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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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Jul 5, 2020

“Out of pure necessity he started to produce cymbals in his basement on his own.”

Norbert Saemann is a name that I have heard for nearly three years now. He is the AR Rep for Meinl Headquarters in Germany. He has been employed by Meinl since the age of 18 and has been there for 30 years now. He has seen the many evolutions the company has made since 1990 and essentially how Meinl has become one of the leaders in creating cymbals and percussion instruments.

This interview is going to be quite appealing to fans of Meinl mainly due to the fact that up until now there has not really been much content about the actual company. There is, of course, plenty of entertaining content surrounding their artists, cymbal models, and performance videos but there is very little about the actual company and their history. To my knowledge, this is the first time where this is actually being discussed in some form of media.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How COVID-19 has been affecting Meinl.
  • An extensive look at Meinl’s history.
  • Some insights to R&D and even some products expecting to launch soon.
  • What makes Meinl unique?
  • Meinl’s philosophy on customer service.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Well, because if you are a Meinl fan this will be the first time where you are hearing a major representative discuss the company’s history. Until now, that was only available on their website within a few short paragraphs. It is also really interesting to hear about what makes Meinl unique and how they managed to capture such a large percentage of the market. It was less than twenty years ago when their cymbals were not regarded as professional quality. All in all, you have never heard anything like this before regarding Meinl.

 

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Jul 1, 2020

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Today we are talking a bit about the male ego and my own struggle with my ability to be a "man's man" and whether I chose music because I didn't feel like I had a skill that I could access to prove my worth.

 

Today's musical clip was by @currencyaudio

It was @ianhitsdrums who recommended today's clip to me and I suggest that you follow them both!

Jun 28, 2020

“New decade. New year. New Goals. New Energy.”

Brian Frasier-Moore is one of the GOATS in the pop music scene. He has been a major player in the business for nearly three decades and has worked with some of the biggest names in pop. Another aspect of Brian that is quite exceptional is his ability to continue adapting and also innovate within the industry. I am not kidding when I say that BFM World will soon have VR capabilities for students. You will hear more about it in this episode.

I interviewed Brian at the Victoria Drum Festival all the way back on episode 118. It was my first time meeting him and the interview went great. We had a really nice time breaking bread and having some drinks together at the dinner table with our friends after the interview. It was an incredible moment that I won’t soon forget.

The theme of that interview was something that I felt was unique and Brian said that he had not experienced an interview quite like it before. I took some of Brian's “gems” and we got talking about some of the ideas and concerns that he has addressed in the past. I wanted to have Brian on the show again simply because he has such a real attitude. He tells it how it is and it is all based on considerable amounts of experience. So, we went with some newer “gems” and we get down to some very real subjects and break down some big issues here.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Adapting to the times and VR innovations for BFM World.
  • Social media and the lack of authenticity that exists.
  • How is this year affecting Brian’s goals and ambition?
  • Why don’t people want to pay for content?
  • The “old you” and how people can hold you to that standard.
  • Brian’s new signature snare from Pearl drums.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This is not evergreen content. Meaning that we are talking a lot about the times we are currently living in. However, this was recorded during the COVID crisis but not during the BLM protests after George Floyd’s death. So, keep that in mind when you are listening. 

Overall, we need to self-evaluate as people. What are your relationships like with people and technology? Do people hold you to old standards when you are indeed making a strong effort to be the best version of yourself? Would you consider supporting more creatives in the industry who are providing us with music, apparel, or other collectibles? Did you have big dreams this year that have been somewhat crushed by the events happening in the world? If you reflected on any of these questions, consider deeply listening to this conversation.

This is literally Brian and I just hanging out and being real about some big subjects. I hope that you enjoy the ride.

 

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Jun 24, 2020

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Today we are talking about lessons learned. I read a bunch of comments, tell a couple of personal stories about lessons I have learned and we have some great news from a fellow listener Mark Pederson.

 

The beat featured is by Joe Lyle

Jun 21, 2020

“Don’t be afraid to sing in your own voice.”

Stephen Taylor is a drummer and drum set educator living in Nashville, TN. He is the founder of StephensDrumShed.com and also the creator of the Drum Better Daily system. While Stephen has been utilizing the internet and social media to create an online drum education business for quite a while now, he started off playing a lot in clubs on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. He eventually left that scene to further his education by attending University of Southern Mississippi and obtained his jazz studies degree under the instruction of Dr. John Wooten.

