Sunday, 17 June 2018

MY BEST AND WORST MOMENTS

Every drummer, every musical instrumentalist has had his or her best and worst moments in their career as a professional musician. I am sure you've all (maybe not all) had moments like that. Moments that changed your life as a drummer, moments that made you think twice about playing the drums on a professional level, moments that ruined the relationship you had with your band mates, moments that made you love your life as a drummer and moments that made you make hard and difficult choices as a drummer.

Like I said we've all had our best  and worst moments as drummers, so today I am going to list out my top three (3) best and worst moments so far in my life as a drummer.

Let's start with the worst.

WORST MOMENTS:

*Being Underestimated: I grew up playing in the church (I still do) and no matter how good you think you are, there are still people in the band or crew who thinks you still aren't good enough to play the big shows. They give you the small Gigs but when it's time to play the big ones they invite someone else, an outsider to play. Watching someone else take your place can be humiliating at times and can also lower your ranking as a drummer (where I come from drummers do get ranked Lol). No one wants a drummer who gets
replaced all the time. No one.

*Bad Drum Parts: There is nothing more annoying and frustrating than having the drum parts (drum pedal, bass drum, snare and toms etc.) fail you at the middle of a big Gig, I mean a big Gig. I know it's really important for drummers to do proper sound check before a Gig but things like this just happens and when it happens it's either you have an extra part (lucky you) or you don't  (you're  screwed). When moments (bad drum parts) like this happen all I do is play. I can't quit just like that, I keep playing till the end of the Gig.


*No Chemistry: Ever been in a band where everyone is trying to do his or her thing. A band with no tactics or formation (I watch a lot of football)? Band mates that don't believe in practising but feel they can do it all because they think or feel like they are the best in the world? Band mates with no relationship amongst each other? Yes I have and what makes this moment more interesting is the band mates trying to tell you what to play, how to play and when to play. It's crazy and funny coz you get to see the other band mates in his or her worst behaviour especially if you aren't playing what they want. Amazing isn't it. Lol.


BEST MOMENTS:

*Not Just a Band But Friends and Family: You know what's amazing? Being on tour with guys that has your back any time, any day. Guys that enjoy and love music as much as you do. Playing Gigs with guys that love what they do and take their work as a professional musician seriously. Playing with not just your band mates but guys who you have grown to love as friends. Having musical friends and family can be one of the best moments in one's life as a drummer or musical instrumentalist (it has been for me). You aren't always going to play with the same guys always but there is nothing better than having your guys hook you up with Gigs or having them them support or push you to become a better player than you were yesterday. Having guys
like this can be one of the best moment for you as a drummer, like it has been for me.

*The First Big Pay: I don't know about you but having my first big pay was cool. It was not just any big pay but a big pay that lead to another big pay. Being paid well shows that drummers and musical instrumentalist can make a fortune doing what they love. You aren't always going to have the big pay all the time (it's not a fixed salary) but knowing your worth as a drummer can be a very good thing.

*Making My Passion My Profession: I am sure we've all heard the "make your passion your profession and work becomes play" quote and as we all know it's easier said than done. We live in a society where making your "passion your profession" can be difficult especially if it's not paying the bills. So far people have taken side jobs and also try to work patiently on their talents while praying and hoping for a big break. It won't be easy but when we get to the point where doing the work we love not only pay the bills but also let us live the life we've always dreamed of, then we will enjoy every moment of it. It's possible, I know it is. Making my passion my profession
has also been one of the best moment in my life and I know it can be yours too.


Like I said earlier we've all had the best and the worst moments and I would so much love to hear some of your bad and worst moments as a drummer
and a musician.





#Best-Moments
#Worst-Moments
#Peace










Thursday, 24 May 2018

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRUMMERS IN A BAND

Playing in a band is one of the top most priority for all drummers (maybe some not all) and also the most important in a drummer’s “to do” list. Being in a band (especially the band with lots of playing Gigs) can be refreshing and exhausting sometimes, it is also crazy and mostly filled with a lot of experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly). Playing in a band with other musical instrumentalist, connecting with one another to make good music, going on tour with a top music artiste in the music industry and also having to get a lot of playing Gig as a band is what every drummer dreams of.

