Thursday, March 16, 2017

DS Mix #1 – A Life History Lesson

I finally got around to doing something with my Mixcloud page. Here’s my first mix. There’s no specific genre, just songs I love.

Yello – Night Flanger
Ultravox – I Want To Be A Machine
Eugene – Change of Heart
Miharu Koshi – Image
Simon Phillips – Red Rocks
Folk9 – Chinatown
The Cabs – There Is No Tomorrow For Us
The Always People – Dragon Grip
Armisticio – Tus Ojos
Pat Metheny – Midwestern Night’s dream

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Demonic Sweaters – MIDIPLUS [Drum Playthrough]

The song MIDIPLUS was created using Rosegarden and Qsynth with my custom made Kawai K1 soundfont and the Hexter DX7 emulator for Linux. I sequenced the track music all in Rosegarden, then used the Jack sync feature to sync to Mixbus and recorded the drums. I then outputted the audio from Qsynth into Mixbus and mixed it all there. Unfortunately I only had 4 channels for drums to work with this time and since all 5 toms were bussed to a single channel they came out sounding a bit thin. Oh well, still had fun and think it came out decent. The song is in 7/4 and I wanted to do an odd time song with double kick, so this is the result!

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Drum setup:
2015 Tama Imperialstar custom Bop Kit Hairline Blue finish w/ 20″ kick
Mendini roto toms
Tama Iron Cobra hi hat stand (main hats)
Vintage Olympic hi hat stand (trash hats)
Ludwig flat base straight stands (crashes and ride)
Vintage Nuvader Nickel Silver 15″ Hi Hats
Meinl HCS 8″ Bell
Kasza 17″ Dirty Bell crash cymbal
Vintage NuVader 22″ ride cymbal (Nickel Silver)
Meinl HCS 16″ Trash Crash / Generic 16″ brass crash bottom (trash hats)
Vintage Camber 18″ Crash Cymbal (Brass)
Attack single ply medium coated on tom batters
Attack 2 ply medium thin skin coated on roto toms
Tama single ply clear tom resonants
Attack no overtone 1 ply coated on snare batter
Tama thin clear snare resonant
Attack No Overtone 1 ply Coated kick batter
Attack Medium Coated w/felt strip on kick resonant
PDP double kick pedal
Yamaha snare stand
Pork Pie throne

Cad KBM412 Kick
Nady RSM5 Ribbon Overhead
Cheap CAD dynamic mic on roto toms
SHS OM-450 x 2 toms (sm57 copy)
Pyle Pro PDMIC78 snare (sm57 copy)

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Friday, March 3, 2017

One of the most insane Billy Cobham solos I've ever seen

I absolutely love Cobham, not only as a drummer, but as a musician and composer all around. However, I stumbled across this vid today on youtube and this has got to be one of his most mind blowing solos I've ever seen. There's two solo sections, the second one especially is completely off the hook. He's so in the zone, possessed, whatever you want to call it, he's feeling it big time, and it's a complete joy to watch!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Echoscape releases new music video, Half Moon (with me on drums)

I’m really honored to have taken part of this amazing EP by Echoscape and am featured in his new music video which was half produced here as well as in Japan. Echoscape is Satoshi Inoue who writes all the music and plays most of the instruments. On “Half Moon” I played the drums as well as helped record and produce the EP.

Check out the video above!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Anika Nilles – Mister [first single from new LP, Pikalar]

Anika Nilles just posted her first single off the new album, Pikalar and it is pretty damn good. Don’t worry drummers, she didn’t tame down the playing at all. There’s some completely insane fills in there as well as some very interesting time changes. Her snare sound keeps getting deeper, and though this isn’t my favorite type of sound, she makes it work. Great video and her facial experssions are pretty great. Check it out and get the new album, I just got it on google play, getting ready to listen as I write this!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Anika Nilles Debut LP, PIKALAR, Announced!!!

I have not been this excited for the announcement of an LP in a REALLY LONG TIME. Maybe not ever! Anika Nilles is probably my biggest drummer inspiration in the past several years, and up until now we’ve only had her hand full of youtube singles to satisfy our need for more Nilles. Now there’s a full LP coming out that’s been in the works for the past year and a half.

Nilles mentions in the video that she wanted the album to be more for people who love music and not just for drummers. Though some may be nervous with this statement, to me this is great news. Her newer tracks have been moving into a more Synthwave direction (But with sick live drums) and I’d love to hear more of that type of work on PIKALAR!

So excited about this! Official release date is February 27th!

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