Drumming has been my life passion ever since I started playing in my early teens. I initially started off with an acoustic drum kit, which was extremely loud for my family and neighbors! I’ve played in countless bands across numerous genres between rock, bluegrass, folk, metal, and more recently much more electronic and deep house music.
My transition into electronic drumming initially was just for practice. Though I eventually started incorporating many electronic elements into my acoustic kit (creating what is known as a hybrid kit). I found this opened up a whole new world of sound opportunities for me and my audience. In recent years I have started playing solely on electronic sets live, jumping around on stage with my loved Roland Octapad SPD-30 or settling back to my electronic drum kit for songs. It really has opened up a whole new world of playing opportunities for me.
So I decided to dedicate a site to advising others on their electronic drum endeavors. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete beginner looking to get into the electric electronic drumming world.
When I started out on electronic drumming, my opinion of it was completely wrong. I had originally thought that sensitivity would be poor and that it would really take away from the experience of playing. After trying it out live, I could not have been more wrong. There are some many different types of set-ups that you can do with modern electronic drums. These are no longer like the ‘ON’ and ‘OFF’ electronic drum sounds that we would have gotten in the 1980s. However, that said, some models are still poor and resemble this. So make sure you are getting the correct set. Check out my buyer’s guide and electronic drum set reviews for more information on this.
One piece of advice I will give is that you need to choose your electronic drum set carefully and invest in a little bit of money to start with. I have played on garbage ‘starter sets’ that can be bought in local department stores. To be honest, these are like children’s toys. They seriously lacked dynamic range. If you played on this for too long, it’s well possible that they could actually dis-improve your drumming skills for when you step up to a better kit!
As a drummer you need dynamics, you need your electronic pads to be able to detect the slightest double stroke rolls and silent notes. Luckily, modern electronic heads such as mesh heads really nicely resemble real drum heads and are perfect for this.
Enjoy your drumming, always mix things up, and experiment with new setups. Be the new type of innovative drummer that brings in new sounds and new experiences to your audience.
Drumming has changed my life. It has helped me fund my way around Europe playing with my band, it helped me get out of my shell as a teenager, and it has helped me reach a whole new level of creativity and passion in my life. I hope it does the same for you.
So I hope you enjoy the site. If you want to contact me or need some advice on anything, comment on any of my articles or even write me a message on my contact page.