Todd Sucherman here!

MattRitter

Senior Member
Thanks, Todd. You could have become defensive about what I wrote, but instead, you offered a sincere and thoughtful response. Much appreciated.

Continued luck with your drumming career!
 

Sirwill

Silver Member
Mr.Sucherman

I have been watching your videos off the Drummerworld home page and have a question. What type of heads are you using on the beautiful large pearl kit that is used in the video titled (from the drum solo)? I like your playing style. It cuts nicely. Thank You .
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
ililedrums----Altitudedigital.com does ship to Germany. We've had orders from all parts of Europe and Asia. Hope you pick it up. Vielen danke!

Matt---your feedback is always welcomed in any form. So thanks to you and I wish you the best!

Sirwill---thanks for the compliments. I'm using (and always use) clear Remo Ambassadors top and bottom on the toms, clear Powerstroke 3 on the bass drum, coated Ambassador on the snare with hazy Ambassador snare side. Obviously for the small four piece jazz kit I go with the coated Ambassadors on the toms as well. I'm glad you dig the clips Bernhard put on the site. It's just a drop in the bucket of what's inside the 5 hour presentation! Thanks again.

Cheers from Biloxi, MS--

Todd
 

shoedaddy

Senior Member
Hey Todd,

I saw you play with Styx a few years back (I think Tommy Shaw announced it as your 10th anniversary and his 30th) and loved the sound and the subtle complexity you added to the drum parts. Needless to say, I've been following your career ever since and think the MD cover is well-deserved.

I see sometimes you play AAX hi-hats and sometimes HHX Evolution hats. Any reason for the difference? I'm thinking of picking up a new set and wondered how you decided between the two. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

P.S. I'm planning to show the MD picture of your home drum set-up and snare wall to my significant other to justify my continued drum purchases. We'll see what she thinks!
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
Shoedady--thanks for the compliments, my friend. You know, picking out hats is just like picking out a snare or ride cymbal for any given gig or track in the studio. I like having several options on hand. Live with Styx I've been using 14"AA Regular Hats for several years. They work well in that context of the live show. They are very "rock" but can also be musical and "tight" by utilizing them in different ways. The HHX Evos record nicely in my opinion. A touch softer and a touch darker than the AAs. I haven't really used much of the AAX hats except for a pair at home. I also used HH bright hats on one of the solos in my DVD for contrast. I think you can't go wrong with 14" AA regs or 14" HHX Evos---it's just a matter of what music you'll be playing. And good luck convincing your wife! Mine's the coolest, but even with her I've had to pay a little extra tax on some of the things I've brought home or drums that just "show up" on the doorstep. I've slowed down in recent years!

Deltadrummer---thanks a lot. That was one of the toughest gigs I've ever done. I feel I was far from my best because I (and we) were very out of our element with very little rehearsal---and by very little I mean ONE real rehearsal. I was put in the acrylic box (which I hate) and trying to hold things together between the band and orchestra was a monumental challenge. That being said, the kids were great and I think the overall spirit of the evening prevailed. It was a memorable night and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've read many notes from people who were moved to tears by the DVD of that show. Nothing worth doing comes easy, right? So thanks for being a reborn fan and I hope you make it out to a gig next time we swing through your area. Thanks for the note!

Cheers from Orlando--
Todd
 

That Guy

Platinum Member
Greetings from sunny Florida Todd! I hope your enjoying the weather down here right now cuz we are starting to get into the the fall months, if there is such a thing here in Florida. The humidy levels seem to fall off the face of the earth and the days become extremely enjoyable.

Let me just say, that just a few nights ago I saw the performace of Styx with CYO and never made the connection with you. All I kept thinking to myself was that "this drummer has some great chops."

Welp, I just found out that its you. Immediately, I watched all of the videos of you and I have to say my favorite is Tears Of Joy. Not only is the music beautiful, but watching you play it is visually stimulating as well.

You just earned a new fan!

All the best!
 

Doom

Senior Member
Hey Todd, hows it goin,

Really enjoying the DVD clips on drummerworld, just gotta get the full business next.

My question is what are you using as Hi hats on the funky disco beat vid on this site. Also whats that grey ride with the chain on it?

Thanks in advance

Sean
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
Dominick---a pleasure meeting you! Sorry if I left out the "K" in your name when I signed your DVD. Thanks for getting it and thanks for your compliments, man. I really appreciate it. I hope it inspires cool ideas in your playing. Let me know.

Not a problem, Todd. You're not the first person to miss letters!

What is that raw, unlathed Sabian cymbal you play above your hi-hats on the small 4-pc kit? It's VERY dry when you crash it and an audible "ping." I can only make out "Hand Hammered" on it.

Not to detract from the main content of the DVD, but I also watched the bloopers reel (had to!) and let me say you are histerical!!!!! I was dying laughing the entire time.

Hope to see you at PASIC 2008, I will be there!


