Great talking with Questlove about his career, drums and music in general. Dig in on Soundcloud link below.
After years in the making, my radio show – Give the Drummer Some – on Red Bull Music Academy Radio is finally a reality! Here’s the teaser for season one, where my guests are Questlove (February 5), Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (February 12), Mike Clark (February 19) and Greg Errico (February 26th – my birthday!) Tune in to redbullradio.com on those Tuesdays at 6PM EST to catch the shows. Here’s a teaser video:
Good to be back in the woodshed with Ray Romain on Hammond B3 (and the late, great Tony Thompson’s ride cymbal).
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I’m fortunate to have played drums on half this album and to be doing shows Ben and Co. Had an audition for the band in 2016, my first ever. Nervous as hell because the musicians were really good and figured at best it’d make me better at auditions. Interviewed Steve Ferrone of Average White Band earlier that day and he gave me some pointers. To my surprise I got the gig and it’s been a great ride and made me a better musician and listener. Super soul, go git it! Buy it here or stream on YouTube below.
I spoke with Consumer Help Guide about my favorite drum set alongside heavyweights like Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine and many more so I’m guessing this was a wide selection of drummers with varying levels of prestige, haha. Also wish the Du-Rites had 4 albums (3rd out this fall) but can’t win em all. Nonetheless some helpful info if you’re looking to buy a drum set.
Producers, composers and DJs…
The third installment of my drum break collection series is out now! This one is a double 7″ set (24 breaks total) in a thick spine jacket and poly bag.
Get yours now on BANDCAMP!
The order page has a Soundcloud link to preview the drums before buying + there’s a package deal to get the latest Du-Rites 7″ (“Gamma Ray Funk”) along with Guerrilla Drums.
If files is more your thing, the digital version of Guerrilla Drums is available at THE DRUM BROKER.
Here’s the press blurb if you care about that type of shit…
After the positive response to (and heavy sampling of) 2014’s Lunch Breaks and 2015’s Backyard Breaks, drummer/producer J-Zone took a break from the breaks. Looking to improve and develop as an all-around drummer, the New York native spent the next two years woodshedding, performing live with bands in different genres in New York City and developing his own funk bands, The Du-Rites and The Zone Identity. Zone also had big shoes to fill when he found himself in the drum chair for legendary funk outfit (and drum break/DJ staple), Manzel. The late-blooming drummer’s journalism background also inspired the Red Bull Music Academy column, Give The Drummer Some, in which he interviews some of the most recorded and sampled drummers of all time. With a two year crash course in playing, studying, practicing and talking drums with some of the greatest break architects of all time, J-Zone returns with knowledge and polish he didn’t have for the first two installments. 24 breaks deep, Guerrilla Drums is the result.
Since his previous installment, J-Zone has laid down grooves for Danger Mouse, Alchemist, Prince Paul, Marco Polo, DJ Skizz, Bobbito Garcia’s upcoming Rock, Rubber, 45s documentary and more. Zone’s drumming has been noted on social media by Questlove, DJ Scratch, Steve Arrington and more. More versatile than Lunch Breaks and more jam-packed than Backyard Breaks, effort #3 is worth the wait.
Need funky, nasty, dirty and royalty free drums to chop up for your production? Dig in! My third drum break record, Guerrilla Breaks, is out now via The Drum Broker. The vinyl will be out in May, but if files are your thing, get it here: