Do you want to become a band drummer who plays the songs of your taste or a flexible session drummer? and why?
You really hit on a great little point there. I hold the same attitude. I'm not playing for my enjoyment first. I am playing for the audiences enjoyment first.Those guys n gals all say they played what people wanted to hear and laughed all the way to the bank.
Totally this. These were the reasons I took up playing. I wanted to be in a band making music that spoke to me in the same way, and finding a way to make the drum parts matter in a way that was somehow integral to the band's sound and not generically transparent.... as a kid I loved bands. Peart in Rush, Bonham in Zep etc. That was where it was at ...
... In a band you compose your own parts under your control so as to make great music ...
...The specialist will always be better at his specialty than the generalist...
Absolutely. I tend to think more as a musician/music fan than just a drummer. There are definite styles that I either actively pursue or actively avoid and it has nothing to do with the potential for income - it just comes down to taste, so I have no interest in versatility where it means I'd need to play something I would never listen to or actively dislike.Life is too short to just play what others want you to play. I understand if it is your job - yes, that's different. However, if you have a choice then play what makes you happy.