By Working Drummer
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Everything you need to know about being a professional drummer . . . and a few things you may not want to know. Hosted by Matthew Crouse, co-hosted by Zack Albetta and, produced by Mike Jackson: the podcast Working Drummer covers it all in interviews with dynamic pro drummers.
||Explicit159 – Brian Stephens: Product Development, Social Media Concepts, Musical Entrepreneurship||Brian Stephens is a drummer, audio engineer, producer, and studio owner who has spent most of his career in Atlanta....||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit158 – Terence Clark: Drumming For Robert Cray, Steve Jordan as a Mentor, Networking Sincerely||Terence Clark is a Memphis based drummer, producer and overall creative. Known for his impeccable and soulful performances, his professionalism...||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit157 – Johnny Rabb: Drumming for Collective Soul, Creating Loyalty, Excitement vs. Reality||Johnny Rabb became a household name in the drumming community as a product developer and clinician. For years, he worked...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit156 – Doug Belote: Drumming for Dobro Master & 14-time Grammy Winner Jerry Douglas, New Orleans Documentary: “Street Beat – Drumming Below Sea Level”, Straddling New Orleans & Nashville||South Louisiana native Doug Belote grew up in Cajun country, immersed in the sounds of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, Cajun,...||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit155 – Lemuel Hayes: Playing with Cindy Wilson, Recovering From a Serious Injury, Choosing Nashville Over L.A.||Lemuel Hayes is the drummer for B52s founding member Cindy Wilson’s solo project. Originally from Gainesville, GA, he didn’t set...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit154 – Drummers Resource / WDP Roundtable #2: Catching Up From Last Year’s Episode, Time Management, Ageism in the Music Business||In this episode, Nick Ruffini, host and creator of The Drummers Resource sit down with Zack Albetta and Matt Crouse, the...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit153 – Rodd Bland: Drumming for his Dad Bobby Blue Bland and B.B. King, The Past and Present Memphis Scene, Life After Dad||Rodd Bland was born and raised in Memphis, the son of Bobby “Blue” Bland and the godson of B.B. King....||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit152 – Elton Charles: Touring with Thompson Square, Creating Great Drum Sounds Through Recording Experiences, Building Relationships in the Music Community||Elton Charles is a Guyanese drummer/engineer based in Nashville. Originally from New Jersey, he started playing drums at the early...||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit151 – Seth Hendershot: Touring with Randall Bramblett and Kishibashi, Life in a Small Town, Owning/Operating a Venue||For almost 20 years, Seth Hendershot has lived in the college town of Athens, GA. He has played in a...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit150 – Matt Johnson: Touring with St. Vincent, Distilling Down Your Groove From Which to Build Upon, Creating Grooves with More Complexity & Less Density, Drumming on Jeff Buckley’s album Grace||Matt Johnson has played on some of the most critically acclaimed records in almost everyone’s collections. He’s also performed on...||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit149 – Justin Boyd: His Career in Chicago, Going Back to School, Intentionally Diversifying His Experience||With the exception of a few high school years, Justin Boyd has spent his entire life in Chicago. From the...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit148 – Rob Hammersmith: Drumming for Skid Row, Staying Positive & Open-Minded, Chemistry Among Band Members||Rob Hammersmith’s musical journey began at an early age in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY. After a brief detour...||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit147 – Ganesh Giri Jaya Pt. 2: The Physicality of Yoga, Studying with Porcaro and Humphrey, Growing Up in New Orleans, Writing Effectively||Ganesh Giri Jaya was born in New Orleans, moved to Atlanta at age 16, spent his early 20’s in L.A....||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit146 – Luis Espaillat: Pro Bass Player’s Perspective, Connecting with Drummers Live and in the Studio||Luis Espaillat is a multi-faceted bassist and musician whose career has spanned many genres and taken him around the world. ...||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit145 – Ganesh Giri Jaya Pt. 1: Making His Living With Cover/Tribute Bands, Leading and Singing from the Drums, Yoga and Spiritual Practice||Ganesh Giri Jaya was born in New Orleans, moved to Atlanta at age 16, spent his early 20’s in L.A....||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit144 – Ray Luzier: Drumming for Korn, KXM, Army Of Anyone, David Lee Roth, Having a Back-Up for the Back-Up||Ray Luzier was raised in West Newton, Pennsylvania, a small town an hour outside of Pittsburgh. He began playing drums...||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit143 – Jake Reed: A Jazz Method Book with a New Approach, Studying Under Erskine and Von Ohlen, When Your Wife is Your Bandleader||Jake Reed was born and raised in Kansas City and went on to study drumset under two of the great...||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit142 – Evan Hutchings: Full Time Session Drummer, Trends in Style & Tone in the Studio, Producing||Evan Hutchings grew up in Ft. Smith, AR and is the son of a preacher. He started playing drums at...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit141 – Gerald French: His Chapter in a New Orleans Family Legacy||Gerald French was born and raised in New Orleans in one of the city’s most prominent musical families. Over his...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit140 – Pat Torpey: Drummer for Mr. Big, Nashville Drummer Jam Honoree, Fighting Parkinson’s Disease||Pat Torpey was born in Cleveland, Ohio. At age 7, he first played the drums and in high school, Torpey...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit139 – Ian Chang: Making Technology Feel Organic, Drumming With Son Lux, Developing Sunhouse Sensory Percussion||Ian Chang was born in Hong Kong and moved to New Jersey as a teenager to attend boarding school. He...