Drumeo Gab Podcast

Are ya tired of hearing, "so, like, uhh talk to me about how you started playing drums" in drumming podcasts? I'm gonna say, probably not as much as the guests are. I dunno, I think it's better to cut to the chase and explore pinpoint moments in their lives by forming curiosities around my research :0 IF YOU ARE DOWN FOR THAT; WELCOME! (Side Note: I strongly believe that the best part of the podcasting experience for listeners is the ability to connect with the host. So, don't be shy :)
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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, 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, 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 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!


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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background music: Etienne Mason

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!


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DrumGAB theme music: Ian Maciak @ianhitsdrums

VO artist: Tom Knight @tomknightvoice

Background music: Etienne Mason


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!


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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.


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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**


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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

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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.
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
. Send an email to 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
. Send an email to 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
. Send an email to 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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Sep 4, 2017

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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!

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Aug 29, 2017

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.

Make sure to check out Childish Japes and their full length album released August 30th and other future works. Also scope out JP’s website for quality lesson videos at

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Music by: Childish Japes

Songs: After your born (feat. Courtney Swain), Insight (feat. Joanna Teters)

Aug 21, 2017

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

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Aug 13, 2017

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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Aug 7, 2017

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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Jul 31, 2017

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

Song: Skitzo

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Jul 26, 2017

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.

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Jul 19, 2017

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

Music by: Instant Empire
Songs in order:

1) Young Adult Fiction
2) Mirrored Mouths

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Jul 12, 2017

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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Jul 5, 2017

#humpdaygiveaway | Week 9 Q: Who received a Big Fat Snare Drum prototype that started all this craze?

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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 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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Jun 28, 2017

#humpdaygiveaway | Week 8 Q: What are the two major opportunities that were offered to Stan earlier this year? (Prizes provided by @canadiandrumgear

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

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Jun 21, 2017

#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. | 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

Jun 14, 2017

#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.
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Brandon's YouTube Throne Video

Jun 7, 2017

#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.  


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.


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

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Jun 1, 2017

#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.


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 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.


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) Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy T1S1 (Capitol Version)
b) Multiple random interviews and RDNZL live (unknown concert)
c) Frank Zappa - The Nancy and Mary Music
d) Eric Dolphy - Straight Up and Down
e) Morfbeats - Catatonic

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