Thomas Pridgen

148 – Thomas Pridgen: Keepin’ it real

In this podcast I talk to Thomas Pridgen who is known for his work with a slew of artists, most notably The Mars Volta. Although Thomas became a household name from his time with Mars Volta, he has been making waves for years, winning the Guitar Center Drumoff at age 9. The outspoken Pridgen has a strong view on the music business, touring, making money and staying true as an artist, which makes this interview extremely entertaining and thought provoking.

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Pridgen talks about:

  • Getting started playing drums
  • The influence his grandmother had on him
  • Wining the guitar center drumoff…at age 9
  • Why he chooses art over money
  • Views on playing with a pop star
  • Why he feels like touring drummers are getting taken advantage of
  • Practice techniques
  • Being true to yourself
  • Advice for other drummers
  • Much much more

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