Here lies the journey…
‘The Traffic School Song’ was one of the first songs i was messing around with on the SPD-30 (Octoapad). This specific audio/video situation was recorded back in November 2021. i am working on getting an actual set (as that will help me get better) but the Octapad has been a great way for me to get some muscle memory back.
Playing along to The Clash’s ‘Janie Jones’… i’m definitely not perfect, but the journey is not about being perfect.
And finally… one of the most challenging parts of the journey so far! D.R.I. is one of my favorite hardcore/thrash bands. Even though i have played drums (and guitar) in several punk bands i was never a hardcore/thrash/metal/’traditional’ punk drummer. Though i played in bands i never had a set of my own. Because of those limitations i saw myself as a pretty basic drummer (which i still am!!!); my primary inspirations were post punk players like Hugo Burnham (Gang Of Four), Robert Grey (Wire) and Valerie Scroggins (ESG); as well as folks like David Lovering (Pixies).
Will i ever get to the point where i’m as advanced as an Art Blakey, a Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Cobham, Tony Royster Jr., Chris Dave, Tony Williams, Sheila Escovedo, Buddy Rich, Bernard Purdy, Neil Peart, Dave Lombardo, Mike Portnoy, Max Roach, Jeff Porcaro, Louie Bellson… and the countless other amazing drummers and percussionists- including those on sites like youtube? Maybe. Maybe not. What counts most is the journey, and the things i learn along the way.
And while i am CERTAINLY no Felix Griffin, ‘Mad Man’ is an extreme challenge and a workout (for a basic drummer like me), as well as fun to play!