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#1
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
I just finished playing drums by myself, which is not as much fun as playing music with others, but more fun than not playing at all. Last week I was working with Gary Gossett who is a drummer as well. Hunter Crowley is also a drummer. Just wondering how many other sound folks played drums? I know some play other instruments, like Mick Fowler, he plays keyboards and I am sure others play or did play guitar and bass. Did doing so figure into your ending up in sound? If so then how much? Myself, I see it all related to my growing up in Orange County in the 50's n 60's when garage bands were a huge fad like hot rods and surfing. We were in tune with it all and the music of that time was the glue that joined us all together. I grew up in Fullerton where the late Leo Fender had is famous shop that changed the sound of rock n roll. We would hang out by the back roll up and watch and bug the guys working there, scrounging grill cloth and wood to build our own speaker cabs and just see what we could get. Looking back I find it hard to believe how cool they were to us. We would make all sorts of things for our modest/average at best band, ( The Rubber Band). I think that it all played into the tapestry of my life and career, but who really knows? Just me writing something on a Memorial Day Monday.
CrewC

#2
John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald
  • LocationThird Stone
Hey Crew, fellow basher here as well. 

I've only recently moved somewhere that I can play them again and it's been great.  I tend to plug the high noise headphones into my iPod and just jam through a few albums.  Definitely agree it's a lot more fun with other musos.

What kind of kit do you play, and who's your favorite (in general) drummer?






#3
Glen Trew

Glen Trew
  • LocationNashville and Los Angeles
For me it was the French Horn -- my main gig before sound mixing. High School, College, recording sessions, Nashville Symphony, and small ensembles -- every waking moment -- before changing directions.

Played horn in a wedding orchestra two weeks ago, including Handel's Water Music. Sweet.

gt

#4
Guest_BobD_*

Guest_BobD_*
Just to note,

 I have worked with hundreds of drummers in my days.... For many of the worlds best bands... Most of which could not hold a candle to Gary Gossett....  

I went to see him play with his former band many years ago during a reunion show...  I was absolutely shocked at how well he played... So much so that I was feeling a bit bad he was a Sound Mixer.....  He was that good.....  

#5
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
Hey BobD, good to know that about Gary. It takes a lot of hard work to become average on the drums, so for me it is a joy to see good drummers in any kind of band. Somehow I am not surprised that GG is good. I am average or maybe average - a point or two.
Glen, the French Horn? I didn't see that coming. Glad you are still playing. If I ever need a French Horn part on a song I am doing I am going to call you and see if I can afford your session fee.
Hey John, I knew there had to be other drummers out in jwsoundville... If it's not too late when I get home from work I will always play for 15 mins or so. Great stress release IMO. I am using my youngest sons Pearl Export set. I use the kick, snare, 1 side tom and the floor tom a ride and a hat. Simple like me. I had a 65 Slingerland 4 piece that my brother Cone sold when I was away at college long ago. No wonder I don't like him. As for drummers I like, there are many. Gene Krupa was the 1st I became aware of. Before I ever played drums, I knew of him cause my dad played Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall all the time and the only thing I liked about that album was Krupa's drumming. Still love that recording. I love rock n roll so many of my favorite's came from the 60's rock scene. I like guys that played the song, not just time pieces. More like Ringo than Charlie Watts. Hard not to dig Bonham, Moon, Baker, Levon Helm, Jim Capaldi. Love Jim Keltner. Many new bands have outstanding drummers, but I don't know their names. What do you play?
CrewC

#6
Bash

Bash
Lapsed drummer here also - used to play for about 4 hours per day when in my teens. Nowdays I keep looking at the Theremin, and the electric cello - both late night buys from ebay!! I really ought to do some practice. Oh, and there is an as yet unplayed by me Stradavarius Saw that my Mum passed on to me> Hey ho....

Glen T - my sister is principal French Horn in the Irish Symphony Orchestra - small world!!

Kindest regards to all,

Simon B

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Hey BobD, good to know that about Gary. It takes a lot of hard work to become average on the drums, so for me it is a joy to see good drummers in any kind of band. Somehow I am not surprised that GG is good. I am average or maybe average - a point or two.
Glen, the French Horn? I didn't see that coming. Glad you are still playing. If I ever need a French Horn part on a song I am doing I am going to call you and see if I can afford your session fee.


