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Every drummer encounters a unique chain of influences that shape the way they approach the instrument. Join me, Ben Hilzinger, as I chat with my favorite players to dissect the TOP 5 records that helped make them who they are today...on and off the kit. For more info, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com or find us on Instagram @bigfatsnaredrum. Cheers!

Big Fat Five: A Podcast Financially Supported by Big Fat Snare Drum Ben Hilzinger

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Every drummer encounters a unique chain of influences that shape the way they approach the instrument. Join me, Ben Hilzinger, as I chat with my favorite players to dissect the TOP 5 records that helped make them who they are today...on and off the kit. For more info, check out www.bigfatsnaredrum.com or find us on Instagram @bigfatsnaredrum. Cheers!

    Dave Elitch - Top 5 Things You're NOT Doing That Are Hurting You & Your Drumming

    Dave Elitch - Top 5 Things You're NOT Doing That Are Hurting You & Your Drumming

    Today, we have a very special guest, Dave Elitch, here to talk about his new online course titled "Staying Out of Your Own Way." Dave believes that musicians should approach their craft with the mindset of athletes, and he's created this new course because he sees a significant need for it in the community. Until now, such a resource simply didn't exist.
    As of this recording, the course is available for pre-order, with the official launch set for March 4th, 2024. For those listening in the future, head over to daveelitch.com or sooyow.com (which stands for Staying Out Of Your Own Way) to grab your copy.
    To keep things engaging, I've asked Dave to put together a top 5 list, and he's chosen "Top 5 Things You're Not Doing That Are Hurting You and Your Drumming." So, grab your notepads, folks, because it's time to learn. And a big thank you to Dave for joining us today! Always a pleasure to have you. Cheers!
    *note from show - Dave suggests finding a “Myofascial Sports Massage Therapist who does Deep Tissue Sports Massage who works on Athletes”

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Allison Miller's (Drummer / Composer / Teacher) Top 5 Influential Records

    Allison Miller's (Drummer / Composer / Teacher) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Allison Miller. Allison, based in New York City, is an American drummer, composer, and educator known for her versatile style. Fusing jazz with rock, funk, and global music elements, she has collaborated with notable artists including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, and others. A prolific solo artist, her latest album "Rivers in Our Veins" was released in 2023. Miller's dynamic drumming and dedication to musical innovation resonate with audiences across the globe. I hope you enjoy the 5 records that helped shape Allison Miller into the musician she is today. Cheers!

    ALLISON’S BIG FAT FIVE 
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    Album - Around the World in a Day
    Artist - Prince
    Release Year - 1985
    Key Track(s) - Tamborine, Condition of the Heart, Temptation
    Drummer - Prince, Sheila E
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    Album - Miles Smiles
    Artist - Miles Davis
    Release Year - 1967
    Key Track(s) - Freedom Jazz Dance, Gingerbread Boy, Footprints, Dolores
    Drummer - Tony Williams
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    Album - The Avant-Garde
    Artist - John Coltrane and Don Cherry
    Release Year - 1966
    Key Track(s) - The Invisible, The Blessing, Focus on Sanity
    Drummer - Ed Blackwell
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    Album - Plantation Lullabies
    Artist - Meshell Ndegeocello
    Release Year - 1993
    Key Track(s) - I’m Diggin’ You, Step into the Projects, Call Me, Sit Outside Your Door
    Drummer - David Gamson
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    Album - Zoning
    Artist - Mary Lou Williams
    Release Year - 1974
    Key Track(s) - Praise The Lord, Intermission, Rosa Mae
    Drummer - Mickey Roker
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    HONORABLE MENTIONS:
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    Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter
    Black and Red - Live in Willisau
    The Cure - Keith Jarrett Trio
    Empyrean Isles - Herbie Hancock
    Sounds of Joy - Joe Lovano
    Unity - Larry Young
    Special Edition - Jack Dejohnette
     
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    • 47 min
    Bill Bruford's (Yes / King Crimson / Earthworks / Genesis) 5 Influential Records

