Season 10 launches with a super-sized show with Dave and Troy discussing some of the most important drum news that came out over the holiday break including DW’s huge acquisition of percussion brands.
In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, the drummer for The Black Keys, Patrick Carney” had some harsh words for last month’s U2 iTunes albums push.
“They [U2] did a disservice for most independent artists. People… perceive music to be a free commodity. You have a band needs to sell their 5,000, 10,000 albums, and it’s a big *&@($ deal so they can pay their bills and make another album, and you see that the biggest band in the world is giving it away for free … basically showing thy consumer that music shouldn’t even be !#$%@# paid for. When you have some of the richest guys in music doing that, it’s super selfish. … It’s like price-fixing.
Ouch. What do you think?
On today’s episode, Dave and Troy discuss 5 tips for getting gigs that have nothing to do with chops.
We also answer a listener question about soundproofing, and hear from one of those “Supra” guys!
In the news, we check in on Benny Greb’s fundraiser, discuss a world record attempt, discover who’s filling in for Joey Kramer, listen to a crazy mash-up of drumming and throat singing, and look at the top five Dave Grohl beats.
Mrs. What is Up and I are listening to the Divergent book series and in reading a review, I came across a quote from Veronica Roth, author. It really resonated with me and I wanted to share it.
“Want something else more than success. Success is a lovely thing, but your desire to say something, your worth, and your identity shouldn’t rely on it, because it’s not guaranteed and it’s not permanent and it’s not sufficient.”
I think this is extremely profound and something that as musicians we can all take to heart. It’s not enough to just want to be successful because there will be so many times where you simply won’t be. And if the primary contingency of your happiness is the success itself (and not the love of the craft) then you will soon find yourself miserable. When success does come but you don’t have a deep love for the craft, then to have to continue that craft in order to maintain your success (happiness) will become a soul-crushing burden that will undermine your tenuous success-based happiness.
What do you think?
Modern Drummer is gathering the list of the 50 greatest drummers of all time and they want your $.02! They’re letting you vote for your personal top 10 drummer choices. The top 50 names will make up the list.
Ahhh.. democracy. You can bet we’ll cover the list when it’s released early next year.
We love the guys over at DrumChattr, and they’ve just posted up a cool article on thoughts and reflections frmo the 2013 indoor drumline season.
To be successful, you have be proficient in a lot of areas. Some programs are lucky enough to be able to afford multiple staff members that can focus on specific sections or details. But, if you don’t have that luxury, you just have to figure those things out.
Stephen Perkins is best known for drumming with Jane’s Addiction but he’s also played for Porno for Pyros, Infectious Grooves and he currently plays with Banyan. Of course, if you have seen this DVD before you would already know that because player history is one of main features of a BTP DVD. All of these BTP features have the same basic structure: there will be a BTP section, 2 or 3 song lessons, and some extras.
I’ve been excited to see this one for a while. I was waiting for the promised Blu-Ray version to come out so I could see if the instructional experience is that much better in HD. Alas, my patience expired when I saw it available on Netflix. I saw the preview for this DVD and thought “that guy sounds like a more progressive version of Steve Smith… and I like that.” As it turns out Todd Sucherman: drummer for Styx, session drummer, and clinician, is a big fan of Steve Smith. In fact Todd actually tells a touching personal story about his relationship with Steve Smith which is one of the nice little touches in this DVD that make it so great, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Read more
This review might be a little nontraditional but you’ll have to forgive me because this DVD is quite nontraditional. It’s one of those most rare of animals, the drum and bass instructional video. Carter Beauford, (drummer for DMB) and Victor Wooten, (bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones), decided to turn the recording session for Victor’s album Yin-Yang into the foundation for an entire drum/bass instructional DVD. This isn’t two separate instructional DVDs that Hudson Music decided to sell as a package. It doesn’t try to teach everything you need to know to play either instrument. Rather, it focuses on the music on the Yin-Yang album and examines the give-and-take between Carter and Victor when they play. This is an instructional that demands you pay attention to what they play and analyze it for yourself. Read more
If there’s any drummer who can claim they’ve come from the rock and roll jungle it’s Matt Sorum. With seven years under his belt, he’s the longest sitting Guns N’ Roses drummer ever. Matt Sorum was ejected from the band by Axl Rose after he defended Slash’s decision to leave. So along with Slash and former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan they formed Velvet Revolver… which is now on hiatus because their lead singer left the band. Lead singer issues aside, Matt Sorum is a road tested rock drummer and well qualified to speak on the topic of rock drumming. Read more