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I love Brian Blade as a drummer, but I love him even more as a perfect example of a musician who floats between multiple styles without sacrificing either the integrity of the style or his own signature sound within the style. So I wrote a post about that a few years ago.
But today’s From The Archives post isn’t done yet. If you’re a Blade fan like I am then you should revisit this comprehensive irockjazz.com post about him (complete with bio and selected Youtube footage) as well as this allaboutjazz.com article about Blade’s singer/songwriter release from 2009. Then, if you’re really dedicated, check out this Ottawa Citizen article about the Fellowship Band and this interview with Blade about the inspiration and influence that he’s taken from Joni Mitchell.
Well done, Brian.
Are you registered yet? It’s two weeks from today! Seriously… I’m so pumped I can hardly stand it.
Listen to the podcast in my previous post for a sampling of what the day will be like. Our clinician roster is unbelievable and our plans for the event are coming together so well. We have group rate discounts as well as all meals included in the registration cost… get over to risendrums.com to get signed up. See you there!
My new friend David, a Pittsburg worship leader with a cool blog about worship leading, featured me on his latest podcast episode. Cool, right? I talked about drums and playing them and other cool things like that. Click here if you care.
No seriously though… many thanks to David Santistevan for including me in his series. Check it out!
Does it get cooler than this?
HT: Dave Stanoch
I just uploaded another Sara B drumcam video on my Youtube page. That’s not really the point of this post, but I’m mentioning it because at 2:20 in the video you can see my tech Kris Mazzarisi in all his glory. Kris rules. I think I’ve mentioned him before on this blog. He’s the one that set up the GoPro for the drumcam footage in the first place.
Ok… now to the real point of this post: anybody remember The Pancake? It’s my cut-out drumhead snare muffle. I also use one with the middle cut out, which I call “The Donut.” I’ve been using muffles like that for years and so have a lot of other drummers, so it’s not really a “new” thing. But then Kris Mazzarisi comes along and, with his trademark attention to detail and overall awesomeness, completes the design with a durable rubber outer right and a notch for easy placement/removal.
And now Kris has started a company called Big Fat Snare Drum to market and sell his patented designs, even naming the version with the hole in the center “Steve’s Donut.” He came up to my hotel room at our last gig to show me the “Steve’s Donut” prototype and tell me he was calling it that. I totally teared up and I feel honored to even know such a cool and selfless dude.
If you need more convincing, please see the photos below…