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Forum: Drums 06-25-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,237
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: A good bit of Guru old school vibe :)

That's pretty much it Andy! Aiming for vintage warmth with a bit of contemporary punch ...

I had played a 14 x 12 on a DW kit at a festival somewhere in Spain, it was the house kit. I loved the...
Forum: Drums 06-23-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,237
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: A good bit of Guru old school vibe :)

Hi guys,

Matt here ... thanks for all the positive comments - glad you are all digging the vibe of the kit & Big Boy Bloaters new single!!

The sizes are: 20 x 14, 12 x 8, 14 x 12 and the snare...
Forum: General Discussion 10-24-2009, 05:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,996
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: UK Drum Companies

I have a 13" Highwood, a beautitul snare drum but would also definitely check out GURU DRUMWORKS too - amazing craftsmanship: http://www.gurudrumworks.co.uk/
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2009, 03:07 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 35,620
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Drummers who have influenced you

it's interesting but not so surprising that the same names tend to crop up time & again ... there is a reason some of these guys are so succesful huh?!

I would say I'm probably influenced in some...
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2009, 02:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,168
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Uriel Jones - RIP

I'm right there with you man ... this was really sad news. what an influence the funk brothers have had on us all...
Forum: General Discussion 04-07-2009, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,470
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Daddy's Junky Music

i'm a regular visitor to new england and have had no complaints having bought stuff in the boston & portsmouth branches ... although i much prefer the independent or smaller local stores in the area...
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2009, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,327
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: RIP Dewey Martin (Buffalo Springfield)

oh man, that's sad news.

The Springfield are one of my all time favourite bands, and Dewey's contributions were are vital ingredient ...

I guess we all get to join the great gig in the sky at...
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2009, 01:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 31,667
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Best blues drummers

oh yeh man ... SP Leary ... how could I have missed him from my initial list?!

Amazing groove & feel - I love the Muddy Waters & Wolf stuff ...
Forum: Drummers 02-03-2009, 10:02 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 28,816
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Brian Blade

Brian Blade IS without doubt, an incredible player. He's a very musical drummer & in my opinion he's definitely earning his place amongst the modern greats ...

I love the vibe of the little...
Forum: Drummers 02-03-2009, 09:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 20,589
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson

I love the last Al Green album "Lay it Down" ... his playing on that is sublime.. I never get tired of listening to anything off The Tipping Point either ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-02-2009, 05:30 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 31,667
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Best blues drummers

Being a predominantly blues oriented drummer, I find these guys to be continued inspirations for pure feel & groove:

Sam Lay (Chicago Legend)
Sonny Freeman (Check out his "Flat Tyre" shuffle!)...
Forum: Drummers 01-06-2009, 03:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 22,838
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Charlie Watts

man ... Charlie is one of my absolute faves - Not only does he drum from a crossfire hurricane, but check out those threads (I bet Saville Row has done alright out of him over the years!)!!

Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2008, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,663
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Stanton Moore : The Spirit of New Orleans

that truely is a thing of a real beauty!

i want one!!
Forum: Drums 11-29-2008, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,026
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: looking for a certain snare sound

There are loads of head combinations but I find the old classic Remo Abadassor or Ambassador Vinatge (depending on the drum) work for me ... as for tuning, check out Bob Gatzen's videos on YouTube,...
Forum: Drummers 11-15-2008, 11:29 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 24,073
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: R.I.P.: Mitch Mitchell

Sad news indeed - another of the true greats joins the great gig in the sky ... R.I.P. Mitch
Forum: Drums 11-06-2008, 10:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 55,034
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Gretsch Catalina Club jazz kit?

I got one of these bop sets for ease of transport & my 22" x 14" vintage kick was a little big (believe it or not) for some gigging situations I found myself in!!! (I play all kinds of music by the...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2008, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,265
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Learning Cover Sets Quickly

I've been in that position myself ..

Try to familiarise yourself with the original recordings & get a general feel for the tunes (groove etc) and think of each song in sections - add a tambourine...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-06-2008, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,927
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Blues records advise?

Nice one Jay! Yeh - Fred Below starting as a jazzer makes perfect sense. He really knew how to swing and to play with real authority at low volumes.

i got to pay my own personal tribute to him...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-05-2008, 11:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,927
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Blues records advise?

I currently tour with various blues artists resident in Europe - Jimmy Thomas (from Ike Turners Kings of Rhythm), Michael Roach (Country Blues master from DC), Johnny Mars (Harmonica Maestro), Angela...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-05-2008, 12:55 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 18,374
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: Natural Talent or a Learned Skill??

Good point ... as with anything in life, some things come easier to some people (those with natural talent?), but as with all art forms, playing music deserves dedication, hard work & total respect. ...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2008, 07:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,158
Posted By mattsdrums
Re: RIP, Jimmy Carl Black (The Indian of the Group)

that is sad news man ... i urge everyone to listen to King Kong in rememberance!

R.I.P. Jimmy
Forum: Drums 10-31-2008, 05:52 PM
Replies: 916
Views: 251,113
Posted By mattsdrums

Can't argue with the genius of Ludwig 400's or 402's really can you?!

Having said that, I just got myself a beautfiul 13" x 5.5" Rosewood/Birch snare with wood hoops from a smal UK custom drum...
Forum: Drums 10-31-2008, 05:36 PM
Replies: 415
Views: 113,638
Posted By mattsdrums

Try the Bob Gatzen videos on YouTube - guaranteed to make your snare sing, although you may need to experiement a little with the notes & intervals between the heads he suggests from drum to drum...
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