Music really means a lot to me. I’d have to say
it’s my first love, with movies.
I used to play drums actively when I was younger. Now
it’s more or less extremely part time. I totally
respect brilliant musicians.
what makes a good drummer? That’s a good question!
I like a style that sticks out and makes a bold statement. A
good drummer knows when to kick ass on a kick ass song, and knows to
play slow and mellow on a slow song. I’ve heard
many songs where the state of the song is slow/mellow, and the drummer
is banging the living crap out of the drums. That is not
right. The mood of the drummer needs to follow the song or
the moment is just killed. I guess this philosophy can be
applied to any musician, and not just the drummer.
Favorite Bass Players
favorite album is Queensryche’s "Operation:
Mindcrime". Holy cow, is all I can say about this
album. Well that’s not exactly true –
allow me to continue. It’s the perfect mixture of
frustration, intensity, diversity, education, drama, intrigue, and
suspense. It’s a hardcore album and it will
sincerely kick your ass. The story is so complex and deeply
woven, and it’s completely amazing. Queensryche has
been approached to make the story into a movie, but they have denied
(for whatever reason). It’s a concept
album. It is not something you will pick up in one sitting -
it will require many sittings. If you like it even remotely
the first time you hear it, then my recommendation is to be patient,
and sit back and enjoy it for it’s full effect. I
have heard this album probably a couple hundred times, and I still pick
up stuff on occasion when I listen to it.
(in no particular order): Fuel,
(yes I know how cheesy he is, but his music is awesome), Iron Maiden, The Fixx, Godsmack, Berlin, Tool, Oingo
Mary Three, and Collective
Kamen -- Another incredible musical scorer. He's
done stuff with rock bands such as Rush and Queensryche, and Metallica
A very impressive resume and it seems like he can write a
score to anything and make it come out awesome.
Rockenfield -- Not only does he drum for Queensyrche, and not
only is he one of the best drummers of our time (my favorite!), but he
does scores too! His resume included TV commercials as swell
as movie scores for a couple of films. In addition, his
scoring has gotten him a Grammy Nomination. Oh yeah – did I
mention he plays keyboards too? This dude is one of the true geniuses
of our generation.
Neil Peart -- If you've heard any Rush songs, you've probably noticed
that the lyrics are pretty intense. Very personal, very
introspective, very intuitive, and the list goes on. Well
Neil Peart writes all of Rush's lyrics and has since he joined the
band. He is one of the truly great lyricists of our
time. Add to that, one of the most influencial and innovative
drummers of all time, and you have a musical genius.
I get a lot of people asking me why I think Neil Peart is the best
drummer. There are lots of new drummers who are good and I
will agree with that. Neil still does one thing that I've
never seen any drummer do (yet). He uses his left foot to
play digital drum tracks. Every other drummer I know of only
uses their left foot to keep the count. If you'd like an
example, check out either of the following songs: "Mystic Rhythms" on
the Power Windows album (left foot is making the
clap sound every other measure, and still opening and closing the high
hat!), or "Animate" on the Counterparts album (left
foot makes the tambourine sound during the bridge before the
solo). I have also not found a percussionist as good as Neil.
Collins -- I shouldn't have to say much about this
dude. He was drummer for Genesis, and when Peter Gabriel
left, he started doing the singing. Both his career with
Genesis and his solo career are completely impressive.
Dave Grohl - Dave was the drummer for Nirvana. Nirvana was
huge. When a band that huge breaks up, the odds are certainly
against you to form another successful band. Well Dave Grohl
did just that. The Foo Fighters are even better than Nirvana
(in my opinion, of course). But not only that - Dave Grohl
also plays guitar instead of drums. He writes some awesome
songs. Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl are definitely worth a
Rick Rubin -- This guy is the super producer of all time.
He’s worked with a wide variety of musical tastes and finds a
way to bring out the best performances in everyone. Here is a list of
some of the bands he has worked with: Slayer, Johnny Cash, System of a
Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, LL Cool
J, Danzig, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Sheryl Crow, and many others. I see lots of
diversity there, and I respect the living hell out of that.
It’s completely amazing if you ask me.
Peter Collins -- Another awesome producer worth mentioning. Much the
same as Rick Rubin – an impressive list of artists.
Here’s a sample: Queensryche, Rush, Indigo Girls, Leann
Rimes, Billy Squier, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Guide -- This is a great resource to find out information
about anything musically, such as album credits, band rosters, album
titles, etc. It’s a great music database!
Last update:Wednesday, December 03, 2008