Will takes us on a fascinating deep dive into what Ethnomusicology is and how it applies to drums and percussion around the world. We learn the process of how to study different cultures and learn about the music, the instruments, and how to appreciate and apply the styles. Will is a cool guy who has a great way of explaining an interesting educational topic. Enjoy this episode!
Check out Will's great YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/WilliamJohnsonmusic
and his website: https://williamjohnsonmusic.com/
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Joe Barthelette has created a very unique drum shop in Massachusetts that offers some extremely rare drum sets that are presented with his unique style. He is a young guy but has accumulated a vast knowledge of instrument through years of hunting down vintage drums and presenting at the drum shows. Every drum shop is different and it is fun to speak with the owners to see what makes their shop different and special - I look forward to doing more in the future!
Check out Wood and Weathers website here: https://woodandweatherdrumshop.com/
and find him on Instagram at @woodandweatherdrumshop
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OCDP is one of the most iconic brand of the late 90's/Early 2000's with endorsees like Travis Barker, Chad Sexton, Adrien Young, and Taylor Hawkins. My guests are Michael Kelley who was a part of OCDP from the very beginning through the mid 2000's and Jarrod Fallon who is an OCDP enthusiast, collector, and restorer. These two guys together cover the somewhat mysterious background of this iconic brand that was a part of the rock and roll zeitgeist of the early 2000's. We discuss the early days as a So-Cal drum shop, the wild designs, vented snares, famous endorsers, the rise and fall of the company and much more!
Thanks to Twin Cities Drum Collective for sponsoring this episode!
Rob Cook, founder of the Chicago Drum Show and Author of "The Complete History of Leedy Drums" and "The Leedy Way", gives us the complete history of the Leedy Drum Company. The amazing story begins with U.G. Leedy producing snare stands in his apartment in Indianapolis and evolves into becoming the largest manufacturer of drums in the world. Rob also teaches us about George Ways involvement in the rise and fall of Leedy.
Rob is the author of many great books (The Slingerland Book, The Ludwig Book, The Rogers Book..etc) and "The Leedy Way" via Hal Leanord Publishing. I highly recommend reading anything that he writes, they are the most complete histories of all the major drum companies.
You can purchase all of his books through his website, www.rebeats.com
**This episode was originally released in December 2018 as Episode 6.**
Drum Archive is the online home of more drum catalogs in one place than you will find anywhere else in the world! Andy has created a resource that I personally use multiple times a week and has become essential for vintage drum enthusiasts to learn and research about the instrument that we love. He shares the story of how and why he created this site and why he has such a passion for archiving drum catalogs!
Check out the site at www.drumarchive.com
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Chick Webb fell down the stairs as a child and smashed multiple vertebrae which left him with a serious physical handicap, but he still managed to become one of the best drummers in the world in his short 30 year life. Chick Webb is one of the god fathers of modern drumming and was revered by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and every top drummer of the 1920's and 30's. Chet is the author of a great Chick Webb biography book and has extensive knowledge about Chick, Billy Gladstone, and vintage Gretsch drums. Chick died very young but accomplished an incredible amount in that time - enjoy this great underdog story!
Here is Chets book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chick-Webb-Spinnin-Little-Giant/dp/1574243098/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2CETL6TZBXNXV&keywords=Chick+Webb+Spinnin%27+the+Webb%3A+The+Little+Giant&qid=1657597127&sprefix=chick+webb+spinnin%27+the+webb+the+little+giant%2Caps%2C38&sr=8-1
Thanks to Lowboy Beaters for sponsoring this episode - use code DRUMHISTORY at www.lowboybeaters.com to save 15% off
A group of armed bandits robbed the Payroll at the Gretsch Manufacturing Co. in 1927! This article has never been seen by the modern Gretsch family or Gretsch employees and is a glimpse into an exciting and scary situation that happened in Brooklyn at the factory!
Here is the episode with Lucas von Gretsch: https://www.drumhistorypodcast.com/post/ep-159-gretsch-the-eternal-brand-with-lucas-von-gretsch
Lucas takes us back to the Victorian Era when Gretsch was founded in 1883 and gives a family members inside scoop on this iconic drum brand. Lucas covers the origins of the company up to the 1950's in this episode which includes the birth of the drum set, the explosion of jazz, the great depression, and surviving through World War 2. We hear about all of the Gretsch family members and the important role each person had in the development of the brand over the last 139 years.
