MichaelPlaysDrums
CONTACT

ABOUT

I am a Drummer who is -> Sometimes <- available for gigs.

Communicate with me via: michael9190 sbcglobal net

Screen name:
MichaelPlaysDrums
Member since:
Jan 10 2010
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

I enjoy playing drums. It doesn’t matter to me whether the music ranged from Abba to ZZ Top, or from Zebra to Acoustic Alchemy; or if the crowd was intimate or arena sized.

I simply love music. Whether the song is styled for an acoustic setting; or a more formal classical hall; a brightly lit large country honky-tonk complete with mechanical bull; dimly lit jazz super club; or a larger than life - laser fueled - filled to capacity arena for plain old fashioned good time rock-n-roll.

Some of my many favorite musicians include 10cc, .38 Special, Abba, AC/DC, Acoustic Alchemy, Brian Adams, Trace Adkins, Aerosmith, A Flock Of Seagulls, After The Fall, Air Supply, Alabama, Jadon Aldean, Herb Alpert, Air Supply, Allman Brothers, Ambrosia, America, Arc Angels, Tommy Alverson, Asia, Average White Band, Babys, Burt Bacharach, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Badfinger, Bad Company, David Ball, Bangles, Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bee-Gee's, Pat Benatar, Dierks Bentley, George Benson, Berlin, Clint Black, Blondie, Blood Sweat & Tears, Blue Oyster Cult, Jason Boland, Boston, Wade Bowen, David Bowie, Brazil 66, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Tracy Byrd, Byrds, Charlie and the Nighthawks, Chris Cagle, Carpenters, Cars, Cheap Trick, Kenny Chesney, Chicago, Petula Clark, Roy Clark, Terrie Clark, Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Climax Blues Band, Phil Collins, The Corr's, Billy Currington, Cream, Creedance Clearwater Revial, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Rodney Crowell, Billy Currington, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Martin Denny, Bob Denver, Depeche Mode, Rick Derringer, Neil Diamond, Dire Straits, Deryl Dodd, Doobie Brothers, Duran Duran, Eagles, Earth Wind & Fire, Bleu Edmondson, ELO, Sara Evans, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Enya, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Fall Out Boys, Firefall, Fleetwood Mac, Flim & The B.B.'s, Flying Burrito Brothers, Foghat, Maynard Ferguson, Firefall, Dan Fogleberg, Foster & Lloyd, Foo Fighters, Peter Frampton, Genesis, Vince Gill, Go-Go's, Govi, Amy Grant, Grass Roots, Pat Green, Guess Who, Sammy Hagar, Merle Haggard, Heart, Head East, Jimi Hendrix, Don Henley, Hiroshima, Buddy Holly, Whitney Houston, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Idol, Indigo Girls, Jack Ingram, Inxs, Alan Jackson, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings, Joan Jett, Billy Joel, Elton John, George Jones, Spike Jones, Journey, Greg Khin, KC & The Sunshine Band, Toby Keith, Kinks, Kiss, Kitaro, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Led Zeppelin, Huey Lewis & The News, Little Feat, Little River Band, Ray Lynch, Lynyrd Skynrd, Los Lonely Boys, Loverboy, Mama's & The Papa's, Chuck Mangione, Marshall Tucker, Matrix, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Mark McKinney, Men At Work, Jo Dee Messina, Metro Station, Steve Miller, Molly Hatchet, Eddie Money, Montgomery Gentry, Richard "The Scatman" Martinez, Ronnie Montrose, Moody Blues, Nazareth, Willie Nelson, Oliva Newton-John, Joe Nichols, Stevie Nicks, Night Ranger, Ted Nugent, Gary P. Nunn, O.M.D., The Outfield, Buck Owens, Ozark Mountain Blue Devils, Pablo Cruise, Brad Paisley, Robert Palmer, Alan Parsons, Carl Perkins, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Police, Jean-Luc Ponty, Pretenders, Elvis Presley, Ray Price, Tito Puente, Rascal Flatts, R.E.M., Rebel Rouser, Brandon Rhyder, Charlie Rich, Linda Ronstadt, Rush, Santana, Boz Scaggs, Tom Scott, Scorpions, Bob Seger, Brian Setzer, Billy Joe Shaver, Blake Shelton, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, T. G. Sheppard, Tim Sheppard, Silver, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkle, Simple Minds, Six Shooter, Rick Springfield, Bruce Springsteen, Spyrogyra, Sugarland, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Squier, Starship, Sting, George Strait, Steely Dan, Steppenwolf, Gary Stewart, Rod Stewart, Struttin', Styx, Donna Summer, Supertramp, Tangerine Dream, James Taylor, Tears For Fears, John Tesh, Thin Lizzie, B.J. Thomas, Tin Drum, Toto, Tower Of Power, Trick Pony, Robin Trower, Tubes, Joe Tutt, Shania Twain, U2, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Utopia, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Walsh, War, Dionne Warwick, Who, Hank Williams Sr. & Jr., Gary Wison, Gretchen Wilson, Edgar & Johnnie Winter, Stevie Wonder, Yanni, Yardbirds, Yellowjackets, Yes, Dwight Yoakam, Chris Young, Faron Young, Zebra, ZZ Top, and many more!

