you nailed this right here BoI'm sure folks here will argue against and scream "I'm an artist and I must present my art", but in reality, nobody cares. Once you realize what your role actually is as the drummer in the band, that kinda dictates what you should be studying, that is, if you want to work. Some folks are totally content with the WOW factor, and that's ok. But if you're looking to work, the less is more approach during an audition is good.
but unfortunately the majority of drummers I see trying to get into the game would rather show us what they practiced.
I'm ok with that ... more work for me.
It's really simple.
If you are on a singer songwriter gig don't play like you are in Return To forever
Sounds like basic info right? ... you may be surprised how many players just can't resist the urge to squeeze in a Lenny White impression in spaces that would have been just fine being silent.
We are accompanists
Act like you know this