ep.19 Mike Dawson

‘I can hear you thinking…’ Nir Z It was a great honor to make Mike Dawson the first ‘International’ guest on the podcast. Mike wears many hats, not least a full time gig as Managing Editor at Modern Drummer Magazine. Aside from that, Mike is one half of the superb ‘Modern Drummer Podcast’ which is…

ep.16 Kane Power

Podcast Inception! I sat down with Kane Power, a fellow podcaster to discuss podcasting. Kane shares his background, how and why he formed ‘Musicians Map’. What he has learnt in the business and from doing 47 episodes of his podcast. He shares tips for bands/musicians, common mistakes and some key podcast recommendations! Recorded Sep 24th…

ep.12 Patrick Kuhtze

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A bit of a treat right here. I got the chance to chat with one of my drum idols.
Pat has been a legend on the scene since 1981.

We go in on Pat’s endorsements with… SONOR DRUMS, ZILDJIAN CYMBALS, ROLAND DRUMS, EVANS HEADS, SHURE MICS, QSC AUDIO, NZ ROCKSHOP.

A new segment of listener questions is featured!

We also talk about his time with legendary covers act ‘Kick’ and an obscene amount of gigs over the years. Pat is always a great laugh and doesn’t disappoint.
Recorded at Pat’s lovely residence in Browns Bay, 12th July 2018.

Ladies & Gentlemen. Strap in!
The one and only Patrick Kuhtze…

Song credit. Dark Horse – ‘Chill Groove Mix’
Dark Horse is Eddie Rayner, Clive Franks, Jim Hall & Patrick Kuhtze.

ep.11 Jamie Saint Merat

Jamie and I go in on his endorsements and how they help with touring. Also… – Why a great mix engineer is so important. – Why all drummers should learn another instrument. – His favourite drummers. – The real secret to getting speed on the drums. Jamie endorses: Meinl Cymbals Pearl Drums Axis Pedals Recorded…

ep.10 Greg Haver

‘If there was one mic on the drum kit, imagine you are that mic…’ If you don’t know drummer/producer Greg Haver I suggest starting with some of his credits on AllMusic. Just some artists that piqued my interest were Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, Mel C, Super Furry Animals, Tom Jones, The Simpsons (yes the TV…

ep.9 Nick Douch

Stick man for Ekko Park, Nick Douch and I caught up for a coffee and chat mid tour. We get into life on the road and some very special gear. Also some talk on the recording process at Roundhead Studios with great producer Greg Haver. Some great stories here. Enjoy! Recorded 21st June 2018 at…

ep.8 Sam Holdom

NZ’s most interviewing-est drummer, and one half of powerhouse rock duo Skinny Hobos. Sam and I discuss how he got his signature snare tone, Drum Solo’s, Dave Grohl and whether genius/success is planned or by accident. Oh and Wagon Wheel. I mean what the hell? Recorded at Circus Circus Cafe, Mt Eden. May 22nd 2018.…

ep.7 Ron Samsom

Ron Samsom began lecturing at The University of Auckland in 2003 and has coordinated the Jazz Studies programme since 2006. His current teaching portfolio includes: jazz history, honours composition, percussion ensemble, small ensembles, drum set instruction and postgraduate supervision. Ron is an active performer, composer and researcher in the area of improvised music and his…

ep.6 Tom Broome

You may have heard Tom on albums or live with artists such as… Aaradhna, Hollie Smith, Home Brew, Julia Deans, Esther Stephens & The Means, Tama Waipara, Anika Moa, Boh Runga, etc. Tom and I go in on life as a session drummer and what he has learnt in the studio. We are joined by…

ep.4 Adam Tobeck

Coffee & drum chat with the Man himself. We go in on how he is preparing for his upcoming clinic. But this episode is all about practice. How Adam views and approaches practice and drumming/music in general. If you’ve ever wondered how someone at Adam’s level actually got there, then this episode is for you.…

ep.3 Sam Edgar

Sam is the epitome of a ‘working drummer’. Playing between 6 and 8 gigs per week every week, Sam has to be NZ’s most ‘gigging-est’ drummer. We get into the reality of gigging every night as a job. – Admiration of Jeff Porcaro. – Why don’t people like the Killers? – Jeff Porcaro. – Favorite…

ep.1 Swap Gomez

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We chat about endorsements. Also…

NZ Rockshop and how they have helped his career.
– The Kindness of the NZ drumming community.
– Important lessons learnt.
– Advice from Keith Carlocks’ drum tech.
– Why would ‘Wipeout’ impress Simon Cowell?

Recorded at SAE Studios 18th April 2018

What I Learnt From 2017

It has become popular to dismiss new years resolutions as silly, frivolous and almost a metaphor for how to fail. I’ve also noticed a stigma surrounding heartfelt social media updates (alcohol infused?) and many cynical, sarcastic attempts to mock them (guilty). That being said… here’s the reality. Most of us are on holiday. Possibly our…

Off The Record: Paul Barry

He has toured the World. His music has been featured in commercials, TV and film. A multi instrumentalist. An active and motivated guy on the local scene both with his teaching and playing. He has also earwormed me with his guilty pleasure song. Ladies & Gentlemen… Paul Barry. Favourite food? – Indian Favourite film? – That’s…

Common Drummer Mistakes: Part 5 – Attributing Special Powers To Great Drummers

5. Attributing mystical powers to great drummers. ‘Lazy people are going East, the hard workers are going West. You’re going further and further apart every day’ – Kenny Aronoff ‘I auditioned for the number one student orchestra in the USA… First year, completely flubbed my audition for Vic Firth. Second Year I come back, failed…

New Year, New Practise Routine

Some quotes/mantras that have encouraged me to turn my practise routine upside down and re evaluate everything i’m doing…. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford “By changing nothing, nothing changes.” – Tony Robbins “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority,…

‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ Justin Timberlake – Full Song Transcription and Video Lesson

You are probably wondering why my last 3 blog posts have been Justin Timberlake related…. No, i’m not President of the Justin Timberlake fan club. But these are the songs i’ve most recently had to learn. The chart is somewhere between the actual recording and my interpretation of how to best play the tune with…

How To Network Like A Pro

Don’t network. Honestly… don’t. ‘Networking’ sounds like you’re walking around Wall Street in 1991 with an enormous cell phone. I would eliminate the word from your vocabulary. Build real relationships with people. Don’t treat them as a stepping stone to personal glory. Can we replace ‘network’ with ‘friends’? ‘It’s not what you know, It’s who…

Playing with Click Tracks

The age old debate! Discussion can get heated around this topic. Camp A will argue that a click ‘sterilises’ the music. Makes it too robotic and doesn’t leave enough room to breathe and develop organically. Camp B will argue that ‘you’re either in time or out of time’. It makes things sound tighter, more professional.…

Crazy weekend!

A break from the run of Q & A’s with my friends. This is actually a more standard blog/diary type entry… I remember Tommy Igoe bringing up in his ‘Groove Essentials’ book/dvd series that NOW is the time to practise, because when things take off you won’t have time. I just had THAT weekend. I’m…

Off The Record: Glen Child

Glen first came on my radar about 7 years ago when i started gigging heavily around Auckland. Who was this mythical timekeeper i kept hearing about? His name was spoken in hushed tones followed by ‘perfect…’, ‘impeccable…’ and other intimidating adjectives. So let’s find out what makes Glen tick! Favourite food? – Thai Favourite film?…