I had the opportunity to interview the multi-talented, Dallas-based music-master Valenti Funk. What really stood out to me is his dedication to originality, creativity, and groove. I hope everybody enjoys his music as much as I do.
While there are many small drum manufacturers today, there are many unique needs for all of the different styles of music people play. The truth is that you need different tools for different jobs, and some companies make drums that are really great for some styles of music, while others may have strengths in other styles. However, we all know that high end instruments can be expensive, which often forces drummers to settle for less than the best. And, when you need multiple kits for different kinds of music, you're starting to develop a pretty demanding burden on yourself.
With many years of experience in the drum industry, David Phillips has established a fantastic network of musicians. Having worked in artist relations with a few different manufacturers, and also working freelance, his experience seems to be pretty unique. I'm not sure there are many people who have had the opportunity to put a book like this together. You can learn more about the book at www.music-images.co.uk
The book is a coffee table photo collection of amazing images of drummers onstage. It's really inspiring to see the beautiful drum sets and large audiences all over the world.
I decided to interview David, curious about how the book came together.
Sheldon: What inspired the idea for this book?
1. Is it important that the beater comes ALL THE WAY back between strokes? Why or why not? Does this factor change as the tempo increases?