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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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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.

 

Joshua Green - Instagram

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

Kenton Bell - Instagram

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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Apr 8, 2020

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Update on Ian - Ian and his wife Joanna have returned home to Toronto safe and sound. Yay!!

 

Lou Santiago Jr. talks about his experience working in the ER in NYC during the Covid pandemic.

 

Here is the link to the podcast where the astronaut Scott Kelly provides advice for people in isolation.

 

Here is the link to Austin's new podcast.

Apr 5, 2020

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“Something changed. It was a heavy time.”

Anika Nilles has built quite an impressive career for herself over the last six years or so. Her profile blossomed into international status almost overnight with the release of “Wild Boy” on YouTube. From there, she has gained considerable exposure and has been in high demand for clinics and other educational platforms, such as Drumeo. It could be argued that Anika was one of the main influencers on the popularity of quintuplet phrasings but also disguised them well to make these odd-phrasing ideas approachable and musical.

This was the second interview opportunity that I have had with Anika. The first was over two years ago where we spoke over Skype while she was home on a quick break. It was amazing to have her on the podcast but also quite disappointing to me personally due to the outcome of the audio I recorded. It was compromised heavily due to static and other noise that I couldn’t remove from the recording. I have always been a bit upset by that. However, this episode sounds quite good and the conversation is so much more compelling than the first one we had. I feel like I got the interview with Anika that I always wanted.

Anika opens up here. She discusses things that she has never discussed publicly and perhaps to an even further extent, at all. I am very thankful that she was so willing to be transparent and honest about her career, the obstacles that have been challenging and the things that still trouble her to this day.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Stage fright
  • Needing control
  • Anika’s thoughts on musical freedom
  • What really happened on October 18, 2017’s announcement
  • Anika’s objectives right now
  • Looking on the bright side
  • American influence on European drummers
  • How viable is the online influencer option today?
  • Does Anika know how to future proof her career?
  • The best nights of music aren’t always the ones you thought were great at the time.

 

Why Should You Listen?

This is the interview you have never heard before. In fact, I was in disbelief after the interview just how open Anika was. I pushed a bit into territory that was a bit vulnerable for her but she didn’t shy away from the questions. She really put herself out there in an honest and transparent way. Anika has a lot of fans who see her as a deeply inspiring drummer and personality and the things she discussed with me will likely end up furthering that feeling for her fans. She is an exemplary person who shows us that the top level professionals have fears too. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1AtfdNKYug

 

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ANIKA”S NEW ALBUM - For A Colourful Soul

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Apr 1, 2020

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Ned's Facebook Live interview that I talked about.

https://umatter.ca/2020/03/28/embracing-kindness/

 

Rich Stitzel's DrumMantra podcast where I was interviewed live.

https://player.fm/series/the-drummantra-podcast

Mar 29, 2020

“Technique is just legwork. It’s not a paradigm shift for the most part.”

This interview with Jojo was the last interview that I recorded during the Drumeo Festival in 2020. The night prior to this interview was when NERVE closed the festival with a tremendous performance that blew the minds of the audience in attendance. I have been listening to NERVE since early on, in fact, it was the Prohibited Beats album where I discovered them with the incredible tune “Far”. 

Prohibited Beats was the first NERVE album release but there were also major parties that Jojo hosted in NYC that he called “Prohibited Beatz”. At the Drumeo VIP dinner he shared that entire story of how he was no longer allowed to host these parties, as people well into the thousands would attend. Look up what the “Cabaret Law” is for some nice casual reading. It was that among other contributing factors that forced Jojo to stop the Prohibited Beatz parties. 

Jojo Mayer is a very creative and ingenuitive musician. It has been commented on many times before that Jojo possesses very high technical abilities both in his hands and feet. He broke all of this technique down in his two highly acclaimed instructional Hudson Music DVD’s “Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer”. The first release was dedicated to hand technique and the second release was for feet. Combined, these DVD’s covered everything you’d ever need to know about technique.

There is no question that Jojo Mayer is among the greatest drummers of all time and has been incredibly influential in music and the arts.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • The message, “you can’t do that” and how Jojo basically ignored that.
  • How New York isn’t matching the creative output it used to produce.
  • Whether a musician who hasn’t struggled as much is missing something musically?
  • Jojo on “Rock n’ Roll”.
  • Jojo on technique.
  • Jojo is concerned about the safety and prosperity of mankind.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Jojo is obviously an expert musician and I love his music but his interviews are always interesting too. His thoughts about society, art, culture and beyond always have an enlightening edge to them. Speaking for myself, I find the words he speaks to be almost as enjoyable as the music he performs. Much like Frank Zappa in that regard. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to have one on one time with a hero of mine and to have captured something of value for listeners.

 

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Mar 25, 2020

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This episode was a massive collaborative effort by listeners, past guests/friends. This was created to bring more strength, hope, and perspective to people. It is not just for drummers. It is instead, from drummers FOR people. I am very proud to present this MEGA episode to you all. Many thanks for your support and PLEASE SHARE THIS CONTENT WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES!!

 

Contributors were

Colin Boyd

Tommy Igoe

Ray Carega

Greyson Nekrutman

Curt “KIRKEE-B” Bisquera

David Frank

Shawn Lafferty

Raghav Mehrotra

Mark Tuure Pederson

Estepario Siberiano

Sugar Percussion

Sharon Ransom

David Cola

Ash Soan

Greg Hersey

Ned Burwell - UMatter Website

Earl Talbot

Ryan Van Poederooyen

Chris Smith

Scott Pellegrom

Ian Maciak

Mike Michalkow

Tim Baltes

Mar 22, 2020

“Try to think ahead of what you really want. The end goal. Where you really wanna be.”

