Craig Blundell

170 – Craig Blundell: The long road to overnight success

In this podcast I had to the pleasure to chat with and get to know Craig Blundell, the seemingly overnight success who is currently on tour with Prog Rock icon Steven Wilson. Craig has been working tirelessly in the trenches of music, trying to “make it pro” for many years. Between bouncing between day job and playing pro, Craig made the decision to go “all-in” and never looked back. Since turning pro on a full time basis, Craig has become a clinician for Roland, Premier and Paiste, contributes to the R&D of many brands.

If you concentrate on what you have, you’ll always have more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough. (Tweet this)

Craig Blundell talks about:

  • Getting started playing drums
  • His struggles “turning pro”
  • Having a day job VS playing for a living
  • His “ah-hah” moment
  • Landing the Steven Wilson gig (and the audition process)
  • Tips for learning new material
  • Dealing with negative backlash from Steven Wilson fans (initially)
  • Practice routines
  • Mental health
  • Habit formation
  • much more

Resources and links mentioned:

Craig Blundell Plays:

  • Paiste Cymbals
  • Mapex
  • Roland Electronics
  • Vater Drumsticks
  • Aquarian Drumheads
  • Protection Racket Drum Cases
  • Sennheiser Microphones
  • Porter and Davies
  • Ultimate Ears
  • Tuner Fish Lug Locks
  • Slapklatz

Podcast Sponsors:

DW Drums: I’ve been paying DW for years…not only because they make high-quality, handcrafted drums but because they support and foster drumming initiatives all over the wold, much like this podcast. I’m thrilled to announce that DW has signed on to support Drummer’s Reosource for 2016! Be sure to check them out today and DWDrums.com.

Sabian XSR Cymbals: I could tell you all about Sabian’s B12 bronze and their trick-down technology, but let me tell you what’s really important:  The cymbals in the XSR line are professional-grade cymbals, priced to not break the bank. They sound amazing and won’t hurt you wallet when you buy them. For more info, visit Sabian.

Promark Drumsticks: Promark is Is now a sponsor of the podcast once again they were last year and now they are again. they just released the Mike Portnoy signature model that has the active group 420X at it’s designed to add more power to your arsenal and features the heat activated technology. It’s s an awesome technology that actually adjusts to your body temperature and give you control you need so no matter how hard you play the active grip is going to help you handle it by getting tackier as it warms up. You can learn more about this great technology and the Mike Portnoy stick at Promark.com

Craig Practice

12 replies
  1. Nigel Thompson
    Nigel Thompson says:

    Great interview with Craig. I’m a big fan of his drumming and attitude to the art and life in general.
    He really deserves a lot of luck for what he has gone through to get where he is and where he is going.

  2. Wanda Newby
    Wanda Newby says:

    Thank you for this most excellent interview with one of my very favorite drummers from my favorite artist! (Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree) I love the “down to earth” approach, respect, and admiration you have for Craig, and other drummer greats. I’ve been following Craig’s blogs,and enjoy them immensely. He’s definitely up there with one of the best, and just the nicest guy to boot. Just keep on being “you” Craig, and you do just fine. 😉

  3. Carlos Cleriga
    Carlos Cleriga says:

    Great great great interview Nick! very inspiring for me at this moment, since the quote at the beginning and the tremendous amount of really great concepts from Craig and your very smart questions!

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Carlos….thanks for the feedback! Glad to hear you enjoyed the conversation with Craig. It was great to have him! 🙂

  4. Gary
    Gary says:

    Great interview, lots of good stuff!

    I was at the 2004 drumfest in Birmingham and I remember Craig and have kept an eye on him ever since. So fantastic to see him playing with my favorite artist

  5. Wayne
    Wayne says:

    Nick thanks so much for doing this interview man. Craig’s open, honest and insightful words about his journey has done so much for my drumming headspace. This just reinforced for me that we all face the same issues no matter our level and just because we might get technically better, or find ourselves landing bigger gigs, or just in making the transition from day job to teaching for a living etc, the struggle is real. Craig showed us through your awesome interview all of these doubts and conflicts are normal but with persistence, self belief and hard work anything is possible. Thanks again.

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Thanks, Wayne! We’re all human, no matter how God-like and bulletproof some people come across. If it was easy, everyone would do it!

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