Robb Ryan is a deep pool of knowledge. He will forget more than I will ever know about playing the drums. In this interview we go into every little nook and cranny about his past, present and future, uncovering a sprawling 30+ year career behind the kit.
Currently, Robb is a private drum teacher, recording artist, clinician, online educator, blog writer, father and husband. He explains that time management and knowing your goals is the key to balance a heavy workload with positive results. He is endorsed by Mapex Drums, Dream Cymbals, Los Cabos Drumsticks and Aquarian drum heads.
In the late spring last year Robb had developed Rhythmic Vocabulary (Instagram tag @rhythmicvocabulary). Under this moniker, Robb has written articles for Drumeo, 180Drums, theblackpage.net, Canadian Musician Magazine and the Los Cabos educational page. Also in April this year he will be appearing for his first time as a drum instructor for Drumeo in some recorded lessons! He also has some recording projects on the go with artists ranging from pop music, metal and even D&B. Hard to believe that in 9 months Robb has established himself so firmly in the drum industry, and this is only the beginning for Robb. While all of these successes have propelled him into some major canals in the drumming industry, he remains humble and courteous.
I asked about any records that he may have bought lately. He is currently listening to David Bowie's Black Star album (which comes highly recommended), Tower of Power, Galactic and Maggie Koerner.
Enjoy Episode 2 of DrumGAB Podcast!