On episode 094, Jamie is joined by Carlton Banks, founder and CEO of Collision Drumsticks. Carlton started playing at a very early age and was touring his native England by the age of 9 with SRS, a hugely popular young band. After many years with SRS, a chance jam session in a pub landed him a gig touring with super DJ, Rob Orton. The duo played some of the largest festivals in Europe over the next few years. While all this musical success was happening for Carlton, he was still attending university and eventually obtained his law degree. At this crossroad in his life, he made the decision to forego life on the road and launched Collision Drumsticks, which is now the largest drumstick brand in the UK. Carlton has a very specific vision for the brand and the drumming community as a whole. In this interview he shares his unique perspective and approach while giving tons of great advice for drummers of all ages and abilities.
The very first record Walfredo Reyes Jr. bought with his own money was Chicago Transit Authority. Fast-forward approximately 40 years in Wally's life; he's playing drums for that very band, now known as Chicago. Along the way, he has recorded and toured with Santana, Traffic, Jackson Browne, Lindsey Buckingham, Barry Manilow, and a host of other musical icons. Born in Cuba and raised in Puerto Rico, Wally grew up in a rich musical family legacy. On episode 093, Wally discusses how he couldn't escape percussion and drumming, how fortunate his musical journey has been, and the hard work he's put in over the years as both a drummer and percussionist. Wally was just finishing up a residency in Las Vegas with Chicago when Jamie caught up with him. You won't find a more generous, joyful, or grateful drummer than Wally. If you can listen to this episode without feeling motivated and happy, something is wrong! Enjoy this one fully.
Scott Hessel returns to The Drum Shuffle to discuss the upcoming Gin Blossoms summer tour with Barenaked Ladies and Toad the Wet Sprocket and catch up on everything that has been happening in his career over the past two years. Scott was Jamie's guest on episode 002 in the very beginning of the show and it's always great to catch up with Scott. "Hess" is one of the greatest guys in the music business and is such an inspiration for drummers to never give up on the dream of drumming as a career. On episode 092, Scott and Jamie discuss playing in front of Stewart Copeland at a master class, stealing a cymbal from a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Lincoln Logs endorsement opportunities, and other shenanigans that cause feverish laughter throughout the interview. Scott is family at The Drum Shuffle and it's always a great hang to have him on the show. If you can listen to this episode without laughing, you should seek immediate medical help. Please enjoy!
Nate Morton returns to The Drum Shuffle on episode 091 to catch everyone up on his busy drumming life. It's hard to believe that it's been almost 2 years since he was last on the show on episode 009. While Nate continues to stay busy on NBC's "The Voice", he has also released an album, and is in the planning stages for a potential clinic tour before The Voice starts back up later this year. Nate and Jamie talk about life as a "TV" drummer, Nate's fear of heights, and playing in the world's greatest and most-popular "cover band." Nate always has great stories to share, laughter to evoke, and a ton of real-world drumming knowledge to lay out. He is one of the drumming world's most approachable and nicest guys, so you'll certainly enjoy this episode.
What more can we say? Dafnis Prieto returns to The Drum Shuffle to talk about winning a Grammy, an upcoming release from his sextet, and his brilliant new book, Rhythmic Synchronicity: Individual and Collective Rhythmic Skills. The book is the result of a course he teaches at Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for non-drummers. It is highly useful tool for all musicians to gain a deeper understanding of time and rhythm. Dafnis is one of the greatest Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz drummers in the world and he is always willing to share his knowledge and experiences to help others further their drumming skills.
Zach Martin split his early years between Lexington, Kentucky and Portland, Oregon. Growing up with a musician father, he started drumming and hasn't looked back since the age of eight. Zach returned to Portland after high school and played in many different genres and situations before moving back to Kentucky. He actually took a hiatus from drumming for about a year until a friend remembered that he could play and asked him to start a band. Since that time, Zach has become one of the busiest drummers in the Central Kentucky music scene playing with several different artists for over 150 shows last year alone. On episode 089, Zach joins Jamie in the studio to talk about his early start as a drummer, the burgeoning (or re-emerging) scene in Kentucky music, and his goals for the future. And, in true drummer tradition, there is a hearty discussion on drum gear and how to find great deals everywhere! Zach is a super-talented and busy young drummer that will continue to move the ball forward no matter what.
Dirty Honey is a band that proves that Rock and Roll is still alive and well. The power-groove drumming of Corey Coverstone is currently propelling the band to sold out shows across the country. The first and only band to top the Billboard charts without record label support, these young men mean serious business without taking themselves too seriously. On episode 088, Jamie catches up with Corey on the road (literally) to talk about his start as a drummer, his newfound fame, and what he sees and hopes for going forward with Dirty Honey. Corey also talks about his studies as a drummer of all genres and shares some great advice for everyone. He is certainly a drummer to watch over the next few years as this young band reaches its full potential. Corey has a fantastic outlook on not only his future, but on the music industry as a whole. If you aren't yet hip to him and Dirty Honey, this is an episode you cannot miss.
Jamie is joined once again by Dena Tauriello to discuss her career on Broadway as an in-demand drummer. When Dena was on the show last, (episode 051) she was just wrapping up the Head Over Heels musical. She is now working on the Little Shop of Horrors production and recently completed the recording of the cast album for the show. On episode 087, Dena and Jamie discuss what the transition is like between two Broadway shows, how to keep the same material fresh night after night and how Broadway differs from other typical gigs for drummers. Dena is one of the most positive and insightful musicians around. She always offers up great advice, tips and food-for-thought for others. This interview is no exception to that. Dena is a world-class drummer that everyone should know and follow.