Not Just Drum Loops

After recording literally thousands of drum loops by myself, I’ve recently branched out and started producing loops with other artists. And not just drummers, but actual, real musicians. I kid, I kid… The latest artist I’ve had the opportunity to work with is bassist extraordinaire, Janek Gwizdala. Janek is an old friend of mine from […]

Going down to Brazil!

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure to work with the amazing Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood, Airto, Flora Purim, Herbie Mann) on an in-depth collection of authentic Brazilian drum loops and samples. It’s been a pleasure to work with Celso and an incredible learning experience for me. There is such a vast amount […]

New Reason 5 ReFill

A new ReFill has been released over at The Loop Loft. Check it out! Funk Essentials Reason 5 ReFill from The Loop Loft on Vimeo. With 229 REX2 loops, 4 Combinators, 5 Kong and and 26 Dr Octo Rex Patches, The Funk Essentials ReFill is a collection of drum grooves and sounds inspired by everything […]

Developing A Theme

Here’s a great example of taking a melodic theme on the drums and developing it throughout the entire course of a solo. Also, I love the sound of Joey’s bass drum. Totally wide open and ringy… it almost sounds like a timpani.

Beat It – The Isolated Drum Tracks

I just stumbled on a YouTube gem. Check out this isolated drum track (well, live drums along with a drum machine) from Beat It, performed by the late, great Jeff Porcaro.

New ReFill for Reason 5 – The Art of Brushes

You’re probably asking yourself, why doesn’t Ryan post on this blog as much as he used to? What happened to all of the Dave Weckl jokes? Where are all of the references to 80’s hair metal? Well, things have been absolutely nuts for me lately. Nuts in a good way.. but nuts, nonetheless. A major, […]

Smoldering With Smitty

Here’s a great video of Marvin “Smitty Smith showing us how to rock a flat top and a drum solo in 3/4 (at the same time).