In this podcast I talk to Claude Coleman who is best known for his work with ween, who he’s played for since the band’s inception in 1984. Although Ween has been a steady gig for most of career, Coleman has branched off to compile an impressive studio and touring career over the past 25+ years. Not only is he a great drummer but he’s also an multi-instrumentalist (plays bass, guitar, and piano too), and at one point was an olympic hopeful in track and field. Claude breaks down the similarities between being a star athlete and professional musician and how the motivation, dedication and focus aspects of each are quite the same for both.
“Give more than you take. That’s how you win.” – Gary Vaynerchuk (Tweet this)
As if Claude’s story isn’t impressive enough, he was also in a near-fatal car accident that has left him with a multitude of physical side effects that he is constituently woking to overcome, while still playing, touring, producing and recording.
In this session you’ll hear Claude Coleman talk about:
- How he started playing drums
- His days as a star athlete and olympic hopeful
- The formation of Ween and how he got the gig
- The music business, contracts, touring and more
- The difference between being a “member” or “touring member” of a band
- His near-fatal car accident
- Current struggles and advice for anyone with chronic pain and injuries
- The future of Ween and his involvement with them
- Much Much More
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