Just to update all the good folks who have stopped by to check out my website that I have a new recording project coming and songwriting sessions are underway. This project will tap on my roots as a drummer/musician – straight-ahead Hard Rock. If you like your Rock the way Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Queen, and some of the best 80’s Glam bands like Motley Crue did it, then be sure to look out for this band.
The Black Monolith, as the band is called, and I am not sure if that is the confirmed name, will comprise Damien Ng on lead guitars and he is the principal songwriter, a bassist, a lead vocalist, and yours truly on drums and throwing in my 5 cents worth to the arrangements. I have to say that I really enjoy the stuff that Damien writes – he knows his roots as a Rock musician and he can write great riffs that evoke the vibe of all the classic Rock groups both of us grew up listening to.
We plan to hit the recording studio in June and may also go out on the road to bring the spirit of old school Hard Rock to the masses the best way we know. This is certainly a perfect time for me to bring back my heavy-hitting chops after more than a year of playing with a lighter touch and restraint on volume, which is also an area of drumming skill I am proud to have improved on and I still work on it.
Hope your week has gone well and it’s time to look forward to the weekend.
It’s a great pleasure to inform all the good peeps who are reading this blog, that I’ll be doing some gigs with a veteran Singaporean band covering golden favourites from the 50’s ,60’s and 70’s, which could turn into a regular affair thereafter. There will be lots of Beatles, Shadows, and classic tracks from the Rock greats of the 60’s and 70’s. The audience demographic will naturally be made up of people who spent their childhood during this fascinating period for music.
So what does this mean to me, being the youngest member of the group playing music that was recorded when my parents were still studying? It is a rare opportunity to go back in time and embrace the roots of the music I love. It is that rare opportunity to learn in greater depth and detail the infant phase of development of Rock And Roll, especially as applied to the drumming. My goal is to have lots of fun and nail the gigs by playing the original drum parts as accurately as I can to the original studio recordings with the correct sounds, tempos, and feels. Only then will I be able to help the band create an authentic experience for the audience who would prefer to hear the music as how they have heard it on radio and recordings all these years. Some of them have even seen some of these bands we’re covering live before, so perhaps I may get an opportunity to talk to them about their experiences hearing and seeing these bands up close.
Here’s the channels of two great drummers I discovered on youtube. If you’re a fan of vintage drums, Classic Rock drumming ala John Bonham, and Big Band drumming ala Buddy Rich, as I am, check out these guys, Ken Loomer and Dan Zalac.
These guys know how to get an awesome sound from their drums. They got it all right from their technique to their tuning and even recording.