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In The Studio

In the studio, the drum part is liquid. Sometimes we’ll hear a demo recording. It could be a guy on his laptop programming everything with a real singer, or it could be a full blown eight piece band. Then I figure out a way to tip my hat to everything that the producer, artist, songwriter, and band sees musically fit, while at the same time leaving my little mark on the song. I try to add something that causes listeners to go, “Oh I think that’s Rich.”

 

Dedication

Any musician who has had any staying power will tell you that the music industry is a brutal business and requires a massive amount of dedication to navigate it. This dedication can be applied to both your musical skills and to the business associated with cultivating that career.

 

Beats Per Minute

CRASH quote of the day: In Nashville the songs usually start with someone strumming a guitar, and the strum pattern is often at a tempo between 69 and 88 beats per minute (BPM). A lot of songs are written between those tempos. So when to practice with a metronome, set it to one of those tempos. A lot of hit songs are in there. With Jason Aldean we have a lot of hits at 70, 71, 74, and 86 BPM. Those are the magic numbers.

 

Make Yourself More Valuable

Drummers bring so much value to a writing situation. We are always first on the scene when it comes to shaping the feel and attitude of the song. Dive head first into songwriting, production and programming. Work with loops, study basic hand percussion, do background vocals… anything that’s going to give you more skill sets and make you more marketable and more valuable to a band or a producer.

 

Intentional Choices

Commit to playing loud, soft, fast, slow and everything in between with conviction. Make intentional choices to drive and lift the music.

 

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