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit138 – Jeremy Roberson: Drumming for Chase Rice, Protege of John Blackwell, Deflecting Stereotypes||For more than 24 years, Jeremy Roberson has been perfecting his precise, unpredictable, high-energy style of drumming. Using a combination...||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit137 – Kevin Kanner: Coming Up Under Jeff Hamilton, Playing with John Pizzarelli, Doubling Down on the Music He Loves||In today’s music landscape, Kevin Kanner is a rare breed of drummer; focused intently and passionately on straight-ahead jazz. While...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit136 – Jason Harrison Smith: Drumming for Albert Lee, Inspiring the Next Generation, Recording with Gary Husband||Finding a drummer with the chops and knowledge necessary to recapture a wide range of various styles authentically, is no...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit135 – Doug Auwarter: Mentoring Generations of Kansas City Drummers, Preaching the Brazilian Gospel, Drumming as You Age||Doug Auwarter has spent most of his 40-year career in Kansas City and has been equally active as a performer...||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit134 – Evan Stone: Bandleading and Producing, Taking a Lesson with Vinnie Colaiuta, The Importance of Tempo||Based in Los Angeles but originally from Long Island, New York, Evan Stone (Drummer/Producer/Bandleader) currently fronts his original project the...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit133 – Gintas Janusonis: Playing and Producing in New York, from Jazz to Hip Hop to “America’s Got Talent”||Gintas Janusonis is the son of Lithuanian immigrants and grew up in Milwaukee. Berklee brought him to the East Coast...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit132 – Kent Slucher: 10 Years Drumming for Luke Bryan, Keeping Your Cool When Things Go Haywire, Playing With Power and Energy||Kent Slucher was born in Louisville, Kentucky October 19, 1976. With an intensely musical ear he learned to appreciate music...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit131 – Matt Jorgensen: Juggling Roles, Making Art for Art’s Sake, Playing and Writing Authentically||Matt Jorgensen was born and raised in Seattle and caught the jazz bug in high school. It sent him to...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit130 – Bob Breithaupt: Teaching at the University Level, Creating & Managing a Diverse Workload, Drawing From Experiences When Teaching||Robert Breithaupt is a veteran of over 40 years in music, as a performer, arts administrator, educator, author, musical contractor,...||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit129 – Steve Fidyk: Laying a Foundation with Soph & Morello, Wrapping Up a 26-Year Army career, Putting Family First||Steve Fidyk’s career has been a balance between military service in the Army Field and Army Blues bands, civilian life...||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit128 – Seth Rausch: Drumming for Keith Urban, Recording with Little Big Town, Creating Unique Sounds in the Studio||Originally from upstate New York, Seth began playing drums at the age of three. By age nine, he was sitting...||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit127 – Justin Chesarek: Rustbelt Roots, Branching Out from Jazz, Leaving a Gig on Good Terms for the Future||Justin Chesarek has lived in Atlanta for almost a decade, where he has played with various jazz artists including Gary...||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit126 – Kyle Wilkerson: Touring with Maddie & Tae, Composing for T.V. Film, Creating Honest Relationships||Kyle Wilkerson is a well-versed and highly versatile drummer/percussion and film composer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He has played/toured/recorded...||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit125 – Rafael Pereira: Playing with Janelle Monae, Bringing Brazil to Atlanta, Growing Up On Samba Tradition and Pop Records||Rafael Pereira was born and raised in Sao Paolo, Brazil. As a kid he began playing piano, guitar and percussion,...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit124 – Brian Ferguson: Drumming for Texas Artist Cory Morrow, The Importance of Subtleties & Nuance, Clinic Touring for Dixon Drums||Brian Ferguson is a studio and live Musician/Drummer/Producer based in Austin, Texas. He began playing drums and percussion at the...||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit123 – Adam Goodhue: Following a Sound from Massachusetts to San Francisco to Atlanta, Exploring American Music’s Southern Roots||Adam Goodhue has been busy on the Atlanta scene for the last four years. Before that, he spent 16 years...||7/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit122 – Sarah Tomek: Drumming with Steven Tyler, Defying Skeptics, Taking Chances, “Drum ID’s”||There are drummers and there is Sarah Tomek. With the rumbling authority of a John Bonham and the razor precision...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit121 – Kevin Stevens: Playing for a Tribute Show, Running a Multi-Band Company, Making Family Time Count||L.A. drummer Kevin Stevens recently completed two tours of Europe with David Brighton’s Space Oddity, a David Bowie tribute show....||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit120 – Kasey Todd: Touring with Tonic, Paying Your Dues, Growing Up Around the Music Business||Kasey Todd is a professional drummer, percussionist, vocalist, and an all around musician and entertainer. Along with being a performer,...||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I have been listening to this podcast from the beginning and I have to say it has been wonderful. It gives a great onsite to what it takes to become successful as a working drummer in the modern music industry. The interviews are with drummers who are out there right now making a living doing what they love.
I’ve checked out 4 other Drum Related Podcasts and Working Drummer is easily me favorite. Matthew does a great job of asking questions one might ask these working drummers and steers the conversation in a good direction every time. I’ve actually enjoyed this Podcast more than others with bigger Names being interviewed. Kevin Murphy episode is so good!
Great interviews with career drummers.
Do you want to know what it really takes to sustain a career as a sideman in the music industry? You can get it straight from the folks who do it day in and day out behind a set of drums.