As a Musicians Institute graduate, I've learned from exceptional drummers in the Los Angeles music industry. I gained and learned many tricks of the trade and can offer the same quality education to anyone. As a student myself, I realized that having great sound, solid timing and grove are just as essential as having cool beats to play. There are more technicalities to drumming than being able to play fast or having the best chops.
Aside from learning how to play drums, knowing how to think about music, how to listen to music, and how to study music will give a great foundation to any student of any style.
I first like to determine the students ability and understanding by working on a few coordination exercises and reading exercises.
From a good foundation, I build a curriculum, and deter any obstacles by constantly changing my approach to further and benefit the student playing.
Retro Live is an Houston cover band that I created to fit the needs and expectations that I felt would exceed the expectations of the bands clients, and competition.
Part of my aspirations are to reach out and help as many people as possible.
This part of my aspirations allow me to help bands come up with business plans. I consult and explain how to create a following, when to record, how to generate funds for merchandise. And, I teach every member of bands I consult with on a private level. This includes how to play to a click, how to improve sound, and music performance.
Lastly, every good band needs assistance with public relations. With my business background, I share important details on how to negotiate, schedule, and win people over.
In between each gig has always been smaller gigs. The goal isn't always to be in one band for a long stretch of time, but to be in many that help learn more and push personal limits to the next max. Always keeping busy is great. And the list of small bands continues. Too many to name each one.
I currently play with a local band that needed a replacement drummer. Through referrals and strong relationships, I was called to meet the needs of a strict timeline. With only 3 rehearsals, we managed to play an amazing show, and will continue to play locally.
Drummer for Church band
For a short period of time, I was Music Director of this small facility. I taught the band how to communicate as well as effective ways of rehearsal.
The main objective was to get the stage in order, and the musicians sharp. Mission accomplished.
Played as a drummer for hire for this artist from Mexico. The gig required me to learn his album in 4 days before the performances. We played at 3 different venues. With a total of 5 performances. This was fun as I didn't know any of the musicians playing for this band.
Fred Dinkins has played for The Emotions, Denise Williams and many more.
Delta blues band for hire that gigged and played festivals. Our First performance was 20 songs, learned the night before the gig with only 4 hours practice.
This sort of thing takes tons of theory to understand basic song writing structure. This allowed me to learn the song effectively while adding my own brand to the mix. We also played Irish folk music at various venues and festivals.
Drum teched for Glen Sobel, He has played for Steve Luither, Alice Cooper, Jennifer Baten. and many more.
Atma Sutra means the way of the soul. It was an progressive jazz rock fusion band, with a singer song writer foundation. The music was similar to Sting, with Eddie Veder sounding vocals. The drums were very dynamic as far as combining fusion jazz and rock together. Think elevator music with 80's metal guitar in the mix, along with current styles of jazz and rock!