Uncle showed him enough theory and different rhythms to begin a lifelong passion for drums. Cyril had played with many bands in the area and there was a time when Cyril was unable to attend a performance and so he recommended Omari to fill his spot for the night. The bands response the following week….? “Well Cyril, we didn’t miss you that much”, said Cyril’s bandmates.
For years, Omari and Cyril had never jammed together. Each of them worked at their craft without crossing paths musically. Until one day they performed a duet….at Omari’s wedding. Both gentlemen sporting their finest tux and both of them are shredding it up! To think their maiden jam would be at Omari’s wedding is very special indeed.
Overall, this is a heartwarming episode with lots of character and it highlights the beauty of family and people coming together to reach a common goal through music. It is a very inspiring episode to say the least.
Music featured on this episode
a) Learie Joseph standup / End credits, Eraserhead
b) Cyril and Omari Augustine duet at Omari’s wedding
#humpdaygiveaway | Week 4
Q: Who are Adam’s two favorite Zappa drummers?
The Marvin. It is an instrument that provokes curiosity and produces sounds that literally scare the shit out of me. It’s voice is haunting, eerie and yet somehow beautiful. There is no other instrument on the planet that does what the Marvin does.
Back in January of 2017, I wrote an article on Morfbeats. It didn’t take me long, after seeing the Marvin, to send an email to Adam and inquire about writing a piece on his creation. That article only scratched the mere surface of what I wanted to talk to him about and thus spawned a discussion about a podcast episode. Which brings us to now….
Let me begin by saying that this podcast is my personal favourite. I have never spent this much time and put this much thought into an episode and I believe it is my best work to date and in many ways this podcast is a tribute to Frank. It was an after thought but as I pondered over this episode more and more, it became clear that the common theme in our discussion was Frank. He just kept on coming up in the podcast and I couldn’t be happier about that. I have wanted to make some kind of project about Zappa for over a decade and this was a perfect opportunity.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG....
In this episode we begin by discussing his flagship instrument, The Marvin in detail. We learn about the night when the first drawings took place and the process in designing this incredible instrument. Before I knew how it received it's name, I was so curious about its name "The Marvin." It kind of looks like a Marvin somehow, although I can't express in words why, it just does. Without spoiling anything, all I will say is that it is very sentimental and has a lot to do with why Morfbeats exist in the first place.
From there we talk about the revered player, and Adam’s favourite drummer, Billy Martin. Adam had the chance to perform and form a friendship with Billy recently and you can easily tell that Adam is still in disbelief about how far Morfbeats has taken him. It is amazing to see that a unique instrument has given him the opportunity to meet with the artists he admires.
Then I decided to ask Adam an adverse question, based on what I know of Adam up until this point. That question was this, “What is your opinion on the current state of pop music?” Adam provides a very reasonable response to my question and it isn’t too far from simply saying, “It sucks, more or less, but some people need that quick fix.” Anyways, it is definitely a highlight to the episode.
So where can you find Morfbeats instruments, you may be asking yourself. Well, you can visit Morfbeats online at www.morfbeats.com or you can check out Revival Drum Shop or Philadelphia Drum Shop. Be sure to look up Morfbeats on Instagram and Facebook also.
In closing, Adam is an artist that is doing what he wants. He is not restricted by much and he can make whatever the hell he wants and that is super rad. There is nothing conventional about this stuff and it is totally open ended in regards to design and ideas. He has created himself a playground of steel, welding equipment and springs.
ONE MORE THING…..
The conclusion of this episode is set to Adam’s original music, the track is titled “Catatonic”. There is an interview on YouTube where Zappa is interviewed during his illness and ultimately not too long before his death. In most Zappa interviews, he is sarcastic, witty and very forward in the direction of his message, but in this interview he is calm, relaxed and pacified. The questions that are asked are most definitely highly reflective and the tone of Adam’s music to the interview is heart wrenching at times. I felt it was a nice way to send off this podcast.
Music featured on this episode (in order)
A few weeks ago I had a late night epiphany and decided to capture my thoughts while they were still fresh in my mind. I had no intention of releasing this as content but after listening back to it, I felt that perhaps there is some value to this recording. I sent it to my dude Matt Dudley to check out and get his perspective on it and he agreed that it has value to you, the listeners.
