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When I first made the decision to go all in on the drums I decided to kick off my journey by attending one of Mike Johnston's drum camps. Ever been? Do yourself a favor and go. I had a blast and learned so much. Anyway, at one point Mike and I sat down and created a plan for me to follow so that I could make a living playing drums. He also suggested I take lessons with his good friend Matt Halpern of the band Periphery. If you don't know Matt, (I'm guessing you do) but if you don't, now would be a good time to do a little googleing. Matt and I skyped and he told me about this guy who trains drummers. He's the Mr. Miyagi of the drumming world and his name is Grant Menefee.
Menefee is a Berklee Graduate, professional drummer and a world class drum educator. He's taught the likes of Jon Theodore (Mars Volta, Queens of the Stoneage), Matt Halpern (Periphery), Nate Morton (The Voice), Mike Reid (Demi Levato, Janet Jackson, Charlie Pluth), and there's many many more.
When you're an educator you have to put yourself second. While I'm with students, I'm dealing with their goals, not mine. In order to achieve those goals talent helps, but work ethic is the most important, without a doubt."
In this episode Grant Menefee talks about:
Today's episode of The Pocket is with Sean Rickman. I know him from a local watering hole here in Gaithersburg, MD. Back in the day my bass player friend Mike invited me to come check out his new project. Admittedly, I was curious as to why Mike didn't ask me to be the drummer. It wasn't long before I realized why. Enter Sean Rickman.
Rickman is multi instrumentalist from Washington, DC. known for his work with Shawn Lane, Garaj Mahal, Dapp Theory, Steve Coleman, Maxwell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Blacksheep, Phil Upchurch (his father), David Fiucynski & Screaming Headless Torsos, Kai Eckhardt, Anthony Tidd's Quite Sane, K'Alyn, Angela Bofill and George Duke. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
In this episode we talk about:
- what Sean had for breakfast
- what does it mean to start playing drums at age 1?
- Rickman's connection to Dennis Chambers
- how to be a musical drummer
- Sean's thoughts on rudiments
- the importance of "time" as it relates to progress in your journey and playing
- drumming as a sport
- what happens when sponsorship's go wrong
- minimalism as it relates to music and life
Find out more about Sean Rickman here:
Latest Sean Rickman Music:
- Steve Coleman Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. I The Embedded Sets
And damn just for fun, you got to check this s#@! out...
Here he is playing with the band Garaj Mahal. I don't need to tell you but at 5:54 he plays a drum solo fit for any arena gig BUT with the dynamics of a ninja. Simply. Incredible.
Hello. I'd like to formally introduce myself. I'm Justin. A drummer, producer, podcast editor, podcaster, and drinker of crappy coffee. I have a cat, a dog and OMG you don't care BUT...maybe you do.
In this episode of The Pocket I give you a brief overview of who I am. Yay ME!!! But more importantly we'll get into the five things I did before deciding to break free of the corporate chains to start working for myself. Hopefully if you're similar boat, these things will help you do the same.
In this episode I talk about...
1. Getting your finances together.
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsay
2. Setting up your website
3. Lining up a part time temporary gig
4. How to start lining up paying drum gigs for yourself
5. Making the decision to...just do it
Here's an added bonus piece of inspiration below in case you need it. I really love this speech because in the end you just got to do it. No if, ands or buts. And btw, that's where I'm at in my journey with this podcast. After years of telling myself I wanted to do a podcast, I'm only just now doing it. It feels exciting and scary all at the same time but in the end, screw it! I'm jumping in head first.