This is the first episode of my mini Boredoms Experience documentary… I explain how I got the gig, the unique way I had to prepare for the rehearsals and my fears of doing my first show since my kidney transplant… enjoy!
This is my studio set up that I used to cut up the track SCHOOL on ableton. And the bulk of learning it was done on this practice pad LOL!
Working out in my basement…. getting psyyyyyyched!
This is my OLD practice kit that was my only means of practicing all four limbs.
Just before rehearsals began I went way out into countryside (5 minutes from my house 🙂 to LET GO and RELAX … the proverbial quiet before the storm…
Letting it rip b4 getting ready to leave for rehearsals at the Monschau Marathon.
Here is a performance of my friend Dodo NKishi performing with Mouse On Mars.
This is the video Dodo sent to me to see if I would be up for doing the show and also the first performance I had ever seen of The Boredoms.
This is the Dave Grohl / Amoeba video where Dave mentions the Boredoms….
This is the video of the Boredoms performing BOAdrum in Brooklyn NYC with 77(!!!) drummers on the 7/7/2007.
Here you can see one of the American Boredoms drummers Jeremy rehearsing SCHOOL at an earlier show.
Had a great time today…. …first of all I just went for a nice walk around London to kill some time… …then I got to go up to Blueys studio and hang out for a while… … Mao and I ended up setting up her drum kit and I gave her a little lesson in the basics… … after that I made my way down to Covent Garden to the New London Theatre… …Oliver, who I met at the Big Chill a few days ago said he would make sure I would get in to see the show… … Adrian, the company manager, hooked me up with a seat which was so cool…. I was so excited to watch an actual show…. … the venue was packed… I think they said about 900 people were there… …the show was unbelievable… amazing…. …and totally inspiring… all I can say is GO AND SEE IT if you ever have the chance… …afterwards a few of us went out for a drink at the pub around the corner… … … like I said, it was a great day…
Andy came through with the coolest thing ever tonight… he managed to hook it up that we could go hang out at Electric Ladyland – the legendary studio where Jimi Hendrix wrote and recorded… and other amazing artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and an all-time favorite album of mine: D’Angelos ‘Voodoo’…. We all met up in front of the hotel… at least everyone who was going to the studio… Carim, Jim, Soundvibe, Soundwife, Gordon, Andy & myself… Juana had thought about coming along but then decided not to as she has an early start tomorrow morning – has a radio session in Philly poor thing – so we said our good byes to her… everyone was pretty sad I think… we all had SOOOooooo much fun hanging out with her… not only that I was continually inspired by her performances… so it was a tough one… anyway, we all jumped in cabs and went down to Electric Ladyland… I think we were all pretty overwhelmed when we got given the tour… basically Andys friend Russ who will be producing Keziahs next album was in there working with this really sweet young vocalist called Crystal Warren (hope that’s spelled right?!)… we got to hear some works in progress and it sounded beautiful… she is a real talent… and she was such a sweet young lady… and Russ really is THE man for letting us come by during his session just so we could drool… the studio they were working in was the smaller studio which (Russ told us) used to be Jimis apartment whilst he was still alive… even as I write this I can’t believe I was actually there… what an honor… and studio A was unbelievable… I am not really that much of a studio freak in terms of knowing about all types of equipment but judging by Carims face (to say he almost died a thousand deaths through sheer excitement is an understatement) I gathered this place was truly extraordinary… whilst we there this guy was being recorded playing a specially treated piano… not exactly sure how he was playing but it sounded so cool… was just so exciting to be there and soak up the vibes… after about 45mins of pure bliss we decided to go down to this 24 hour French restaurant called French Roast around the corner from the studio… we were all starving… it was a nice way to end the day… I had a really nice burger with some strange cheese… and an Iced Chai… was pretty good… At about 3am it was time to back to the hotel… as we had an early start tomorrow I decided to pack all my stuff before going to bed because I just knew I wouldn’t want to face doing it after only 4-5 hours sleep… so I got to bed somewhere around 5am… zzzzzzz.zzzzzzz.zzzzzz
I have been meaning to do this for a while now, and finally have managed to find the time to do it. Here are 10 tracks that all have made a substantial impact on my perception of what a drummer can to in a piece of music. If you are a drummer (or just love good drumming) and are in need of some inspiration, I highly recommend you go out and buy these tracks!
“The Grudge” – Lateralus by Tool Drummer: Danny Carey
“Let The Juice Loose” – Let The Juice Loose by Bill Evans Drummer: Dennis Chambers
“Part 2” – Three Quartets by Chick Corea Drummer: Steve Gadd
“Five-Five-Five” – Shut Up ‘N Play Your Guitar by Frank Zappa Drummer: Vinnie Colaiuta
“Eternity’s Breath Part 1” – Visions Of The Emerald Beyond by Mahavishnu Orchestra Drummer: Narada Michael Walden
“Four” – Four & More by Miles Davis Drummer: Tony Williams
“Eleven” – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese by Primus Drummer: Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander
“Sexy M.F.” – Symbol by Prince & The New Power Generation Drummer: Michael Bland
“No One Knows” – Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age Drummer: Dave Grohl
“Funky Monks” – Blood Sugar Sex Magick by Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer: Chad Smith
Just stumbled across this great little video of Steve Gadd… one of my heroes and without a doubt one of the greatest living legends in modern drumming… check it out! http://www.pas.org/Resources/videos/Steve%20Gadd_medium.mov
Today was the first of my two days off so I decided to take myself off to the British Museum – one of my favorite hangouts on a day off in London! After that I took myself off around town and walked down to Covent Garden and just enjoyed wandering somewhat aimlessly…
Todays planned show had to be cancelled as Galia had a severe throat infection. I took the extra time to go for an extensive walk around London again this time concentrating on the Kensington area. After checking out the Food Halls in Harrods, Knightsbridge – which totally blew me away – I went to the Victoria & Albert Museum and then the Natural History Museum both of which were amazing.