So here we go, the first installment of Midnight Thoughts. Me just rambling about what is floating around up in my cranium. This was done a week after my episode with Carson Gant and just before I interviewed Scott Pellegrom, so it is slightly out of date but the concepts are very relevant to how I produce the show. I hope this gives you guys some insight to how I produce my show and how I approach my interviews...errr I mean conversations.
The tracks in the background are a mashup of some J Dilla beats to set the mood. Hope you dig.
#humpdaygiveaway Week 3 - What cymbal is Scott ranting and raving about?
Last summer I was writing a weekly piece that I released on Sunday mornings that I called "Weekly Warrior". The "Weekly Warrior" were articles about drummers that I really liked. I would just randomly pick a drummer from my head and then I would write an article on drummer I had chose. One of the reasons that I was writing the weekly piece was to practice my writing. I also had to create a routine around DrumGAB, or it would have died early on. Projects like this require constant effort or else they don't work. So in the very beginning, I had to create content from my inspirations and Scott Pellegrom was one of those first 6 articles.
Once the article was all done, I tweeted it to Scott and thought nothing of it after that. Until a couple days rolled by and I received a message from him that he had read it and he said thanks for the thought. So, thinking back, you could say that Scott was actually the first confirmation for DrumGAB directly from the artist. Fast forward about 10 months later and we got in touch to hang on my podcast. This is kind of a special episode to me because it is a full circle moment and how it all played out and how it all turned out, is so rad and I am so thankful.
So what is this episode about? Well, it is really hard to answer that OR break it down into any kind of formula. It is simply a great conversation with a down to earth guy that seemed to enjoy the "no pressure" zero "agenda" that my show can offer someone. It is really a place to just be yourself and hang out and this episode captures a fine energy.
Also, Scott hooked us up with a trio of SP3 (Scott Pellegrom Trio) tunes that are wild. If you dig the vibes you can check out the entire album SuperNaturalBang right here!
i) Bees Knees
Enjoy the show!
#humpdaygiveaway Week 2 - What is Daniel's favorite band?
In this episode, I spoke with Daniel Potts, an armless drummer. I recall the first time that I saw Daniel on Instagram, was from a share account and you can't ignore the first impression of seeing Daniel play drums. I actually could not believe what I was seeing. He doesn't just play either, he plays really well. He is very clean in his execution, his ghost note consistency is advanced, his accuracy is incredible and he does it all from a vantage point that makes me question if he can even really see what is going on. It is a sight to behold.
Naturally, I am curious about how this all came to be. People are naturally drawn towards things that are out of the ordinary, for the majority. You somehow need to know how details like how you approach something new, how to deal with everyday life or how you learned to play the drums!? And his answer is simple. "Can I?"
As Daniel explains, he has had to approach everything with an open mind and figure a way to do the things that most of us take for granted. This constant challenge is obviously the driving force behind Daniel's motivation for life. With drums, it took a long time to find a setup that would be comfortable for him and much trial and error in his technique, just like anyone learning drums. In the long run, all that I can say is that it is hard to believe that someone can operate the lower half of their with that much accuracy and dexterity. To me, that is absolutely incredible. Just how a person can adapt to their surroundings, physical conditions, and situations. The human body is a fascinating thing.
Daniel and I get into some pretty personal detail about his life. The podcast is filled with honest conversation and there are many bright shining moments. It is a podcast to reflect on your own personal challenges and how we can negotiate them with the idea of "Can I?" rather than "How do I?" One sounds much more optimistic in tone, wouldn't ya say?
#humpdaygiveaway Week 1 - What brand of drumsticks did Aaron receive on his birthday?
This episode features a new interactive weekly contest. #humpdaygiveaway is a brand new weekly giveaway that is being brought to you by Nick at Canadian Drum Gear and DrumGAB. Every week I will open up the podcast with a question pertaining to the podcast. Here are three ways you can win....
1. Repost the podcast art on your Instagram page and tag @drumgab1 and @canadiandrumgear you will immediately receive 1 ballot.
2. If you are really bringing your eh! game, DM me on my Instagram page @drumgab1 with the correct answer between noon-3pm EST and you'll be entered into the draw with 2 ballots.
3. Combine 1&2 and you will have 3 ballots!! Yeah, math! Everybody has a chance to win but if you listen to the show your odds just got a whole lot better. The window for the contest is each Wednesday 7am-7pm EST.
