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Are ya tired of hearing, "so, like, uhh talk to me about how you started playing drums" in drumming podcasts? I'm gonna say, probably not as much as the guests are. I dunno, I think it's better to cut to the chase and explore pinpoint moments in their lives by forming curiosities around my research :0 IF YOU ARE DOWN FOR THAT; WELCOME! (Side Note: I strongly believe that the best part of the podcasting experience for listeners is the ability to connect with the host. So, don't be shy :)
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Dec 6, 2020

“Everybody should be given the opportunity to enjoy the drums and play music.”

Mike Dolbear has been serving the drumming community and industry through MikeDolbear.com for over twenty years now. What started off as a website to promote the launch of his book “Rhythm & Fills” quickly became more than that. He became a host, interviewer, event organizer, and journalist all while maintaining his career in drum instruction. 

In 2020, Mike has risen to the challenges our industry faces during these restrictive times by utilizing his platform to bring even more awareness to drummers by interviewing nearly one-hundred (at the time of this release) interviews through Instagram. These interviews have been with artists, company reps, and shop owners primarily. To see another individual in our industry take it upon himself to contribute something of value is always appreciated and I felt like now was a great time to catch up with Mike and see how this year has been for him.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Mike’s early years leading up to and including the creation of MikeDolbear.com.
  • Why when you fall you must get back up again and to portray confidence you don’t really have.
  • Creating your own luck.
  • Mike’s take on teaching and students.
  • Social media and mental health.
  • An incredible story regarding a student of Mike’s in the past.
  • Danny Boyle and why he is so humble.
  • What it is like broadcasting in 2020 for Mike.
  • Some thoughts about anxiety.

 

Why Should You Listen?

The story about the kid with cancer that Mike coached in order to play drums at a major sporting event is worth the listen alone. That story is incredibly inspirational and heartwarming. In general, Mike sticks up for the little guy. That is kind of his thing. Everything he does for drumming is certainly appreciated.

The other reason to listen is that Mike Dolbear is rarely a guest on podcasts. I suppose I am lucky in that sense that we have some mutual friends and he trusted me enough to host him. In any case, to hear his thoughts about luck, confidence, anxiety, teaching, and broadcasting media is very interesting and it is coming from a very good source.

 

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Dec 2, 2020

So, last week I decided to pick up bass guitar. I have been practicing and I have taken note of a few things that I have discovered by reminding myself of what it feels like to start something new. Also, I talk a bit about my thoughts on what happened with Dorothea Taylor's IG getting hacked and the spirit of Christmas.

 

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Nov 29, 2020

“If you want to play busy, learn how to play all of the in-between stuff really quietly.”

Brody Simpson is a drummer and recording engineer from Perth, Australia. He is a co-owner of Underground Studios and out of that studio he, in addition to the regular studio services, provides a service that he calls RealDrumsForYou. Brody is very well-known in the drumming community as an exceptionally creative engineer and fantastic drummer, who’s interested particularly in creating sounds that you may believe are samples upon listening. Instead, he has spent years painstakingly creating these sounds through experimenting with equipment and acoustic instruments.

While Brody doesn’t tour and has spent most of his career in a studio, he has had no shortage of keeping busy as a professional engineer and session musician. In this chat, we discuss many talking points directly related to his specialties.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Brody’s change of approach to laboring over his work.
  • Some thoughts about maintaining a fresh outlook towards recording multiple takes.
  • How Brody approaches the conversation with artists when offering different ideas for the artists’ music during a recording session.
  • A conversation regarding drummers developing a sound and whether drummers pardon their creativity often for the sake of the music.
  • Whether or not Brody’s ideas can always become reality as he imagined.
  • The importance of playing quietly while recording.
  • Some tips for when you plan to buy some recording equipment.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Brody is highly specialized in recording drums and other instruments. Considering how many people are now getting into home recordings, Brody is a wealth of information. There are many tips and ideas being presented here that will be incredibly useful for drummers that are making their own recordings and don’t have access to a knowledgeable engineer. It won’t answer all of your questions by any means but the bulk of the conversation relates to drummers who are diving into more studio work and/or are making recordings.

 

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Nov 25, 2020

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind, there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki

 

Do I know a lot about this subject? No. However, I have some tangible thoughts about it and I wanted to explore some ideas that involve this beginner's mind concept.

