It’s a truly rare event when I see a comment. Not too long ago, I got a comment on one of my videos.
“Sounds like you need some drum lessons. Hit me up if you’re in the area.”
This is the kind of comment that I can see being taken as an insult. To me, it’s something truly special.
The video he was using by which to judge all of my abilities, or his suggested lack thereof, was a track titled DrumWild XV.
This track, engineered and produced by Travis Dickerson, was on an album my old band, WHIPLADS, recorded titled Pollinator.
We were recording at Travis Dickerson’s studio, performing LIVE on the floor. We rehearsed 3 hours every Sunday, and then had at least two gigs per week. This meant that we were tight and ready.
The band had paid for a specific amount of studio time. We had recorded 14 tracks, and we had some time left.
This inspired me. I was thinking of Tarot cards, where the card numbered XV is for The Devil. So I asked Travis to record me, as I played a series of disjointed riffs and beats. They were incoherent and not fitting together with each other on purpose.
With the track recorded, Travis got it to slow down, like one might slow down a tape machine, but slowly.
The track starts out like it’s going to be some kind of drum solo, but it quickly melts into shit.
I did this because I am not a fan of drum solos. I will entertain something like Terry Bozzio and his Melodic Drumming and the Ostenato, but on a special occasion. Listening is fine, when I have the time. Spending time creating and perfecting them just gets me thinking that I can better spend my time as a man who wears multiple hats.
As a drummer / musician / songwriter / producer, I made it a point to avoid drum soloing once I got out of college. I believed, and still do, that my time would be better spent songwriting and collaborating, instead of spending all of my time by myself.
Learn to be a team player and practice on that.
And I’m not the only one who has these types of feelings about the drum solo. Check out Bermuda Schwartz with Weird Al Yankovic, Straight Outta Lynwood tour in 2007.
I don’t want to try to deliver the greatest drum solo in the world. Instead, I want to play on some awesome songs that I like. That’s way more valuable to me.
Basically, it’s a troll at the end of the CD. And I got a reaction out of it.
So it wasn’t really an insult, at all. It never hurt my feelings, as I take nothing personally. I’m not even certain that *I* exist, but that’s for an existential entry.
However, I went to HIS YouTube channel to see his drumming. He has no videos. His bio gives no mention to drumming at all. So he was probably trolling, too.
The master always drops the first troll.
EVEN THE VIRTUOSOS
On YouTube, the great Steve Vai has a ton of videos. On one of his videos, he was showing people a pedal he had acquired and was playing something with it. He found an inspired melody in the things he was playing.
Someone left him a comment: “Oh boy! This guy is supposedly some kind of guitar god, and yet he can’t even come up with a guitar part of a melody without cheating and using a pedal.”
Some people just don’t get it. To be fair to my commenter, I was trolling, so he isn’t as bad as that Vai commenter.
IN THE END
WHIPLADS ended up breaking up, I think in 2007 or 2008. It seems so long ago. I miss having that band. The four-piece band was okay, but the three-piece that followed was way superior.
So I’ll leave you with a video, which is a track from Pollinator titled “Pink Lemonade.” The video is images I snapped when all of those music master tapes burned up at Universal Studios, offering a view from various angles in Studio City, California.
Thank you for reading, listening, and watching! And remember to be cool to others online. [bonus photo below the video!]