So what do you win? Well, you get to choose your own pair of drumsticks and your choice of Aquarian Drumhead. We are also kicking in a #DrumGAB coupon code that will save you 15% on all purchases at www.canadiandrumgear.com for the week of the contest (Thursday - Thursday).
On with the program...Aaron is a true working drummer. He is a master educator at the Yamaha Music School in Toronto and has been teaching there for a decade. He has studied under guys like Mark Kelso and Paul DeLong and because of this Aaron has some ridiculous facility. Aaron is what I would refer to as a "true drum nerd". Aaron will gladly spend a Friday evening studying something music related over a loud night at the club. So that is why this podcast is so filled with good stuff. He has so much info crammed into his dome and he just spills it in this podcast.
This is also an episode that is heavily diverted from an "Interview". Both Aaron and I appreciate a good conversation and so we had one. I am not going to get into detail about every little thing we talked about...cause I would miss a bunch. You will just have to listen to it and hear it for yourself.
Artist: Exes for Eyes
Songs: Remember Savannah \ Shot in the Dark
Aaron's Social Media
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. One-Up Drum Vids is a very interesting project to me and in a lot of ways speaks to me in terms of how to create content. I enjoy seeing people that are creative and have a high attention to detail. Carson’s videos are consistently great and I when he posts something, I never skip over it. I always want to see what it is that he is up to and the music he is creating. In many cases, I prefer what he comes up with for drum sounds, compositions, and execution over the originals. You can’t replace human interpretation and performance with a drum machine or computer.
So with the rad content, he puts out, I felt like he and I were going to have many common interests that we would discover and talk about throughout the podcast. Sometimes you just know the guest suits the show. I had prepared an outline for the interview, fail-safe shit, and I pretty much botched my own interview. Within a few minutes, I glossed over about half of the points that I wrote down and so as a result, most of this is ACTUALLY just a conversation.
Carson, on the day of the interview, hit 10K subs on YouTube, so we open things up talking about his content on YouTube and the challenges that were involved. Carson logged 60hrs on the Matt Garstka Challenge video….and I believe that video just shy of 8 minutes. That is seriously crazy. Here is the link to that video.
Back a few months ago, Carson got a chance to do some work with a band names Paper Route. It came out of nowhere for him and it involved processes that he has not really had much experience with. Carson played some gigs that were out of his comfort zone. Low volume situations playing in highly resonant rooms were a particular challenge. We talk about playing with intensity at low volumes and reference a particular musician that does this with considerable conviction.
Both Carson and I both feel that “chops” videos are overdone and we have a mutual love for groove and feel. It is refreshing to see videos that focus on the importance of knowing how a beat really sits. The devil is in the details with the stuff Carson does. He creates a new level of pocket that I don’t hear much and it is so addictive to listen to.
One of the biggest factors as to why I had Carson on the show, was because I knew we both loved instrumental hip hop….and we are talking about the good stuff. I enjoy talking about records and music and so there is some time in the podcast dedicated to some good tune GAB.
Overall, this is a really fun hang. It’ll go down as a classic in the library of DrumGAB podcast. Check it.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Episode 19 is with none other than Ramy Antoun, CEO of A&F Drum Co. and it is a trip. It is hard to recall every moment in this podcast, but it is so stacked with greatness....and let that be known, Ramy is a person that has a lot of unique life experiences. Ramy is truly blessed.
So the official interview begins with Ramy giving us an overview of his experiences as a musician. Whether it was some of the people he made records with or toured with, Ramy has had some incredible moments as a musician. As an example, there was no audition for the Seal gig that lasted four years, you won't believe that story. Beyond that, Ramy talks about Buckethead for a bit. I don't want to spoil anything there. In general, Ramy's experiences as a musician are on the cusp of fable nature.
Then enters A&F Drum Co. We touch on the beginnings, the current affairs, and Ramy's future plan to preserve this ever growing company. We talk about how the A&F Family were found and came together as a collective unit, harnessing each persons' strengths as they contribute their skills to this amazing company. It is a very organic process that took place and it explains why it seems like they have all known each other for ages. Ramy also discusses his philosophy behind how he designs and creates these instruments.