Nick D’Virgilio is a name that if you are tuning into YouTube and other social media platforms likely recognize due to his presence at Sweetwater. That is certainly Nick’s main gig these days but he has had a very rich musical career leading up to Sweetwater. He has worked with Genesis, Tears for Fears, Cirque Du Soleil, Spock’s Beard, Big Big Train and more.

Can you imagine actually recording on the final Genesis album? In that studio that produced some of the most important prog-rock in history? Or touring with Tears for Fears? But leading up to the time where he met Kevin Gilbert randomly at a ski resort was a long grind of sameness, very little momentum and in Nick’s words, “what am I doing with my life kinda stuff.”

Nick’s story is one of perseverance. He just wouldn’t accept an alternative even though he wasn’t going where he wanted to be for years. He found his break with Kevin and had the desire and abilities to make his mark and the rest is history. A truly amazing life of music and a story that will resonate with so many people.

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Whether Nick thinks that social skills have changed over the last fifteen years.
  • How Nick felt about interviewing people in the beginning.
  • Kevin Gilbert and what that did for Nick’s early career.
  • Recording for Genesis
  • The days at the Jolly Roger and when Nick was at odds with his music career.
  • Trusting your instincts.
  • The cost involved with a career in music.
  • Nick’s new concept album.
  • Nick’s take on brand loyalty
  • A bit about Sweetwater
  • How Nick likes his lifestyle now compared to before when he toured a lot.

 

Why Should You Listen?

I think that this episode will be particularly beneficial for listeners who are grinding at the bars, playing small festivals, tracking for low budget artists, and essentially sticking with it in hopes that they will get their big break. With Nick, he couldn’t have imagined what was in store for him. It is good that he stuck with it and worked hard on his craft. His story will likely strongly resonate with working drummers who listen.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1rYSLqWqoM

 

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Mar 18, 2020

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In this episode you'll hear:

- A word of encouragement, concerns about social distancing and coronavirus.

- An update from a friend of the show, Heather Thomas.

- Ray Byrne from Byrne Cymbals on endorsements.

- Comment reads. The question was "Do you want an endorsement and why? Commenters who I read in this episode were @Karlgrohmanndrums, @freddycharles, @thefitdrummer, @mattcordier, and @davidraouf.

- Instagram clip shoutouts. I asked IG who their favorite Up and Coming Drummer was. The drummers were randomly selected after being voted in the comments. They were @vinnywrk, @joelturcotte, @nathshinglerdrums, @lioncamp, @7tomi8, @dimitrifantini, @zackaustindrums and @oliverlab.

- A small clip from Nick D'Virgilio's episode about endorsements and whether we invest in gear that is brand-specific as a potential investment for down the road.

- A small clip from the upcoming Chris Coleman episode.

- I share a story about when I first met Larry Davidson and thought I was going to get an endorsement.

Mar 15, 2020

“Everybody says, “Yeah, you gotta practice your rudiments.” Normally I am always putting a question mark behind that sentence.”

German drummer Jost Nickel is affiliated with a golden generation of German drummers including Anika Nilles, Marco Minnemann, and Benny Greb. In fact, he is Anika’s teacher and even provided Benny Greb with some private lessons. This past year in 2019 was a really big year for Jost with the introduction of his new X 9 signature snare from Sonor and his brand new ‘Snare Book’ that was recently published through Alfred Music. 

Jost has performed with many great artists including Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Haslip, Barry Finnerty, Mitch Forman, Brandon Fields to name but a few but he is maybe even more well recognized in the drumming community as a premier educator. With three books now to his name (The Groove Book, The Fill Book and The Snare Book) and his nomination as “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2016 and being featured on MusicRadar’s list of “the 10 best drum clinicians in the world” in 2016 & 2017, it is no question that Jost is one of the finest educators in the world. To add to his list of credentials in education, he is also a tutor at the prestigious University of Pop in Mannheim, Germany. 

Jost endorses Sonor Drums, Meinl Cymbals & Percussion, Vic Firth, Remo, Ahead Armor Cases and Beyerdynamic Microphones

 

You Will Hear About….

  • Our thoughts about electric drums vs acoustic drums.
  • His new X 9 signature snare drum with Sonor.
  • The process of creating the X 9 drum video with Sonor.
  • Jost’s game changing moment.
  • Jost’s opinion on rudiments and if we need them.
  • Perfection and how it doesn’t exist.
  • How Jost prepares for clinics.
  • Details for what Jost is doing in 2020 including his new record.

 

Why Should You Listen?

Jost is someone who when speaking, should be listened to. Jost’s thoughts on perfection, whether rudiments are really the answer to playing music on the drums, taking chances and removing yourself from a comfortable place in life to start something new, is all amazing insight. To have an hour to listen to our chat, in person, about all of this and more will hopefully provide listeners with some invaluable knowledge right here in this podcast. Just imagine if you had an hour with Jost and he offered his time to you for free. Would you take it?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dh0mAk8DSM4

 

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Mar 11, 2020

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In this episode you'll hear:

- Shoutouts to Sugar Percussion and Fork's Drum Closet regarding Nashville tornado relief work.

- Listener story from Frank Ferraro III

- Comment reads (The question was "Why do you love drumming?)

- Two Instagram clips - @elestepariosiberiano and @maxbeatwerk

- Anika Nilles episode teaser

- a thought about thinking

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