Monday, 5 February 2018

The Fancy And The Important Drum Gears

We all love the new, popular, packaged and fancy stuff, who doesn't? It's cool getting the new fancy drum gears but putting so much importance to it and also letting it decide our worth as a drummer isn't cool.

Packaging and swags sometimes gets us the gigs we want but focusing on that alone becomes a problem, because for every gig we get through our swags, fancy gears and packaging, we are tend to pay back with our skills and personality,  and if can't payback, we don't get a call back.

The ultimate goal as drummers is to focus on our skill, confidence, network and personality. If we are able to combine that and add a little bit of packaging to our goals, then more gigs shall be added to the ones we have.

Getting the new (popular, fancy, packaged) gears is cool but not necessarily as cool as the important (skill, confidence, work ethics and a good personality) gears.

FOCUS on the right things and also remember that:

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

5 Crazy Hiddens Facts About Drummers

I have always known drummers to be humble, social and different with great personality, uniqueness and swag (I'm a drummer too, in case you are wondering how I got to know this) but there are few things most people don't know about drummers, making them look so perfect and also forgetting they are humans too ( we are humans but the special kind. Lol).

So, here are five(5) crazy things drummers do that makes us human but the special kind

1) Drummers do get angry too. Lol who doesn't???

2) We sometimes  love to show off, even if u have no interest in what we're showing you.

3) Drummers Don't do maths. The only maths we do is counting the quarter, eighth  and sixteenth note out loud.

4) We do mess things up "sometimes" Lol.

5) Just like every human, Drummers do LIE. Lol.



Thursday, 4 January 2018

Why Drummers Watch Music Reality Shows

Dear Music Reality Shows, you've always wondered:

*why i am so engrossed in your shows

*why i kept track of all the musical contestants on your shows

*why i looked forward to all the performance from various contestants

*why i enjoyed the eviction show and prayed not to watch my favorite contestant get evicted

*why i kept voting tirelessly for my favorite contestant

*why i never got mad/angry at you after watching my favorite contestant lose, even tho he/she was the favorite on to win

*why i stayed loyal to you, season after season.

Dear Music Reality Shows, truth is, i never watched your show because of the reasons listed above. 

As a drummer who is passionately interested in anything related to music, i watched your show because:


Monday, 1 January 2018

The Laws Of Power For Drummers

The 48 Laws of Power happens to be one of my favorite books, a book full of mind blowing historical stories, power, risk and influence but today i am going to share with you some of the laws and also a drummer's version or interpretation of the laws.

NB: DV--- Drummers Version
So here we go:

1)Never Outshine your Master
  DV: If you still want to have gigs to play, if you still want to get connected to the big names in the industry never outshine your drums master. Lol.

2)Never put too much Trust in Friends, learn how to use Enemies
  DV: Never put too much trust in your regular drum kit, learn to use the electronic drum kit.

3)Always say Less than Necessary
  DV: We tired of hearing how good you are. Lets see what you can do on the kit.

4)So much depend on reputation - Guard it with your life
  DV: If you are a pro drummer, be a better pro. If you are an amateur strive to be a better drummer.

5)Get other People to do the Work for you, but always take the credit
  DV: Get the metronome to do the work for you, but always take the credit. Lol.

6)Infection: Avoid the unhappy and unlucky
  DV: Avoid the unhappy band mates and the unhappy drum kit, they make you look bad.

7)Learn to keep people dependent on you
  DV: learn to keep the band/lead singers dependent on you, if not you are gonna be kicked out.

8)Crush your enemy totally
  DV: Crush every Gig totally but in a good way. Lol.

9)Know Who you are Dealing with - Do not offend the wrong person
  DV: Do not offend the music director or the lead singer, i repeat do not offend.

10)Recreate yourself
   DV: Recreate yourself by reinventing yourself. Be a better person/drummer.

11)Enter Action with Boldness
   DV: Enter every Gig with Boldness.

12)Make Your Accomplishment Seem Effortless
   DV: Let people see the amazing things you can do on the drum kit. Conceal your tricks and

13)Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like King to be treated like One
   DV: Act like a pro drummer to be treated like one. Be the boss in the Game.

14)Avoiding Stepping into a Great Man's Shoes
   DV: As much as you can, avoid stepping into the shoes of the guys that got you the big Gigs and connections.

15)Never appear too Perfect
   DV: Sit down and be humble. Lol.


Saturday, 30 December 2017

Girls On The Instrument

Lol. It's a feeling i truly can't explain. I happen to be a huge fan of the football genius. The way he plays is amazing. The skills, the assist, the dribbles, the goals and the awards/trophies shows how good he is but this post is not about him but about the beautiful girl drummers all around the world.

All my life i grew up making music with mostly guys and i am sure most guys did too, so watching a girl jam crazily to a song for the first time was new to me and at the same time pretty cool.

It's kinda hard to see girl drummers or instrumentalist, especially here in Nigeria but with the few i have seen, i can proudly say it has been an honor watching them do their thing.

Today is not a girl drummers day but a day i had choose to appreciate the girls, ladies and women who choose to play the instrument and make beautiful music. Be it the drums, keyboard, saxophone, bass guitar etc, it doesn't matter, what matters is that they are beautiful and amazingly good at what they do.


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

We All Deserve A Good Gig

There's nothing a drummer wants more than a good gig. Be it a studio Gig, a touring gig, a church gig, or the regular gig at a bar, every drummer wants a gig. As a newbie or a drummer who hasn't gotten enough recognition yet, we tend to take any gig that comes our way, not minding if the gig pays or not, we just want to play, build network and hope/pray that by doing what we do, we get the recognition and the gigs we deserve as drummers.

Getting the gig is one thing. Getting a call back is another.

There are two things that get you the gigs:
1) Your skill
2) Your personality

These two things work hand in hand to get you the gigs you want and deserve. Having a great personality or being skillful alone won't get you the gigs. You need the two.

So as drummers and musicians that we all are, we need to remind ourselves that:


Friday, 22 December 2017

Four (4) Different Style Of Play Used By Drummers

Some love it cool, others love it loud. Some love playing for a long time, others short time. Some can keep it simple without applying roll and fills around the drum kit, others can't.

We are all different and can't play and groove the same way, lol we can't, so It's our work as drummers to know who we are and what works for us.

So ladies and gentlemen I present to you the  four different style of play used by drummers (My version Lol):

1) Simple play..., Clean rolls

2) Simple Play..., Scattered Rolls

3) Loud Play..., Clean Rolls

4) Loud Play..., Scattered Rolls


The Fancy And The Important Drum Gears

We all love the new, popular, packaged and fancy stuff, who doesn't? It's cool getting the new fancy drum gears but putting so much ...