Homer Steinweiss

286 – Homer Steinweiss (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings): Creating vintage sounds for modern music

Homer Steinweiss is not a generalist. If you want a straight ahead Jazz drummer or a rock drummer, call someone else. But if you’re looking for vintage soul and afrobeat drums, Homer is your guy. He’s a specialist by design and he likes it that way. Known for his work as a founding member of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Steinweiss has been sought out for that vintage sound by producers and notable artists like Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Sheryl Crow, Amy Winehouse and others. There is an underground world of funk and soul that transcends time and makes you wonder if the music you’re hearing is from 2017 or 1977 and Homer is at the epicenter, honoring the tradition.

“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” – Theodore Roethke (Tweet this)

Homer Steinweiss talks about:

  • Early influences
  • The first time he got turned on to James Brown
  • Starting his first band and playing internationally
  • His focus on groove and tradition
  • Why he specializes
  • How he came to work with Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and others
  • The economics of being a studio drummer vs a writing contributor
  • much more

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2 replies
  1. Eric T. MacKnight
    Eric T. MacKnight says:

    I could not resist trying out Homer’s set-up, with the left foot playing the bass drum and the right foot on the hi-hat. What a trip! Opens up whole new frontiers of balancing, strengthening, and equalizing hands and feet. And interesting new arrangements of the toms and cymbals. Wild!

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Haha…it’s definitely a wild ride. The one thing I did notice is that playing bass with the left food isn’t as hard as it seems…but the HH with the right?!? WOW!!

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