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Old 01-20-2009, 08:40 AM
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What sort of questions do you ask when you interview a drummer? Cheers!
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Old 01-20-2009, 08:52 AM
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WOW, the questions could be endless.

I am assuming this is a open band position?

The first thing I would do is get all the band members together and brainstorm a little. Ask yourselves: What qualities matter most to each band member? Get everyone involved in the decision making process, you will be much happier in the end.

Some common general questions:

Do you have gig worthy equipment?
Do you have transportation?
Can you make all scheduled practices and be on time?
What are your expectations joining our band?

These are "general" questions you see. I have seen some pretty funny "requirements" posted by bands that make you wonder what bad experiences they had with the last drummer.?? lol

Good luck with the search and remember, "without a drummer it's just Folk music".
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:29 AM
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Interview for a band?

Or interview for a magazine?

For a magazine I'd go:

Influences, interesting exercises, evaluate some of their recorded material (cds/whatnot), favourite quotes, maybe specs on their equipment.
Wishing I was Stanton Moore...
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:01 PM
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Assuming it's for a magazine or web site, there are at least a dozen basic questions along the lines of 'how did you get your start playing', 'what was your first paying gig', 'when did you decide to become a professional', 'how would you like to be remembered', etc.

But additional questions should be tailored to the individual and their band or gigging situation. If someone is well known for foot speed, ask about any special technique they used to develope that. If they're extremely famous and can't go out without being mobbed (Ringo is a perfect example) ask how they handle it and if they would have done things differently.

Lots of possibilities.

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