Stephen did have a professional career as a touring musician with the band, Lovers and Liars and was signed to Universal Republic Records but in other interviews I have heard Stephen talk about how this situation was as amazing as people may think. It was time for him to take control of the wheel and do something that was his own.

Since this time, Stephen has poured his energy into Stephen’s Drum Shed. He has a close relationship with his online students and focuses on providing value to the drumming community. 

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Our thoughts about engaging with our audience.
  • Living in the culture of where music originated from and how that adds a legit quality to music.
  • Why you may not be happy with your sound.
  • Establishing rules to work within to explore your creativity.
  • Making your strengths stronger.
  • Why your story matters.

 

Why Should You Listen?

There are many things that I enjoy about Stephen’s content but one thing in particular is how pragmatic he is about character building. It is something he tends to focus a lot on. Basically, how you develop your character off the kit helps your playing while on the kit. The two things exist simultaneously. So, knowing this about Stephen, we dove headfirst into topics about self-acceptance, courage, your voice, making your strengths stronger and why your story matters.

All of these topics are inspirational and it is all obtainable with enough soul searching and kind spritness towards yourself and others. I think that there is something for everybody and every skill level in this interview.

 

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Jun 17, 2020

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Today's episode is a solo episode where I improvised late at night last Thursday. I began talking into my phone to record some ideas and realized that I was actually making something. I expressed some concerns about the financial burdens of living in an amortized world that I feel prevents people from experiencing more freedom. Also, the heightened stress of living outside of your means when something like COVID hits the world. I also mention some stuff regarding virtue-signaling online and how social media infiltrates our lives and I do talk a bit about BLM and how I am learning a lot but also that I am discovering in the process how complex institutionalized racism really is. Each day I am looking into this stuff further and further and my mind is getting blown each time I dig. And finally, I talk about the preciousness of human life and why we need to be in touch with what is going on and how there is no guarantee for anything.

 

I featured some music from my friend Sam Cino's band "Chipotle" and share a brief story about how Sam and I met many years ago. 

Jun 14, 2020

“Find the benefits it has, draw it out and use it to your ability. It doesn’t have to be a roadblock it can actually be a leg up.”

 

Gregory Storey has a very compelling story. He has been featured on many BBC documentaries regarding his life with Tourette Syndrome. In these documentaries you will see just how severe his tics were during his childhood and into adulthood. Interestingly enough, drumming seems to be his relief from this awful neurodevelopmental disorder.

 

Once he began playing the drums the tics went away. He experienced such an overwhelming feeling from this relief that it brought him to tears. An entire childhood of having no control over his tourette’s and now suddenly the big red guy with a megaphone has been silenced. 

 

Gregory is now a full-time streamer on the platform Twitch. He has hosted a handful of streams where he performs on the drums for over 10 hours to raise money for certain charities concerning Tourette's. For a person to overcome so much in his life and continue to shine positivity certainly makes Gregory a great role model for other kids and adults who suffer from Tourette's and other disorders.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Gregory talks about his, now dissolved, tech company Aspartech.
  • How Gregory became a streamer on Twitch.
  • Gregory’s past with Tourette Syndrome and how drums helped him overcome that.
  • The language he invented “seldom”.
  • What tolerance means to Gregory.
  • Some details regarding his Roland drums and a story about his hero Craig Blundell.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

I think in order to understand how amazing it is that Gregory was able to perform this interview the way he did, you need to watch some of the documentaries he has been featured on. Check this one for example.

 

He coughed maybe six times in this interview, which is hard to determine whether it was simply a cough or a tic. He explains in this interview how he manages to maintain as much control as possible. He was, in fact, using a technique during the interview to not tic. What he was doing is astounding to say the least.

 

I think that this episode really educates people about Tourette Syndrome. For years, I thought it was just people who shouted profanity and had physical tics. As it turns out, I knew nothing about it. Only 10% of people who have Tourette Syndrome shout profanity though. Gregory is part of that 10%. 

 

You will also understand the willpower that Gregory has. For a person who has been through so much torment in his life has managed to achieve considerable success for himself. Gregory is a tremendous example of perseverance who we can all learn from.

