In this podcast, Daniel relates the story of how he was fired from a tour with a blues artist for not having a strong enough shuffle, and how that experience inspired him to become an expert in the subject.
What’s covered in this session:
- A discussion of Daniel’s early years as a freelance musician, and the associated struggles.
- The excitement of Daniel’s first professional tour with blue artist Debbie Davies, learning about the artform of the blues and getting to experience legendary acts like Albert Collins, LaVern Baker, John Mayall, and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
- How being fired for “not having a strong enough shuffle” inspired Daniel to develop a more serious interest in this particular groove.
- How working with Royal Crown Revue led Daniel to take a much deeper dive into the world of classic Rhythm and Blues and shuffles, eventually leading to writing the definitive book on the subject, and performing a clinic about shuffles hundreds of times all over the world.
- Daniel’s book on shuffles, The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming (co-written with Zoro) has become the go-to resource for any drummer serious about developing their swing and shuffle feel.
- Daniel’s full shuffles clinic, recorded in Russia in 2019.
- Daniel performing a shuffle solo at the 2010 Modern Drummer Festival.
- Daniel shuffling hard with the incredible Swedish multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling.
- Debbie Davies doing her thing in 2012, with the great shuffler Don Costagno behind her. I mentioned Debbie and Don in my book on shuffles drumming.
- 10 “Failure to Success” stories that will inspire you.