This past weekend, I received a rather unexpected, yet awesome early birthday present. One of my best friends (a fellow drummer & Berklee grad) is preparing to move from Boston to Seattle in a few weeks, and while packing up his house and getting ready for the big transition, he uncovered an ultra-amazing relic from the late 80’s: an autographed headshot of Pat Torpey, drummer for “supergroup”/one-hit wonder, Mr. Big. In one of the most unselfish acts in the history of mankind, he decided to bestow this lost gem upon me.
While I’m pretty bummed that one of my good friends is moving 3,000 miles away, I know that I’ll be reminded of him every time I look at this photo (which is now hanging in my studio). I will also be inspired to start wearing more leather jackets and nonchalantly sit with my drums, which will randomly be strewn outside of a warehouse.
Why is this photo so awesome? I’ll just let the video below do the explaining (the awesomeness kicks in at 3:52).
All day long, I’ve been reading news articles and blogs about the untimely death of legendary movie director and writer, John Hughes. Rather than write my own post about how much his movies influenced my early life (along with my entire generation), I decided to honor him musically.
I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to the man responsible for movies such as Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club than some full on 80’s loops. In order to achieve this classic, Reagan-era drum sound, I decided to go for a heavily gated-reverb effect on both the kick and snare. I also drank an entire case of New Coke during the recording session. Throw in some Simple Minds, Mel Gaynor type patterns and you’ve got yourself a soundtrack to a party that could only end like this:
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