 

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Jun 10, 2020

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Today we are talking about our favorite albums. Take notes and maybe you will find something new to listen to.

Jun 7, 2020

“I want you to do it because you love it and because you want to create something cool and see what happens.”

 

Casey Cooper is a very well known YouTuber who has established his online presence by providing content that encourages beginner to intermediate drummers to have fun playing drums. He has created content for YouTube officially since 2011 and has since then become the largest YouTube drumming account in the world.

 

However, these claims of major success online through views and subscribers appeal very little to Casey. His major focus is communication between his audience and creating a strong positive message to drummers who need encouragement and reminding them that having fun needs to exist within drumming.

 

In this episode, we go over his humble beginnings, the purpose of his content, and the realities of being a YouTuber.



You Will Hear About….

 

  • Casey talks about being a “bridge” for drummers.
  • What do Casey’s fans say to him in emails?
  • There are different points of where we are with our journey with drums.
  • The financial realities of being a massive YouTube drummer.
  • What is the best approach and reason to create content?

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

Casey falls into a bit of a unique presence online. He keeps his drumming content approachable and doesn’t focus on displaying highly advanced drumming. Yet, he managed to create a large brand. This is rare and very difficult to pull off and so Casey gets backlash for that here and there. I think there is a fairly small but fierce sub-community of drummers that is very focused on the art of drumming. These drummers take this stuff very seriously and we all know that it is incredibly tough to break through the noise. And then there is Casey who has a huge following and is perceived to be quite successful. And he very much is, but not the way you might think.

 

No one needs to be barraged by wanna-be pro drummers and I think this episode clearly informs listeners that Casey doesn’t make a ton of money, at all, from YouTube. He is providing entertainment, his kind, and approachable spirit to engage younger drummers to stick with it and hopefully find themselves playing for years. Eventually, they may venture off into more “artsy” stuff and no longer watch Casey. It happens to him. That is why he considers himself a “bridge”.

 

Casey’s content, to the more experienced musician, still has value though. He reminds you of why you play. He somehow has a legit sense of “beginner’s joy” or “honeymoon phase” when he plays. What is special is how that hasn’t seemed to wear off. A lot of drummers probably lose that as they develop. It becomes something else or it simply evolves as we go through our seasons. 

 

Casey’s content is about some fun gimmicks, inspiration, and overall positivity. He has something that is very good for the industry, so it makes more sense to just appreciate what he’s doing. I can’t see him breaking down Tony Williams parts from Eric Dolphy’s “Out To Lunch” anytime soon but there is a person for that I am sure.

 

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May 31, 2020

“Social media is what we make of it.”

Tommy Igoe is an intensely passionate guy. He is a world-class performer, educator, and speaker as a result of a lifetime of hard work. His educational materials, “Great Hands For A Lifetime” and “Groove Essentials" Vol.1 and 2 are iconic and used by an incredibly vast amount of drummers all over the world. 

If you have been following Tommy’s career for any length of time, it is fair to say that excellence and the pursuit of it is a leading priority in Tommy’s life. And again, if you have been following Tommy for a little while, you already know that he is very direct and vocal, especially when it concerns conduct on social media.

I think the friction that occurred back in 2019 had so much positive effect to cut through the noise online. I mean, at one point or another, someone in the world was probably talking about the trolling stuff this time last year. People love drama and this was the best soap going in the drumming community. 

It was a moment where his audience would be able to 100% trust who they were aligning with because I have never seen Tommy break his word online. If he says he is doing something, he does it and doesn’t stop doing it. I have serious reverence for that level of commitment. His #igoechallenge is going on over two months! He has been serving while out of work to improve other drummers and by doing so he is also improving. Setting a positive example. 

This #igoechallenge became the reason why I saved this one for last. His words have become more substantiated by his actions during these difficult times. He is doing a great job of including people, creating a safe place for drummers to develop, providing quality education, encouraging drummers in an honest way, and showing respect based on what is deserved. He rewards strong work ethic and good behavior. He is a very good leader and that cannot be argued.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The world debut of WIM Trio.
  • Shit on a snare and other Instagags.
  • The purpose of Tommy’s Instagram.
  • Tommy’s thoughts on what happened in 2019 with the trolling.
  • Tommy addresses the trolls.
  • The importance of leadership.
  • Only providing feedback when it is being asked for.

