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Old 09-24-2008, 01:07 PM
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Many thanks for the comments about the MD festival. I had a blast - an amazing weekend that I'll never forget. Great to meet so many fantastic drummers and hang out with them at the show (and at the bar in the hotel).
It was quite daunting to go on and perform next to all these guys - and pretty surreal in a way. I guess I could have always played better (mind you, I think that after every show) - but I know I gave it my best shot under the circumstances.

ProgFron - I don't know if all of my performance will be on the DVD.

Big_Philly - that was a "Golden Madrone" finish on the Sonor SQ2 set.

Hi gibeachhead

During the first verse of "Way Out of Here", amongst other things, it sounds like you are playing on the rims of your toms; are you? It sure sounds like it, and it is done so tastefully.

Thanks, actually it's the rim of the snare drum.

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Old 09-24-2008, 06:48 PM
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I will personally pick a fight with anyone who isn't brought to tears by Gavin's polyrhythms.

He is not human, and everyone knows it.

You can't be that good at drums and still be made of human flesh and bone.

He's got to be a robot or something.

It's the only valid conclusion.

I'm thinking he has a computer that was artificially embedded into his brain to make him so good.

Just like Danny Carey apparently has a "daemon" lodged within him.


Thank you Gavin for inspiring me never to play a 4/4 groove again.

And thank you for inspiring millions of drummers round the world.

You're just so good at drums it's literally reeeeediculous.
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:01 PM
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Hi Gavin, how are you?

I have a couple of (maybe quite lengthy) questions about Fear of a Blank Planet and Nil Recurring. I couldn't help notice the parallels (unintentional as they may be) between those two releases and Radiohead's "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" which was released 8 months after Kid A. T
hey were both recorded in the same sessions but both have different sounds but the concepts are related, Amnesiac being an about "Kid A's" (the character) reaction to and reflection on what has happened on "Kid A" (the album). It seems to me that Fear of a Blank Planet is about the describing circumstances and what is happening to a young Person(s) but then in Nil Recurring you have a song like Normal which seems to be the young Person(s) reflecting on what is happening.
I know that Steven is a Radiohead fan and was wondering if this concept or idea was at all bearing on how you released the material from those sessions?

Going to the Musical side of things, both of the above Radiohead albums are quite different musically as are Fear of a Blank Planet and Nill Recurring (to my ears), I was wondering how you manage to maintain two Musical Mind-sets over the period of a single Session and how do they affect each other? i.e. do you find it hard to choose between two or more ways or mind-sets of doing or approaching one piece of Music? Or do you find things filter naturally and seperate themselves out?

Hope you're well,

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Old 09-26-2008, 05:10 PM
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Hi K.Howden

It seems to me that Fear of a Blank Planet is about the describing circumstances and what is happening to a young Person(s) but then in Nil Recurring you have a song like Normal which seems to be the young Person(s) reflecting on what is happening.
I know that Steven is a Radiohead fan and was wondering if this concept or idea was at all bearing on how you released the material from those sessions?


Not as far as I'm aware of.

Going to the Musical side of things, both of the above Radiohead albums are quite different musically as are Fear of a Blank Planet and Nill Recurring (to my ears), I was wondering how you manage to maintain two Musical Mind-sets over the period of a single Session and how do they affect each other? i.e. do you find it hard to choose between two or more ways or mind-sets of doing or approaching one piece of Music? Or do you find things filter naturally and seperate themselves out?


Personally I didn't have two mind sets and can't really hear the difference from FOABP and Nil Recurring. The songs were all recorded around the same time - it was only at the last minute that "Cheating The Polygraph" was replaced by "Way Out Of Here" and the track "Nil Recurring" almost made it onto the main album too. My approach to both sets of songs was the same. Maybe as a listener you can hear things that I can't - after working on them for so long you start to lose your mind.

