Nick Pierce and Breath of Nibiru

  • Posted on: 19 January 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Nick Pierce is a master of fast, synchronized double bass drum playing. I love the power he projects, and the precision with which he executes the parts. Very few drummers achieve this level of control of the instrument, especially using all four limbs at this tempo. The Paiste Rude's sound amazing, too (as does the Tama kit).

The video below is a detailed explanation of his tracking techniques for Breath of Nibiru.

David Maxim Micic: Bilo 3.0

  • Posted on: 14 January 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

It is not often that I feel obligated to use the term 'masterpiece' to describe an album. However, when I do, it's always exciting.

Bilo 3.0 is truly a masterpiece. By this, I don't just mean that the songs are good, the playing is amazing, and that the production is excellent. Instead, I mean all of those things, but to a higher level.

Top Drum Performances of 2013

  • Posted on: 21 December 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Although it's impossible for me to hear all of the great material being published today, I'd like to share my favorite drum performances of 2013. Some of these are videos of concert footage, some are instructional DVDs, and some are albums which were released this year. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a suggestion which I have forgotten. I present these in no particular order.

Antoine Fafard with Gavin Harrison: Peace for 4

  • Posted on: 20 November 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Gavin's ability to respond and blend with music creates a very natural feel in the opening track of Antoine Fafard's new album, "Occultus Tramitis". What I love about this song is the how the beauty of the composition is supported by the complexity of each layer - the two bass parts, the guitar part, the violin lead, and of course Gavin's playing.


Ryan Bloom on Bass Pedal Counterweights

  • Posted on: 20 November 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

I recently switched to Mapex Falcon hardware, and the double bass pedal came with weights to place inside the beater. These double bass counterweights come in 10 gram and 20 gram variations. I decided to ask Ryan Bloom what he thought about them. After reading his book Double Bass Drumming Explained, I knew he would be the right guy to ask.

Here's his response.

Recording Drums: Russ Miller's RMI Studios

  • Posted on: 17 November 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Today, many musicians have their own home studios. It seems as though much - if not most - recording is done in home studios. Because of internet technology, music can be recorded and sent to other places before it's finished. Tracking drums from home seems to be the most economical way to go, too. But, just because it fits the budget, it doesn't mean that there is a loss of quality.

Ian Barnett with Bear Language - Rememory

  • Posted on: 27 October 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

I'm not usually a big fan of heavy hitting rock albums. But, when I listened to "Rememory" by Bear Language, I had to make an exception.

Because I like a lot of complexity in music, most rock albums just put me to sleep. Even if the energy level is high, I just can't get into it unless there is something I find *interesting* happening. This is why, at first glance, I didn't think I was going to really enjoy this album much.

Renegade Creation Video - Featuring Gary Novak on Drums

  • Posted on: 27 October 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Gary Novak. Michael Landau. Jimmy Haslip. Robben Ford. Need I say more?

Renegade Creation is a blues/rock project with some of my favorite musicians. Dirty, grimy, and . . . well, renegade :-)

Pick up the 2010 album "Renegade Creation" on Amazon.

Check out their 2012 release "Bullet" on Amazon, too:

Sheldon Kreger's Favorite Projects Part 1- Introduction

  • Posted on: 20 October 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Coming up with a favorite list of music is always a tricky thing. It's tough to narrow down to only a handful of favorite albums, because there are so many great musicians today.The goal of this list is to share the music I listen to with the readers, and to raise awareness of the many great musicians I know about. That being said, I'm going to come back and update this series periodically, so don't hesitate to check back from time to time.

I decided to use the term "project" rather than album so that I can list bands, but also list albums with mixed session players. More often than not, I find new music that I love by following an individual I'm interested in, and viewing their discography. Top session players - many of whom I follow closely - play with many different people on many different projects.

Two Categories of Interest

When I listen, I mentally classify music into two different categories. This is why I can enjoy complex jazz fusion, but also top 40 pop tunes.

Snare Drum Comparison Videos

  • Posted on: 19 October 2013
  • By: sheldonkreger

Here is a collection of some great snare drum comparison videos. I've been shopping around and I'm still not sure which I'm going to get.

Lots of Ludwig, Rogers, and Pearl snare's in that one - including the Acrolite (I own one), and two Supraphonics.

Here's a more modern video featuring many Mapex snare drums.

And, here is a great comparison of many different companies.

Hopefully this will help get you started. I know I just feel a bit overwhelmed!