 

Why Should You Listen?

For starters, this episode has some hilarious moments, often. And, haven’t we all been wondering what was going on in Tommy’s backstage with the trolling stuff? I mean, let’s be real. The whole thing with Tommy getting trolled was like a rabid pack of hyenas on the biggest hunk of roadkill imaginable. If I went through that, it would most definitely become a constant thought throughout my day and negatively affect my life. 

I would imagine that there will be people who will listen to this and still mutter to themselves that Tommy is an asshole or something or avoid listening out of spite. At the same time, at the heat of the Tommy vs Trolls war last year, my episode with him shot up in downloads immediately. There is something attractive about the whole thing but what is great is that now he has risen to the occasion that befalls every working musician on the planet and is practicing what he preaches. I think Tommy is hard to fault these days. If you do because of what you thought last year, then you have a life with very little worry or concern and you should be stoked AF. 

I wanted to host an interview getting Tommy speaking what matters to him and further strengthen his name in the community. I think we did that here and we had a lot of fun too.

 

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May 27, 2020

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Today we are talking about practice! I have reached out to several friends to contribute their thoughts about practice. Each of these artists has services available. Click the links below if you wish to learn more about these amazing musicians/educators.

 

Todd Sucherman

Stephen Taylor

Jared Falk

Dan Weiss

Dave Atkinson

Bruce Becker

Yoni Madar

Riccardo Merlini

May 24, 2020

“We are making music for the people. For everyone.”

Sput and Nate have been sharing the bandstand together for 15 years. They both played together for the world-renowned band Snarky Puppy but eventually they decided that it was time to develop their own thing and that thing was called Ghost-Note. A wonderful collection of diverse musicians all working together to bring, as Nate had said, “peace, love, harmony and unity to the entire world.”

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The trip to the Drumeo Festival.
  • How did Ghost-Note develop into what it is now?
  • Their intentions with their music.
  • What they represent is what they attract.
  • Mailbox money, incentives, and culture within the band.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Ghost-Note is everywhere, especially within the drumming community. Vic Firth’s VFJams, Zildjian Live, essentially you are listening to Ghost-Note. You will get to hear a lot about how the band operates and what their intentions and aspirations are. It is all for the love of music and creating a movement. So, if you are a fan of Ghost-Note, Sput, Nate or Snarky Puppy, you will dig this episode.

 

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May 20, 2020

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This week we are discussing our favorite drumming instructional DVDs and VHS tapes.

 

Opening funk groove performed by Brian "Brain" Mantia from the video "Shredding Repis on the Gnar Gnar Rad" (my favorite drumming education video.)

 

We have two beats. The first submission is by Jacob Randall and the second one is by Tomas Hoces.

 

The other two beats are performed by me. I want to start tracking my progress by ending episodes with a groove to Tim Baltes' Drumless tracks.

 

 

May 17, 2020

“How much good can you have before the bad comes around?”

Harry Miree is a dude. Actually, let me rephrase. He IS dude. Harry is a touring and session musician who currently lives in Nashville, TN but is originally from Alabama. He also has his own YouTube channel which is fantastic and I strongly recommend that you check it out. Overall, Harry has forged a good career for himself so far and spreads his dudely vibes wherever possible.

The most common response to anyone that knew about this interview was, “oh man, that is going to be so funny!” and I am not sure if this will come as a disappointment or not but this interview is not really funny at all. It is actually the heaviest interview I have ever released. In fact, I think we were both a little disoriented after this chat. It went to some dark places and as it turns out, Harry and I share a lot of parallels in our life experiences. 

I had wondered why Harry had chosen humour as his method of delivering content. It just seemed to me that everything he creates for YouTube or the times he has collaborated with Drumeo is focused on comedy. Even my content has been cited by listeners as funny and people always have something to say about my laugh. So, comedy to me is also a big thing that I consider with my content. I believe it has so much to do with my dark past and my path to find happiness. I am getting closer and closer all of the time to realize that but there are definitely setbacks from time to time. So, I wondered if Harry experienced some hard times too. Once I found out what that is, everything started to make sense.

 

You Will Hear About….