#7
roundbadge

roundbadge
  • LocationLos Angeles
Awesome topic Crew.lol
Love drums,drumming,great drummers.
ever since my dad brought home the Buddy Rich,Gene Krupa stuff..then Beatles,Who,etc I was hooked for life.
the Who stuff[Tommy] just freaked me out[in a good way]
Got my first snare drum when I was 6.still have the picture of me whacking away at it on Christmas day 1968!
its kind of a bummer I own 9 plus beautiful vintage kits[including an orig Krupa Radio King set] and not much time to play em.
I'm always tapping on things though.
Blessed to be working so much as a sound mixer but a bit frustrated to not have as much time for my first love:drumming

#8
Q

Q
  • LocationLouisiana
Crew, fellow drummer here.  Played trumpet in school band, and switched to percussion and timpani when my braces became too painful.  Lately though I seem to be more into collecting than playing.  I have 6 working drum sets, about 10 snares, 1 cocktail kit and a couple of sets needing some restoration or refinishing.

I prefer Slingerland drums from the late 50s to 1969.

#9
John Blankenship

John Blankenship
  • LocationIndianapolis

Count me as another reformed skin pounder.

Marching band in high school and when I became a professional performer I played drums a few times but leaned much heavier on vocals and guitar.  Made a living playing gigs for about ten years.

While in high school, one summer I studied drums under a national champion whose playing was so precise and tight it could make a grown man cry -- and I was only a teen at the time.

And, yes, sound has always occupied a special place in my heart.  I was an early stereo nut -- another perversion that I'm sure many of us share.  AR turntables, Knight Kits, Scott, and Fisher will always occupy a fond corner in my memory bank.

John B.


#10
Rob Stalder

Rob Stalder
  • LocationSydney - Australia
Just in case you havn't seen this.
http://fschnell.net/WordPress/?p=1094
RS

#11
greg sextro

greg sextro
  • LocationNew York
when i lived in cali i played drums.  played in some bands too.  since moving to nyc about 8 years ago that has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.  that said, once i locate to somewhere where i can keep a kit, i have some money saved (i kept all my cymbals and hardware, but sold the drums).  i miss it terribly sometimes and still drive some of my friends crazy with incessant tapping and such.

glen, i used to play the french horn!  i played it growing up and even played in an orchestra for about 5 years.  it's such a cool instrument and takes quite a touch to play well.  that i don't miss so much, but have a ton of respect for the instrument.

crew, i remember seeing a kit in your studio back when there was a thread about home studios.  i was instantly jealous.

-greg-

#12
tonetripper

tonetripper
  • LocationToronto
I'm a wanna be drummer.  I'm a hack but I got good rhythm as I was the guy who went after the bass.  Been playing that for 22 years and recently joined a rock band after doing solo for a long time.  Feels good to be back in a band after all that time.  Of course, I have a kit in my home studio which has been played by me seldom, but I hope to get into it soon enough.  Fun topic.

#13
graham

graham
Before this industry I played guitar and toured in punk bands for 10 years and waited tables. I was finally done and looking for something else and a buddy of mine( cam op) asked me if I wanted to try sound for tv.

In that time, I picked up drums. There is almost nothing more freeing than losing yourself and beating on the kit. Damn, time to soundproof the basement and take out a beat up old Rogers

#14
RPSharman

RPSharman
  • LocationLos Angeles

Craig Dollinger - booms almost exclusively for Steve Morrow and Dave Kirschner was a professional drummer in the early 90s

His bands were "Tomorrow's Child" (glam hair band - very funny pictures) and "Engines of Aggression" (industrial metal).

He still carries that rock 'n' roll mentality.  But married with children leaves him without sex or drugs!

He is a good boom guy that people love to have on set.

