Dave Simmons Interview - http://DrummerConnection.com - 04/16/2012
Dave Simmons (http://davegrooves.com) - Drummer for KC & The Sunshine Band stops by Drummer Connection after their recent concert in Orlando. Please enjoy this 45 Minute interview.
0:00 Musical Intro
0:23 Talking Intro / Dave Simmons Introduction
0:55 Dave Simmons Endorsements
1:37 Question "What got you into Drumming and how did you get the gig with KC & The Sunshine Band?"
6:12 - Talk about Dave Simmons KC & The Sunshine Band Drum Solo (What possessed you to throw down a Tribal Tom Groove during a drum solo in the middle of a disco concert?")
8:15 - Props to Production Crew of KC & The Sunshine Band - Rick Raymond and crew
8:55 - Discussion on Gear setup / DrummerConnection Gear and KC & The Sunshine Band Touring Gear
12:01 - Musical Influences Question "When did you get your first drum?"
14:55 - Discussing Dave's Drumming Background with other performers and introducing HeddRokk Productions, discussing practicing and recording
17:25 - Recording
18:00 - Organizing Time and sticking to a practice / workout schedule
18:55 - Recording jams, hard drives, recording hardware
19:53 - Discussing PreSonus Recording Hardware
20:30 - Discussing TV Jingles and other production options for a Drummer
21:30 - Discussing Recording, Mixing, when to "Pass the Buck" on Mastering and Engineering.
26:17 - More on Influences - "Who are the Super Drummers that influenced you?"
29:07 - Reggae Swing One Drop Drum Example
29:40 - Question "Where do you see yourself going from here?"
30:09 - Discuss recording the new KC & The Sunshine Album - First one in over 35 Years!
32:33 - Shout outs to some of our influences
33:00 - Preview of the KC & The Sunshine Band 2009 Drum Kit Tour
33:30 - Educational Resources recommended by Dave Simmons
38:49 - "The Drummers Path Book" lin ( Watch 33:30 for full description )
39:03 - "What are you involved with Production related stuff now?"
41:00 - HeddRokk Productions - Dave Simmons Co-partner Production
41:20 - "Did you just say MySpace?"
42:55 - Discuss projects related to HeddRokk Productions - Lil Wayne "Crime Spree" and Red Light Hip Hop Artist
44:18 - Closing
46:10 - We forgot someone - "Chapter 3 - Johnny Dred"
46:30 - 70's Disco Groove (End) Performance
We found a cool track on http://DrummerConnection.com/playalongs and Dave performed some Disco / Shaft Theme Song type music for us. Enjoy!
Thank you Dave Simmons! http://DaveGrooves.com . Check him out! Also check out his DrummerConnection.com Interview being uploaded shortly!
Video produced by Eric Rosebrock of http://DrummerConnection.com