Hi! Been looking through some of the posts on this forum and figured I'd introduce myself. I'm Kyle, 29 years old and have been playing since high school (10+ years). Currently I am using a Yamaha DTX520K with a few extra pads, but in the past I had a Yamaha Beech Custom kit with Meinl and Paiste cymbals.
I listen to a lot of video game music, but also like some jazz, some rock, little of this and little of that. Mainly I like music that is sophisticated and eclectic and challenging to play with, or music that evokes strong emotions. I am interested in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms as well as left-foot clave work, and although I don't really follow death metal so much in itself, I am a big fan of speed metal double bass playing (i.e. George Kollias, Derek Roddy, Alex Rudinger).
I have been working on some drum cover videos for the past year or so, viewable at http://www.youtube.com/user/km6543/videos
. I mostly have done video game covers, but prefer tunes that are either complex or let me take some creative liberties.
When I was in high school I simply found I was becoming drawn to the drums. I would sometimes kick the front part of my desk in school pretending it was a kick drum, while "air-playing" everything else. It took a while but I eventually persuaded my parents to get me my first kit, an entry-level Peavey set with an extra Meinl Lightning-series crash (now discontinued). Instead of getting bored with them I kept playing, and eventually upgraded to a Yamaha Beech Custom with Meinl Lightning crashes, an Amun big bell power ride, Paiste Innovations hi-hats, and a super thin Paiste Dimensions china-type. Most of those cymbals I believe are no longer manufactured.
Then - I ended up selling all that due to financial reasons, and some years later found myself in South Korea teaching English. I saved up enough money from that gig to buy what I have today!
In addition to drumming I am a big foreign language buff and interested in travel and international affairs. I have seriously studied German, Russian, Japanese, and some Mandarin and Korean. If you happen to speak any of those drop me a line! I very much enjoy meeting people from all over. My college degree is in international studies as well. I studied in Germany and have traveled to Japan.
That's all I can think of! Thanks for making it this far.