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Old 09-26-2008, 06:58 PM
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Personally I didn't have two mind sets and can't really hear the difference from FOABP and Nil Recurring. The songs were all recorded around the same time - it was only at the last minute that "Cheating The Polygraph" was replaced by "Way Out Of Here" and the track "Nil Recurring" almost made it onto the main album too. My approach to both sets of songs was the same. Maybe as a listener you can hear things that I can't - after working on them for so long you start to lose your mind.

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Well the main difference I hear between the two is the intensity of the playing (not just the Drums) at a technical level. FOABP sounds a lot more measured to me, for example I hear a lot more Rhythmic Illusions and Odd-measures on Nill Recurring where as a lot of the songs sound a lot straight ahead Timing wise on FOABP. Also the Timbre and Sounds of the Guitar seem to have a different quality to them than those on FOABP.
I guess its one of those intagible things that can't really be describe adequatley with words, they both seem to have their distinctive flavours to me and I don't know why but I always see Nil Recurring as being coloured Orange and FOABP Blue as the album cover suggets (don't ask! haha) but both Albums are stunning all the same.

I guess that's the great thing about Music though, the fact that no two People will interpret the same piece of Music the same and the creator of the Music is the only person who will really know what it means.

Cheers for taking the time to reply to all these questions you recieve, its much appreciated,

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Old 09-28-2008, 04:10 PM
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Hello Gavin

Me and some of my classmates are planning to do a cover off Anesthetize on our scen project at school. I find the second part quite tricky at some parts. So therefore I wonder if you have any video laying around in your computer or such where we can see you playing especially part. 2 in the song. It would be a great help for me and I would really appreciate it!

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Hi Gavin, 2 questions please:

1. I want to buy the EV N/D408's as they seem good for not to being in the way of close to toms cymbals, but i found only the N/D468 on the market. DO u know if there's any difference between them?
2. Do u know any GOOD notation software for Mac (apart from the super known Sibelius) that's GOOD for drum scores? Possibly with the MIDI in/out option.

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Old 09-28-2008, 11:06 PM
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Pardon my barging in but NoteAbilityPro is a very good notation program for Mac.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:38 AM
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Hi PTEmil

Me and some of my classmates are planning to do a cover off Anesthetize on our scen project at school. I find the second part quite tricky at some parts. So therefore I wonder if you have any video laying around in your computer or such where we can see you playing especially part. 2 in the song. It would be a great help for me and I would really appreciate it!


There is no video of me playing that song at the moment. However - I did play it at the Modern drummer Festival and it was filmed - due to be released on DVD early 2009. Also we probably will film it on the next PT DVD - which most likely will be released around spring next year. It's quite a tricky song to play.

Hi steste50

1. I want to buy the EV N/D408's as they seem good for not to being in the way of close to toms cymbals, but i found only the N/D468 on the market. DO u know if there's any difference between them?

I have had both 408 and 468 and as far as I can tell they are exactly the same. I know the 408 isn't available anymore.

2. Do u know any GOOD notation software for Mac (apart from the super known Sibelius) that's GOOD for drum scores? Possibly with the MIDI in/out option.

I believe "Finale" is good - but I haven't tried it.

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Old 09-29-2008, 10:46 PM
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Hello to you all!

I'm new here, though I've been lurking around 2-3 times. This monster thread is the very reason I'm now registered:D!

Hello Gavin - maybe you've seen my e-mail, I saw your post were you said something like "post it in this forum and I check it" - so I'd like to post my very humble transcribed versions of some of your great fills on PT albums. It would be great if you comment them, and if necessary (I think so actually...) correct some of the stuff.

Thank you very much - love your playing!

Matthias


By the way (to all the forum members), I know some of the fills may already be explained and discussed in this thread, I'm going through all the pages now, but that'll need quite some time:). So in the end I'm gonna see it all. So don't get irritated or whatever...;)

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Old 09-30-2008, 01:36 AM
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Hi Gavin,

Bravo on your MD performance! Despite the bad acoustics where I was sitting, it was great to have the opportunity to see you play live!

