Whilst a lot of drum and cymbal makers have settled on materials, such as maple, birch and bronze, there are a few that are still out there experimenting. Finally, I think someone’s hit upon the ultimate in sound quality, versus weight, portability and set up time. As a gigging drummer, you’ve got to admit that transportability is a key element in any decision as to what to take to a gig. The free floating cymbals are so thin, you can barely see them. The sound that these puppies produce is incredible.
Found this fantastic list of quotes of musicians opinions of each other. There is nothing more pleasing than the public airing of dirty laundry between people who have no good reason to criticize their colleagues, other than to further their own narcissistic need to seem relevant. But what is also pleasing is the abuse of a number of musicians who I have always considered seriously overrated, including:
24. Courtney Love on Dave Grohl
“As for that drummer, well, he’s hit on me so many times. He’s just a very very conflicted guy about me, which is why he continually writes songs about me to hear he ‘hates’ me more than ‘anyone else.’ Kurt loathed HIM more than anyone else (except a journalist) … He’s just sub-mediocre kind of [guy] who does this ‘nice guy’ nonsense.”
21. Paul Weller on Freddie Mercury
“He said he wanted to bring ballet to the working classes. What a cunt.”
16. Alan McGee on Coldplay
“Coldplay are the dictionary definition of corporate rock. The singer is about as weird as Phil Collins. They are career rock personified. EMI should’ve signed Otis The Aadvark instead. At least he only sucks his thumb rather than corporate cock.”
12. Mark “E” Everett on The Beatles
“John Lennon sings about peace because he’s a woman-beater. Hippies are so full of shit.”
10. Ian Brown on Bono
“He’s such a fake, isn’t he? When he did Live Aid, which made them a worldwide group … he looked out and [saw] that black girl in the middle of all them people, and she’s from Hackney or something, and he was like, ‘Here’s a great shot for me around the world to show I’m Mr Africa.’ It’s like colonialist times with a big white hat.”
5. Boy George on Elton John
“All that money, and he’s still got hair like a fucking dinner lady.”
Brad Davis from adventuredrums.com takes drumming in a santa suit to a whole new level. At this time of year, who can resist a quality christmas drum cover …
… or two …
… and of course what goes better with christmas than mariah carey …
Zach Galifiniakis is famous for being funny, hungover (at least twice), and between two ferns. Brad Davis is a drummer who was previously in the band Reeve Oliver and now is more a freelancer (according to his bio). Thankfully, he’s stopped wasting his talents on playing music, and is focussing his attentions on the glamorous world of online drum lessons. As they say; those who can teach, those who can’t, can.
Brad’s drum lessons are full of great insights. He boils down the essence of drummers like Carter Bewford and Travis Barcher to their essential elements – singles, doubles and flams. Master those, he says, and you can play like Barcher too. You’ll learn to play for the song, and not for yourself, because if you’re playing for yourself, then that’s disrespectful to Britney Spears.
Brad also does covers, product reviews and interviews. He asks the hard questions that you want to know from the world’s leading up and coming drummers; like how do you hold the sticks; like how fast can you go; what’s it like to be a rock star? Then there’s the drum battles. Drumming gold.
Check him out on adventuredrums.com.
Cards on the table – I despise the blues. To me the blues is the last refuge of the lazy musician. I’m sure there must be a depth to the blues that I’m missing, however, to me it’s just the same 12 bars played over and over again.
However, for those that want a crash course in singing the blues, you can’t go past these 32 tips and tricks to writing the perfect blues song. A few examples to whet your appetite:
- 3. Blues are simple. After you have the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes. Sort of. “Got a good woman With the meanest dog in town. He got teeth like Margaret Thatcher. And he weighs ’bout 500 pounds.
- 9. You can’t have the blues in an office or a shopping mall, the lighting is wrong.
- 15. If you ask for water and your baby gives you gasoline, it’s the blues.
- 19. It is not a blues death, if you die during a facelift, a liposuction treatment, or Botox application.
- 30. Blues animals include the junkyard dog and mule (not donkey).
So get writing!