But this post is not about playing in a band and what it feel like being in one but it’s about the different type of drummers you see in a band. It is about the personality of the drummer, the relevance of the drummer and also the important contributions he or she adds to the band.

LET’S BEGIN, SHALL WE:

1)The new guy:  Being a fresh recruit in a band is not that smooth and easy especially if you are not familiar with everyone. The new guy gets to prove himself to the band, the artiste, the directors and everyone connected to the band. He knows that any little mistake from his side could get him evicted from the band, so he tries as much as possible to be a professional. As a new guy creating a bond with the other musical instrumentalist is necessary, playing smoothly and not just trying to show off is also needed. Your skill alone as a new guy won’t take you that far, you also need to spice it up with a good attitude.

2)The old guy: There is nothing much to say about the old guy other the fact he has been in the band for a very long time. Being the old guy may come from his extra ordinary skill as a drummer, his attitude, his contribution to the band or it might be that he is the leader of the band (he runs everything in the band), a close friend to one of the band leaders, a co-founder and a very important person in the music business. Whatever the case might be he stays in the band and it really doesn’t matter if he does much or not, if he contributes or not, as long as he is the old guy, he stays.

3)The quiet guy: The only reason why the quiet guy is still in the band is because of his excellent skill as a drummer and also the ability to execute and score every song perfectly. He doesn’t say much when it comes to the area of sharing of ideas and being creative with the music the band is creating. His being quiet has nothing to the do with his personality (introverted or extroverted) or his stay in the band (the old or new guy) but in his willingness to execute on every ideas laid down by his band mates. I won’t be surprise if his favorite quote is “Action speaks louder than words”. Lol.

Also note that being the quiet guy might also come from that he wasn’t given the opportunity to air his opinion and ideas due to reasons known to his fellow band mates. But whatever the case might be, the quiet guy will always remain the quiet guy until he is pushed or asked to contribute and share his ideas with the band.

4)The substitute: His stay in the band is temporary. He just like a substitute in a football match, he only gets to play when the main player is not available.  Being the temporary player doesn’t stop him from giving his all and being there when the band needs him the most. His is committed and tries as much as possible not to mess things up. He might not be interested in being the main player or taking the place of the main player (no one wants to be a temporary player for long) but he knows that being an extra ordinary temporary prayer with good skills can get him the position of the main player in the band.

5)The linchpin: Looking at examples from Seth Godin’s book “linchpin”, a drummer who happens to be a linchpin is indispensable (probably not). He sees things differently. He is productive, creative and full of ideas when it comes to making new music, performing in a big or small Gig, executing on a Gig and playing smoothly and perfectly on the drums. As a music artiste he is the guy you run to when you need someone killing it for you on the drums. He is not necessary the new or the old guy, the quiet or the substitute (if you are the main player in a band and you have a linchpin as a substitute, then you should be worried) but the one with the most value in the band. Anyone in the band, from the drummer to the bass player to the saxophonist can be a linchpin. A drummer with the trait of a linchpin stands out from other drummers. A linchpin drummer knows it’s not only about the skills but also about the useful, original and unexpected creativity he adds to the band.

I know there are still lot of different types of drummers in a band. So if you have or happen to know of any other type of drummers you see in a band, feel free to share.

Like I always say “This is just me and my crazy ideas”





#Drummers-in-a-band
#Peace

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

MY PRACTISE ROUTINE

I am pretty sure we all are familiar with the "practise makes perfect" quote and as such put in so much effort into becoming a better drummer. It's a quote you've all used to motivate yourself into becoming the genius you are today on the drums, to becoming a player that plays smoothly with no mistakes, to becoming a creative drummer and also becoming a drummer that uses the "practise makes perfect" experience to motivate other drummers.

I don't know why but I do feel like I am the only drummer in the world who doesn't take this ancient quote seriously. Don't get me wrong I do practise but not as consistent as I want it to be. There are days where the only thing I want to do is play and practise all the rudiments I can find and there are also days where I have little or no interest holding the sticks or even think of sitting on the drum kit to play something new.

I wasn't happy with the way things were going, so I decided to come up with my own practise routine, something cool and refreshing.
Note: this routines are based on moods, events, time, days and weeks. I also listed out the days and hours for each practise routine.

