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Written on Jul, 01, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

An experiment replacing the snare with a 14″ floor tom, an octoban played with the left foot, and no proper high hat. Featuring FMP percussion and Istanbul Agop cymbals. I often get inspired by different setups, mixing things up a bit, and seeing what happens. This groove appeared soon after setting up a 26″ Gothic Radius cymbal which compliments the …

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Written on Jun, 26, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

9 years ago in June of 2005, I was in the thick of building our recording studio, a career and life changing experience. Towards the end of construction, I got a call from the Green Natives who said “We hear you are building a recording studio, and we need to record some music!”. I figured 3 weeks would be plenty …

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Written on Mar, 18, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

It’s no secret that I love JZ microphones from Latvia. When I first received the trio of BT-201 microphones, a did all kinds of tests and shootouts. Here’s a short little video featuring a Meinl cajon recorded with 3 BT-201s. The mics capture the woody-ness of the instrument along with the attack of the hands. Recorded with API 2124+ mic …

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Written on Mar, 13, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

An excerpt from a recording session I did for composer/arranger John Sawoski. 8:15am is never to early to rock out. These are raw tracks (no plugins on the individual channels),  with just a little love from the Vertigo VSC-2 Compressor by Brainworx on the master bus in Pro Tools. All cymbals by Istanbul Agop All drum heads by Aquarian Drumheads …

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Written on Mar, 05, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

From Jeff Beck’s “WIRED” album This is the insane drum intro to LED BOOTS which should need no introduction. This is old school-in-your-face fusion drumming (in the vein of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever). It’s intense, loose, and he just SLAMS those open high hats. Listen to it loud. It’s hand written from years ago, and here’s a key …

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Written on Feb, 25, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Another handwritten drum transcription from the archives. “D.I.Y” is a from Peter Gabriel’s second solo album. The song flows freely between lots of odd meters, but never in a staggering way. Jerry Marotta’s groove is rock solid, and he deceptively keeps a steady quarter note pulse throughout. Like some Beatles songs, you’re not even aware that the meters are shifting …

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Written on Feb, 19, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  Some musicians (oftentimes the younger ones) tend to work what they practice  at home into the gig. Developing technique is an essential part of becoming a musician, but that technique can often times get in the way of playing music. When you play music, a bandmate or music director may point out places where you are dragging, rushing, playing …

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Written on Feb, 14, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Below is a groove idea that I wrote out for my friend Jace D at N.A.M.M. a few years back. We were talking about drum grooves of the 1970s, and how adventurous they were. Even in pop songs. Even the drum fills. I had been fascinated by Steve Gadd’s groove for “Chuck E’s In Love” , a hit single by Rickie …

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Written on Feb, 11, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

     I remember being on tour with the DUBS and we were playing a show with The Dixie Dregs in Philly. After our set, I was walking though the club, and this guy approaches me with this amazed look on his face. He says to me “How did you do that up there?” I’m thinking maybe he dug the …

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