I thought the story Simon told about how he used to play with your father a while ago to be a fantastic introduction....it truly is a smaller world in music!

Anyways, my question (if you don't mind answering) is more of one around how you came to be. How did you grow up practicing? Did you ever feel like you hit a wall technically and how did you overcome the challenges that made you the drummer you are today?

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Old 09-30-2008, 01:27 PM
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Hi Alex,
I'm glad you like the sound of my kitchen.

It can depend on the style of music but here's the set up I used on that track:

Dualit Toaster
Dualit Kettle
Leisure Sink
unknown juicer

I'd really like to get a Dualit endorsement - they have easily the best sound.

The funny thing is that my studio and kitchen are on opposite sides of the house - so I would go to the studio - put the computer in record (8 bars before I needed to play) and then run to the kitchen, put on the headphones and start to play various parts of the kitchen. Many times I would make a mistake in the first bar - and then I would have to run back to the studio (quite often forgetting to take the headphones off - so they would strangle me half way down the hallway) and go and press stop/delete on the computer. And then start over again. I must have run backwards and forwards 50 times during that recording. I don't know why I didn't take my powerbook down to the kitchen and just record it there!!!

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Old 09-30-2008, 01:36 PM
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Gavin,

Congrats on the MDF of course. I will definitely check out the PT dvd and the MDF dvd when they come out.

I just have a question related to the rhythmic horizons dvd. In the resolving section(i believe) you talk about using the groups of 3's 5's and 7's in your fills, in just a basic 4 bar phrase. When i saw you doing it, i was like "alright not so bad" then i tried it in my jazz improv class(while trading 4s)....didnt go so well......and displacing the 1st beat and not starting the fill on 1...forget about it. How do you gain that 2nd sense of that 4 beat measure, when you are throwing around 16th note groupings in other time signatures? I just start counting those 16th note groupings and lose my place in the measure. Any tips on how to approach thinking about/playing that kind of stuff. I can kind of see playing something like that in a fill when you have bass laying down that foundation, but in complete silence...i dont know.

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Hello Gavin

Have you ever heard The Grudge by Tool? If so, what do you think of Danny's playing, especially in the ending drum-solo?

Question to everyone including Gavin:

The last few seconds of the Grudge drum-solo, Danny pulls off a amazing tomwork. It's only toms I think, perhaps a snare. I wonder if ANYONE (as there seems to be quite alot Tool fans around here) know excatcly how that short part is played? It's only 5 seconds or something, but incredibly hard to memorize how he plays. I would really, really appreciate it if someone would make a piece of drum-notes for those 5-6 secs, or perhaps a video where it is being played really slow.

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Hey!

I just saw the new Insurgentes trailer (trailer No.2). Absolutley amazing! Is it you that play the drums on the track used in the trailer?

AMAZING job at the MD festival by the way! Loved it! I was a little dissappointed with the snaredrum sound on the video..No punch at all. But of course that must have been the sound-guy messing up.. Cause I know how good your designer snare sounds!

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The MD festival video sample thing of you playing sounds very nice, I'm looking to forward to seeing more videos soon.

Looking forward to new PT DVD and new SW album as well.

I also bought Rythmic Visions recently, some the time modulation+subdividing exercises are insane, especially when you do it when 7's and 9's. I really want to get my hands on your more recent DVD.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:11 AM
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Hi Swiss Matthias

so I'd like to post my very humble transcribed versions of some of your great fills on PT albums. It would be great if you comment them, and if necessary (I think so actually...) correct some of the stuff.

thanks for the transcriptions they look really good.

Hi ElevenFour

How did you grow up practicing? Did you ever feel like you hit a wall technically and how did you overcome the challenges that made you the drummer you are today?


