David Garibaldi

169 – David Garibaldi: Still funky after all these years

In this podcast I talk to David Garibaldi, who is one of the most influential drummers of his generation and  known as an innovator in funk drumming. He’s also one of my biggest drumming influences of all time so this conversation was extremely special for me. David, known for being the founding (and current) drummer of Tower of Power, is also widely praised as an author and educator. David’s book, Furutre Sounds has served as a bible for funk drumming for drummers all over the world and is regarded as one of the top 25 timeless drum books of all time. David is also a Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame inductee.

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation” – Herman Melville (Tweet this)

David Garibaldi talks about

  • How he got started playing drums
  • His time in the military
  • His approach and advice for practicing
  • How he developed his own sound
  • Working with the legendary Bill Graham
  • The importance of mentors
  • Living “skillfully”
  • The paralells of drumming and life
  • Much more

Resources / People / Links Mentioned:

David Garibaldi Plays:

  • Yamaha Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Vic Firth Drumsticks
  • Remo Drumheads
  • LP Percussion
  • The Buttkicker

Podcast Sponsors:

DW Drums: I’ve been playing 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

5 replies
  1. Brian Wechtenhiser
    Brian Wechtenhiser says:

    Nice interview. However… “Dave”? I’ve never heard him referred to as anything but David.

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Sorry about that…Freudian slip. I naturally tend to shorten people’s name. Hope it didn’t ruin the interview for you. 😉

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