Every pro drummer that I know has this one thing in common…
Yeah this is Daniel and you’re listening to the Drummer Daily Podcast. I’m going to stop numbering these podcast, I was saying what number each episode was, but I’m not going to do that anymore. I realized that I plan on doing these daily and honestly. I’ll probable be forgetting what number it is very soon, so no more numbers.
I will just say and mention one thing, yesterday if you listened to yesterday’s podcast. You probably just heard it randomly cut off at the end, which if you actually listen to the podcast. You’ll know that was just par for the course yesterday, things going wrong, having to fight through things. Which happens a lot sometimes and the life of a entrepreneur and definitely life of a drummer. Things don’t always go right, so sorry about that if you heard that. We’re recovering today.
I wanted to tell you today actually, I had a chance to go down to a studio in Nashville here and meet up with my friend Ramy. Who owns A&F Drums, which is the drum company that I endorse and got to … it was cool all day demo session thing where he was letting drummers from Nashville, professional drummers come in and try out the drums in person. Maybe they hadn’t heard them in person, but the cool thing was like each person had a block of time that they could come in and have a private time with the drums.
Instead of sitting in some crazy loud drum store, music store where everyone’s listening to you or you’re making a lot of racket and kind of feel embarrassed about playing. It was a professional studio, all mic up and what he do is. He would just hit record and you could sit down and have fun playing drums. Once you were done playing, he’d stop recording. He walk back into the control room and got to listen how great the drum sounded in person.
Which is really cool. Also which is cool he let me borrow a couple extra drums from A&F, so I can record a … Tomorrows the day I’m recording all of the pre-recorded sessions for Doom Click Boot Camp. I’m really excited about that, but he let me borrow some drums.
Anyway all I’d like to say the experience today was really cool, because I realize something and this is true. Of almost any profession musician you run into, I went there early in the day. I was the first one in there and I was letting borrow some stands and some things. I was the first one there and then after me was Travis Nunn the drummer for Chris Tomlin showed up and we knew each other from back. When [Alson de noder 00:02:32] did a couple of tours where we open for Chris Tomlin. I knew Travis, so it was exciting to see him.
I hadn’t seen him in a long time and he went and tried the drums out. Then at the end of the day I came back to get, to kind of pick up some drums, pick up the hardware I let him borrow and got to meet Bryson Nelson who does Nelson Drum Co here in Nashville. He sells Vintage Drums, he also plays drums for Tim Timmons, another artist, christian artist here in town.
Anyway I’d never met Bryson before, but all of it to say got to hang out with some other drummers in town. The thing that I noticed that’s interesting is about drummers now. Let me step back a little bit. What’s funny is I think back when I was in high school, I was in drum line and stuff. The other drummers in school, all were kind of competitive, we were all trying to out do each other, impress each more and try to like get in with the one cool band in school and be their drummer. It was like this weird stand offish kind of thing. If you knew the other drummer in their high school that was really good, you were competitive and maybe you didn’t like each other or something.
What I’ve noticed is that with professional musicians that I know here in Nashville and the way it was today. With the demo time A&F was that it’s the exact opposite once you meet other professional. I think what’s interesting is each of the guys that I met today are really comfortable being who they were, as far as being a drummer goes.
For me I was a little nervous going in, even like sitting down to play and having the awesome. Ramy’s a professional drummer, play for guys like Seal. Played on a Black Eye Peas record, like a lot of crazy stuff. Kind of nerve wrecking going in and sitting down and playing drums in front of the guy. Knowing that he’s this amazing drummer, but anyway it was just interesting to see that all the drummers were not competitive. It was a friendly thing, everyone was comfortable with who they were, didn’t have anything to prove to anybody. Everybody had a gig, so it wasn’t like we were trying to take each others gigs.
I think that’s something if you can adopted that attitude early on, even if the area that you’re in might be more competitive or might feel competitive. Adopted the attitude of you know, “I’m comfortable with who I am, I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I’ll be glad to help you, other drummer out, because I’ve got my own thing going and I’m not trying to take anything from you. I don’t think you’re trying to take anything from me.”
It really goes a long way, it’s such a nice thing to know other drummers, hang out with other drummers. The cool things is like I said, the professional musician scene here in Nashville is pretty much full of that kind of attitude. There’s not a lot of guys who were just competitive and don’t like each other and stay away from each other or try to blow each other away with cool stuff. There’s a lot of love and a lot of comradery here.
I just want to encourage you to adopted that same kind of attitude, wherever you’re at. With the community musicians around you, try to support each other, try to take care of each other, don’t try to compete. Be the best version of you, that you can be as a drummer and let somebody else take up their own space, with their own drumming.
All right thanks for listening, I’ll talk to you again tomorrow. Hope you enjoy your drumming time today. Bye.