 

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Nov 22, 2020

“I think starting out with those recitals really just burned that love and passion for live performance into me.”

Patch Mahoney is a drummer from Arizona who began making content for Instagram nearly five years ago. Due to his efforts he has gained a career in music. He comes from a musical family and his Dad even worked for Remo for a while providing Patch with his first drum set when he was a little kid.

Patch didn’t begin taking drumming seriously until he was late in his teens. He picked up sticks here and there but he wasn’t considering the drums as his calling or something to take more seriously than a hobby. Patch was actually studying to become a doctor and one day he stumbled across a Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl Kit online and he was struck with a sudden change of heart. The rest is history.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Patch’s early memories of his Dad working at Remo and the full-circle moment when he became endorsed by Remo.
  • Some tips for using social media to maintain creativity, engagement, and reduce burnout.
  • Patch’s earliest performances as a kid for Stages Music, which was owned by his parents.
  • Some ideas to help manage nerves during performances or any presentation.
  • A concept that falls in line with “fake it until you make it”. 
  • Patch’s story about the time when he dropped med school to become a drummer.
  • Perfectionism vs productivity and keeping the two in check.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Patch and I are buddies within the community and this was long overdue. He hit me up to hang out virtually and I recommended that we record it. So, this is basically us having a chat. Of course, for the sake of the interview I prepared some stuff and so we get some deep background on Patch and his story. But the “fake it until you make it” part, social media management, and perfectionism is relevant. It is the first time where I bring up some of these ideas I had and it was great that we did because it got me thinking more about it since the interview. 

 

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Nov 18, 2020

Musicians often say, "the music tells me what to play", and I agree with that one hundred percent. But what if music told us what to practice? I have often heard how confusing it is out there with the many lessons online. There is just so much to potentially learn! But if our music tastes dictated to us what we need to improve upon in order to play the music we love, maybe it would cut down the confusion. That is what today's episode is all about.

 

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Nov 15, 2020

“Allow yourself to understand that your emotions are completely valid and sometimes you do need help for understanding and adapting to these emotions.”

Jack Thomas is a survivor. Quite literally. About five years ago, when Jack was seventeen years old, he was involved in a serious workplace accident that nearly cost him his life and in the end, it did cost him an arm. As a result, Jack thought for a moment that he would never play drums, bass, or guitar again. 

It has not been an easy transition as you can imagine. Re-learning how to play instruments with the use of only one arm has been both rewarding but also frustrating too for Jack. But with mental strength and support from his friends and family Jack has managed to achieve something most people would consider an impossibility. Jack’s story is remarkable, tragic, and not one without a struggle. 

He had recently been featured on Drumeo and amongst other content, Jack performed “Duality” by Slipknot. The video has surpassed 1,000,000 views with an incredible degree of positive feedback. It has resulted in capturing the interest of several media outlets and exposure to a large audience. He has also earned a position at Drumeo, which he had started about a month ago (at the time of the interview). Overall, Jack has worked hard to get to where he is today and did so under very difficult circumstances. We can all learn something from Jack.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • What happened after Drumeo released Jack’s drum cover of Duality by Slipknot.
  • The process of learning how to play drums, bass, and guitar with one hand.
  • How the accident happened.
  • The aftermath.
  • Some of Jack’s fears.
  • How Jack overcomes the obstacles in his life.
  • An encouraging word for listeners.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode is heavy and will make you feel a lot of different things. His story is one that we can all learn from and it puts things into perspective. If Jack can do what he does, what is our excuse? I cannot begin to imagine what life must be like for an amputee and to watch his drumming is so inspiring. This is a good one.

 

Duality by Slipknot - Drum Cover by Jack Thomas 

 

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Nov 11, 2020

Today's VIP is all about execution. You've prepared. You've mustered up the courage and taken the risk. Now it is time to complete the task at hand. In my experience hosting numerous in-person and virtual interviews, I have felt and experienced what it is like to be in these situations that are scary. In this episode, I talk about some tips that helped me get through those experiences.

 

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Nov 8, 2020

“It was a religious experience seeing Russell (Batiste) for the first time.”