    Bill Bruford's (Yes / King Crimson / Earthworks / Genesis) 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is THE Bill Bruford. Bill is a legendary drummer whose illustrious career spans over five decades, marked by pioneering contributions to progressive rock, jazz fusion, and beyond. Emerging onto the music scene in the late 1960s, Bruford gained prominence as the drummer for progressive rock icons Yes, where his intricate rhythms and dynamic playing style helped define the band's sound. His tenure with Yes produced several critically acclaimed albums, including "Close to the Edge" and "Fragile," solidifying his reputation as one of the foremost drummers of his generation.
    In addition to his work with Yes, Bruford became a member of the seminal progressive rock band King Crimson, where his innovative drumming continued to captivate audiences and influence generations of musicians. Over the years, Bruford's musical journey evolved, leading him to explore jazz fusion with his own band, Earthworks, and delve into experimental projects that pushed the boundaries of musical expression. A prolific recording artist, respected educator, and insightful author, Bill Bruford's multifaceted career is a testament to his unwavering dedication to pushing the limits of creativity and leaving an indelible mark on the world of music.
    Check out "Bill Bruford: Inspirations" playlist HERE

    BILL'S BIG FAT FIVE
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    Album - Drums Unlimited
    Artist - Max Roach
    Release Year - 1966
    Key Track(s) - For Big Sid
    Drummer - Max Roach
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    Album - Live Sesh and Extra Songs
    Artist - Louis Cole
    Release Year - 2019
    Key Track(s) - F it Up - Live Sesh
    Drummer - Louis Cole
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    Album - Caravan
    Artist - Art Blakey & Jazz Messenger
    Release Year - 1963
    Key Track(s) - Caravan
    Drummer - Art Blakey
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    Album - Blackstar
    Artist - David Bowie
    Release Year - 2016
    Key Track(s) - Blackstar
    Drummer - Mark Guiliana
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    Album - Fresh Cream
    Artist - Cream
    Release Year - 1966
    Key Track(s) - I Feel Free
    Drummer - Ginger Baker
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    HONORABLE MENTION:
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    Artist: John Taverner
    Track: The Lamb
    Release Year: 1982
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    • 45 min
    Brian Dunne's (Hall & Oates / Live at Daryl's House) Top 5 Influential Records

    Brian Dunne's (Hall & Oates / Live at Daryl's House) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Brian Dunne. Brian is the current drummer for Hall & Oates as well as the house drummer for Live From Daryl's House. Everything Brian plays sounds like a pre-produced groove and it's no wonder that he’s held the throne behind so many incredible musicians…including but certainly not limited to Joe Walsh, Ben Folds, Allen Stone, Average White Band, Cee Lo Green, Sting, Michael Brecker, Chaka Khan, Hesekiah Walker and many more. His pocket is insane and all of the information in today's episode is coming from someone who KNOWS about studio drumming. I hope you enjoy the 5 records that helped shape Brian Dunne into the drummer he is today. Cheers!

    BRIAN’S BIG FAT FIVE 
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    Album - What We Do
    Artist - John Scofield
    Release Year - 1993
    Key Track(s) - Camp Out
    Drummer - Bill Stewart
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    Album - Upfront
    Artist - David Sanborn
    Release Year - 1992
    Key Track(s) - Snakes
    Drummer - Steve Jordan
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    Album - Plantation Lullabies
    Artist - Meshell Ndegeocello
    Release Year - 1993
    Key Track(s) - I'm Diggin' You - Like an Old Soul Record
    Drummer - Programmed David Gamson
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    Album - The Best of Earth Wind and Fire
    Artist - Earth Wind and Fire
    Release Year - 1978
    Key Track(s) - Fantasy
    Drummer
    Maurice White, Fred White, Ralph Johnson
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    Album - Stomping at the Savoy
    Artist - Rufus and Chaka Khan
    Release Year - 1983
    Key Track(s) - Tell Me Something Good
    Drummer - JR Robinson
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    HONORABLE MENTION:
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    Album - Closer To The Light
    Artist - Leni Stern
    Release Year - 1990
    Key Track(s) - Sandbox
    Drummer - Zack Danziger / Dennis Chambers

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    • 36 min
    Sarah Jones' (Harry Styles / New Young Pony Club / Hot Chip) Top 5 Influential Records

    Sarah Jones' (Harry Styles / New Young Pony Club / Hot Chip) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week's guest is Sarah Jones…an English musician best known for being a session and touring drummer. She has recorded and/or toured with New Young Pony Club, Aynsley Lister, Bat for Lashes, Puscifer, Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Pillow Person and many more. Since 2017, she has been in one of the most high-profile drum thrones in the world as the drummer for Harry Styles band. She’s a veteran and such a great player. I hope you enjoy the 5 records that helped shape Sarah Jones into the drummer she is today. Cheers!
     