Dominick
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
That Guy---had a lovely afternoon here in Florida. Lunch with a buddy and now back at the hotel a few hours before the gig. Thanks for your kind words. "Tears Of Joy" is by Jerry Goodman, who was in Mahavishnu, The Flock--and countless sessions. He's a virtuoso genius and an amazing composer of complex (yet beautiful) music. I hope to get another track from Jerry soon. Thanks again for your note and perhaps you'll consider getting the DVD so you can have "Tears" in all it's HD 16X9 goodness. altitudedigital.com/todd-sucherman-methods-and-mechanics.html

Doom---gottsta get the full business indeed! Hope you dig it and thanks for your compliments on the clips. Glad you're enjoying them. The trash hats are a combo of a 14" HHX Evolution Mini China with a 12" HHX Evolution Splash on top. It's what I used in the "X-Hat" position on the big kit---but I popped those on the regular hat stand for that. The ride in question is a Sabian Encore (Jack DeJohnette) 20" flat ride. It has a crystal top end with a dry body. Strange cymbal and very soft. It's the perfect cymbal for quiet cocktail gigs--or any gig where the volume must be at a minimum. You can crash it and it's still soft. Thanks again, Sean!

Dominick--that ride is a 20" Sabian HH Raw Dry Ride. I've had that cymbal for 10 years and the ones I've seen since I got that look and sound a little different to me. (Maybe it was just the ones I saw...I dunno.) But this one's very unique too. Piercing bell but no wash or build up at all. An anomaly in a way. Glad you dug the "blooper reel." You know, in editing I was concerned that I was too dry (Beuller? Beuller?) and thought it might be fun to show some moments of levity that took place during filming---even at the risk of appearing self indulgent. There were inside bits that entertained Eric Dorris (director, co producer and editor) and I so we just went for it. Glad you're enjoying the DVD!
As of now I should be around for PASIC...so see you then.

Cheers-
Todd
 

That Guy

Platinum Member
Thanks again for your note and perhaps you'll consider getting the DVD so you can have "Tears" in all it's HD 16X9 goodness.


Cheers-
Todd
Already did it sir... and I can't wait for its arrival. Quick question... have you had any contact with Kyle Woodring since his gig with Dennis DeYoung?

I had some brief contact with Kyle back in Feb. 07 and I know that while he enjoyed playing with Dennis he felt severely restricted. He didn't mention any direct problems, but I knew right off that Kyle was a little sad that Dennis kept the drums fairly back and didn't allow him to shine. Not that Kyle had any reason to, after all he accepted a gig with Dennis and on top of that he was dating Dawn Marie so he had a support system that was well acquainted with being pushed to the back.

Deana is very nice. I met her only once, but I really enjoyed her company. She is amazing when solo.

As far as I know, Kyle was leaving Dennis for other projects but he did mention possibly comming back with Dennis after 08.

Just curious of any contact you had with him. Kyle is such a lowly and humble person and not many know who he is. I feel that he should have a profile on Drummerworld, yet it hasn't happened. Anymore insight you could add about Kyle would be much appreciated.

Thanks.
 
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Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
ThatGuy---

I haven't seen Kyle since '97. We were contemporaries and friendly but were never really pals or hung out or anything. I know that DDY can be a difficult entity to deal with. But I'm sorry I can't shed any more light on Kyle. I haven't really paid any attention to any of DDY's post Styx musical activities.

Cool. Hope all's well with you!

Cheers from Austin.....about to be in Niagara Falls.....
Todd
 

latzanimal

Silver Member
Hey Todd, I noticed you use a Sonor Sig hihat stand. What do you prefer about it over the Pearl or any others?

Just curious since you endorse the Pearls and even use their pedals.. I know plenty guys use different pedals and some even have just a hardware endorsement.

I am more curious about the Sonor, it still goes for a hefty fee on ebay. Is it really that good? You are not the only I've noticed using this stand either...
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
latzanimal--

Sonor changed their design in '94 with the Designer Series.....and nothing feels like an '80s early '90s Sig, Protec or Phonic hi hat stand. It's just "home" for me. My Pearl guys know this and they are cool with it. I use the Eliminators on clinics and they are great. There's just nothing that feels like the old Sonors---including anything Sonor has made in the last 15 years. Signature stands still command a hefty fee on Ebay because I seem to remember the list on the hat stand was somewhere around $750 in the early 90s if my memory serves correct.

Hope that answers your question--

Cheers!
Todd
 

That Guy

Platinum Member
Greetings Todd! Glad to see that your enjoying the tour. I hope your having a good time in your current location.

I have a couple quick questions to satisfy my curiosity and they may also help to inform our members here at DW. Who are your deepest inspirations, and who (if multiple) did you study under?

On a personal note: Your drumming has captivated me. I have yet to find a drummer that has captured my attention as much as you have since Carter Beauford. I only wish that I noticed you sooner. Better late then never. I, as I'm sure many do appreciate the time you take out of your spare yet busy free time to associate with us and answer our questions.

