The NDP's Best Of 2011
Friends/faithful NDP readers, I hope this finds you well. To preface, I feel it necessary to give a word of clarification for the lack of interviews, transcriptions, posts, etc. as of late. I have been in a recent state of a vast array of endeavors - from getting married in June, moving into a new house and starting a life with my wonderful wife, to touring all over the country with many great...
Interview #9 - Nate Onstott
As a Nashville transplant via Chicago, Nate Onstott has become a force to be reckoned with as the drummer for Mikeschair, a burgeoning Christian band based in Nashville, as well as many other up-and-coming artists. Nate exudes an infectious energy and passion behind the kit, possessing a natural showmanship while laying down rock-solid grooves with bursts of color and creativity. It only helps...
Interview #8 - Paul Mabury
As one of Nashville’s most in-demand and hard-working drummers, Paul Mabury has made a name for himself both in the U.S. and in his native Australia as not only an outstanding musician and producer, but as a man of personal integrity, humility, and wisdom. His unique playing style – a soulful, funky mix of undeniable feel and pocket with a seemingly endless vocabulary of creative grooves – is...
Interview #7 - Evan Hutchings
One of the challenges many up-and-coming drummers face is the process by which they allow an identity to emerge from their playing, enabling them to successfully balance the needs of artists while still being able to creatively express themselves within their given musical situation. As someone who has invested countless hours of time into the study of great music and the great drummers behind...
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Interview #6 - Marcus Hill
On a breezy, late December morning, I make my way over to one of Nashville’s most hallowed halls of music, the RCA complex on Music Row. Housed inside is what is now officially Crystal City, the central location for the all-in-one production company created by the supremely talented Marcus Hill and his brother Dwan. Marcus’s reputation as one of the most solid, grooving, and versatile drummers...
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Interview #5 - Jake Goss
It is a blustery, rainy day in Nashville as I make my way over to the Jarhole, Jars Of Clay’s rehearsal/recording space, housed in an old two-story brick building that is painted bubblegum pink. I am meeting up with Jake Goss, one of my best and closest friends who, since 2009, has held the drum spot with one of Christian music’s most respected, successful, and critically-lauded bands. Jake is...
Interview #4 - Will Sayles
On a cold rainy night in mid-December, I make my way over to Smoakstack Studios to meet up with one of the hardest-working, most in-demand, and revered drummers working in Nashville today. Having provided a solid, creative groove and feel for artists such as Mat Kearney, Derek Webb, Sixpence None The Richer, Griffin House, Over The Rhine, Katie Herzig, and Ginny Owens, along with the acclaimed...
Interview #3 - Richard Scott
It is particularly intriguing within an interview context to sit down with someone I have been fortunate enough to consider a close friend for years now - someone whose story I know to a degree, but in a sense have much to learn about. Many of the drummers featured in this project (including myself) were once burgeoning young players at Belmont University that quickly formed into a nurturing,...
Interview #2 - Jacob Schrodt
On a pristine winter’s day in Nashville, I make my way just a few minutes south to Franklin, Tennessee, one of Music City’s many outlying musical Meccas. I am meeting up with Jacob Schrodt, a Texas native who has been making serious strides in the Nashville music community in what seems like no time. His warm, humble demeanor and personality are just as engaging as his superbly tasteful playing...
Interview #1 - Jeremy Lutito
On a chilly day in early December 2010, I make my way over to a small black brick building just a few blocks east of LP Field. Housed inside are various offices and organizations, while in the back is the studio and creative space for one of Nashville’s best and most sought-after drummers, Jeremy Lutito, who has made his name in Music City providing a rock-solid foundation for artists such as...