|Subrick's Picks: A look At Up & Coming Drummers - Pick 10|
|Friday, 23 September 2011 14:30|
Subrick's Picks: A look At Up & Coming Drummers - Pick 10
Written by: Richard “Subrick” Lowell
Welcome, one and all, to the house of Subrick. I shall once again inject the readers with a lethal dose of drumming excellence in the form of Subrick’s Picks. A few items on the agenda before the picking can proceed. Firstly, there’s the matter of cheaply plugging my new band. The name of the band is Nemesis Engine, and while we have no music up yet, we plan on getting that remedied in the very near future. In terms of musical styles, expect our sound to be extreme metal leaning into black metal with some industrial elements sprinkled on top of the grim sundae. Our Facebook can be found below. Like our page for further updates and for when music is uploaded.
And with that said and done, let us move on to the picking.
For your chance to be featured: All you have to do is post a video of you drumming to YouTube, Vimeo or whatever video site you prefer, and embed the link on this website in the SD Videos section. Nothing more, nothing less, but you do need to be a registered member of our site to post.
There are three categories on which I base my selections: Playing Ability, Production Value, and Kit Sound. All three are pretty straight forward, but here’s what I specifically look for with each category.
Playing Ability: I look to see if a player is technically sound; timing is good, endurance and power are up to par, among other, more miniscule things.
Production Value: I prefer to watch video from a good quality camera, or studio quality. By studio quality, I don’t mean the greatest production sound ever recorded. I classify studio quality as a drumming performance recorded with microphones and/or triggers. Electronic kits are very much encouraged (especially when using less conventional samples). Now, if you have sound quality that isn’t as good, that doesn’t mean you won't be included in my selection process. Everyone is eligible to be featured.
Kit Sound: One of the most important characteristics! We all have read Eyal Levi’s article about why drum performances are always sound replaced these days. For those who haven’t, the basic gist of it is because drummers don’t know how to tune their drums. Considering that many drum videos I see on YouTube involve players that have really bad sounding kits, it seems rarer and rarer that drummers actually tune their drums. Meet all three of these criteria, and you have a shot to be featured. You could be playing the most radio friendly Disney pop imaginable, but if I feel your video meets these criteria, you could make the front page.
This week’s pick was recommended to me by Alex Lancia of Lecherous Nocturne. The drummer in question would be one Alex Jadi, a groove master who definitely has a firm grip on extreme time signatures and limb independence. In the particular video I chose, he plays a groove he wrote in 87/8, alternating between his left and right hands to lead. What amazes me even more is that halfway through the video, he repeats the groove again, only this time leading with his left foot. Now all he needs to do is make a video of himself playing in four different time signatures at once. Then we’ll know that he’s actually a robot built to make every other drummer feel sad about their own abilities. The best part of all of this is that he’s only 19. I’m 18 and I’m not even on the same lawn as him, let alone the same playing field. Someone find Ukri Suvilehto and put these two in a cage with two drum kits. Film it, put it on Youtube, and watch the awed teenagers attempt to replicate what they’re playing.
That will be do it for this version of Subrick’s Picks. As always, subscribe to me on Youtube, follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and check out my bands Pandora’s Toybox and Nemesis Engine. And, in a first for these articles, I’m gonna take a page out of Dross’s book (by the way, congrats on the TRX endorsement dude!). All recommendations, inquiries, and hate mail can be sent to skin.ticket9[at]gmail.com. Until next time, Subrick out!