    SARAH’S BIG FAT FIVE
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    Album - From The Beginning
    Artist - Small Faces
    Release Year - 1967
    Key Track(s) - All or Nothing
    Drummer - Kenney Jones
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    Album - Metropolis pt 2 Scenes From a Memory
    Artist - Dream Theatre
    Release Year - 1999
    Key Track(s) - Scene 2 Overture 1928
    Drummer - Mike Portnoy
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    Album - Around The Fur
    Artist - Deftones
    Release Year - 1997
    Key Track(s) - My Own Summer / Around The Fur
    Drummer - Abe Cunningham
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    Album - Still Bill
    Artist - Bill Withers
    Release Year - 1972
    Key Track(s) - Kissing My Love
    Drummer - James Gadson
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    Album - Survivor
    Artist - Destiny's Child
    Release Year - 2001
    Key Track(s) - Survivor
    Drummer - Electronic

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    • 43 min
    Arbak Dal's (T Cymbals / Independent) Top 5 Influential Records

    Arbak Dal's (T Cymbals / Independent) Top 5 Influential Records

    This week’s guest is Arbak Dal––a phenomenal turkish drummer and founder of T Cymbals. He’s toured and/or recorded with countless European artists over the years in addition to his own solo projects. He also worked for decades as the everyman at Istanbul Agop Cymbals before taking a crack at doing it all himself with T Cymbals. I met him a few years ago at NAMM and he's just a hoot :) If you’re heading to NAMM this weekend in Anaheim, be sure to stop by the T Cymbals booth and say hi to Arbak yourself. I’ll also be there on Sunday so shoot me a DM and maybe we can link up. I hope you enjoy this chat about the 5 (actually 6) records that helped shape Arbak Dal into the drummer and cymbalsmith he is today. Cheers!

    ARBAK’S BIG FAT FIVE 
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    Album - Led Zeppelin IV
    Release Year - 1971
    Artist - Led Zeppelin
    Key Track(s) - Stairway to Heaven / Black Dog
    Drummer - John Bonham
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    Album - Come and Taste the Band
    Release Year - 1975
    Artist - Deep Purple
    Key Track(s) - Getting Tighter / You keep on Moving
    Drummer - Ian Paice
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    Album - Crash
    Release Year - 1996
    Artist - Dave Matthews
    Key Track(s) - Too much - #41
    Drummer - Carter Beauford
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    Album - Behind Closed Doors
    Release Year - 1991
    Artist - Peter Erskine
    Key Track(s) - Bulgana
    Drummer - Peter Erskine
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    Album - Kingdom of Desire
    Release Year - 1992
    Artist - TOTO
    Key Track - Jake to the Bone
    Drummer - Jeff Porcaro
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    Album - Take Me Back To Eden
    Release Year - 2023
    Artist - Sleep Token
    Key Track(s) - The Summoning
    Drummer - II

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    • 40 min

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Evan_G. ,

Awesome music podcast!

One of my favorite music focused podcasts in general (not only because I’m a drummer). Ben is a great host who brings on fantastic musicians and lets them tell their story about some of the music that has helped shape them. Every episode is fascinating and I’ve discovered a lot of new music from this podcast, and even learned new things about music I already knew. Keep up the good work, Ben!

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Cool talks with a really cool dude!

Ben is a great drummer and his podcast goes deep into the creative processes and influences of some of the greatest drummers in the industry today.

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What makes us tick

It’s amazing to hear the moments that shaped the drumming of today’s drummers on the scene. I love to learn about these musical moments, and I can’t help but reflect on my own musical moments and how they have influenced my drumming.

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