At SxSw this year, I mingled with a guy named Willie. He was a “Hunter S. Thompson in his 20’s” type, very friendly and easy to talk to, maybe because of whatever substance(s) he was on. Unbeknownst to me, he was connected with a company called GoPro, I’m sure you have heard of them by now
Anywho, he said he would put me in contact with them, and then floated off into the night as I floated off on my way as well. Never expecting anything from him really. It was quite refreshing to wake up the next day to a nice email from, you guessed it, GoPro!
We played their BBQ and in return, they gave us two brand spanking new GoPro’s. OMG! GoPro rules, end of story.
Here I am performing with DAMS at the GoPro BBQ at SxSw 2015, enjoy!
It was a late night in February 2015. I just got home from hanging out with some friends and planned on chilling at home for the rest of the night. Oh how things changed!
I hop on facebook to waste a little time and see that Thomas Pridgen posted something to the effect of “Its cold Atlanta”. Nice, he’s in town, cool! I hit him up and say something about hanging out sometime that weekend. We have been acquaintances for quite some time because of our mutual buddy Ikey Owens (R.I.P). We exchange numbers and I didnt think much about it. I get a phone call from an out of town number, probably around 1am. I answer “Hello?” “Whats up!” “Ummmm, who is this?” “Ummmmm, Thomas?” Haha, SWEET!
We meet up for a couple drinks at Church on Edgewood. Edgewood is packed with tipsy hipsters as usual, but always a fun time. We chat it up for a couple hours and then I suggest we go to my studio and jam. HELL YES!
We both rock out on my kit for hours, having fun until I drop him off at his tour bus at 4am. He’s a cool dude, sooooo freaking talented and down to earth. What an inspiration. I mean, the Mars Volta are one of my favorite bands ever, and he was their drummer! Now we are more than acquaintances, we are buds!
Watch him kill it on my Ddrum Dios kit (before I got my brand new one of course ;-)) FUN TIMES.
P.S. – I know its dark! I only had my phone to film this awesomeness
In January 2013, I performed a drum solo for a music documentary called “Indiependance”. I finally dug up the old track and I am happy to release the audio of the solo I wrote that day. Yay double bass! Just press play (Engineered by Bret Phillips)
Photo taken by Leah Roth at the Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA 2014.
It has been entirely too long, but I finally have a new drum solo to add to internet-land!
This snippet of a solo is from my first clinic this year at New School of Music in Buford, GA. On this lovely day in March 2014, I gave a talk about my experience in the music industry for the past 10 years, had a long Q & A session, performed two solos, and had one drum off with the man who taught me how to play drums, Mr. Joey Baggett. It was such a magical day, I am still honored that my drum instructor asked me to do it, looking forward to doing another one.
Me with my drum instructor of 5 years, Joey Baggett.
Packing up and happy
Want to see more footage from my clinic? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how!
It was about time to take some new photos and I couldn’t have thought of a better location than my studio. My sanctuary. The place where I create oodles of music and teach a plethora of students how to play drums. I love this place.
Thanks to Photographer Nick Bach and Costume Designer Vanessa Marie for helping me look fly in my studio a.k.a heaven