I then ask Ramy what his chief motivation is in life. His answer is short and mine is long. For a time, I became the guest. Ramy is a very empathetic person and I believe it was hard for him not to ask more questions, but it was beautiful how he took the wheel and challenged me. Very rare to hear something like this in my podcast, or others podcasts that I have heard. It was a great moment in the conversation.
That leads us to perhaps the most compelling part of our conversation. A couple of weeks ago Ramy sent me a text and the message contained a story about how Ramy dreamt about a Syrian immigration agency named CRIS. No word of a lie, he sent me the link to the website and there is an agency that focuses on helping Syrian refugees reach and sustain self-sufficiency by integrating these people into communities throughout Mid-Ohio. So, Ramy wanted to know if we could discuss this stuff in the podcast and send a message to the drumming community. I, of course, said yes to that and so we discuss some ideas in this podcast and we urge you folks to consider thought to our idea.
In conclusion, this podcast is very intimate, thoughtful and funny. Of course, there must be some good laughs in there too. I hope you enjoy this raw podcast session and hopefully enjoy the in-depth look at why A&F is a thriving company and family.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. With each passing interview, I feel more and more able to connect with my guests and it translates to better podcasts. It was some time ago that I booked a date with Dan Mayo and I had thoughts of what I would want to ask him. Dan is a drummer that I am personally a huge fan of and as a podcast host, I wanted to capitalize on that opportunity by producing a memorable podcast. My focus is ensuring that I am steadily improving my ability to communicate with people. I do this so that down the road, I will have some profound experiences and memories with my drumming brothers and sisters. Dan Mayo's interview is a personal turning point in how I perceived my podcast.
We don't discuss Dan's history for much, although we do briefly touch on this. Basically, Dan has played drums since before he can accurately recall. The heart of this podcast, besides some discussion on his amazing band TATRAN, is about how Dan approaches drumming. When a player shows so much physical and mental freedom, I have to know the liberties that are included with that. How does he become so engaged so quickly in these one-minute clips on Instagram from a cold start? How Dan answered some of my questions were unlike what I was expecting. I won't spoil anything else, you will just need to hear it for yourself.
Welcome to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. I am going to keep this short and simple. This is a special bonus episode for all the people who listen to my show, graciously support and encourage me to continue this project. Without the support of my listeners and the participation of my guests, it wouldn't be possible. So thank you all.
Robb Ryan is a familiar name to DrumGAB. Besides my wife Amanda, Robb was literally the first person to know about DrumGAB and he was the guy who literally said, "Get off your ass and write a blog." That blog turned into an actual total of 20 articles if you count my original series "Weekly Warrior" and my three review articles.
Then the podcast came along and I recorded 6 trial interviews that are no longer online. I put DrumGAB down for a bit when my son Harrison was born but after a while, I realized it had to continue and my wife and friends agreed. I then rebuilt my website and relaunched the podcast in January. The podcast is an absolute blast and I take a great deal of pride in it. I try to treat it like an art form and I want to create memorable experiences. So to commemorate this anniversary, I wanted to do something special for you, the listeners and my friend Robb who is only days away from going to Drumeo to film some lessons.
It is an amazing opportunity for Robb and I wanted to have a chat with him before he goes. I wanted to know how he felt about things and if it was a matter of confidence. Robb is solid on this. He is so well practiced and this material is second nature to Robb. We just have a good conversation and it is reflective. So grab a glass of wine, bourbon or cold beer and sit back and listen to what might be history in the making.
Welcome back to another episode of DrumGAB podcast. Custom builders are coming up everywhere you look. Many different people are putting their woodworking skills to use and creating some really nice instruments. With common woodworkers, stave builds seem to be a favorable choice of build. While many are doing this type of construction, one brand, in particular, is receiving quite a lot of recognition lately. Meet Mike Martin. He and his partner, Steve Tepee, are tearing up a storm on Instagram lately with their stave drums.
I wrote an article a few months ago about Predator Percussion but wanted to revisit thier company because of all the updates since I spoke to Mike last. He is really trying to find a way to make Predator Percussion his full time job. By streamlining certain aspects of his business and creating entry points for new customers on a more restrictive budget. It is clear that Mike has been strategizing and I think his ideas are sound.
Take a trip with us while we explore these topics and many more on this podcast episode. You can find Predator Percussion at the following social media.