Re: Should drummers call themselves musicians?
It's ironic for drummers to claim to be musicians and then say rappers aren't - each is focused on rhythm. In 20 years' time rappers will be as integrated into the music system as synthesisers ... there was a time when they weren't musical instruments either. Not real instruments.
The loops programmers are musicians too. Is Bermuda not being a musician when programming parts for some of Weird Al's songs? Or Pat Mastelotto when he was with Crimson?