I’m into it for the girls.
The problem I see with YouTube is that when someone has a little bit of success and is asked to "become a partner" then their content creation not only has to be original, it has to be constant. that puts a burden on most people (not backed by a company.. i'm referring to solo acts here). They have to keep producing new videos on a tight regular schedule, eventually their content is inevitably going to decline in quality and they will be just putting stuff out there just to maintain a schedule. They will spend more time checking comments, recording and editing than actually playing... There are some channels that have managed to keep creating good content and have avoided being pressured into constantly producing new things...
I don’t like when drummers say they’re “covering” a song when they’re simply playing along to an album.
I started a YouTube channel two years ago, all of it my own content. None of it drumming, so far (with the exception of a short Michael Jerome solo from a concert I really enjoyed).I‘m not on Facebook and only consume on Instagram, no posting. I’m a frustrated fan of YouTube.
Haha...I thought the same thing about Athlean-X. I love much of his stuff, but how many warm ups and stretches could I possibly do? “Have this issue? Then do this 20 times a day...each side.”This, and even those content creators have complained about just that, but they're forced to do it, not because they want to.
The Youtube algorithm is ruthless....if you don't put out regular content, it will stop showing your stuff. So it just becomes a cycle of regurgitating the same stuff in different ways. I see this with some fitness channels I follow. I love Athlean-X, but dear god that shit gets so repetitive so fast. He's put out like 30 videos on "you MUST do these warm-ups" that are technically all different....but if you did all of these "must-do" warmups your warmup will last 2 hours long.
The channels that maintain the highest quality are the ones that don't put out regular stuff, but somehow still manage to be popular by word-of-mouth mostly. Bill Wurtz is a great example of this. CGP Gray as well, even Lindsey Ellis.
Look at Null Positiv a German band that has no record label and produces everything themselves...the quality they have makes you think they have a big label behind them...The only thing I hate is it didn't happen when I was younger.
When I was playing all the time, the internet was still an infant. File sharing wasn't quite a thing. Everyone having access to decent recording equipment wasn't a thing yet. Digital video cameras weren't there yet. You tube was still several years off.
All the best shows I ever did and most of the best songs my bands ever came up with were simply lost to time. There are very few recordings of what we did, and most of what was recorded are of poor quality, save one song that we spend a lot money on.
The bands I was in worked hard to write and rehearse and do great shows, and while we attracted a lot of record company interest, it stopped at interest. We were a little too weird, or not word enough, depending on whom you talked to.
Now, I pop on youtube and I see bands that are subspecialty similar to the bands I was in back in the 90s. They don't need to be on a major label, they can make a video, get on YT gain interest, put together a tour, put out an album on a small label, etc. Maybe they don't make much money, I don't know, but they're doing better than we ever did.
A video randomly came on YT the other day, and I couldn't believe how similar the lyrics were to a song one my bands did back in 1999. No, I'm not saying they copied us, just they have the means to get it out to ears and eyes, and we didn't.
I have had guys with cred give me wrong advice as well, for example the one and only lesson I took I was told that I was holding the sticks wrong ( the guy insisted on me using that sideways jazz grip when I use traditional grip) there was nothing wrong with how I held the sticks... I can play the way he wanted me to but it was not comfortable to me. ..Some wiser person told me that I should play the way that it is more comfortable for me. Today I probably run circles around that so called instructor with my "wrong way" of holding the sticks..Old guy in a middle aged guy's body here:
I love Youtube in that it allows me to expose my students to many cool things instantly. When I was young and learning - in the 70's80's - if I wanted to experience cool drumming stuff, I had to physically take my self to a situation that I had to spend time researching to see if it was worth my time. Now, I can just call up _____________ video showing this cool aspect of drumming.
I hate Youtube because it allows for hacks, bad advice and other stuff that would have normally been "filtered out" by having to prove ones self on some level before gaining cred. My students can surf at will, but will come across a lot of bad advice etc...
so I have to make sure that I educate my students about what to look for for legit content, and then they can look at whatever stupid stuff they want
I have no personal experience with social media on purpose, but I know what it is about, and I would say that from what I hear, it is 99% drama, and 1% useful information. I don't use any social media in my teaching, but I do use it to make group announcements about schedules and logistics...well, i have my section leaders do it...
Not really into YouTube for drums, other than using it to check out gear and occasionally educational videos.
Instagram for me is better as you follow things/people who’s playing that you appreciate so you effectively get what you ask for in your feed first. Most of the things I follow on Instagram are either drumming or travel related.
If I see something I don’t appreciate or like I simply keep scrolling, or if there’s a drummer who’s playing no longer speaks to me I unfollow.
Some people / creators can get carried away with it all and building / maintaining a ‘brand’ and keeping their egos in check, but that’s their problem and not mine. I can choose to simply unfollow if I wish.
Great point about chemistry and being able to play with other musicians and not just along to a track.These points are me as well.
Rick Beato did a video on this very thing and how it's changed how musicians see other musicians. He talked about how the "art of the audition" is lost & that a YouTube video of your chops doesn't tell others how well you'll get along with them.
I follow a few drummers on Insta and do so because they have something to offer me other than just watching them bash away (like Sara Thawer is one who teaches first, then entertains).
I learn a lot from her & others like her. If all they offer is "gospel chops", I just keep scrolling.
Bottom line is, the YouTube/Twitch/Instagram drummer is pretty much here to stay. I'll adapt & keep on keeping on.
Great point about chemistry and being able to play with other musicians and not just along to a track.
the unanimous consensus was that other musicians tried to form bands with this drummer and they were indeed a nightmare. Apparently that drummer could/would only play cover songs along with the musicians IF they played along to the track itself. And said drummer melted down when pushed to actually drive the band.
Driving a band’s rhythm section is very different from playing along to tracks.
I love the "hammer" quote. Good analogy.Being active on social media has led to some wonderful opportunities I may not have otherwise had - especially in working with manufacturers - so it's become a necessary evil.
Youtube can fantastic for things like gear reviews - there are great lessons and channels on there from various drummers.
The internet is a tool like anything else - I have no feelings about it more than I would a hammer: It's handy when I need to use it, and out of mind when I don't.