Check out all the great Gretsch Drums currently available at: https://www.gretschdrums.com/
Here is the Gretsch Heritage series: https://youtu.be/cxMMgojtsHE
English Newspaper articles about Premier selling drums behind the Iron Curtain to Soviet Russia and West Germany. This was a big part of Premiers business at the time and this made the evening news around the UK! Be sure to check out the other full length interview episodes of the podcast.
Here is a link to this episode on YouTube so you can see the original article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCji5q4G2pY
EDIT -- I said Dr. Della-Porta when it should be Mr. Della-Porta. He wasn't a doctor :)
1938 Drum Newspaper Ad for Gene Krupas "Drum Method" book from the Daily News in New York City. Gene Krupa is one of the god fathers of modern drumming and is responsible for many drummers picking up the sticks in the mid 20th Century.
His drum book came out in the same year and can still be purchased today, here is a link to it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gene-Krupa-Drum-Method/dp/0760400857
Here are some podcast episodes that I have done about Gene with Krupa expert, Brooks Tegler:
-A Biography of Gene Krupa: https://youtu.be/mO98TNoNyEw
-The Utimate Gene Krupa Gear Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvZ58uqa4Zs
-Discovering Gene Krupas Lost Drum Collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga7f0sEk1YI
Thanks for watching and thanks to my friend Jerry Reiman for compiling these articles.
This is a classic episode that I am excited to re-release! Charlie Watts purchased Gene Krupas long lost drum collection - what is better than that?! I also announce the start of a new series that I am launching simultaneously with the release of episode. Listen to learn more!
Original Description: A large collection of Gene Krupa's gear has been in a storage unit since 1973 and has recently been discovered! If that wasn't enough...It was all purchased by the legendary Charlie Watts! Our friend Brooks Tegler was the man who authenticated this collection and shares the story with us.
Are the myths true about Gene playing a Dynasonic? You'll have to listen to find out! Brooks takes us through the whole story of how this amazing collection was found and what was included, and how it ended up with a Rolling Stone.
You can find the full report that Brooks created for this collection at his blog:
Purchase physical GK book here: http://rebeats.com/books.html
and the Digital copy here: https://hudsonmusic.com/product/gk-the-tools-that-built-the-gene-krupa-legend/
In addition to Pork Pie, Bill has been the man behind the scenes doing work for DW, Tama, Mapex, new Rogers, OCDP, Gruv-X and a number of other brands for over 3 decades. Bill has also been building drums, doing edges, and painting drums for massive artists like Tre Cool, Chad Smith, Mike Bordin, and countless others all out of his small California shop where he has had a huge influence on the drum industry. This episode is full of great information about the full history of Pork Pie, but also things like the brand new Rogers drums that Bill is building in his shop, the Gruv-X brand he created with Russ Miller, and lots of interesting industry stories along the way.
Enjoy this episode and be sure to check out the bonus episode at patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast
WFL Drums was born in 1937 when William F. Ludwig sold the company and rights to use his name to CG Conn and he became a competitor with Ludwig and Ludwig Drums. Kurt is an expert on this roughly 18-year period where William F. Ludwig and The Chief (William II) operated out of the Damen Ave factory as WFL Drum Co. and created beautiful drum sets and hardware that are still revered today. We discuss the initial opening of the factory, the war-time era, and the eventual purchase of the Ludwig name back from Conn in the mid-1950s. Kurt has a great collection and really knows his stuff - enjoy this episode!
Here are some other Ludwig related Podcast episodes:
EP 8 - The History of Ludwig Drums with William F. Ludwig III:
EP 44 - The History of the Ludwig Black Beauty with Uli Salazar:
EP 61 - Living a Ludwig Life with Jim Catalano
EP 95 - The History of Ludwig Bass Drum Pedals with Steve Zemanek
EP145 - Ludwigs Role in the Development of Plastic Drumheads with Bill Ryder
EP 153 - Ludwig Supraphonic History with Uli Salazar
This episode is all about the musicians who inspired the famous British Invasion drummers of the 1960's well before the music reached American soil. Daniel takes us through the 1950's in England to learn about the circumstances that created the famous Rock and Roll sounds that swept across the world, and we learn the geographic factors such as growing up in the completely bombed out post-WW2 England. Plus the impact that the first wave of touring American Rockstars had on the young impressionable musicians of the UK.