Robert

#15
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
Wow. Many more drummers than I would of guessed. For many years as my wife and I raised the boys, I never played drums because there was no time and no drums. In 2000 I finished rebuilding my garage and the studio above it. The main idea was it was my editing bay/man cave more than music recording studio. Case, my oldest is a multi instrumentalist and was studying music recording at Fullerton College when I decided to get a ProTools rig and learn that as well. As I got into it, I reintroduced myself to the drums and started playing again. Now I have come full circle and playing drums and jamming and producing music is my addiction and hobby. Learning FCP and PT has been a big help to me both personally and professionally. I create media and music for fun and a few bucks and use the these tools in my real job as well.
Q and roundbadge make me jealous with their nice kits. I have been looking for a vintage set or pieces for some time now. Someday.
CrewC
BTW, before anyone becomes a drummer, be forewarned that you will be tapping out beats forever to the annoyance of those around you.

#16
John Blankenship

John Blankenship
  • LocationIndianapolis

BTW, before anyone becomes a drummer, be forewarned that you will be tapping out beats forever to the annoyance of those around you.


Paradiddles and flamacues rule!

JB


#17
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
How right you are JB.  I am a big fan of Paradiddles.
One of the other benefits for me of playing music again is how much I have learned micing and recording not only drums, but all the instruments and mixing the songs in my studio. Very educational and fun at the same time. It has made me rethink all I took for granted in my film centric universe. Still do most of my film work the same way, but not all of it.
This weekend Case is recording a high school punk band that is most likely like his band was back then. Again, the wheel goes around in circles.
CrewC

#18
Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis
  • LocationSomewhere between Cleveland & Pittsburgh
Music major turned sound mixer here.  I love my drums!!!

#19
Rich Van Dyke

Rich Van Dyke
  • LocationLos Angeles, CA
While I would never qualify myself as a drummer, my next door neighbor had a drum kit.  There was many an afternoon that we spent playing our hearts out pounding on those drums.  My particular specialty was the theme from "Hawaii 5-0" and of course the classic "Wipeout."

I had read an interesting story in a biography of Frank Sinatra that told of the rivalry that existed between Buddy Rich and Frank Sinatra, when they both worked for the Tommy Dorsey Band.  The story was that Frank had come on and was taking much of the spot light away from the flashy drummer Buddy Rich.  In an effort to curtail Sinatra's time on stage, Rich would slowly increase the tempo of the singer's songs, so that they would end sooner than later.

In the eighties I was waiting for a table at a restaurant and who should sit down beside me but Buddy Rich.  After telling him of my great admiration for his talents I had to ask him if the story was true.  While awaiting my answer I heard, "Rich party of three..." Mr. Rich rose and put his hand on my shoulder and said, "Now who would do a thing like that?" and smiled a knowing smile.

Drum on Drummers,

RVD

#20
RPSharman

RPSharman
  • LocationLos Angeles

In the eighties I was waiting for a table at a restaurant and who should sit down beside me but Buddy Rich.  After telling him of my great admiration for his talents I had to ask him if the story was true.  While awaiting my answer I heard, "Rich party of three..." Mr. Rich rose and put his hand on my shoulder and said, "Now who would do a thing like that?" and smiled a knowing smile.

RVD

I love to hear of amazing celebrity encounters.  I'm starting a thread!!

Robert

#21
mpsanos

mpsanos
  • LocationFranklin Tennessee
Crew, I haven't played in a couple of years now. Been sitting behind a front of house console instead . But started when I was in junior high. My first set was a Sears set. Dad worked for Sears and came home one day with em. My second set , a gold sparkle Slingerland set was purchased from the drummer of Little David and the Giants if anybody knows who they are. Last set I owned was a pre CBS Rogers , twin kick , twin rack and twin floor toms set ... great sounding kit. wish I still had it , the only pieces I have is my first Ludwig concert snare and a custom snare given to me by Larrie London . Love playing the horn band thing .
MikePsanos

#22
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
Hey Mike, where do you do your FOH work at? Or are you on the road with an 'Act'?  Interesting Wikipedia about Little David and the Giants.
CrewC

#23
John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald
  • LocationThird Stone
Crew, Check out this guy:

Marco Minnemann

#24
Audio Daddyo

Audio Daddyo
  • LocationMassachusetts
He was excellent.  Very tasteful and great showmanship.  I've done FOH for a lot of drummers and he was the first I've ever seen with two high hats.  Altogether he had four pedals.  Two high hat and double kick pedal. 

