Re: Drumming for Popular Artists
It's definitely who you know. My uncle has played for some huge names, as well as guys we know at the shop. When we talk to kids like Brendan Buckley and Richie Bravo and Willie Stewart, and Julio Inglesias's drummer, (I'm embarrassed to have forgotten his name), they all tell us the same stuff. Many times, it happens through contacts made in schools, or a professor contacting alumni...
One of the guys at work played at the Latin Grammy's because he most closely met the physical and ethnic description, (good looking, Hispanic, short hair, etc.) He said everyone there could play, some better than him, but they needed a look. I'm sure that goes a long way for many acts.