LET'S BEGIN
1) Being Motivated: on days like this all I want to do is play, play and play till I get tired of playing. I don't joke with days like this and so I give it my all. I practise rudiments, I play to old music, I re polish old skills, read music, do groove exercise and enjoy every moment.
*Motivated days in a week: 3 - 4 days
*Motivated hours in a day: Unlimited

2) Not Being Motivated: sometimes having a non motivated day can be caused by stress, waking up on the wrong side of the bed and also distractions from girlfriends or video games. So I try as much as possible not to force my self to play when I get in this mood but if I eventually decide to play, I only play old stuff and I also try not to practise any new skill when non-motivated because it's gonna be a waste of time and energy.
*Non-motivated days in a week: 2 - 4 days.........(it also depends on the kind of week you having)
*Non-motivated hours in a day: 2 - 30 minutes

3) Compulsory Practise for a Gig(CPG): it's days like this that gets every drummer on his/her best behaviour. You really don't need to be motivated or non motivated to practise, all you need think about is how you are going to practise the song(s) to perfection and also execute them smoothly on the drum kit. A compulsory practice routine for a Gig + A successful score on the Gig = More Gigs and opportunities.
*CPG days in a week: depends on the gig and the time given to practise/prepare for the gig.
*CPG hours in a day: 2 - 4 hours

4) Practising New Rudiments (PNR): We All practise new rudiments for reasons best known to us. Some do it with it the aim of showing off to their friends and band mates, others do it to improve their skills as a drummer and some just do it to learn new tricks for future purposes. I do practise new rudiments to improve my skill as a drummer and on days like this I make sure I get and apply the new rudiments on the drum kit smoothly/perfectly.
*PNR days in a week: 1 - 3 days
*PNR hours in a day: 1 - 4 days

5) Staying Through On Being A Better Player: to accomplish this routine you must at least practise everyday for an hour or two every week. This seems impossible but I know there are drummers who regardless of being motivated or not, regardless of CPG or PNR still find time to practise and Polish their skill as a drummer. Doing this takes lot of time and hard work and also takes discipline but nothing is impossible of you and I put our mind to it. There are no evaluated days or hours for this routine, all you and I need is to stay through to doing the things (practising, studying, playing) we love and enjoy doing the most as a drummers.

This is just me and my crazy practise routine.



#Practise-makes-perfect
#Peace

Friday, 27 April 2018

CRAZY UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT THE DRUM KIT

Today I'll be dishing out facts about this amazing family. A family blessed with beautiful kids, a family that have impacted and invested so much into the music world, a family that have collaborated with other families to create good music, a family blessed with rhythms, rolls, fills, dynamics and rudiments. Ladies and gentle men I introduce you to the DRUM KIT'S FAMILY.

With no further hyping, let's go straight to the fun facts about this family.

DID YOU KNOW THAT:
*The female drum sticks don't mind you cheating on her with another, as long as the other is in a good shape and makes you happy.

*The beautiful drum pedal with the bad attitude is likely to break your heart, leg and vibe on a big Gig.

*The drum key might be the quite one in the drum kit family but he is always there to tune good rhythms into some of the members when they are out of tune.

*In a complete drum kit's family, the toms and the drum sticks are the only identical twins in the family.

*The cymbals and the bass drums both need each other to finish a roll, fill or dynamics.

*The bass drum is the only one in the drum kit family that doesn't  need the drum sticks to be relevant.

*No matter how high the hat gets, there is always someone in the drum kit family ready to snare him down.

*The drum kit is more likely to survive without the drum sticks but not the drum pedals.

*The closest one to the floor is the bass drum not the floor tom.

*The twins (toms) are the only members of the drum kit family that don't stand alone but depends on the other (bass drum) to stand.

And finally did you know the most beautiful drum kit is futile without the drummer Lol. I guess you already know that.


#Drum-Kit
#Peace

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

I HEARD THE DRUMS TALK

Today was a good day for me and I feel so good and proud about myself and I guess you all don't wanna know why but I'm still gonna say it.
   * I practised for hours today (doesn't happen often)
   * I learned new rudiments, rolls, fills, and dynamics and also applied them on the drum kit in a day (yeah I'm a genius)
   * I got a call back from the last Gig I had (one of the biggest Gig ever)
   * I'm gonna be on tour with one of the biggest artiste in Nigeria (I dreamed about it Lol, still waiting for it to become a reality. #Positive)
   *And I finally showed gratitude to the universe for making me a drummer.