Here is a link to Daniels Website: https://danielglass.com/
Here is a link to Daniels latest album, "BAM", on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Gze3IBXLi2ThArh5xrqjE?si=-thrE2KNSBGS4EjWaA4_NA
Be sure to check out the Roots of Rock and Roll book that we discussed: https://hudsonmusic.com/product/the-roots-of-rock-drumming/
Cadan takes us through his masters thesis which covers the long and often misunderstood history of the drum kit. His studies included interviews with Thomas Lang, Daniel Glass, Steve White, Matt Brennan and many more which he shares in this episode. The title of his thesis is "From Double Drumming to Double Bass Drums" and we not only discuss many historical elements along the way, but the process in which he researched and documented topics which have no living primary sources and have multiple theories.
Here is Cadans website for more info: https://cgidrummer.com/
The Ludwig Supraphonic is known as the most recorded snare drum in history and has an amazing background that dates all the way back to 1914! Uli Salazar is the Senior Marketing and Artist Relations Manager at Ludwig and he gives us a great deep dive into the technology that evolved over a 50 year period leading up to the release of the Supra in 1964. We talk about the lugs, the shell design, the throw-off, and tons of great details about the Supraphonic!
Check out Uli on Instagram at @damendrums and ervrything Ludwig has to offer at www.ludwig-drums.com
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Steve Lauden is the author of "The Forbidden Beat: Perspectives on Punk Drumming" which explores the history of punk percussion with personal essays, interviews and lists featuring their favorite players and biggest influences. Steve breaks down the early history of punk drumming form the 60's proto-punk, through the iconic 70's and 80's, up to the modern pop-punk of the 2000's through today. We dig into some of Steves favorite stories and lessons that he learned from many of the legends he interviewed including D.H. Peligro, Tre Cool, Rat Scabies and many more!
Check out Steves website here: http://swlauden.com/
and you can find the book on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Forbidden-Beat-Perspectives-Punk-Drumming/dp/1644282275/ref=asc_df_1644282275/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=532952235284&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3874806235166674429&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015707&hvtargid=pla-1485259125804&psc=1
(Originally released in April 2018) What was it like to be a Trap Drummer in the silent movie era as talking pictures take over and your job was becoming obsolete? Listen as Kelli and I discuss how this great percussion genre became extinct. Trap Drummers were percussionists who performed alongside silent films and performances before the advent of "Talkies" (talking pictures). Using a wide array of instruments and devices (contraptions), Trap Drummers aimed to make audiences believe these sounds were one with the film or performance.
To dive into the world of Trap Drumming, we listen to real samples performed by legendary William F. Ludwig III. In 1927, Talkies took over popular culture and overshadowed America's once-beloved silent films. This left thousands of talented Trap Drummers jobless, with nothing but a forgotten craft to call their own. So what was it really like to be a Trap Drummer in the silent movie era as talking pictures take over?
Hear about this and much more on this episode! Check out everything Kelli is up to on her website: www.kelliraetubbs.com
Bill is the Music Director on Sesame Street and shares tons of great information on the famous drummers that have played on the show like Questlove, Anderson Paak, Evelyn Glennie, and more - plus we discuss Buddy RIch and his performance with with Animal on The Muppets in the 80's. Bill talks about how it works when a Muppet plays the drums and how it is synced up with a real drummer, and also the importance of music and rhythm on Sesame Street and all kids programming. Bill has worked on many cool things outside of the muppets including Hamilton, Tick Tick Boom, In the Heights, and he co-hosts a podcast with Questlove called "Questlove Supreme"
Check out BIll's website here: https://www.popmusicmisery.com/
and listen to Questlove Supreme here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-questlove-supreme-53194211/
Ronn discusses his new acquisition of the classic Canadian brand, Milestone Percussion! Milestone was founded in the 1970's by Michael Clapham, and became a beloved brand of Fiberglass drums that hold a special place in many drummers hearts. Now, in 2022, Ronn has brought the original brand back to life and is relaunching with the extreme attention to detail that we have all come to expect from all Dunnett products. Ron doesn't spare any details of what he thinks went wrong with the original run of the company and what he is doing to improve and make it a long lasting Canadian brand. We also learn about Ronn's work process and great info on all of his brands - Dunnett Classic Drums, George Way Drums, and now Milestone Percussion.
Keep up with Ronn on social media and at https://www.dunnett.com/
Enjoy this episode and check out Ronn's bonus episode at www.patreon.com/drumhistorypodcast