Stanton Moore is proudly carrying the flag of New Orleans tradition in the world of music and drumming so it can be passed down to the next generation. The founding member of Galactic and his Stanton Moore Trio, Stanton brings that New Orleans sauce into full force oozing with panache and funky attitude behind the kit. He is an absolute treasure to music. Besides his own projects, Stanton’s list of appearances as a sideman is too long to list. Just look it up though and be astounded by it.

Besides his love for performance and music, he is also an enthusiastic teacher. He has recently launched his brand new Stanton Moore Drum Academy and has been using his studio to stream masterclasses and film lessons/courses to educate his students, with an emphasis on groove. He is also highly involved with famed nightclub Tipitina’s which has a very special place in Stanton’s heart. Overall, Stanton is bringing the New Orleans sound to the next generation and I think it is important that we understand a bit more about where he comes from and his expression within music.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Playing examples and explanations of his new Zildjian cymbals, including his new signature cymbal “Lunar Crash”.

  • Stanton walks us through his Zildjian Live experience.

  • Stanton’s early years with music in New Orleans.

  • Russell Batiste and the huge impact he left on Stanton.

  • Whether there is an adequate substitution for live music.

  • A little tribute to Johnny V.

  • Would Stanton enjoy how he evolved as a musician if he was born in a later generation?

  • A lesson on phrasing.


 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode is something you want to hear. The way New Orleans is described during Stanton’s early years as a musician and the religious experience he had hearing Russell Batiste and what it all means to him is heartwarming and awesome listening. The playing examples throughout are a massive treat and educational. The advice from Stanton to help us become groovier drummers is amazing. This episode just rocks!

 

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Nov 4, 2020

Today's episode piggybacks onto the "Always Prepare" episode.

 

Taking risks, building confidence, and challenging yourself is an interesting venture. Will I fail or will I succeed? In this episode, I share my personal experiences with this stuff in hopes that you will reflect on your own choices and whether you ever felt ready to take risks. I have had many scary moments concerning this topic but I have always seen growth from it.

 

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Nov 1, 2020

“I decided just to be myself.”

Domino Santantonio has been playing drums for quite a while and doing so professionally touring for Roxane Bruneau and being called for studio sessions. She recently, however, became noticed by millions of people due to TikTok. One day she made a 15-second drum cover of Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” and in a few hours, it received millions of views. 

It was Roxane who recommended to her that she become involved with TikTok but Domino felt that it would just be another platform to browse through cat and dog videos, which we laughed about. But then the pandemic happened and she realized that it might be a good time to start making some videos and I suppose she was right! Opportunities are opening up for her due to her massive and rather immediate exposure. 

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The day her TikTok account blew up.
  • Her newfound popularity online and the impact it’s had on her social media use.
  • Why she no longer compares herself to others online anymore.
  • A bit about her background with music and drumming.
  • Her audience and what she believes her appeal is online.
  • Our thoughts about female drummers being objectified.

 

Why Should You Listen?

So, the first half-hour is mostly to do with social media boundaries and addiction, her TikTok account growing at a rapid pace, and her background with music. The second half of this interview is where things get really interesting. I wanted to get some information about her demographic and that led to some thoughts we have about female drummers being objectified. 

For Domino, this was a big concern at one point. She considered how much make-up to wear, what clothing to wear in her videos, and whether or not people would listen to her drumming more than simply watching her. Like many women playing drums, she takes it very seriously and loves it so much. So, she works hard at it, and as a result, she is an incredibly solid player. However, we did talk about something that is definitely true and does not help female drummers. Women who use their sexuality to gain views online. It is not talked about much but it definitely led to a very interesting and transparent conversation. 

 

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Oct 28, 2020

Today's episode is regarding preparation. I go over a handful of points as to why preparation is important. This episode was inspired by an email sent to me from Benny Greb regarding his new book. Click this link to learn more about his book.

 

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Oct 25, 2020

“I practiced every single minute I could! No question.”

Matt Bover is originally from the Woodstock, NY area where he would find his love for drums but it didn’t stop there. After a failed audition for Berklee College of Music, he decided to head to Barcelona, Spain at a music conservatory called “Barcelona’s Conservatori del Liceu”. He managed straight A’s while practicing drums for roughly fifteen hours per day while he studied there.

