Insights, perspectives and conversations for drummers
Insights, perspectives and conversations for drummers
The Drum Shuffle - Episode 091 - The Return of Nate Morton
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.
The Drum Shuffle - Episode 090 - The Return of Dafnis Prieto
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.
The Drum Shuffle - Episode 089 - Zach Martin
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.
The Drum Shuffle - Episode 088 - Corey Coverstone of Dirty Honey
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.
The Drum Shuffle - Episode 087 - The Return of Dena Tauriello
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.
The Drum Shuffle - Episode 086 - Rod Elkins
Rod Elkins started drumming professionally at age 12 in his dad's country band, The Elkins Brothers. Growing up in a musically-rich family tradition in Huntington, West Virginia, his early start has paid dividends for him. Not only was he paying dues with his family's group, he also spent his youth forming bands with his classmates, ultimately ending up doing hundreds of gigs in his hometown earning his stripes. He attended Marshall University's College of Music as a Jazz studies major giving Rod undeniable abilities as a drummer. More recently, he can be found manning the throne with Tyler Childers and The Food Stamps. Tyler's music is taking the country and Americana genres by storm, with unlimited growth potential. They just completed a three-night sellout of a 7,000 seat arena and are about to head to Europe before joining Sturgill Simpson on a 43-show arena run through late May 2020. Rod's humble demeanor is obvious in this interview, but his playing is always spot-on making him one of the up-and-coming drummers you should watch and know.