I’m here with Andy Graham, an amazing musician, inventor, and performer from Northern California. He is known for his World fusion solo performances where he plays drums while playing the aboriginal didgeridoo using a special rack system he invented himself. I first met Andy at a drumming class where the teacher asked him to come in as a guest artist and play his didgeridoo. I was stunned at his abilities. I’ve since become friends with Andy and have followed his music and inventions throughout several years. He holds several patents a new electric percussion instrument called the Slapstick (aka:Slaperoo). He has recently invented the Green Machine, a cocktail drum kit with a working hi-hat. I’m very excited to talk with Andy Graham, find out the latest and also hope to glean some insight from his inventive and musical mind.
Nick Hayes is a professional touring drummer with the Eric Gales Band. Nick’s drumming career started at a young age when drumming gravitated to him as opposed to him gravitating to the drums. Nick has a keen ability to take life as it comes and keep an open heart to learning. He notices the subtle aspects of life, taking a perspective that comes from selfless observation as opposed to ego driven views.
I practice a lot of stick control on my practice pad. Using a metronome I start with 60 bpm and move up to 120 bpm and keep going back and forth from 60 to 120 with paradiddles, triplets, 16th notes, etc.
Music is a force that can unite humans even as they are separated by distance and culture. Science can explain many things, but science alone cannot create them. Science can explain music, but only intellect and emotion can create it.
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.
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Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE
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I had no idea. It was seriously like a movie. We pull up to the marina, and on the deck, there’s RZA in all of his RZA wonderment – I feel like he was even wearing a turtleneck.
Music also can have a calming effect. Certain songs can distract us while also decreasing our levels of stress hormones.