nathaniel townsley

087 – Practicing to play VS practicing for chops with Nathaniel Townsley

In  this podcast I interview Nathaniel Townsley, best known for his work with Joe Zawinul, Corey Clover, Maria Carey, Will Downing and many others.  Nathaniel has laid the foundation for every type of music that you can imagine ranging from hip-hop to jazz and always approaches the music the same way: by serving the music, the song, and melody. Listen in as Nathaniel tells all about his formidable career and learn what really makes him tic.

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.” – Viktor E. Frankl

In this podcast you’ll hear Nathaniel Townsley talk about

  • How he got started with playing drums
  • What his opinion is of current drummers
  • Biggest mistakes that he sees drummers make
  • How he feels about “chops” vs “groove
  • Much much more…

Nathaniel Townsley Plays:

  • GMS Drums
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Paiste Cymbals

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5 replies
  1. Max Senitt
    Max Senitt says:

    Great, or I should say ANOTHER great interview. As requested in the interview, here is the answer to your question. By the way this is a cool idea! So, personally, I struggle with finding balance between my “work” and being “there” for my family. I love both, but it’s challenging sometimes to turn it off. My aspirations for my career as a drummer require a lot of work, 1000 lifetimes in fact! But I also aspire to be a great father and husband.

  2. Chris Richardson
    Chris Richardson says:

    Nathaniel is an awesome drummer. Had the opportunity to see him at a clinic at the Drummers Collective, in NYC, as well as the Modern Drummer Festival ’03. Great words of wisdom from a great musician. I definitely will be replaying this podcast.

    • Nick
      Nick says:

      Chris, sorry for the lateness in my reply. Totally agree…Nathaniel is the REAL DEAL…such a humble dude too! Thanks for listening, Chris!

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