In an age where so much of our popular music is made using samples, programmed beats and other electronics, Daniel’s addresses a big issue of concern for many drummers: Are we becoming irrelevant?
What’s covered in this session:
- Daniel looks at various periods of history, beginning in the 1920s, where drummers and their industry experienced periods of “boom” and “bust.”
- Daniel explores a wide variety of elements – including the advent of technology, changing job requirements, and shifting trends – all of which have threatened drummers’ livelihoods and relevance in the past.
- Daniel shares a variety of ways that drummers – both previously and today – have adapted to the changing times so that what we do can continue to thrive and “do what we do best.”
- A photo of drummers/sound effects men performing on “traps” in a silent movie house.
- The Making Of A Drum Company, by William F. Ludwig II, discusses how the advent of moving pictures in the late 1920s put 18,000 theater and Vaudeville drummers out of work in an 18 month period.
- Daniel often gets hired to play because of his specialist’s knowledge of iconic music styles, which tend to be difficult to replicate using loops or samples. Here’s a TV session on which he updated and modernized a “surf beat.”