Rob Wallis

176 – The brains behind your favorite drum instructional videos, Rob Wallis

Rob Wallis has been a staple in the percussion industry for more than 30 years. You’ve seen his work and he’s taught you a lot, I’m sure. What I’m not so sure about is whether you know him by name…or even by face. Rob is the man who brought you your favorite DCI, DCI/Warner Brothers and Hudson Music books, videos and DVDs as owner and executive producer of DCI and Hudson Music and most recently, Drum Guru App. . He was also the owner of the Drummer’s Collective in NYC for 30+ and is highly revered and respected among the greatest drummers in the world. Rob’s stories of working with greats, dealing with failure, adapting to new technologies and, in his words, “looking more forward than back” are a timeless look into a career and legacy that is still being written as Rob shows no signs of slowing down.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

Rob Wallis talks about:

  • Starting out as a drummer
  • Buying the Drummer’s Collective
  • The first DCI video (and what DCI means)
  • Moving Drummer’s Collective and the fallout of the move
  • How Steve Gadd saved his life
  • Advice for people who want to write a book
  • The story behind the Steve Gadd “brushes on a box” video
  • Merging with Warner Brothers
  • Starting Hudson Music
  • Much more

Resources / Links / People Mentioned

Podcast Sponsors:

DW Drums: I’ve been playing DW for years…not only because they make high-quality, handcrafted drums but because they support and foster drumming initiatives all over the wold, much like this podcast. I’m thrilled to announce that DW has signed on to support Drummer’s Reosource for 2016! Be sure to check them out today and

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  1. dave rodway
    dave rodway says:

    Thanks again for another great installment. Hearing Rob Wallis share stories from ‘back in the day’ brought back some great NY memories. I’ll continue to listen and learn. Thanks Nick!

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