From Barcelona, he re-auditioned for Berklee and was accepted. Not only was he accepted into the school but he managed a full performance scholarship and later Berklee would pay Matt to attend their school! During his time at Berklee, he would maintain an unbelievable practice routine, and commonly he would practice for seventeen hours per day. He also wrote a book called Chops For The Modern Drummer which would later be distributed by Hudson Music.

Matt’s story is one that is bittersweet. It’s balanced between failure and success and while it is incredibly inspiring, it is also a bit heart wrenching. For example, his cymbals were stolen right from the school never to be recovered due to a faulty security camera. Also, Covid has prevented him from starting a really great teaching position in a school. The time away from music hasn’t been easy either. But Matt has persevered before and I know he can again. 

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Growing up in Woodstock, NY.
  • The trip to study in Barcelona and some key learning experiences there.
  • How by having the ability to choose what to learn produces a better experience.
  • The second audition at Berklee and studying there.
  • When his cymbals were stolen.
  • What his hopes are for the future.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Matt is a key example of why I choose to interview up and coming drummers. A lot of us can really connect with drummers who are working hard towards their goals. The successes and failures that we all experience at some point in our lives is also a realistic reminder of what we can expect when carving out our own paths. 

So, while it is fantastic to hear from artists who have created a legacy already, it is also nice to hear from those who are trying to do that currently and still have mileage left to get there. Also, for some reason, my heart really goes out to Matt. I don’t know exactly why but you may feel it too when you hear this one. He is a humble and hard-working dude that just loves drumming and teaching. He has had some upsets in his journey but he keeps on going and I really feel him with that. I have nothing but love for this guy.

 

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Oct 21, 2020

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I feel that these five tips for social media make for an experience that is more enjoyable long-term and better for my mental health.

 

1. When someone follows you, check out their profile. If it looks interesting, look a little deeper. If you really like what they are putting out there, give them a follow and make a comment. Connect with new people.

 

2. Don't fuss over numbers. Make good stuff that you like to make and present it. Hopefully it gets some attention and you did it your way. Just don't let the numbers dictate whether or not you want to do it or be validated by the numbers. Pay attention to how you can connect with people through the content.

 

3. When you have the opportunity, send voice dm's to your friends and audience online. Especially if they love what you do, make it more personable by sending them your voice. I have done this for a long time with DrumeoGab and I think it is a nice way to connect. Recommend.

 

4. Police your page. Show respect to your followers and friends by keeping your page a respectful and open environment. Hopefully, it is fun and enjoyable too. I immediately block and delete any comments that are insulting and intended to harm someone. That doesn't fly here and it shouldn't on your page either.

 

5. Just be yourself. Work hard and do your best. Present the things you are excited about and love. Don't worry about appealing to everyone and/or feeling overly vulnerable by putting yourself out there. You'll become comfortable eventually and you will thank yourself for that. So, if it is all coming from you, it can have more power and appeal. Almost every great thing that you really enjoy was made by people who just wanted to make something and they were good at it.

Oct 18, 2020

“It’s endless of how many different opportunities we can provide and create for ourselves.”

Greg Hersey is the Director of Instrumental Music at Episcopal School of Jacksonville and received his masters degree at University North Florida. He is a very well studied musician and has a passion for education as he is currently in his fourth year as band director.

He uses Instagram to showcase his talents and creativity with many of his videos reaching well into five-figure for the number of views. In particular, his trap set videos indicate his high level of musical knowledge and creative rhythmic applications.

I wanted Greg on the show because he works in the school system and with all of the changes that teachers face, I thought it would be very interesting to hear his perspective on how he and his colleagues have adapted to this new way of doing things. We also get an in-depth look as to how his love for drumming took shape and a few people in his life that pushed him to become who he is today.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • What it is like teaching in the school system today.
  • His first real drum lesson with Benjamin Wiseman and the impact that had.
  • Greg’s observations on support from home regarding music.
  • Intrinsic values vs extrinsic values.
  • Charlotte Mavery and the positive influence she had on Greg.

 

Why Should You Listen?

It is really interesting to hear about how within the education system things have changed and what faculty have to do now in order to satisfy the current situation we are in. Also, for people who may feel like they have a deep connection with something, it is great to hear a success story that involves a career path that is not always associated with the word “stable”. Greg managed to find a career that he strongly connects with and he finds a lot of pleasure in what he does professionally day to day.

