“People say there are two great days in a person’s life: the day you were born and the day you discover why.” -John Maxwell
I’ve been playing drums since I was 5. Along the way, there have amazing drummers that have taught me directly and indirectly. This blog is a tribute to a few of the influencers that have helped me develop my drum technique.
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Experience: Matt has been playing drums since he was five (18 Years). Matt is a stand-alone drummer/DJ artist. He’s originally from Australia, and he specializes in performing live shows and drum covers on YouTube.
- Dubstep & House genre drum covers
- Creativity in playing
- DJ background
I discovered Matt McGuire on Instagram last year. After a few seconds of scrolling his page, I was blown away. His playing style, the hair, the two hit-hats, the music, and his branding made me an instant fan. His YouTube page is flooded with various drum covers and different and unique songs. The use of two hi-hats looks visually appealing and gives Matt more flexibility to work the camera during shoots. Matt is my favorite drummer because he stayed true to his passions and his calling to play drums. He stopped covering rock songs because it was too constricting. It dulled his creativity as an artist. He “broke the system” and made it work for him. He was able to create something completely new and valuable for his audience.
What he’s doing now? Matt used his YouTube presence to become a social media influencer, and created a relationship with the popular artist the Chainsmokers. Since then, Matt has announced he will be touring with the Chainsmokers and was just on Saturday Night Live performing with them. He also has his own website! Needless to say, Matt will be busy touring within the next few months, but he will continue making drum covers whenever he gets the chance. Check out his website and YouTube channel below!
Experience: Steve’s been beating on things since he was two years old (38 years total). So yeah, he’s pretty damn good. Steve has been the drummer for the rock band Thousand Foot Krutch for 15 years.
- Plays in the Pocket
- Simple yet Intricate
Steve is one of my favorite drummers because he’s so solid. I started listening to him when his band Thousand Foot Krutch came out with their featured song “Rawkfist“. Steve doesn’t use a double kick, his right foot does all that crazy double-time fills by itself. He taught me the importance of being solid without “overplaying”, while still maintaining visible passion. I learned to enjoy moments of groove, and once in a while throw in a dope fill that leaves the audience wondering, “What just happened?”
What he’s doing now? Steve still tours with TFK. When he’s not touring, he is usually spending time with his family and does online drum tutorials with the company 180 drums. Check out his online lessons on the 180 drums logo!Follow Steve!
Experience: Jake started playing when he was 11 years old (17 years). Jake has been the drummer for the rock band Memphis May Fire for 17 years. He likes burritos and is currently located in Orlando, Florida.
- Ridiculous time signatures
- Double-bass beast
- Heavy hitter
I like Jake’s playing because of his versatile technique. His playing style is the sweet spot between hard jazz and rock. He’s definitely a heavy hitter and adds a great dynamic and aggressiveness to MMF’s hard rock vision. I love the albums “Challenger” and “Unconditional” because they hit every point on my list of reasons why I love the hard rock music genre.
What he’s doing now? Jake still tours with Memphis May Fire and started his own clothing line called ARTSNCRFTS. Check out his merch!
If any of you guys are reading this… Thank you for being such positive influences in my life, and for encouraging me to continue with music. You Rock.