RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith launched his own podcast on May 13 through Music Radar called “In Conversation with Chad Smith”. The series bills itself as a non-traditional interview format offering insight into the personal and professional lives of musicians. Smith’s guest for the first installment was RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson, whom he sat down with in Los Angeles a few days before RUSH was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last month.
Did you know Chad Smith has his very own Drum App over on the iTunes Store? From the description:
Check out what makes Chad tick…from his work to his influences. Watch videos and drum clinics, get the latest news, see the upcoming tour dates and discover drummers you may have never heard before with our unique Drummer GPS!*
Drum instructional vids and charts right on your iPad featuring some of the best in the business.
For the upcoming tour with his new supergroup, Chickenfoot, Chad Smith is pulling out all the stops. He’s been known to go over the top in kit design before, a couple times. This time around is no exception. Smith’s teamed up with Orange County Chopper motorcycle artist Nub. No… that’s really his name. The kit looks pretty flippin’ sweet. Not a bad design. Check it our here.
Sad news for Red Hot Chili Pepper fans. Musicradar.com’s recent interview with Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith tells that the band currently has no timetable for returning to the rehearsal room, studio, tour circuit, or the same room together. Pretty interesting read.
We’re back live with a super-sized show dedicated to foot ostinatos. The flam-flam is the hybrid rudiment of the week, Chad Smith is the drummer of the week, and we review the Taye Gokit! Don’t forget that you can tune in live, Fridays at 230p Central!
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.
Videos are now beginning to circulate from Guitar Hero’s website which feature Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland, and Travis Barker all weighing in on Guitar Hero’s new drums feature.
Chad Smith is stoked about the idea and loves the thing: “It’s a real as you can get. For a Video game, it’s impressive. If it holds up to me beating on it, it should be pretty good.”
It looks as if Travis Barker does some motion capture for the game. “One of the things I has actually said when I was asked to be involved with this was, ‘will it be an exact interpretation of what that drummer is playing? Can I close my eyes and play a song I wrote the drum part for and socre a perfect score if I’m playing it right?’ And it was, ‘yes.’”
Man .. at first I wasn’t at all into this idea, but now I can see myself getting excited for it. I am cautiously optimistic.
Thanks to Big Drum Thump.