Andy

#25
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
Thanks John, Marco's insane indeed. No wonder my dad loved 'Big Bands' and drummers like Krupa. Sad to see as well as a turn on. I will never be that good, but I got to see someone who is that great. As Andy said, "tasteful and great". I take it he was one of your students.....
CrewC

#26
mpsanos

mpsanos
  • LocationFranklin Tennessee
Crew, The FOH gig is an non glamorous church gig, 56 input Sunday. I used to play the worship band till we needed a sound guy replacement. I miss playing that twice a month Sunday. As an engineer in Nashville back some 20 + years back, the most inspiring player I worked with and learned from was drummer, Kenny Malone. 

Mike

#27
tombackus

tombackus
  • LocationKnoxville, TN
Longtime drummer/sound engineer here. Been playing since I was 4 yrs old. Marched in drum corps and aged out in the Bridgemen line back in '82. Went to Berklee for drums, also played in a punk band back in the early 80's that toured as the opener for The Ramones, The Go-Go's, Johnny Thunders, Joan Jett, and opened for U2 when they first went on tour here. Good times for sure. I still play and produce when I get the call for it, still follow drum corps too.
  Since I grew up in Rochester, NY, I had the pleasure of working with Steve Gadd a number of times when I was engineering in the studio. Just standing next to the kit while he is playing is unbelievable. He taught me some things, and we still keep in touch.
Seems that most drummers I know are technically savvy, have perfect pitch, can write great music, and play many different instruments.

Tom Backus

#28
Brad Harper

Brad Harper
  • LocationDallas, Texas
Drummer here. All the school bands, Madison Scouts Snare Line, toured with Asleep At The Wheel, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Tommy Alverson, lots of Texas boys, China Blue (metal), Played jazz with James Clay, Redd Garland, Clint Strong, Bla bla bla.

#29
Jimmy Tuffrey

Jimmy Tuffrey
If anyone is wondering who was buying up all the old Slingerland and K custom stuff in California via ebay a couple of years ago whilst the pound was strong... it was me....!

Funnily enough I worked on a show last year where 4 of the sound team including me where playing drums too.
Having said that I am primarily a guitarist who also plays fretless bass.

Oh played guitar with some amazing drummers in my time too including Billy Cobham, I was not in his main band though, that was a university thing.

#30
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
Jimmy, you need to post some pictures for all us drummers to drool over. There are way more drummers from jwsound than I would of guessed when I started this thread. Today I wrapped before lunch, (like the old days), and I am now working on a drum loop I cut together last night from a riff I was playing. It's fun, but I would rather be jamming.
CrewC

#31
Jimmy Tuffrey

Jimmy Tuffrey
OK seeing as you asked.
This is the only shot I have which shows the kit fully. I may not look as good as Joanna whilst playing but looks aren't everything.
Always was borrowing kits and then after buying my son a cymble I got carried away and ended up putting this together. Done a fair few jazz gigs on it too.
Drumming is less brain work and more feel than bass or guitar. No melody or harmony to have to think about. Just rhythm, dynamics and form to focus on. The lack of the intellectual aspects is refreshing after playing jazz guitar and bass I think.

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#32
old school

old school
  • LocationSo Cal
Sweet Jimmy. thanks.
CrewC

#33
Peter Deutscher

Peter Deutscher
  • LocationAstoria, NY
Dug this thread up as I was going to post a new one asking anyone here on the board played any instruments. Been playing drums for over 10 years now and still going strong! I was in a couple of bands but the one I really focused on for a while and took sometime off from sound gigs for was Cloakwheel. We had distribution and a record deal in Europe and all things were looking good. Then the main songwriter decided he didn't want to play music anymore. From there, I bounced around a few projects but then decided to get back into sound. Now I'm back playing drums for fun in a Megadeth cover band called 5magics. Below is the link to my old band Cloakwheel and a Youtube clip to 5magics playing our first show back in November (we were a bit rough that night and our buddy filled in on vocals.)

http://www.myspace.com/cloakwheel

5Magics Megadeth Tribute - Five Magics - Thee Parkside 11-20-2010

#34
Bondelev

Bondelev
  • LocationDenver, CO
I was a jazz composition major at Berklee. Trumpet was my instrument then, but it’s impossible to play if you don’t play every day, so I quit about 15 years ago. Now I sing and play percussion. I wouldn’t call myself a drummer, but I definitely understand why people enjoy it. I think both singing and playing percussion are instinctive to people and are very therapeutic.