 

  • Harry found his career in music but not without opposition.
  • Feeling guilty for having joy.
  • What is “dude”?
  • What did Harry learn about Carter Beauford?
  • Visualizing our target.
  • Making difficult yet simple decisions.
  • Karmic bills.
  • A tragic part of Harry’s past.

 

Why Should You Listen?

 

How this interview unfolded was something I have not experienced yet as a journalist. As Harry and I had our chat it became apparent that both him and I share a lot of the same experiences in life. We also have a lot of painful experiences that we are both trying to find a way to process without ignoring. You probably won’t hear this side of Harry anywhere else and it was truly a moment of real connection. Hearing it will likely bring up things in you that you have been ignoring or stuffing down.

 

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May 13, 2020

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This week we have a listener story submitted by Gene Gonzalez. Check out his drumstick holders here :)

 

Here is the TED Talk video Reuben Spyker was talking about.

 

Beat submissions were provided by Lucas Farran and Vinny Werneck

 

Today we are talking about our first drum set. I read comments, I share my own first drum set story, a Harry Miree podcast teaser clip and we have a lot of laughs too.

May 10, 2020

“When you know you’re well prepared and you have the passion. No one can stop you.”

Aquiles Priester is a national treasure to Brazil. Without question, he is one of the best and most well-known heavy metal drummers alive today. His career spans over thirty-years and features credits such as playing drums for W.A.S.P., Tony McAlpine, Angra, Hanger, and up until this Covid pandemic, he was gearing up to perform with DragonForce. Of course, his list of artists that he has worked with is much longer than what I listed here.

Aquiles’ career is an incredible story of perseverance and passion. It took him many years to reach the level of success that he enjoys today. He gave up on his dreams for music being his full-time career to work for Dana Incorporated and dedicated himself to that job. He actually made a good career for himself by working up the ranks. However, his passion for music took over, once again, and this time for good.

It took many years but since the year 2000, Aquiles has found his success in the music industry. His story is one of how passion can guide us to our true selves and that without enough patience and effort anything is possible.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Why Aquiles puts so much pressure on himself.
  • Aquiles, the soccer player?
  • What was Tropical Band?
  • Aquiles’ first drums.
  • How Aquiles finally found success in the music industry.
  • What practice looks like for Aquiles.
  • How Aquiles feels about his son not taking up drums.
  • What Eloy Casagrande taught Aquiles.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Aquiles Priester’s story is very inspirational. It creates a wonderful backstory to what you witness now when he plays. I see someone who is doing what they are meant to do. That feeling of, “finally, we’re back here again!”, when you step behind the kit. Even if it was only an hour or two since you last played, you are so happy to be back. That is what I see when I see Aquiles play.

It is a tremendous takeaway to behold when you are hearing about how much work it takes to get to an elite level. It is well earned and we can all have our own version of that with enough passion and commitment to something.

 

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May 6, 2020

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Huge shoutout to Austin Koziol (groovi_drums) for his voice memo this week. I always had hoped that at some point the podcast would provide a strong positive influence on our drumming community. For everyone who has ever reached out to inform me of your love of this podcast; thank you! It means a lot to me that drummers from all over the world look forward to future episodes and that it is part of your weekly routine. You will have content to enjoy for years to come and I hope that you will continue to pop by and say hello.

 

We have two beats this week. Tim Buell and Bucket & Sticks

 

The music collab was with Donald Waugh and me.

May 3, 2020

“We only own now.”

Dom Famularo is probably the happiest guy that you will ever meet in your life. He maintains a high degree of optimism all of the time and is simply infectious. It is no wonder why he is known as the “Global Drumming Ambassador”. He has traveled all over the world to present his masterclasses and clinics and was also the first western drum educator to perform clinics in China. Dom has been one of the most sought after drum teachers for over forty years and to this day maintains a student list of 2500 students. He has also authored two books, “It’s Your Move” and “The Cycle of Self-Empowerment”. The list of accolades and achievements are immense with Dom and he shows zero signs of slowing down.

Besides the educational side and the public speaking, Dom is an incredible drummer as well. His solos tend to have dramatic peaks and valleys dynamically. Dom really sucks you in with his storytelling. I always hear a stealthy army approaching the enemy quietly creeping in and then a battle ensues! An absolute brutal assault from pounding double-bass drums thundering beneath the flurry of cymbal crashes and tom rolls. It is unmistakable. 