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

My professional vintage gear consists of:

1970's Ludwig classic set covered in blue sparkle featuring 3 ply maple/ poplar/ maple shells, with clear interiors and maple re-enforcement rings top and bottom. Concert toms: 6x6, 6x8, 6.5x10; Double headed toms: 8x12, 9x13, 10x14, 12x15; Double headed floor toms: 16x16, 16x18, 18x20; Bass drum: 18x22.

1980's Ludwig chrome-o-wood set featuring 6 ply maple clear interior shells covered in chrome over steel wrap. Concert toms: 6x6, 6x8, 7x8, 6.5x10, 7x10, 9x10, 11x12, 12x13, 13x14; Concert floor toms: 16x16, 16x18; Double headed bass drum: 14x24.

1970's Ludwig stainless steel shell concert (single headed) set 6x6, 6x8, 7x10, 8x12, 9x13, 10x14, 10x14, 12x15, 12x15 and 14x16. Features two 14's and 15's, as I use one of each as a ride tom, and another as a floor tom. Also additional 10x12, 10x14, 10x16 and a 10x18 cranked up like super timbales. With 14x24 bass.

Peavey/Volpp Radial Bridge System Drums:

RadialPro 500 series in Blue Tiger wrap - 8/10/10/12/14/16 standard depth toms - all on RIMS; and 12x22 bass.

RadialPro 500 series in Blue Tiger wrap - 10/12/14/16 FAST sized toms - all on RIMS; and 12x16 bass.

RadialPro 750 series in Blue Sapphire lacquer - 10/12/12/14 standard depth toms - all on RIMS, 14x16 floor tom; with 18x22 bass.

RadialPro 751 series in Black Onyx Lacquer - 8/10/12/12/14 FAST toms all on RIMS; 14 & 16 FAST floor toms; 2x22 gong drum; with twin custom 12x22 FAST basses.

RadialPro 751 series in Ruby Red Gloss - 10/12/12/14/16 FAST toms all on RIMS; 12x14, 14x16 & 14x16 16x18 floor toms; with 12x16, 8x22, 12x22 FAST basses and 18x22 bass..

RadialPro 1000 series in Blue Gloss - 6/8/10/10/12/12/14 standard depth toms - all on RIMS, 14x16 floor tom; 18x22 bass.

Custom Peavey Radial Bridge High Pitch Tom set: 8/10/10/12. All with Remo white suede heads.

Custom Peavey Radial Bridge Low Pitch Tom set: 10/10/12/12/14/14. All with Aquarian Studio-X coated heads.

Traps Drums set: 8/10/10/12/12/14 toms; all rack mounted; with clear Pinstripe heads.