But

None of my band mates was there to give me an high-five and tell me how good I am and also lie to my face on how I am the greatest drummer on earth but instead I sat there closed my eyes and I began to imagine things. And as you all know imagination is envisioning things that do not exist.

So let's just imagine you on your way to the studio or where ever you practice and on getting close to the door you hear voices, not just any kind of voice but the voice of each part of the drum kit saying good and bad stuff about you and how you treat them on a Gig, show and studio sessions.

This is what the drum kit had to say about me.

Drum sticks: Hey guys! What do you have to say about my boss. You know I literally spend more hours with him than he does with you guys.

Snare: No you don't

Drum sticks: Yes I do and I'm pretty sure you know he doesn't need a snare to practise his rudiments. Anything and everything works for him.

Snare: Yeah I do and that's why you look rough, broken and unused sometimes.

Cymbal: Enough. Can we get back to discussing what we like about Jamer the drummer.

2nd tom: He is cool, though he really doesn't use much of me but I do get to enjoy a single or sometimes a double stroke before he crashes on a cymbal and I also get to feature in some of his rolls.

1st tom: His fills are good and I love the fact that he shares a triplet between I and the snare. His rolls are cool but can be better.

Hi-Hat: He knows how important I am but still he doesn't use me in most of his rolls and dynamics. I have seen other pro drummers use my colleagues perfectly in a roll and to be honest it kinda hurt.

Floor tom: I play a crucial part in some of his rolls and rudiments and I ain't complaining but what I do know is I get to enjoy a stroke or two before he hits Mr cymbal.

Bass drum: He is kinda good with the double kicking and also knows when to use it in a roll but his speed is not that good, he needs to work on that.

Cymbal: Snare you got anything to say?

Snare: Nothing much. I like him and I also love the fact that he works on his rudiments, rolls and fills well and applies them smoothly on the drum kit. I also know for fact that I am able to handle a roll with the help of the bass drum alone but he shares triplets, rudiments, rolls, fills and dynamics with hi-hat, the twin brothers (1st & 2nd tom) and their big fat bro (floor tom).

Cymbal: I don't think I have complains but if there is one thing I like about him is the fact that he hits a stroke on me for a reason, I might come out as the most loudest and the one with the most noise but when he is on the kit I don't feel like the noise making cymbal you all call me.

Drum stick: I know he is gonna replace me the moment I get old or broken but what I know is, I am glad to be used by a drummer like jamer and to work with you guys.

Yeah I know I sound crazy right now but this is just me and my imagination.
If the drum kit could talk what do you think they'd say about you.

                          

#Imagination
#Peace





Tuesday, 27 March 2018

BEING GIG-LESS

For months now I have been in a "Gig-less Phase" and so far it has been a horrible experience for me as a drummer. I do practise at home with my pads every day but it still doesn't give me the feeling and joy I get when I play on a Gig.

I don't know how long it's gonna be but I really do want it to end. I feel like I am slowly drifting away from the one thing I know how to do best, the one thing that gives me joy and being away from it kinda makes me sick Lol.

Every morning I wake up with questions in my head and the two questions that comes up is (1) why am I Gig-less?: Does being Gig-less have to do with the fact that I am introverted?, does it have to do with having no musical instrumentalist as friends?, being in the wrong environment?, taking the small/free Gigs for granted?, not skillful enough?(Lol I'm good, I know it), not showing enough interest? Or no musical connections? And (2) How do I get pass this Phase?

I really don't know the answer to this questions. I really dont.

But looking at the bright side, I do have enough time to practise, learn new things, work on my self as a drummer and also believe that soon the
opportunity is gonna come and i'm gonna nail it Lol(i believe I am)

Till then I am just gonna be patient and try to put my introverted a** out there and hope for the best.

And if you have been in the "Gig-less Phase" like I call it, i'd like to know how you broke through.




#Peace

MY BEST AND WORST MOMENTS

Every drummer, every musical instrumentalist has had his or her best and worst moments in their career as a professional musician. I am sure...