Welcome back, Andy.Steve, I have to say, I'm super impressed. First off, I'm loving the band. All good players, & I especially like the conga flavours over the drumming. I think your drumming is both skilled & totally right for the music. Great time, slick fills, & a neat sense of groove.
I loved the interview, & strangely, your history is very similar to mine, except I was trained in classical percussion. I played until I was about 25 (pro for 6 years) then gave up for a variety of reasons. Took it back up again 3 years ago (along with my son), & never looked back! I suspect we're a similar age.
Anyhow, great stuff all round, & cool to see the delight & joy you get from playing. Good luck with all you do, Andy.
Wow Steve, you're way ahead of me on that one. 4 mallets, whoohoo, way beyond my youthful skillset! Plus, you studied kit, I never had the pleasure, just had to transfer the rather sober classical stuff to kit. Like you though, rock & roll stole my heart to, then broke it, with equal passion. I trained on timpani & tubular bells, a regular little Mike Oldfield, lol!- Bartok on the marimba wit 4 mallets was great fun! I was studying drums/drumset with a bigband drummer and classical percussion with the principle percussionist of a nearby symphony in my teens.
These guys are my bud's. We get along so well. No real head cases save for one but he is kept in check by all of us others. And it seems that being bud's and getting along so well is a strong component of the band. I have had and many others I know have had experience with the opposite.Anyhow, enough private chat. I really liked the band. Just got a nice no pressure pro feel all round, & I look forward to more "real music" from you & your buddies.