#35
dfisk

dfisk
  • LocationUnited States
Fellow drummer here.

I started in 6th grade. Did the marching band, jazz band, concert band thing in high school. Got into DePaul University in Chicago on a percussion scholarship. Majored in Audio. Did the whole band thing. I played in a funk band that was a cross between the Chili Peppers and George Clinton. Did a bunch of session drumming for a while. I was lucky enough to be friends with Rob D'addario...you know..of the D'addario guitar strings/evans drum head family. He was a drummer too, so I would go over to his apartment all the time and get all the free drum heads I could carry. He would get me experimental stuff that wasn't even on the market yet. Saved me a ton of money.

I haven't played in about 10 years. Once I moved to L.A., I had no space for my kit. I picked up a cheap electronic kit a few years back, but it just wasn't the same. I miss it terribly. Having 4 small kids doesn't lend itself to having a big acoustic kit.

Quick story...
After high school, I went to the Zildjian factory and hand picked out new cymbals. If you ever have the chance to do this, you HAVE to do it. We got the full tour, and the people were great. They treated me like I was important even though I was just some 18 year old kid on his way to college. I'll never forget walking into the vault....cymbals stacked as far as you could see. I still have those cymbals. I'll never sell them. If I'm homeless, I'll be carrying around that cymbal back on my shoulder.

#36
Peter Deutscher

Peter Deutscher
  • LocationAstoria, NY

...Did the whole band thing. I played in a funk band that was a cross between the Chili Peppers and George Clinton. Did a bunch of session drumming for a while...


Got any recordings laying around?

#37
Wyatt Tuzo

Wyatt Tuzo
  • LocationNYC
Not a drummer, but I play guitar, lap steel, Wurlitzer and organ in my current band. (lap and guit, primarily).
We still tour quite a bit. It helps that my wife is in the band too.

Were called bel air. Here's some of our stuff:
Www.belairtheband.com
Www.facebook.com/belairband

-Wyatt.



#38
dfisk

dfisk
  • LocationUnited States


Got any recordings laying around?


oh yeah. they are just on my computer. is there a way for me to upload a song here as an attachment?

#39
Peter Deutscher

Peter Deutscher
  • LocationAstoria, NY

oh yeah. they are just on my computer. is there a way for me to upload a song here as an attachment?


You could always use Sound Cloud:

http://soundcloud.com/

#40
dfisk

dfisk
  • LocationUnited States
Nice. That site is cool. Here is one of the last songs we recorded. It's called Brownies and Milk. I'm on drums (of course)

http://soundcloud.co...ownies-and-milk

The name of the band was Dr. Morg and the 12 Legged Funk Machine

#41
Peter Deutscher

Peter Deutscher
  • LocationAstoria, NY

Nice. That site is cool. Here is one of the last songs we recorded. It's called Brownies and Milk. I'm on drums (of course)

http://soundcloud.co...ownies-and-milk

The name of the band was Dr. Morg and the 12 Legged Funk Machine


Right on dude...Sounds great and you can groove pretty hard. I'm impressed and glad to see the level of musicianship on this board :)

#42
Mick

Mick
As Crew mentioned I'm a keys/guitar guy but I've bashed out a few jams on skins as I'm sure most non-drummers have. These days I download midi files from some selected sites and then customize them on my Roland VS2480 with background vocals and additional instruments and create really good sounding solid backing tracks for my venture into live playing this summer. Malls and stuff probably. It's been too many years since I played out and I'm looking forward to gigging again when the show is on hiatus. Even if it never happens the preparation has been so much fun.