Dom’s enthusiasm for life and music is the kind of genuine inspiration that is great for people. In many ways, he is my personal role model and I feel very fortunate to know him and to have had some incredible moments with him. This interview with him was very fulfilling and many times over I felt my body tingle with his positivity and energy. I hope that everyone feels that when they listen to this.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • How Dom became the speaker he is today despite having a stutter when he was a child.
  • Learning why it is important to focus on how you deliver a message.
  • Dom’s 3 E’s.
  • Whether Dom’s drum students show signs of improvement in other areas of their life due to drumming.
  • Why do people squash their passions?
  • Why is drumming a great option for people to take up?
  • How would Dom help convince a drummer to stick with drumming?
  • Whether Dom can tell true passion from temporary inspiration?

 

Why Should You Listen?

This episode with Dom is vitamins. Despite the short length of this episode, there is so much jammed into it. It is an incredibly full episode with nothing to waste. Dom’s message is one that could make a difference in a person’s life and for that reason alone, it might be worth your time. To learn a bit more about human compassion, communication skills, diving headfirst into your passion, and living a life that is purposefully yours.

 

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Apr 29, 2020

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Today's episode deals with our drumming influences. I take a deep dive into my top 10 drumming influences, comment reads, and other ramblings.

 

The beat featured today comes from Austin Koziol.

Apr 26, 2020

“I allow it to be what it is.”

Steve Smith is a treasure to drumming culture. He was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, he’s been awarded many times over in the industry including the Modern Drummer readers poll where he was voted “Best All-Around Drummer” five years in a row. The list goes on and on and you will always find him on the top 100 drummers of all time lists as well. There is no question that Steve Smith is one of the finest drummers in history.

He is probably best known to most people as the drummer for Journey. He would end up recording six albums, including Journey’s most popular album “Escape”, during his tenure with them. However, regardless of his massive success with Journey, Steve is a jazz drummer at heart. He has been the bandleader of his group Vital Information since the early seventies and of course, in between has been a sideman for artists such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Steps Ahead, Dweezil Zappa, Bryan Adams, Savage Garden and many others.

What I find personally fascinating about Steve is his evolution as a musician. When I watch performances from the ’70s and ’80s, I hear a completely different Steve Smith than what he is today. With his introduction to Carnatic music by the great Zakir Hussain, Steve’s path went far in that direction. If you look at his path of development, he has had many deep periods of growth. In my opinion, I can’t think of many drummers who have mastered as many disciplines within drumming as Steve has.

I would imagine that Steve will always be on a path of discovery and refinement with music and drumming. Even quite recently, since COVID-19, he has stated that he has gone back to basics, practicing slowly. Even after over 60 years of playing the drums, Steve is still going back to basics to continue improving and evolving and that is truly inspiring.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Steve’s headaches with being a bandleader.
  • How Steve allows musicians’ true selves to alter the delivery of his music.
  • The fascinating story of how Steve was introduced to Carnatic and Hindustani music.
  • Steve’s approach to learning new music quickly.
  • Steve’s drum art.
  • Steve on pursuing our creative passions.
  • Steve’s experience adapting and transitioning to learning how to play with a click.
  • The value of seeing live music.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Well, an interview with Steve Smith is not something to pass on. He has so much knowledge that is backed up by profound levels of experience. He is someone we should be listening to and learning from. Besides that, his story about how he learned Konnakol and his time with Zakir is truly fascinating stuff.

 

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Apr 22, 2020

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In this episode, we talk about the prospect of taking on big projects.

 

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Joshua Green's video from a defunct nuclear turbine (this is amazing and you should watch it.)

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Apr 19, 2020

“I play because I need to play. For me.”

Havana, Cuba native, Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez, has been said to be one of the most innovative and skilled percussionists in the world. He has had a very rich musical life growing up in Havana and then many years later when he left home to become an internationally acclaimed musician. It did not come easily but as Horacio describes in this interview, it has always been his passion in life and he has never considered doing anything else. 

Horacio has had the pleasure of working with so many incredible artists throughout his career including Carlos Santana, Zucchero, Steve Winwood, McCoy Tyner, Michel Camilo, and the Tropi-Jazz All Stars of the late Tito Puente. Horacio is also a Grammy award winning artist, which he received in 1997.

