Happy to be a guest on Drummer’s Resource Podcast this week chatting with Nick Ruffini. If you’re starting late(r) in life at something or you’re a music nerd in general, have a listen! Breakbeats, touring, practice habits, paying dues and more. Listen to the podcast here!
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Break library #5 is jam packed with 33 nasty, mean and cruel drum grooves to choose from. This is the digital version. The vinyl version will be slightly different and is scheduled for late May via Old Maid/ReDefinition Records.
In the meantime, here’s “Jive Ass Coffee,” a video of one of the breaks from the library. Enjoy, and stay away from flavored coffee. Please.
Ain’t no music goin down without ! The Du-Rites sat down with Flea Market Funk for The Analog Blend to discuss our favorite (and least favorite) coffees, our coffee issues and habits, what we’ve been listening to, releasing albums in a pandemic and what 2021 holds for us as a band and individually.
I guess this is the first announcement of new music on the way! Dig in to get caffeinated and caught up. This is Flea Market Funk in partnership with Rabble and Lion Coffee and The Du-Rites rock with them both. Hit Rabble and Lion up for great coffee as well.
Excerpts of The Du-Rites performing “Jheri Curl” for our live set for Chris Frantz’ (Tom Tom Club) “Lockdown Festival”. Will stream in March in partner with The Westport (Connecticut) Public Library. First time playing as a full band in over a year and forgot how much I miss groovin with my Du Crew! We’ll also be the backing band for rock band Lulu Lewis. Stay tuned.
Highly honored to be a guest on The Working Drummer Podcast with Zack Albetta. LISTEN TO IT HERE. It starts at the 8:00 mark in the show. We discuss a whole lot, but highlights are:
- My unconventional entry into drumming resulting in an instinctual non-“drummy” style and lack of “drummy” ego
- How my producing background made me obsessed with the sounds of drumming
- Discovering that my cred in the hiphop world meant little to nothing in the drumming world
- “Convincing people that what you do can work for them” rather than changing what you do to suit everyone
- The importance of restraint, whether in what to pursue or what you play
- My experience interviewing legends like Purdie, Garibaldi, Greg Errico, and many others
- The festival experience that showed me how all drummers are on the same team
Plenty of nuggets for those interested in drumming or navigating the music business. Enjoy.
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.