Re: Drum Machines replacing you
Sequences are as good/bad as the person programming them. While some genres simply require a straight beat without variation, a producer does a fine job on those. But worse would be a drummer coming in, not getting the concept, and trying to program 'drummer sensibilities' all over the track. Worse still would be a drummer who insists on playing live on a track that should be sequenced.
And worse than that, a producer who won't say 'no' to that drummer.
Usable machines and sequences have been part of music for almost 30 years. They're not suddenly a threat to live drumming or 'intelligent' drum parts, and they never were. To be a working drummer in most genres, one must be able to program, create sounds, and know when it's correct for someone else to do that work and make the choices they do.