I would often hit a wall technically when I was a kid - because my 'rhythm brain' wasn't developed enough to understand the problems. Perseverance was the only way forward. It wasn't until my imagination really kicked that I started to develop my own stuff - and that was when I was around 17 - 18 years old.

Hi Zildjian232

I just have a question related to the rhythmic horizons dvd. In the resolving section(i believe) you talk about using the groups of 3's 5's and 7's in your fills, in just a basic 4 bar phrase. When i saw you doing it, i was like "alright not so bad" then i tried it in my jazz improv class(while trading 4s)....didnt go so well......and displacing the 1st beat and not starting the fill on 1...forget about it. How do you gain that 2nd sense of that 4 beat measure, when you are throwing around 16th note groupings in other time signatures? I just start counting those 16th note groupings and lose my place in the measure. Any tips on how to approach thinking about/playing that kind of stuff. I can kind of see playing something like that in a fill when you have bass laying down that foundation, but in complete silence...i dont know.

Of course it's easier to play that stuff over a bass line - because you end up using the bass line as a reference. So when you play it without a bass line you must have a very strong sense of the bar line (in whatever time signature you're playing). I find it helps to practice that kind of thing over a musical background at first so you tend to not get lost. Then try it without. Doing things like 16th note displacements in a solo a pretty dangerous - because you're easily going to lose the other musicians - unless they are aware that you're going to do that kind of thing.

How do you gain that 2nd sense of that 4 beat measure, when you are throwing around 16th note groupings in other time signatures?

Lots of practice and (as I said above) perseverance.

HI PTEmil

Have you ever heard The Grudge by Tool? If so, what do you think of Danny's playing, especially in the ending drum-solo?

Yes I know Danny and he's a great player - certainly plays some great stuff on that track. No, I don't know what he's playing at the end there.

Hi DTrocks

I just saw the new Insurgentes trailer (trailer No.2). Absolutley amazing! Is it you that play the drums on the track used in the trailer?

Yes that's me playing on that track.

AMAZING job at the MD festival by the way! Loved it! I was a little dissappointed with the snaredrum sound on the video..No punch at all. But of course that must have been the sound-guy messing up.. Cause I know how good your designer snare sounds!

Fear not - I'm remixing it right now. What you hear on the clip is the rough mix they made live during the show.

Hi Pandrex

I also bought Rythmic Visions recently, some the time modulation+subdividing exercises are insane, especially when you do it when 7's and 9's. I really want to get my hands on your more recent DVD.

Thanks - It's available via my website. www.drumset.demon.co.uk

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Old 10-01-2008, 03:13 PM
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Today arrived my copy of "drop"

I must say, it's really interesting project. I like it very much.
Plus for my birthday I received a great present: "Arriving Somewhere..." DVD :)
Wow wow wow! Great again!

Just wanted to share my happiness!

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thanks for the transcriptions they look really good.
Thanks Gavin!

What drove mad the most was that fill of Fear Of a Blank Planet, at 5:01. Can you tell me if I got that right? After listening to it for a million times, my ear started to hear various stuff, including some 5:2 or 7:2 stuff. I'm in doubt especially because of this one "lonely" 32nd-note tom right at the end...
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Hey Swiss Matthias,

Here is my take on the fill you are asking about.

As always, subdivisions are subjective but I think it is close.

Hope it helps,

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Have you ever heard The Grudge by Tool? If so, what do you think of Danny's playing, especially in the ending drum-solo?

Question to everyone including Gavin:

The last few seconds of the Grudge drum-solo, Danny pulls off a amazing tomwork. It's only toms I think, perhaps a snare. I wonder if ANYONE (as there seems to be quite alot Tool fans around here) know excatcly how that short part is played? It's only 5 seconds or something, but incredibly hard to memorize how he plays. I would really, really appreciate it if someone would make a piece of drum-notes for those 5-6 secs, or perhaps a video where it is being played really slow.

