Jason JT Tomas, most notably known for his work with Snarky Puppy and Forq pulls no punches when he says: “A gig is a gig.” No stranger to playing with some of the greatest musicians in the world, JT dives in and dispels the rumor that one gig is better than another, why cover bands are valuable and how there’s always something to learn at every gig.
Jason JT Thomas talk about:
- Staring playing drums at a young age (3)
- The 10,000 rule and church musicians
- Why he plays in cover bands
- How the Snarky Puppy gig came about
- His approach to sitting in and subbing
- Working with Forq
- Much more
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JT Thomas Plays:
- Yamaha Drums
- Meinl Cymbals
- Vic Firth
- Evans Drumheads
- Big Fat Snare Drums
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