The thread every time is developed in the three different phases that change according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.
HIS PERFORMANCE OR HIS TECHNIQUE-STYLE: HOW WOULD YOU JUDGE A DRUMMER?
This is a tough question. It’s usually a singer’s question, who is under judgement for his performance and for his technique, but drummers’ true fans would love their hero to perform at “his best” and to not simply “reproduce”, when on the stage, the sounds he recorded in the studio.
There isn’t any “Drum Academy” that can train you up as “the perfect drummer” and “style” is personal, musicians can customize it.
TOUR DE FORCE
In the studio, during the recording sessions, every fan hopes to hear “new” sounds, new creations in the arrangements, which is quite a challenge, as his instrument alone doesn’t offer many opportunities to realize new sounds.
The studio and the stages are distant grounds for the listeners’ ears, ‘coz the environment and circumstances influence the drummer’s psychology: the fans who are listening/watching do notice the differences.
Their band mates, their sound engineers, their producers and the rest of their crews are firstly the ones charged to “judge” their job, then later the fans.
Live performances or their TV appearances are ways to judge their approach, but they got nothing to share with their style or technique.
The best ear up to give feedback is a kind of technical one, skilled to hear isolated sounds and used to listen to their drum beat both in the studio and on the stage.
The drummer certainly acknowledges the feedback of their crew in the studio, whereas, since we witnessed it, they rarely want to hear us about the acoustics, or the sound, they seldom ask openly us about on the occasion of those performances.
We fans have a biased ear and we (very frequently, … let’s say daily!!) listen to our drummer playing on the albums and, when we get the chance, we have a biased ear also when we go to see them live. We could be the best advisors, but not the best teachers.
It’s odd that their most valued feedback is the one from members of their crew, but it’s his audience outside who purchases records and music: what is really the best judge/advisor to a drummer?
Is judging our fave drummer helpful to him, to improve, to change?
Drummers are like school pupils everyday in their career. Although report cards are excessive and out of place, but feedback and judges are necessary to realize and to learn, to improve, to be pioneers.
The most important thing for us fans is not grow paranoid, to not grow as their “stalkers” when we have the chance to speak with them.
To end, let’s keep in mind that raising controversy on their music might damage the reputation of everyone involved in.
Girolamo Giuseppe: he’s the Italian drummer who lost his life in the Costa Concordia incident on 13th January 2012. He gave his seat on the lifeboat to a child: thanks to his choice the child is today alive and safe, whereas the drummer isn’t. RIP.
Andreas Steppacher from the band Speedolic
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