Thanks for reading!
/Emil

This guy gets it pretty close...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJHYg...eature=related

...except the part at about 0:35; this guy plays the alternating ruffs between the floor tom and double bass whereas Danny plays them between the snare and double bass.

On the recording, there are toms and snare, but sometimes Danny's snare sound can be deceptive as he usually plays with the snares off (at least from Aenima on).

It's a difficult piece to learn, but I just listened to it thousands of times until it got under my skin. I highly recommend trudging through it, as for me it is one of the most satisfying songs to jam on when I sit down to practice.

Hope that helps...
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Hello Gavin,

I have little story for you...I started playing when I was 12 years old studied with Joe Morello for 3 years and did realy well playing across the US in a band of great guy's. Well I stopped playing to get Married and live a "normal" life....that was 25 years ago I now have 3 boys who play the guitar, and drums and I still have my original set of Ludwig drums circa 1965....

I have to thank you because I have stated playing again..I believe that alot is in your head anyway...but the real reason I started again is that my son's bought me tickets to the August 12 King Crimson show at the Keswick Theater and it was that night after seeing you that I knew I had to start playing again...I can not thank you enough, the show and your playing was inspiring....so I guess you never know who is watching your shows and what it means to some people. Well it was a wake up for me...

Any advise on tuning?????

again thanks a million !!!!!!

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Ah. Awesome job then! Usually it's pretty easy to recognice your drumming and your style, but this time I struggled a bit....I'm always impressed by how you manage to find the perfect groove for every song. Keep up the good work!

When will the remixed version of your performance be ready? And were can I watch it?

Cheers!
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Hi Chris D

but the real reason I started again is that my son's bought me tickets to the August 12 King Crimson show at the Keswick Theater and it was that night after seeing you that I knew I had to start playing again...I can not thank you enough, the show and your playing was inspiring....so I guess you never know who is watching your shows and what it means to some people. Well it was a wake up for me...

Glad to hear it. I'm very happy that you got some inspiration from my drumming.

Any advise on tuning?????

There has been a lot of discussion about this (you might want to search this thread) - but I can highly recommend the excellent advice that Bob Gatzen gives in his video clips on YouTube. I follow it closely.

Hi DTrocks

When will the remixed version of your performance be ready? And were can I watch it?


Early 2009 when it's released on DVD by Hudson Music.

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Hello Gavin,

Do you still spend time on improving the feel and groove of very rudimentary stuff? (8th note rock beats, single stroke rolls, whatever)

Wherever your playing is discussed, you get almost universal praise, and rightly so. However, I've seen one or two instances of someone accusing you of overplaying. Are there any sections in any recording you've performed on that you look back on and think "that part was unnecessarily complex"?

Also, what do you think of Benny Greb? He and you might be my two favorite drummers right now. :)

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Hello again Gavin,

I was wondering, when you decide to play a song for a clinic, do you tend to play a little more, so to speak, since the focus is on you rather than on the song? Does the change of situation ever alter your approach so that you play involved or soloistic parts which you might consider "too much" in concert or on an album?

Also, I'm happy to say I'll be at PASIC this year! Other than your demonstration, will you be hanging around any other times to meet people, sign stuff, etc?

Thanks for all the inspiration.
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Hi kheddar

Do you still spend time on improving the feel and groove of very rudimentary stuff? (8th note rock beats, single stroke rolls, whatever)

I certainly do - everything needs to feel as good as it can - whether that's playing paradiddles on a pad or an 8th note beat on a full set of drums.

Wherever your playing is discussed, you get almost universal praise, and rightly so. However, I've seen one or two instances of someone accusing you of overplaying. Are there any sections in any recording you've performed on that you look back on and think "that part was unnecessarily complex"?

The short answer is no. I knew exactly what I was doing - and at that time - I felt it was right. Sometimes in a live concert I play more than what I played on the record - but at the time (and in the context of the room, the audience feeling, the buzz, the adrenaline and spontaneous excitement) it felt right. If you wern't there that night and just heard some recording of it sometime later in the cold light of day - you might feel differently about it.

