In the world of social media, most bands only seem interested in acquiring new followers, not in taking care of the followers they have. The result is either very few followers or a large number of followers, but still few people going to their concerts.
Rob of Big Head Todd and the Monsters: We have been fortunate enough to have a similar taste in music, a similar vision, and a fear of getting day jobs.
If you are a band or an individual musician and your only posts are sales pitches, you are doing it wrong.
From Daniel Glass:
Vic Firth (1930 - 2015)
Today we lost a true giant. We all knew him as a titan of percussion performance (50+ years with the Boston Symphony), a pioneer of drum education, and of course, the founder and namesake of one of drumming's best known and most popular brands. His name has become so synonymous with our industry that decades from now, drummers will continue to clamor for his products without knowing that there actually was a man behind the brand.
These are incredible measures of success. But Vic, I'd like to take a moment to share with you how GRATEFUL I am for the personal attributes that made you just as legendary: your warm smile, your welcoming demeanor, your meticulous attention to detail, your demand for quality, your warm and generous heart, your support in helping me to share my own vision with the world, and most importantly, your unshakable BELIEF in music, in all its glorious varieties.
We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude, and we will miss you terribly.
Jonatha Brooke: I'm a truth teller. But I'm also a storyteller. So I've learned which parts of the truth to tell.
Cris: When you did the Keith Emerson '3 Fates' album, that was some seriously busy playing.
Troy Luccketta (drummer for Tesla): Ain't that a beautiful piece of work? I'm so proud of that. You know that's where my technique really came into play. So thank goodness I have enough of that. Cause I never did the full on college thing. I never went to North Texas or Berklee or anything like that. I was always playing. Since I was 23 until now I've been busy thank goodness. I didn't have an opportunity to just take off and put all of this time into studying.
So it has just been over the years, listening to records. And its continued. I got up this morning and I was going through Rich Redmond's workouts. I take as much information as I can get and I apply it over a period of time. I'll absorb it kind of slowly, but it's being absorbed. And it can naturally come out in my playing and get used when necessary.
Cris: You favor Gibsons?
John Thomas Griffith of Cowboy Mouth: Yeah. Les Pauls.
Cris: What is it about the feel of that one?
JTG: I love the tone. The warmth. I have a telecaster, a stratocaster. They’re great for use on records because they cut through the mix. And sometimes I use this 335 Gibson, which cuts through the mix too. But that’s only for recording. Live I just love that big, fat sound … through a Marshal amp. Like I sometimes say, there is no other choice. Just a Gibson through a Marshal.
Cris: How have you changed as a singer over the years?
Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds: I’ve changed as a singer in a lot of ways. I mean, basically I’ve just gotten better. Singing is a lifelong skill that you have to be a journeyman at for a long time. Some people have natural talent. I had a little bit of natural talent at it, but the people who I wanted to sing like were all the greatest singers ever. So, it’s still a work in progress.
Sean Paddock (drummer for Kenny Chesney): There was kind of a life-changing moment for me in terms of drumming. In the early 90s I went to a Steely Dan concert and Peter Erskine was playing with them. This guy was playing this material so smoothly. His hands were like butter. And he was commanding this band. He's been doing a lot of jazz playing, but his rock playing was so on the money. And I thought, that's what I need to look like.
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