 

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Oct 14, 2020

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The opening clip was from Marcus Gilmore Excerpts of Nube by David Virelles. Performed with Sunhouse Sensory Percussion.

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Today we are discussing the idea of whether the drum heads are mostly responsible for the output of sound from a drum. This idea was inspired by this YouTube video - Watch Video

Oct 11, 2020

“I was meant to do it.”

Tony Royster Jr. is a household name in the industry and has been famously recognized by drummers all over the world since his drum solo that he performed at the age of twelve during the Modern Drummer Festival. He has since been mostly a touring musician with some of the biggest musical entertainers in the world, including Jay-Z and Katy Perry.

Times are changing though and with musicians essentially being pulled from touring, Tony has begun pivoting in his career. Private lessons, YouTube, and so on have been on his mind as things continue to change.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Tony’s decisions lately regarding his career.
  • Whether he believes in natural talent and his experiences in the early years of his life with music.
  • What it is like for him teaching when considering his innate abilities.
  • Tony’s thoughts on the generation he was born into.
  • Bowling.
  • What that Modern Drummer Festival solo meant to him.
  • A nerve-racking experience on Dave Letterman.
  • How social media affects our ability to socialize.

 

Why Should You Listen?

To hear Tony’s perspective on the questions raised in this interview is really interesting to hear. This situation has forced him to look at different ways of maintaining a career. For a drummer who has been blowing minds with his abilities all of these years, it is kind of unreal to hear him speak on how to keep it going.

 

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Oct 7, 2020

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Today's episode deals with the importance of experiencing joy playing the drums, why I love drumming, and to encourage you to just play.

 

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Oct 4, 2020

“One of my youngest memories at four years old was him quitting drums in 1979, literally destroying his drum set.”

Jeremy Taggart is a household name in Canadian music due to his twenty-one-year career with the iconic rock band Our Lady Peace. Taggart began playing with OLP at the age of seventeen and from there on out he experienced life on the road playing packed venues and making records. In 2014 it all came to an end for him with OLP and he decided to reinvent himself. Enter Taggart & Torrens podcast.

Their podcast has been downloaded (at the time of writing this) over four million times! They have toured their musical/comedy act, wrote a best-selling book titled “Canadianity: Tales From The True North Strong And Freezing” and they even released an album this year titled “Bahds”. They have managed to create a buzz with their show by infusing strong Canadian flare that we Canucks can strongly relate to and a serious dose of comedy. 

On a more personal note, to record this episode was an absolute honour. Given the fact that I am Canadian and grew up during the era in which OLP was in the Canadian music spotlight, Taggart was definitely a major influence to me growing up with drums. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed making it.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Touring in Canada.
  • Mushroom Fish n’Chips and cowboy boots.
  • How the podcast started with Jonathan Torrens and everything they have worked on together.
  • The early days of Jeremy’s drumming and starting with OLP.

 

Why Should You Listen?

First and foremost, this is just a fun and hilarious hang. Taggart & Torrens is a very casual and comical podcast, which I strongly recommend! I did want to capture the spirit of their program on this episode. A dash of interview amongst random conversation. There is by no means anything essential in this episode except for some good laughs.

 

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Canadianity: Tales From The True North Strong And Freezing

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Sep 27, 2020

“I’m curious how many people are good at saying, “I like this. I don’t like this”, no matter what someone else says.”

It is always a good time chatting with Aric Improta. He’s the extremely energetic drummer for Night Verses and Fever 333 that you may have seen hanging off of speaker cabinets, rafters all while performing backflips and pulling 360’s off his drum throne. Aric is an absolute beast of a showman. Of course, many drummers have watched his Guitar Centre Drum-Off video which was riddled with tricks and stunts.

Beyond the tricks, Aric also has a way of paving his own lane. He has a preference for remaining focused on his own creativity and not taking in very much outside influence. Aric is the kind of drummer who incorporates technology, ingenuitive techniques, radical showmanship, athletics, and then all of the other “normal” stuff we drummers usually do. No one is like Aric. A dedicated craftsman who is among my favorite drummers of his generation. 

