||Friday, July 24 2009 @ 09:35 AM CDT
|| Orlando, FL UNITED STATES
I am a drummer. I also play other instruments.
I'm using my Roland HD-1 (electronic drum kit) in most of these mixes. I will use my keyboard for other percussion sounds or fills. Mostly, I utilize the midi output to emulate DW, Gretsch or Ludwig Kits. The other sounds are me playing the instrument (guitar, bass or keyboard). I use Garageband on my Mac to mix the songs and use the keyboard to create backgrounds. I've also used loops sparingly.
On Kuttara Caldera, all of the tracks (drums, bass and melody) were laid down using the Roland HD-1. This limits the number of musical notes to 9, but it makes for a very interesting mix. The background is a recording of an actual volcano erupting, but not Kuttara. (That would make the recording about 10,000 years old)
Some of the songs on my profile on Reverbnation aren't quite what I intended on posting, but the selections show versatility and my level of expertise, mostly because the songs are either what I have written (I'm not that great a composer, guitarist or keyboardist) or songs from my limited library of drumless songs.
Jazz Artists I like are people like Larry Carlton, Blake Aaron, Russ Freeman, Chris Botti, Paul Hardcastle, Earl Klugh. Drummer influences are Neil Peart and James Bradley. Really, anything that sounds good is good for me.
In my younger years, I could never find a band in the small towns I lived that played jazz or jazz-type music. I always chose to play in bands that were fun and made a little money, but never truly 'loved' the music. I always said when I grow up, I am going to record my own music. So now I am fulfilling that promise. It's hard for me to pick the right genres to stuff, but you should always be able to distinguish my sound. It's a rock-jazz mixture and sometimes a bit on the pop side. I love to sing, and every now and then I'll add some vocals to my mostly instrumental song list.