But, I don't think any arranger should ever write a drum part for a drummer because if a drummer can't create his own Interpretation of the chart and he plays everything that's written, he becomes mechanical; he has no freedom.
There is no music unless the drum and the drummer are one.
My soul is that of a drummer.... I didn't do it to become rich and famous. I did it because it was the love of my life.
A good groove releases adrenaline in your body. You feel uplifted, you feel centered, you feel calm, you feel powerful. You feel that energy. That's what good drumming is all about.
I'm not a singer who plays a bit of drums. I'm a drummer that sings a bit.
It takes a pretty good drummer to be better than no drummer at all.
I told people I was a drummer before I even had a set, I was a mental drummer.
If it doesn't come from your heart, music just doesn't work.
Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm - walking the high wire without a safety net. Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers.
Thank God that I had the ability to understand that I had a different beat and that I was a drummer.
If you have a great band with a mediocre drummer, you have a mediocre band. If you have a mediocre band with a great drummer, you have a great band!
It doesn't matter what songs we sing. I'm a drummer. Chicks dig me.
A drummer is usually like the backbone.
March to the beat of your own drummer.
Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean you don't have to keep time.
I've always liked to be the kind of drummer and musician who likes to go outside of what's expected of me.
I think that the rhythm sections, drummers in particular, are the unsuing heroes of the music. It's the rhythm section that has changed the styles from one period to the other.
But I think that any young drummer starting out today should get himself a great teacher and learn all there is to know about the instrument that he wants to play.
Drummers are conductors - we set the pace for the music - so if you're not relaxed and feeling right, the whole thing goes out the window.
I think every band is a little cautious when the drummer starts to write tunes.
Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn't sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste.
That's what the drummer is supposed to do. Keep the time. If you can do something else besides that, fine. But the time is essential and non-negotiable.
To be a drummer you also have to be a musician.
It's the honesty you apply to your playing that makes music enjoyable. The style of the music has little to do with it. It's only honesty makes it beautiful.
Where I come from we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble.
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