What are your stories of when people found out you are drummer?

WaitForItDrummer

Senior Member
So I'm at work today at a customer site and these women are having a chat before a meeting about their hobbies: knitting, embroidery, freehand or otherwise and cross stitching... Then they turn to me ask: 'What do you do in your free time, do you sew?' And I quietly say 'I'm a drummer in a rock band', which is followed by stunned silence and a few gasps of 'oh'...

Wonder if I should have gone with gardening...?
Nah! :)

So what are your stories of when people found out you are drummer?

Wonder if guys get gasps, too?
 

sbowman128675

Senior Member
usually people are just impressed with the ability to play a musical instrument. SO, for me, the general reaction is something along the lines of impressed and interested.

Girls dig it too. :D
 

WaitForItDrummer

Senior Member
When guys find out, they usually do a double take... Then look a bit bewildered...

My first drum instructor was like 'you don't look like a drummer' when he first saw me (I thought that was a little bit funny...)
 

brady

Platinum Member
I would say the most common response is something along the lines of "Isn't Neil Peart the most awesome drummer ever!?"

Why does every non-drummer, or non-musician really, think all drummers idolize Neil Peart?

Is is okay to simply be a casual fan of Rush? :)
 

Magenta

Platinum Member
I think I'm one of the most unlikely-looking (I've been described as a "cashmere and pearls drummer"), but I'm struggling to remember the last time anybody seemed surprised when they found out. Maybe I just exude that much natural rhythm!
 

Southpaw99

Senior Member
People always seem to then tell me about a friend or relative who is always happens to be the most talented drummer ever.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
1) Oh, did you hear *insert old drummer joke as if I've never heard that one before*

or

2) My friend/relative is a drummer, they are super talents/amazing.

Of course, living in Los Angeles, sometime #2 turns out to actually be true. lol
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Most of the time? Doesn't impress them in the least.

I think it's funny that they asked you if you sew.

Doesn't everybody?

Lol.
 

chop2rok

Junior Member
When guys find out, they usually do a double take... Then look a bit bewildered...

My first drum instructor was like 'you don't look like a drummer' when he first saw me (I thought that was a little bit funny...)
Should have said to him "I may not look like a drummer,but I sound like a drummer",looks can be decieving
 
T

The SunDog

Guest
" Oh really? Have you ever played any shows?"

"Ive always wanted to play an instrument."

"What kind of drums do you have?"

And almost invariably after I say Drum Workshop. "Huh?"
 

Big Foot

Silver Member
I was talking to this guy (longtime drummer) and and his (30-something) daughter and when she realizes I'm also a drummer... she kind of stops, looks at me and says, with a good does of snark,

"Really, you don't look like a drummer."

I didn't know what to say.
 

BacteriumFendYoke

Platinum Member
I tell them I play the drums, bass, guitar and sing but my speciality is in composition.

Then they ask what kind of composition and I have to tell them 'noise' and they never know what that constitutes. I usually don't even bother trying to explain...

That always gets a chuckle from me afterwards...
 

Anon La Ply

Renegade
People always seem to then tell me about a friend or relative who is always happens to be the most talented drummer ever.
Yes, that's a common one - and it's almost always a male friend of relative. From memory, only once did I hear someone say they had a female friend or relative that played.

Another common reply is "I always wanted to play the drums", which is understandable enough - what sane person wouldn't ever want to play drums?

I used to get surprise and people would say they would have thought I was a keyboard player (probably my glasses making me look nerdy), but since retiring I'm a tad more unkempt so I don't seem to get that response any more. Drummers = feral lol
 

toddmc

Gold Member
Most of the time? Doesn't impress them in the least.
That would be my answer as well.
To take things a step further, I've had guests come into my unit who have waltzed in, commented on the decor, amount of space (or lack thereof), etc, and completely fail to notice the dirty great drumkit sitting in the middle of the room!
 

Taye-Dyed

Senior Member
Boss #1 after she found out I played drums in a rock band: " Wow, do you have tattoos and stuff?"

Boss #2: "You look more like a bass player." Excellent observation since my original instrument is bass!
 

CreeplyTuna

Silver Member
A girl I worked with once asked me, and after I told her just said "So?" Still kinda bitter about it. Her hobby was partying and getting drunk whenever possible then didn't work hard.

Now I have a friend at university who I told and she totally used to play drums too, and it's awesome. I'm trying to get her back into it.
 
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