You can never please everyone. If you play a straight groove - someone will say you are boring and unimaginative - you might play something quite complex and creative - someone will say you overplayed. This is a form of art and personal preference - people's comments are of course subjective. I can only do what I think is right.

Also, what do you think of Benny Greb?

I know Benny and he's a great player.

Hi hauk

I was wondering, when you decide to play a song for a clinic, do you tend to play a little more, so to speak, since the focus is on you rather than on the song? Does the change of situation ever alter your approach so that you play involved or soloistic parts which you might consider "too much" in concert or on an album?

I try to play a balanced set of tunes at drum clinics. Obviously some tunes that feature the drums a bit more than usual. I certainly end up playing more notes than I would at a normal concert - because as you said - the focus is just on me. I don't really enjoy the pressure of the audience wanting me to show off - so I hardly ever play a solo. I realise that a majority of a drum clinic audience are beginners and amateurs who are more impressed with speed, flash and a very large drum set - than musicality and groove.

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Hi there Gavin,
greetings from India again. I was almost going to post a query on rudiments, but that's just been answered. I'd love to know what keeps you inspired: because your playing, I'm sure, inspires thousands of people around the world.
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I realise that a majority of a drum clinic audience are beginners and amateurs who are more impressed with speed, flash and a very large drum set - than musicality and groove.
That's interesting, how did you come to know that? Wow, I imagine I'd be totally unsure and probably in doubt if I could enjoy a clinic if I were to do one once...!
But I hope you (and other drummers who do clinics) try to play for the minority who want more than the above you listed:D!!

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bah! there we go again...
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I read the Vinnie Colaiuta interview (very interesting) and I agree with a lot of the things he said. A lot of young/beginner drummers come to clinics - obviously because they want to learn something - but they are the ones who are most impressed with technique - so you can feel pressurized to play something fast and flash because it gets a good reaction. But I try to make something musical out of my clinics and steer clear of "fireworks and tricks". Maybe that's why I don't get so many offers to do clinics?
To me, when I go see a clinic, it's mostly like a "private concert", where surprisingly few people gather, sometimes even for free, and watch a favourite artist of theirs perform, whilst sitting intimately near to the musician! That I love about clinics. And the questions. By the way, I clearly remember your clinic in Switzerland, at Musik Produktiv in Niederlenz, you answered so many questions with long stories, humor and many examples. It was so great you took so much time for all that people, shared so much insight, and last but not least made us laugh out loud quite some times:)!
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:31 PM
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Gavin,

I have more of a personal question for you, than a question regarding drumming and whatnot.

I'm very confused on whether to pursue a career in music.Subsequently, Ive even put off going to Berklee school of music. I'm running into some(possible) record contract/radio play/touring opportunities with this band I'm in, but I'm not going to count my chickens before the eggs hatch. College verses running off with a band??. Everyone i know has their career planned out already(military, pilots,union jobs,doctors,etc) , all i can say is "yeah i played at the house of blues in Hollywood last month, it was bad ass!" I have support around me, its just that you get that general attitude from people, like you told them that youre going to win the lottery and retire as your career plan. I have no other career aspirations besides music. I don't know if i should be worried or what.

I dont mean to sound like a drunk prattling school child, i have years worth of frustration, and trying to condense it was hard . You're leading a successful career in the same field im interested in, so i thought you might have some insight?


all the best,

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Old 10-07-2008, 04:38 AM
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Hey Gavin,

Just wanted to say good luck with the upcoming tour (starting tomorrow).

I heard that you guys are digging deep in the back catalog, well if so....and if you haven't finalized it yet. It would be great to see you guys play Always Never, your drumming on the remaster for that album really makes it an epic track.