I have personally been in love with Horacio’s playing for 20 years. Back when it was new, the Modern Drummer 2000 DVD featured Horacio. I remember watching his clips, along with Vinnie, Dave Lombardo, Billy Ward and Hilary Jones over and over. Among the roster, it was Horacio who captured my attention the most. He was always smiling and acting so casually while playing incredibly demanding music and displaying some of the most advanced independance I have ever seen before or since then. To have a moment with one of my heroes was simply incredible and it is an interview that I will never forget.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Horacio talks about his performance at Drumeo Festival 2020.
  • What drumming means to him. 
  • Why he was imprisoned at the age of 13.
  • Imitating our idols and Horacio’s thoughts on the younger generations.
  • His three year stay in Rome back in 1990.
  • Horacio’s appreciation for a great instrument to play.
  • His career once he was given permission to emigrate to the USA.
  • Horacio’s health concerns from roughly five years ago.
  • What Horacio learned from playing 20 hours a day at the EGREM studios.
  • Why you don’t see Horacio much on Instagram (usually, until CoV happened)

 

Why Should You Listen?

It is rare to see an interview with Horacio in English. Even rarer is to hear and see an interview with Horacio with good sound and video quality. He is quiet online usually and isn’t that concerned with publicity. For Horacio, this was just fun for him to talk about his life and I feel fortunate that he took the time to do it. Again, he is a veteran musician with a storied career and has almost no need for publicity. 

However, this interview covers a lot of his musical career, his thoughts about drumming and music and a nearly catastrophic medical issue that could have ended his career that he has never spoken publicly about. So, if you are a fan of Horacio you won’t want to sleep on this episode. 

 

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Apr 15, 2020

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Today's episode is themed around two different story types. The first one is about drummers who started playing drums later into their adulthood. The other is about drummers who used to play when they were in their youth and then retired the sticks only to rediscover their passion for drumming years later.

 

The submissions for this week came from Ed Koop, Bill Granville, Robert Daughtridge, and Jorge Bazo.

 

I also read a bunch of comments from last week's question on my Instagram

 

"Who started playing drums later in life, or picked up the sticks after a long hiatus?"

 

We received over 70 comments, so I read a few of them. I also share my own experience with a long hiatus from drums that took place during my twenties.

 

To top it all off I have included a teaser of the upcoming interview with Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez. Enjoy and stay safe :)

 

Apr 12, 2020

"My pain is my sound"

Chris Coleman’s story will give a lot of hope to drummers out there who are trying their absolute best to become who they want to become. He is a fighter, a survivor and has been put through hell to get where he is today. He has been considered, in the public’s eye, a fantastic drummer for many years. His win back in 2001 for the Guitar Center DrumOff was such a huge affirmation to Chris that he was indeed on the right path. But it always wasn’t so clear.

In this interview, you are going to hear about the pain and struggle that was necessary to get to the place that he has arrived. Chris has such a long and meandering path of little victories and big setbacks. At a certain point, he tried to kill his passion for drumming that he had inside of him. It is incredible how he persevered and once he moved to LA things started to work in his favor and he was well on his way to his well-earned destination.

When we watch Chris perform we can sit back and enjoy the product. And really, we should. But to hear where that sound was born from adds a completely new layer of depth. This is why interviews can be important. His career was born out of something that was constantly working against him and eventually through sheer determination he managed to forge an elite tier status on the instrument. Simply incredible.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Chris arrived at a good place with the Drumeo Festival
  • His early years growing up with music in Church
  • Discovering the true you
  • Don’t copy other drummers’ licks. Instead, Focus on your sound.
  • Chris on haters
  • The importance of control over speed
  • Why he couldn’t be a pilot or Navy Seal
  • The road to LA
  • Instant gratification and investing in maybes

 

Why Should You Listen?

In these times during COVID-19, this interview may have more power to it? Regardless, in any situation for any person, there is some pretty significant value here. Chris’ story is filled with darkness and then at the end, parting clouds and some sunshine. But I just see life screaming at Chris, “STOP DOING THIS!” and he responded with a hard NO. I have so much respect for that. That takes some serious determination and willpower and it is great to hear it told in such raw detail from an elite drummer. It is an unbelievable chat with a timeless message.

 

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