 

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  • The quarantine, habits, and masks.
  • Attachment and creating art in isolation.
  • Authenticity and the importance of choice.
  • Past references and making a statement.
  • How art lubricates society so that ideas and thoughts can be expressed more freely.
  • Our thoughts on getting attention online.
  • A bit about a new project with Munky from Korn.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Aric and I tackle a lot of stuff that touches on the quarantine and creativity. The whole situation of the lockdown and how that affects creative output is a big topic and it is interesting to think about and have discussion. How does social media change our perspectives on what we create? This is the kind of territory we explore.

Aric and I have talked before more than once and I wanted to create something very unplanned and spontaneous with him here. I know that Aric appreciates that and he would carry the conversation well. So, really this episode is just two dudes having some fun gabbing about some deep stuff. 

 

Song featured is "Copper Wasp" performed by Night Verses - watch the whole thing here

 

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Sep 23, 2020

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Today's episode is covering my favorite modern drummers over the last fifteen years. This is the first five.

 

Clips used:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhtcG79kPNw

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlxe3EpJDLk

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUSvp6qg2A&t=122s

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZKpAPpHm2Q

5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJDARjzHhZE

Sep 20, 2020

“A lot of drumming fans are just that.”

Chris Paprota is a multi-instrumentalist who experiments with making his own recordings, such as his latest project “Riff Tapes” which is due for release on October 1st of this year. He is also the drummer for the Philly based prog-fusion band “Gnarbot”. Click this link to a sample of their work from a performance at Meinl which was released as a four-song EP titled “Meinl Sessions, Vol 1” which is also available as a vinyl release

Chris was scheduled to perform this year at the Meinl Festival in Germany but due to Covid it has been canceled for this year. Chris is hopeful that due to the fact that he was invited this year that he will be performing next year assuming that it is in fact happening next year. Chris is a drummer who I feel falls far below people’s radar and I have been asking myself why that is and what makes a drummer rise to fame or social media fame? 

It is interesting to hear how he aligns with his own creativity and how people assume the worth of somebody based on their associations and achievements. This is just one aspect of this conversation.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Improvisation and risk taking.
  • Why we think some drummers are underrated.
  • Social media and whether it hurts an artist.
  • The difficulty in converting your drumming audience into a fan of your music.
  • Obsession.
  • Meinl festival cancellation and how that affected Chris.
  • Chris’s time studying with Dom Famularo.
  • Riding the ebbs and flow of motivation.
  • A conversation about the spark within us.
  • A listener question.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This is really relatable to anyone who is working hard and their craft and has experienced a slow burn, maybe not being noticed or feeling like you have had some missed opportunities. These events and experiences can be a hard thing to deal with but Chris’s point of view with this is hopeful. It is encouraging to hear such a great musician have a tone of voice that indicates that he believes in himself and that by working hard at his drumming and making moves in the world will bring what he is looking for.

The song in the intro of today’s podcast is a sample of Chris Paprota’s “Megazord” from his Riff Tapes record.

 

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Sep 16, 2020

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Sep 13, 2020

"Creativity stems from the mind.  Feeling stems from the heart.  When you combine the two together you get character."

Maison Guidry is a multi-instrumentalist who may not be known to many people. He is an extremely advanced drummer who pushes the boundaries of what is possible. He commits himself to thirteen hours of practice per day, however, due to a recent injury to his shoulder he has had to take some time off. 

To find a conversation in a podcast with Maison is rare and therefore it is a great honour to feature him here because he has some incredibly compelling thoughts regarding how people may want to pursue their life in order to gain a fuller experience day to day. He is uncompromising with his art. I hope that in the future his name becomes more widely recognized because there is no one else like him.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Progress report on Maison’s injury.
  • The uncertainty of life.
  • Why we should embrace ourselves.
  • Standing by your vision.
  • Where creativity comes from in Maison’s words.
  • How sometimes people devalue themselves.
  • Listener questions.

 

Why Should You Listen?

I get a lot of emails and messages from listeners who are a bit uncertain about what they want. Sometimes they realize that they love drumming but they aren’t sure it is meant for them as a professional career. What are the influences that bring people to this state of mind? This is one of the biggest takeaways from this episode. It allows you, the listener, to reflect on your own choices and thoughts about what your life could become. This is a common dilemma with some of the drummers I have spoken with who listen to this podcast.

Besides that, this is just an incredibly interesting conversation about life and choices in life. There is also some Star Wars stuff in here too because Maison loves Star Wars. 

 

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