Snare drums:

Slingerland 8 x 15 Radio King one piece steam bent maple shell in blue sparkle wrap

Ludwig 10x14 1970's challenger Super-sensitive model 3 ply maple / poplar / maple shell in blue sparkle wrap

Trick 6x14 cast aluminum vented snare in Black Galaxy sparkle lacquer

Gretsch 6x10 free floating snare with 3 ply maple shell in natural finish

Gretsch 6x12 free floating snare with 3 ply maple shell in natural finish

Gretsch 6x13 free floating snare with 3 ply maple shell in natural finish

Pearl 3.5x14 free floating piccolo copper shell

Stave 8 x 14 Black Walnut in natural finish in Pearl free floating snare frame

Stave 7 x 14 Purpleheart in natural finish in a Pearl free floating snare frame

Montineri 9x14 Jasper snare in natural finish between Peavey composite Radial Bridges

Peavey RadialPro 500 6x10 maple raw with dual Gibraltar strainers

Peavey RadialPro 500 6x12 maple raw with dual Gibraltar strainers

Peavey RadialPro 500 4x14 maple in Blue Tiger wrap

Peavey RadialPro 750 6x14 maple stained in Blue Sapphire with Philharmonic triple strainer

Peavey RadialPro 750 5x16 maple stained in Violet lacquer with dual Gibraltar strainers

Peavey RadialPro 751 6x10 maple stained in Black Onyx with DW Mag strainer

Peavey RadialPro 751 6x12 maple stained in Black Onyx with DW Mag strainer

Peavey RadialPro 751 9x14 maple stained in Black Onyx with Philharmonic triple strainer

Peavey RadialPro 751 custom 5x10 in red wine lacquer with dual Gibraltar strainers

Peavey RadialPro 751 custom 5x12 in red wine lacquer with dual Gibraltar strainers

Peavey RadialPro 751 4x14 maple in wine red lacquer

Peavey RadialPro 751 7x14 maple in wine red lacquer with Philharmonic triple strainer

Peavey RadialPro 1000 6x12 & 6x14 in Blue Gloss

The different shell designs and materials lend to different sound landscapes.

The different finishes add to 'on stage' color.


Cymbals and sounds:

Hi-hats (6) Paiste Signature Sound-Edge 13", Paiste Signature Dark Energy 14", Paiste Sound Creation Dark Sound-Edge 14"; Paiste Prototype Hi-Hat 16”, Meinl Trash-hats 8"/10" and 10"/12".

China Type (5): Paiste Signature Thin 14", 16"; Paiste Colorsound Red 14" & 16".

Splash/Crash (12): Paiste Colorsound Splash Red 10" & 12"; Paiste Signature Splash 8", 10" & 12"; Paiste Signature Fast Crash 14", 16", 18"; Paiste Colorsound Heavy Crash Purple 16", 17", 19". 20".

Crash/Ride (4): Symphonic Light 19" A & B; Symphonic Light 20" A & B.

Ride (7): Paiste Signature Dry Crisp 20", Paiste Signature Dark Full Ride 20”, Paiste Signature Silver Mellow 21", Paiste Signature Mellow Ride 22", Paiste Sound Creation Bright Ride 20", Paiste Sound Creation Bright Medium Ride 20”, Paiste 3000 Flat Ride 20”.


And I have a few others just for good measure. As Joe Walsh once said, "You can tune a piano but you can't tuna fish..." (or a cymbal for that matter...).

Effects are DW & Latin Percussion with some Toca for variety in sound or effect: ranging from four Ago-go bells, four cow bells, UFIP ice bell, four DW steel piccolo toms: 8, 10, 10, 12; LP chrome plated brass timbalito, LP chrome plated brass timbales, LP brass Thunder Timbs (which are extra large and deep) Timbales, three sets of double row LP wind chimes, assorted wood blocks, as well as various Roland electronic drums and an Alesis e-drum module.

Pedals are Axis A series single longboard pedals and Off-Set double pedals.

All other hardware is Drum Workshop DW 9000 series or Gibraltar / Pearl Icon rack systems.

Heads are usually Aquarian Studio-X clears with dot on top with texture coated medium heads on bottoms.

On a few sets I also make use of Remo White Suede or Aquarian Performance 2 with power dots on tops; with clear or coated, thin or medium bottoms; just for a variety in sound.

I really like different sounds. If the song requires me to bring Grandma's antique bath tub on stage, then she better take a shower that night!

MUSIC