Peace!
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
That Guy--

I appreciate your kind words. Thanks! I'm mostly self taught (for the exception of my father who taught me since age 2 and being in the junoir high school band since 1st grade on) and I went to Berklee for one year where I studied with Skip Hadden, Ian Froman, and Gary Chaffee. All this information is available in the DVD "Methods and Mechanics" available direct from Altitudedigital.com.

Here's my stock list of drummers that have meant something to me:

Arnold J. Sucherman, Tony Williams, Steve Smith, Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Jack DeJonette, Elvin Jones, Stewart Copeland, Buddy Rich, Manu Katche, Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Jerry Marrotta, Jeff Porcaro, Mark Brzezicki, Gavin Harrison, Roy Haynes, Dave Weckl, Steve Michaud, Max Roach, Jo Jones, Philly Jo Jones, Gary Novak, Terry Bozzio, Phil Collins, Chester Thompson, Carlos Vega, Hal Blaine, Al Jackson, Steve Jordan, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, Dennis Chambers, Omar Hakim, Louie Bellson, Gary Husband, Butch Miles, Danny Seraphine, Larry Mullen Jr., Carter Beauford, Mark Craney, Clyde Stubblefield, Andy Sturmer, Trilok Gurtu, Kenny Aronoff, Ian Froman, Skip Hadden, Gary Chaffee, Ben Farquhar, Andy Russell, Phil Gould, Richie Hayward, Bill Bruford, Pat Mastelotto, Dave Mattacks, Paul Wertico, Denny Siewell, Roger Taylor, Jim Keltner, Larrie Londin, Zack Danziger, Prarie Prince, Baby Dodds, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Lenny White, Narada Michael Walden, Mark Walker, Jim Hines, Mike D'Amico, Matt Walker, Scott Bennett, Thomas Dolby, Carlton Barret, Ben Folds, Rick Allen, Nigel Olsson, Deen Castronovo, Dominic Howard, John Robinson, Yogi Horton, Mel Gaynor, John Panozzo, Neil Peart, Aynsley Dunbar, Cindy Blackman, Clayton Cameron, Alex Acuna, Jojo Mayer, Jim Chapin, Bill Stewart, Art Blakey, Keith Carlock, Kenny Clarke, Will Kennedy, Sonny Payne, Poogie Bell, Al Foster, David Garibaldi, Joe Morello, Jeff Hamilton, Bernard Purdie, Brian Blade, Rick Jaeger, Stan Lynch, Johnny Rabb, Jason Bonham, Ronnie Vanucci, Chad Gilmore, Zak Starkey, Adam Nussbaum, Joel Rosenblatt, Art Taylor, Jimmy Cobb, Danny Gotlieb, Nick Mason, Steve Negus, Jay Bellerose, Bryan Hitt, Levon Helm, Shelly Manne, Charlie Watts, Cliff Almond, and every drummer I've done shows with, drum festivals with, and every drummer I've ever seen or heard!

Cheers from Niagara Falls.....and about to be heading to Kauai!

Todd
 

shoedaddy

Senior Member
Hey, Todd. Hope you're enjoying Niagara Falls. If not, Kauai should take care of it.

Thanks for the tips on the hats a little while back. I'm looking at putting together a separate jazz/fusion/smooth jazz kit. Do you think the HHX Legacy's would do the trick for this, or would you recommend something else? I was thinking of the 14" hats, 17" and 18" crashes, and the 22" heavy ride...
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
Shoedaddy--

The Legacy stuff is very cool. The hats are earthy and "old school" thin. It just might work for you. Check them out and see if they are giving your ears what you want to hear.

Off to Kauai in a few hours......

Cheers!
Todd
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
Hey Todd,

Hope your road travels are going well.

Thanks for elaborating about your kit on the DVD - one question I had about the Masterworks kit itself - do you tune all the toms and snares to general notes or some kind of melodic interval? Or is it something really general like "medium-high tension." On the DVD you mention how you tune them, the bottom head slightly higher than top.. That was about it though.

And then for your Prototype Sabian ride - is Sabian going to be rolling it out as a Vault Signature model anytime soon? Did you model yours after anything in particular? I could make out that the bell is raw and the finish looked Traditional and maybe 22"? How is it different than the Precision Ride you typically use?

Thanks as always for the QUICK TIP!!!!!!!!! :)

Dominick


P.S. - Playing demo......Playing demo.....
 

Todd Sucherman

DrummerWorld Pro Drummer
Dominick--

I just use my ears. Drums have a sweet spot where they want to "live" and the better the drum, the bigger the sweet spot. I have no techniques or methods other than the ears on my head.

That ride is fantastic but honestly, it's too light for live gigs with Styx. I gravitate towards 22's....maybe they could make a 22" that's a touch heavier. But then again, I love the washiness of that 20". Ahh, choices......but that 20" was just sitting in the Sabian office marked "prototype" and I just left with it. Simple as that. The 22" Precision is way heavier and louder with a bell that won't quit.

OK!

Aloha and mahalo from Honolulu en route to Maui....

Todd
 
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