Damon has started a podcast (at the beginning of the year) with another great percussionist, Marcos Torres, and it’s FREE! It is geared towards all percussion players, but focuses on beat makers that aren’t necessarily drumset players (predominantly). It features conversations with the musicians who have the view from behind. Anyone who hits, scratches or shakes things for a living. There will be a featured guest, iconic recordings, product reviews, music news, listener letters and so much more. Episodes come out every Tuesday and can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Acast, Soundcloud, and wherever podcasts are listened to. There is more content in the show notes on the Podcast Website, and you can follow these adventures on social media, like: Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
Podcasts! I’m a big fan of podcasts and I listen to them a bunch when I travel and workout. I tend to lean towards some comedic ones, but I definitely like to check out musically based podcasts and I want to share those with you in this post. Some of these are directly related to drums, others to music business, and others to songs and songwriting. Maybe you will find a couple that you enjoy. Continue reading Podcasts for Musicians (with an emphasis on drummers)
Now that everyone has a slew of electronics for their daily life, the goal is to use them to your advantage and not just waste your time/life away on them. New apps are being created every day and as a working drummer, I use a bunch of them to help me be a better musician and more efficient human being. I am going to try to share some that I use that I feel are really beneficial in my musical life. Continue reading Essential Apps for the Working Drummer
This will be a short post with some pointers designed to help you quickly assess a gig opportunity and decide if it is right for you. I was told this information by someone much smarter than me and then I added to it with information from someone else equally as intelligent and talented. This is the Ms and Ps of the gig. Continue reading When To Take The Gig!
Damon will be playing percussion with Charlie King at the Greenwich Town Party on the “Town Stage”
Now that big studios are closing (read: The Magic Shop) and large budgets are becoming crowdfunding campaigns, home recording has never been more in demand, and in some cases is a necessity for being a professional musician in this new era of technology. This month, I had a conversation with the production team called “The Stay Level” on how to set up your own home recording studio. Made up of two extremely talented musicians/engineers, Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson, they can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Not only did they mix my most recent album, but they have worked with several amazing artists, and even had one of their mixes featured as the official 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics song for NBC. You can hear more of the sounds they helped shape here. Keep reading to see what we talked about to get up and running and start your own recordings from home.
You have raised the funds needed to make an album. Then you released it out into the world. Now you need to have a release show to celebrate all of your hard work and perform the music live. This post will give you some tips and other useful pointers to have a release show that is not only successful, but also keeps the momentum of your album moving forward!
Last month my blog post was about what I did leading up to making my album. This month I will let you know what is in the works after having completed it. I’ll talk about some commonly forgotten about steps as well as things to think about with the new advancements in digital and social media. Continue reading Tips to Successfully Release Your Album (Without A Label)!
This post is mainly for drummers, but can pertain to any musician looking to expand their sonic abilities with electronics. It also features input from my friend and great drummer Zach Danziger, who uses electronics in his set up almost daily. This should help you sort out if this is something you should pursue and give a little clarity to your options.
The dictionary defines etiquette as the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave. The more complete definition is the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. I am going to refer to how etiquette impacts the musician on the job (or gig). These are gentle reminders of how you should be conducting yourself as well as other things to think about. Continue reading Gig Etiquette Reminders!