I recently sat down as a guest on Discussions in Percussion Podcast to talk drums, the quirks of breakbeats, The Du-Rites, my career path, the challenges of using both my real name and pseudonym and more. Great hang! Listen to the interview here or find it on Spotify or Apple. The interview starts at the 20:00 mark after some pertinent drum world news from host Damon Grant. Enjoy!
Okay y’all, time for some holiday fun(k)! You deserve it. Here I am throwing down some Yuletide grooves with my main man and fellow drummer, the super groovy and talented Jordan Rose, and Conall Mulvenna, the funky funky Santa Man! I had a blast doing this even though I’m mean-mugging in every part but the cowbell because we were grooving. That cowbell is where the Yuletide at! Enjoy the video.
And just like that this crazy year is over. I’ve never been much of a holiday guy and with all that went down this year, the holidays are kind of an afterthought. That said, hopefully this gives you one last smile and/or dance step before 2020 is outta here. Thanks to all who supported me/The Du-Rites this year and all who’ve been following me on this wild ride.
Thanks for the support, Happy Holidays and be safe out here folks!
As this insane year comes to a close, I’m proud to share some really cool new music from some legendary folks that features my drumming. Madlib, who reigns as one of the most revered record producers of our time, sampled one of my early drum break records for his latest single, “Road of the Lonely Ones.” It was released yesterday and it’s killer.
When I began releasing breakbeat records for the working musician to sample without corporate BS and legal entanglements in 2014, I had no idea these things would be used by legendary producers like Danger Mouse, Alchemist, Prince Paul and now, Madlib. But here we are, and many of the more high profile uses have actually been cleared! To begin as a sampling producer and suddenly switch focus to becoming a drummer and session musician presented a lot of challenges and was (and still is) unnerving at times, but placements like these sure help and overall it’s been a welcome and unexpected twist to my life in music. Enjoy the tune.
The Du-Rites’ A Funky Bad Time has been out for a month and this whirlwind year is about to end. That means it’s time to retreat and prepare for 2021’s releases. Breakbeat record #5 is a goal of mine so here’s a small taste of what I’ve been working on. Click the image above to watch/hear.
The vinyl for The Du-Rites’ latest finally arrived. Shipping now – can’t you hear these tape guns firing?! Pre-order and preview a few cuts from the album on our Bandcamp and it drops everywhere this Friday, Nov. 13!
Had a blast talking about my favorite songs of all time on Let the Record Show Podcast. Out of the ten I chose, we got to seven of them. From the funk of Kool and the Gang and Slave; to the jazz drumming wizardry of the great Jack DeJohnette to the over the top rap bravado of Schoolly D, Tim Dog and Jheri Curl era Ice Cube, it’s a tour of my wide array of musical influences.
The Du-Rites on Bedroom Beethovens Podcast! This was a good chat. A lot of ground covered, including recording our new album during a pandemic with the world seemingly falling apart, Pablo’s unique history and how one bad SXSW show ended one career and started another for me.
Enjoy and our album ‘A Funky Bad Time’ drops November 13.
Pre-Order vinyl at thedurites.bandcamp.com
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A live/rehearsal rendition of a tune from our upcoming ‘A Funky Bad Time’ LP. Pablo, me and as a bonus we have Bill Harvey adding some bass to a tune that has no bassline!
Pre-Order A Funky Bad Time here for vinyl and digital.
Album drops November 13 in all formats.