Drew Shoals

250 – Drew Shoals (Train): Taking the road less traveled

Drew Shoals may not yet have the most marquee name in drumming. That’s not because of lack of talent,  but more do to the fact that he was practicing law in new York City before landing the gig with the multi-platinum artist Train in 2014. Shoals has a unique, winding story of how he went from Portland, OR to Africa, to Law School in Philly, and now residing in NYC and manning the throne in sold-out venues around the world. We dive into the ideas of following your interests, not worrying about what everyone else thinks and the fact that it’s ok to have other, no-music interests.

Drew Shoals talks about:

  • Growing up in Portland in a musical family
  • The path of his music education
  • When he decided to play music full-time
  • Accidentally getting a gig in Africa
  • Following your interests and passions, no matter where they take you
  • Connecting with Train’s Pat Monahan
  • How Barack Obama inspired him to go to law school
  • Landing the Train gig (and leaving the law field)
  • Adjusting to being the “new guy” in Train
  • Serving the song
  • Much more

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Drew Shoals plays:

  • Ludwig Drums
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Zildjian Cymbals

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