Lenny White Interview at


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.

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Mike Dolbear Interviews Chad Smith

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.

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Multi-Part Interview with Mike Portnoy

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][/youtube] Interview with Billy Kilson

Source: AllAbout

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.

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Drummer Talk 12/07/2007 – PASIC 2007 Recap (Part III)

This week we conclude our PASIC 2007 coverage as we review the Billy Martin and Peter Erskine/Alex Acuña clinics.   We also discuss Dave’s Master’s Recital!  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 11/16/2007 – PASIC 2007 Recap (Part II)

We continue our PASIC 2007 coverage with Part II (of III). We talk about Dave DiCenso, Dave Weckl, JJ Johnson, Lewis Nash, and Omar Hakim.  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 11/08/2007 – PASIC 2007 Recap (Part I)

It’s that time of year for our PASIC recap. Part I today covers Pete Retzlaff, Ronald Bruner Jr, Walfredo Reyes, and Grant Collins.  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 10/26/2007 – Drumathon Recap/PASIC 2007 Preview/Billy Martin Interview

It’ a HUGE show this week as we run down Drumathon 2007 today, discuss PASIC 2007, and roll an interview with Billy Martin.

Drummer Talk 10/12/2007 – Choosing the Groove

We talk all about groove today as Mrs. “What Is Up” joins us in the studio. The Single Ratamacue is the Rudiment of the Week and Aaron Comess is the Drummer of the Week.  Show Notes

Drummer Talk 09/28/2007 – Composition/Jason Graves Interview

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.

Drummer Talk 08/31/2007 – Stanton Moore Interview

We talk with Stanton Moore on today’s show as well as discuss stick selection. The Flamacue is this week’s Rudiment of the Week. Show Notes

Drummer Talk 06/15/2007 – Billy Ward Interview/Drumming Careers

Billy Ward joins us this week and we discuss drumming professions.

Drummer Talk 05/18/2007 – Tommy Igoe/Ask Dave Answered

We sit down and talk with Tommy Igoe this week as well as answer some questions from the “Ask Dave Mailbag.” Show Notes

Drummer Talk 04/27/2007 – The View From the Other Side of the Kit

We have very special guests in studio as Mike Austin, Shannon Kropf, and Ben Cumming discuss the view from the other side of the drum set. Drummer of the week is Steve Jordan! Show Notes

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