AAJ: Are you still planning a documentary on the history of fusion in jazz?
LW: Yes, that is my intention. I’m compiling interviews, viewpoints, footage. I want to start with Miles and Bitches Brew and go from there.
AAJ: Any plans after the RTF tour?
LW: I plan on recording a new project of my own to be released maybe next year or sooner depending on whether I can finish it in time. I also have a few pop projects I’d like to try to get out. I’m renovating my laboratory so that’s going to take some time. And I’m just going to take some time to breathe…
AAJ: Any words of advice for other innovative artists compelled to search new forms and ideas?
LW: Like the Nike ad…Just Do It.
Our friends across the pond at Mike Dolbear have just posted a cool interview with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith. The interview covers his roots, his origins in the RHCP, and moving to California.
What we’re trying to do, is move the whole thing away from ‘what drum sticks do you use?’ type of question. So… what drum sticks do you use?
It’s not working Bob!
Ok, I’ll try again. What got you into drumming?
I started being interested in drums when I was 7, so it would have been the late 60s. I had an older brother who played guitar, he was two years older than me, and seeing as you look up to your older siblings, I wanted to play too. I didn’t have that moment lots of Americans had of ‘ooh, I want to be them’, or ‘ooh I saw Ringo’. So I don’t know why it was the drums themselves, I liked hitting things, normal kids stuff I guess and I just wanted to be able to play along with my brother. So that’s when I started.
Living Legends Music has posted a cool 8 part interview with Dream Theater drummer, Mike Portnoy, on their YouTube channel. The interviews discuss the beginnings of Dream Theater, to the creative process, to artistic fulfillment.
Here’s Part 1. For more, check out their channel.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tlmABrgnuo&feature=PlayList&p=FF0F6C8A4CDE98D5&index=0[/youtube]
Source: AllAbout Jazz.com
When I was growing up, the really big jazz artist at the time was Louis Armstrong. So, it was kind of like peer pressure-but not really. If I had said that I wanted to play the drums, it would have been like a sacrilegious thing. I always knew that I wanted to be a drummer. My mom would say that I was playing the drums in the womb-always kicking.
It’ a HUGE show this week as we run down Drumathon 2007 today, discuss PASIC 2007, and roll an interview with Billy Martin.
It’s a whacky show as we talk about composition today. Milt Jackson is the “drummer” of the week and we talk about the Single Drag Tap.
Billy Ward joins us this week and we discuss drumming professions.