Troy walks us through part 1 of how you can get a cool drum invention to manufacturing! In the news, we look at the list of the 30 richest drummers in the world, we listen to a drummer with a robot arm, and talk about where you can get Joey Kramer’s coffee!
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We wrap up our review of new gear debuted at the NAMM 2014 show! In the news, we learn what happens when Will Ferrell claims to be Chad Smith, why Kenny Aronoff had to sit in with Styx, what’s up with all the late night bands, and the top 10 songs known for their drumming.
A few weeks ago we brought you a list of 11 bands where the drummer is the coolest member. Here’s a list of songs where the drums are the most important part! There are some of the usual suspects, but there are also a few surprise entries. What do you think of this list!
Studio drumming great, Kenny Aronoff is set to fill the drum throne in Styx for a short period of time as the band’s regular drummer, Todd Sucherman, takes some time off to welcome his new baby boy (congrats)!
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?
Last week, we posted an article discussing how Will Ferrell finally admitted to being Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can check out Ferrell’s instagram confession as well as Smith’s response challenging the comedian to a drum battle.
Now it seems the two are going to duke it out on a drum kit for charity! No word on when it’s shaking down, but we’ll bring you the scoop when we know!
We continue our tour of new and interesting gear from NAMM 2014 with a look at new cymbal offerings. We all talk about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles British invasion, Max Roach’s collection at the Libray of Congress, Sabian’s acquisition of Billdidit, Inc, and we hear a sweet solo from a DT listener!
The true masters never stop being a student of their craft and never stop looking for inspiration. Sometimes, that inspiration comes from artists younger than yourself! We can all agree that Steve Smith is a true guru of the drums, but what jazz albums featuring younger drummers (younger than Steve, that is) inspire him?
Preserved for all time, the US Library of Congress has obtained and cataloged more than 100,000 of Max Roach’s writings including letters, papers, manuscripts, and more. This is amazing news not only for scholars of Max himself, but also of jazz history as he was one of the most influential drummers of his generation!