#43
Sean McCormick

Sean McCormick
  • LocationAustin, TX
I've been playing professionally for decades and still have a chair in a busy variety band these days. Thankfully I have a good sub (but not too good) that can fill in when I'm on shoots.

Here's a clip from NYE recently at a stuffy Houston area country club. Note the GoPro on my head:
The Grooves - New Year's Eve - "Shout"



#44
Richard Walters

Richard Walters
  • LocationRichmond, VA
Wow...nice to see other drummer/mixers in here!  I've been playing for 17 years myself.  Unfortunately the last year drums have taken a back seat to work.  But when I first moved to San Diego 4 years ago I fed myself playing in cover bands. 


I'm lucky enough to have found a '68 slingerland kit with the original silver sparkle wrap about 10 years ago which sounds unbelievable!....Boy I do miss playing live shows!

#45
Peter Deutscher

Peter Deutscher
  • LocationAstoria, NY
So I think I'm going to sell all my drums and cymbals. REALLY pains me to do so, but I need the cash to buy a few things sound-wise. Plus, I'll be moving to NYC next year and won't have any space for them there anyway. Will have to hope I find people to jam with out there who have access to a kit.

Anywho, I have drum gear available if anyone's interested. Tama Starclassic Maple kit (various sizes), Zildjian cymbals (A custom, K's, etc.) Email or PM me if anyone's interested. Would love to see these babies go to a nice home and not just some kit on craigslist.

#46
Christian Spaeth

Christian Spaeth
  • LocationStuttgart, Germany
I've got an old set of drums sitting in my basement that I will play once in a while when I can sneak away from my wife and kids (which is not too often). I played the drums in two bands until about three years ago, which was great fun, even though I'm not a learned drummer and play off beat a lot :)
Actually I can't wait to play with some cool folks but it's hard to find them when you have a job and family...

here's one
http://www.myspace.com/thenyquistduo
all improvised material recorded on a stereo set of two Oktava MK012 omnis (A-B) ;)

#47
soundslikejustin

soundslikejustin
  • LocationBrisbane, Australia
Chalk another one up to the list of drummers. I've got a custom Mapex kit (was a Jupiter Pro at one stage - back when they were made out of REAL wood...12 ply Canadian Maple) but sadly it mostly stays packed up in its bags these days...

#48
Doug Osborn

Doug Osborn
  • LocationArkansas
I used to also play for decades until I got into video production. My last kit was primarily a Yamaha Recording Custom, with an additional 20-inch TAMA gong bass drum and two snares: a Noble & Cooley snare and a SOTA African Padauk snare. I painted the extra pieces to match the Yamaha paint. Too many cymbals to count; I collected them since the 60's: Zildjian, Paiste, Sabian. I also got ahold of two Wuhan Chinese cymbals before they were officially sold in the USA.

I was talking with one of the house drummers for the Blue Man Group in their original New York venue after a performance a few years ago. We were talking drums and I mentioned that I could have turned pro if it weren't for two things: rhythm and talent. My only claim to fame as a drummer is that a set of 13-inch Paiste 602 hi-hats I owned were used in a Stevie Nicks session in the 80's at Goodnight Audio in Dallas, Texas.

My next and final set of drums will be a Noble Cooley kit with Sabian cymbals.
Live life on purpose.

#49
samsound

samsound
I'm not a drummer,but I remembered seeing this thread when I came across this radio programme amongst a load of mp3's on my PC



Mutt n' Jeff

#50
taylormadeaudio

taylormadeaudio
  • LocationCoeur d'Alene, ID.
Hey Crew,
I've been playing drums for about 25 years... self-taught initially, then really got into it in college, taking classes and lessons from a guy who I still think might be an alien. I was going after a degree in composition and performance, had already started the registration process at Cal Arts and then landed an opportunity to boom op an indie feature (coincidentally, the mixer on that gig was a drummer as well). I worked with him for several years until he moved back to the UK.

common denominators between drummers and soundies?....
I feel more like I did when I first got here than I do now

http://www.taylormadeaudio.com
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1286483/

"in the beginning, God SAID,'Let there be light'"




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