JJ Johnson

413 – JJ Johnson: Staying open, present and focused

JJ Johnson may fly under the radar a bit, but that’s a conscious choice. The former drummer for John Mayer and current, longtime drummer for the Tedeschi Trucks band prefers to avoid social media, be present in the moment and focus on face to face interactions. This is both evident and required in his current role since there are two drummers in the band, which forces JJ to be open, focused and free from distractions. But then again, isn’t that what playing music should always be about?

JJ Johnson talks about:

  • What it’s like playing in a band with two drummers
  • Why listening is paramount
  • The chops vs groove/musicality debate
  • The ongoing practice of being present
  • Debunking the mysteries about being successful
  • Why he doesn’t use social media
  • Much more

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