Thanks for taking the time to read,

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Hello,
My current setup is a standard 5 piece Mapex Saturn (4 maple + 2 wallnut) the specs of which are
12x9
13x10
16x16
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22x18

I want to add a couple of toms (1 rack, 1 floor) to this arrangement...what sizes would you suggest to get a similar range like yours (considering i have a 13 and you dont).

Also can you shed some light on Irrational Polyrhythms (an online link ?)

Cheers,
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Cool, I got a Mapex Orion! 22x20, 14x5.5, 10x8, 12x9, 14x14 and 16x16.
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Sorry for the repeat, but I forgot one more question:
How long will your set be at PASIC?

Thanks again so much for all you do
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Seriously guys, private messages work great for that kind of stuff.
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:33 PM
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Hi cantstandyourfunk

I'd love to know what keeps you inspired: because your playing, I'm sure, inspires thousands of people around the world.

Many things keep me inspired - and not always the drums or other drummers. Life, in general - design and architecture I find very inspiring. Look at how many amazing designs there are of watches and clocks for instance - and there's new ones coming every day. Thinking about things away from music - can really help you look at the drums from new angles.

Hi Zildjian232

I'm very confused on whether to pursue a career in music.Subsequently, Ive even put off going to Berklee school of music. I'm running into some(possible) record contract/radio play/touring opportunities with this band I'm in, but I'm not going to count my chickens before the eggs hatch. College verses running off with a band??. Everyone i know has their career planned out already(military, pilots,union jobs,doctors,etc) , all i can say is "yeah i played at the house of blues in Hollywood last month, it was bad ass!" I have support around me, its just that you get that general attitude from people, like you told them that youre going to win the lottery and retire as your career plan. I have no other career aspirations besides music. I don't know if i should be worried or what.

Only you can make these decisions - all I can say is that it will not be easy to make a career in music - and you might not make much money - but it might be so much more rewarding in the fact that you would be doing what you love the most. Being really good is one thing - being lucky is another - and basically you need to be both. So work on the first - and hope that the second comes along at some point.

Hi drumbumhamza

My current setup is a standard 5 piece Mapex Saturn (4 maple + 2 wallnut) the specs of which are 12x9 13x10 16x16 14x5.5 22x18

I want to add a couple of toms (1 rack, 1 floor) to this arrangement...what sizes would you suggest to get a similar range like yours (considering i have a 13 and you dont).

Then I would suggest a 10x8 and maybe a 14x14

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Hey Gavin, thanks for the most awesome show last Tuesday in Almada. Definitely one of the best gigs I ever went to, it was incredible!
The venue was very small, do you guys play small places like that often? I think it really helps the atmosphere, but I expect it wouldn't make so much of a difference for you guys up there? I was the person in the "John&Paul&Ringo&George" shirt and the Colin Edwin type hat in the first row, right in front of you and Colin, in case you noticed, lol. I know, not likely.

Your kit sounded (and looked) stunning, that finish is very funky. I think I noticed you now mount your splashes upside down, is there any specific reason for that? Or just because it looks cool? Also, your ride has the K logo on the underside, how old is it?

Once again thanks for taking the time to read this, thank you for the wonderful and inspiring music. All the best and good luck for you and the rest of the guys!
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Was very nice to meet you after the Madrid concert, and thank you for sign my copy of Rhythmic Horizons. Im very honored!!.
The concert was amazing, good sound, great ambient, PT's music is fascinating...My wife an I did enjoy to the limit...And your sound is killer!. One of the most discussed things here is, as you know, your snare sound... In records is great, but alive...From another world: Beautiful low tone with impressive crack, an impossible to define for me deep, and an unbeliveable buzz sound fron the snares...Take my applause Gavin!.

Your performance were simply one of the best ive ever seen -anesthesize shocked me!!-...And im lucky to have seen alive people like -no particular order- Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Dennis Chambers, Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang...

Take care, and please give my regards to the blonde woman who were selling shirts ans cds. She is very kind and nice!!!

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