JohnnyDrumass
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SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Piano.

ABOUT

Hello! I'm a drummer with several years of experience but not much to show for it! LOL I like to enjoy the music that I play, but make no mistake, I take drumming, musicianship, dynamics, reliability very seriously. While having been in many bands over the years, only one has really felt like home to me, and I'd like to recapture that, either by joining a working band or putting one together. You'll find I care about how I play sounds and comes across. Much time and effort has been put into playing with dynamics as well as with fury. Right now it looks as if putting a new band together is the best option. A solid bass player I have worked with in two bands is on board, and we continue the search.

Not interested in heaving drinking, any drugging, or excessive profanity from the stage. I want to put on a show a 10 year old or a 70 year old would not be offended by. That means there are a few offensive songs out there I won't do. Songs with vulgar lyrics probably aren't well written songs anyway.

I grew up listening to AM radio, and to me, the best songs, the least negative songs, were written between '68-'88. Even the 'love done me wrong' songs were cleaner and better written then. Seems like everything now is either too close to rap or just plain angry. Who wants to go around angry all the time? Not me. That's why I'd like to play more challenging material from an earlier time. I can play modern Bruno Mars or new country, but the most satisfying stuff, I have to go back a few years. And I think there is a market for 'the good stuff', family-friendly classic rock. If you agree with that, please feel free to contact me.

Screen name:
JohnnyDrumass
Member since:
Jan 09 2019
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Neal Morse, Dream Theater, Opeth, Nightwish, UK, King Crimson, Transatlantic, Rush, Focus, Kansas, Queensryche, ELP, Deep Purple, Styx, Toto, Yes, Kate Bush, Al Greene, The Carpenters, The Beatles, King's X, Steve Morse Band, The Dregs. Anything from about 1968 to 1988 I was really paying attention to and trying to learn my craft.

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

Drummer, fluent on a small kit as easily as a large kit, but a large kit is WAY more fun to play!! Don't use a double pedal, they sound inferior to two full kick drums. Used to use 8 toms; these days five, properly tuned, will do. Two snares for variety, All the cymbal sounds you'd want, and probably 10 or 12 you don't! LOL Have an Octapad for those obscure sounds.

Specifically, I use a Pearl CZX Custom Z kit with
22x18 kicks
8x8 tom
10x10 tom
12x12 tom
14x14 tom
16x16 tom
8x14 free-floating brass snare
10x6 wood snare

Toms & kicks are all internally miked with Shures.
Snares top miked with SM57s.
Sub-mixed to 16 channel Allen & Heath board

Custom built Pearl Icon rack & 6x6 stage platform to lock it in

Cymbals:
22" Paiste ride
14" Sabian hi-hats
13" Zildjian aux hats
Sabian 7", 9" & 11" splashes
Sabian 8", 10" & 12/14' stax combinations
Zildjian 12", 14", 19" crashes
Sabian 16", 17", 18" crashes
Sabian 18" & 20" chinas
Woodblock, tambourine, cowbell, don't forget the cowbell!!

Have other kits and 17 snares sitting on a shelf, LOL