…after I was a little older and focused enough to always remember my carpet I found that with my vintage Slingerland drum kit the kick drum spurs were thin and didn’t do a great job at holding my kick drums.
I would say I was 17. It was my first professional gig. I was like, this is different. I’ve played stuff with my high school and school band in Jr. High 7th grade. But then I started playing with musicians out in clubs. Clubs that I wasn’t old enough to be in but the way I carried myself, I didn’t say nothing nor did I care.
My whole thing is that I practice all the time and I still do practice all the time. All day every day. And I just wanted to be so good that I could play anything. I think that’s really important. And it’s also really important to have your own style. If you just try to be someone else that may be cool but that’s not going to get you noticed or get people to want you to play drums for them.
“When I was having so much trouble breathing the doctors were telling us if we can’t get this under control it could go south really quickly and we are actually talking about my funeral..”
99.9% of drummers are working drummers playing small gigs, hauling their drum set around in a small car, having to pack it up, load it in, pack it back up and load it out themselves.
Groove out with JoJo Mayer and Nerve bassist. Incredible timing. Great groove. I recorded this at 2016 NAMM show at the SONOR booth. Amazing. I had never seen JoJo Mayer play before. I was blown away!
For years my drum would slide and move on stage, even when I had spurs solidly spiked on carpet. Somehow, after a few songs my bass drum would manage to move forward.
Give it time. There are no shortcuts to learning to play a musical instrument. To attain a reasonable competence requires a certain amount of dedicated time and effort.